Eddie Peng

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Eddie Peng
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Peng in 2008
Background information
Chinese name 彭于晏 (traditional)
Chinese name 彭于晏 (simplified)
Pinyin Péngyúyàn (Mandarin) (Mandarin)
Jyutping paang4 jyu1 aan3 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Phîⁿ Û-òaⁿ (Hokkien) (Hokkien)
Ethnicity Hakka
Born (1982-03-24) March 24, 1982 (age 35)
Penghu, Taiwan
Occupation Actor
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 2002-present

Eddie Peng Yu-yen (Chinese: 彭于晏; pinyin: Péng Yúyàn; born March 24, 1982) is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, singer, and model. Peng moved to Vancouver, Canada at the age of thirteen. In 2000, he graduated from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.[1] Subsequently, he was admitted into the University of British Columbia and majored in economics, but later dropped out to begin his acting career. He holds both Taiwanese and Canadian citizenships.


2002–2008: Career beginnings[edit]

Peng began his career when he was cast as in The White Paper of Love by director Yang Daqing. The drama is adapted from the Japanese manga series Asunaro Hakusho, written by Fumi Saimon.[2] In 2003, he took on his first leading role in the Taiwanese drama Scent of Love, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who transcend life and death to find one another in their many reincarnations.

In 2005, he starred in the idol drama When Dolphin Met Cat, portraying a autistic youth. To prepare himself for the filming, Peng took one month to learn how to interact with dolphins from a trained instructor.[3] He then starred in Chinese xianxia drama Chinese Paladin, which was extremely popular during its run and led to increased recognition in the Mainland.

Thereafter, Peng made his big screen debut in the movie Exit No.6 (2006), directed by Yu-Hsien Lin. Since then, he was attracted to the film industry.[4] In 2007, Peng was nominated as Best New Actor at the 44th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards for his performance in My DNA Says I Love You.[5]

2009–2010: Contractual disputes[edit]

In 2009, Peng was involved in a contract dispute lawsuit against his former manager, reaching the nadir of his career. However during this period, Peng starred in the movie Hear Me, directed by Fen-Fen Cheng, about a delivery boy who falls for a hearing impaired girl and communicates with her using sign language. The film was released a week prior to the opening of the 21st Summer Deaflympics,[6] and became the highest grossing locally produced movie at Taiwan's box office.[7]

After winning the lawsuit in 2010, he released his debut EP titled It Has To Be You, which featured 5 songs under the management of Avex Group.

The same year, he starred as the male lead in the movie Close to You. In order to portray his role as a boxer, Peng trained for three months prior to filming. He was nominated in the Best Actor category at the 2nd Macau International Movie Festival for his performance.[8]

2011–2013: Rising popularity[edit]

Peng achieved breakthrough in 2011 teen film Jump Ashin!, directed by Yu-Hsien Lin. He reportedly trained eight months to portray an athlete. The film was a critical and commercials success. Peng earned nominations as Best Actor at the 48th Golden Horse Film Festival and 13th Taipei Film Festival, which marked the turning point of his career.[9][10]

Thereafter, he starred in romance films Love You You and Love; police thriller Cold War; kungfu comedy Tai Chi 0 and Tai Chi Hero; showcasing his versatility.

In 2013, Peng starred in action film Unbeatable, playing a young man who wishes to learn Mixed martial arts. Unbeatable was the highest grossing local production at the Hong Kong box office, and received positive reviews.[11] Peng's realistic portrayal of a MMA fighter earned him nominations as Best Supporting Actor at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Award and 50th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards.[12][13] The same year, Peng starred in romantic comedy A Wedding Invitation alongside Bai Baihe. The film earned nearly 200 million yuan ($32 million) in China, making it the highest-grossing Chinese-South Korean production.[14]

2014–present: Box office success[edit]

In 2014, Peng was cast as Wong Fei-hung in Rise of the Legend, the latest film about the iconic martial artist. He reportedly practiced 10 hours of martial arts every day to prepare for the role.[15] Peng was nominated in the Best Actor category at the 34th Hong Kong Film Award.[16] The same year, he starred in historical drama Sound of the Desert and coming-of-age film Fleet of Time. Peng's success in both films and drama brought his career to a new height.[17]

In 2015, Peng played a professional cyclist in sports film To the Fore. The film was selected to represent Hong Kong in the best foreign-language film category at the 88th Academy Awards.[18] Peng was also appointed the first Chinese Goodwill Ambassador of the 2015 Tour de France due to his healthy image.[19] The same year, Peng starred alongside Shu Qi in romance film The Last Women Standing.[20]

Peng achieved another breakthrough in 2016 with the film Operation Mekong, where he portrayed a hardcore undercover agent along with veteran actor Zhang Hanyu.[21] The film not only received critical acclaim, but is also the highest grossing Chinese cop film to date.[22][23] He also starred in romance film Run for Love alongside Zhang Ziyi[24], police thriller Cold War 2 as an antagonist,[25] war epic Call of Heroes and Zhang Yimou's historical epic The Great Wall.[26]

In 2017, Peng co-starred in Han Han's film Duckweed alongside Deng Chao and Zanilia Zhao.[27] The sleeper hit gained commercial and critical success.[28][29] It is also his second film as the main lead to gross over 100 million yuan, following Operation Mekong. Peng then starred in war film Our Time Will Come directed by Ann Hui; and fantasy epic Wu Kong as the title character.[30][31]



