Feng Shaofeng

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Feng Shaofeng
Chinese name 馮紹峰 (traditional)
Chinese name 冯绍峰 (simplified)
Pinyin Féng Shàofēng (Mandarin)
Birth name Feng Wei (冯威)
Born (1978-10-07) October 7, 1978 (age 38)
Shanghai, China
Other name(s) William Feng
Occupation Actor
Label(s) Huayi Brothers
Years active 2001-present

Feng Shaofeng (born October 7, 1978), also known as William Feng is a Chinese actor. He is currently an artist under the management of Huayi Brothers. Feng rose to fame with the hit time travel series Palace (2011). He was ranked number 33rd on 2012 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List.[1] He won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Wolf Totem (2015).

Early life and education[edit]

Feng was born in Shanghai, China as the only child of an affluent family. His father is a civil servant.[2] Strongly influenced by his artistic mother, Feng began taking violin lessons and participating in various extracurricular activities when he was a child. Upon graduating from high school, he applied to the Shanghai Theater Academy and was accepted with scholarship.

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Feng made his acting debut in 1998, and has appeared in several television series, including Boy & Girl, Wind and Cloud 2, Assassinator Jing Ke, Sigh of His Highness, and The Conquest.[3]

Feng gained more attention after starring in a grand production drama by Hong Kong's TVB and mainland China's CCTV, The Drive of Life. He then starred in the period drama Yun Niang alongside Ady An and Leanne Liu, which placed number one in ratings upon its premiere on SMG. Feng reunited with Ady An in Four Women Conflicts, and his performance in the series won him the Audience's Most Favorite Actor award at Fujian TV Station's "I Love My Drama" award ceremony. In 2010, he played the role of Liu Zhang in Beauty's Rival in Palace.[3]

Rising popularity[edit]

Feng rose to mainstream popularity after starring in Palace (2011), one of the most popular Chinese dramas of the year.[4][5] The same year, he starred in Daniel Lee's historical film White Vengeance where plays Xiang Yu, the powerful warlord.[6] Feng's outstanding performance in the film led to him winning two awards - "Most Commercially Valuable Newcomer" and "Outstanding Performance" at the 2011 Harbin Film Festival.[7]

Feng then starred in Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), a sequel to Gordon Chan's 2008 box office hit Painted Skin.[8] He next starred alongside Fan Bingbing in Double Xposure, a romantic thriller directed by Li Yu.[9]

Feng starred as the titular Lan Ling Wang in the historical drama Prince of Lan Ling (2013).[10] The series earned high ratings in Taiwan, breaking the record set by Three Kingdoms, and earned increased recognition for Feng in the region.[11] The same year, he starred in the action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon directed by Tsui Hark.[12] Feng was voted the Most Popular Actor award at the 2014 Beijing Student Film Festival.[13]

Success in films and TV productions[edit]

Feng starred alongside Tang Wei in The Golden Era (2014) directed by Ann Hui, which closed at the Venice International Film Festival. His portrayal of Xiao Jun, a left-wing author who is strong and not afraid to express his feelings, earned the praises of the director. Feng had requested not to be paid to support Ann, whom he has admired and wanted to work with her for many years.[4] The same year, he starred in the road-trip comedy The Continent, directed by Han Han.[14]

Feng starred in the Chinese-French co-production Wolf Totem (2015), adapted from Jiang Rong’s 2004 best-selling novel by the same name. He plays a Chinese student who is sent to Inner Mongolia to teach shepherds and instead learns about the wolf population.[15] Feng and co-star Shawn Dou bonded with the wolves by cleaning their cages and feeding them; and trained in horse-riding for their roles.[16] The film earned Feng his first Best Actor trophy at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards.[17] The same year, he was cast in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Three-Body Problem.[18]

Feng then played Xuanzang in The Monkey King 2, which was released in February 2016.[19] The same year, he starred alongside Victoria Song in fantasy drama Ice Fantasy, adapted from Guo Jingming's novel of the same name and the Chinese remake of My Best Friend's Wedding.