Year English title Mandarin title Role
2005 A Record 记录 Ah Xiang
2006 Open To Midnight 午夜照相馆 A Hai
2007 Muddy but Pure White 泥巴色的纯白 Tang Xuchuan
Exit No. 6 六号出口 Fan Dayin
My DNA Says I Love You 基因决定我爱你 Xiao Xiong
2008 Sleeplessness All Through the Night 公主在台北彻夜未眠 Gong Ping
All About Women 女人不坏 Mo Qiyan
My So Called Love 爱的发声练习 A Liang
2009 Hear Me 听说 Tian Kuo
2010 Lover's Discourse 恋人絮语 Li Guangsheng
Close to You 近在咫尺的爱恋 Zhao Dajie
2011 Love You You 夏日乐悠悠 You Lele
Jump Ashin! 翻滚吧!阿信 Ashin
2012 LOVE Ah Kai
Tai Chi 0 太极1:从零开始 Fang Zijing
Tai Chi Hero 太极2:英雄崛起 Fang Zijing
Cold War 寒战 Joe Lee
2013 A Wedding Invitation 分手合约 Li Xing
Unbeatable 激战 Lin Siqi
2014 Rise of the Legend 黄飞鸿之英雄有梦 Wong Fei-hung
Fleet of Time 匆匆那年 Chen Xun
2015 12 Golden Ducks 12金鸭 Cameo
To the Fore 破风 Qiu Ming
The Last Women Standing 剩者为王 Ma Sai
2016 Run for Love 奔爱 Feng Yujian
The Bodyguard 我的特工爷爷 Cameo
Cold War 2 寒战2 Joe Lee
Call of Heroes 危城歼霸 Ma Feng
Operation Mekong 湄公河行动 Fang Xinwu
The Great Wall 长城 General Wu
2017 Duckweed 乘风破浪 Xu Chengzheng
Our Time Will Come 明月几时有 Liu Heizai
The Tales of Wukong 悟空传 Sun Wukong


Year English title Mandarin title Role
2002 Tomorrow 爱情白皮书 Xu Shouzhi
2003 Scent of Love 恋香 Jin Chengtian
2005 I Only Care About You 我只在乎你 Lin Qingyun
Chinese Paladin 仙剑奇侠传 Tang Yu
When Dolphin Met Cat 海豚爱上猫 Xu Wei
2006 The Young Warriors 少年杨家将 Yang Yansi /Qilang
2007 Wayward Kenting 我在垦丁*天气晴 Zhong Hanwen
Liao Zhai 聊斋 Yang Yuedan
2008 Honey and Clover 蜂蜜四叶草 Ren Sentian
2009 The Concerto 协奏曲 Yuan Hao
2010 My Sassy Girl 牵牛的夏天 Jin Qianniu
2014 Sound of the Desert 风中奇缘 Wei Wuji



Year Title Released date Label
2010 It Has To Be You (非爱不可) April 23, 2010 Avex Taiwan


Year Title Album Notes
2003 "Cannot Reject" (不能拒绝) Scent of Love OST
2005 "The Sea loves Blue Sky" (大海爱蓝天) When Dolphin Met Cat OST
2008 "Give Me Love" Honey and Clover OST sung with Joe Cheng and Ito Chiaki
"Lucky Clover's Happiness" (幸运草的祝福) sung with Clover Band
2013 "Didn't We Agree To It" (我们不是说好了吗) A Wedding Invitation OST sung with Bai Baihe

Music videos appearances[edit]

Year Title Singer Notes
2005 The Most Beautiful (最美) Maggie Chiang
Happy Together (春光乍泄)
One on One (一对一) Fish Leong
2006 Searching for Unicorn (寻找独角兽) Fiona Sit
Lonely Road (寂寞公路) Yu Yongbang
Chase and Chase Again (一追再追)
2007 Can't Stop Thinking (想个不停) Claire Guo
The Sea loves Blue Sky (大海爱蓝天) Himself
2008 Lucky Clover's Happiness (幸运草的祝福) Clover Band
Coastal Highway Exit (沿海公路的出口) S.H.E
Because You Love Me (因为你爱我) Joanna Wang
2010 Break Up Needs Practice (分手需要练习的) A-Lin
Must Love No Matter What (非爱不可) Himself
Chameleon (变色龙)
Corner of Summer (转角的夏天
2013 Didn't We Agree To It (我们不是说好了吗) Himself & Bai Baihe


  • Photos of Lian Xiang (Eddie & Ben 照相簿/恋香全追踪) (2004)
  • Eddie Peng's Dolphin Diary (彭于晏的海豚日记) (2005)
  • Eddie Peng Ken Ding 15x6 (彭于晏 垦丁15x6) (2008)

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Movie Awards Category Result
2007 My DNA Says I Love You 44th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2010 Close To You 2nd Macau International Movie Festival Best Actor Nominated
2011 Jump Ashin! 13th Taipei Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
48th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Actor Nominated
2012 12th Chinese Film Media Awards Audience's Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
11th Changchun Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
2013 Cold War 13th Chinese Film Media Awards Audience's Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
Unbeatable 50th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2014 14th Chinese Film Media Awards Audience's Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
33rd Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
12th Changchun Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Cold War 32nd Hundred Flowers Award Best New Actor Nominated
2015 Rise of the Legend 15th Chinese Film Media Awards Audience's Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
34th Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor Nominated
To the Fore 7th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actor Nominated


Year TV Series Awards Category Result
2006 I Only Care About You 41st Golden Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2008 Wayward Kenting 43rd Golden Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
2012 My Sassy Girl 8th Huading Awards Best Actor (Youth) Nominated


Year Album Awards Category Result
2010 It Has To Be You 12th TVB8 Mandarin Music On Demand Awards Presentation Best New Singer (Gold Award) Won
2012 11th CCTV-MTV Music Award Ceremony Most Popular Singer (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won


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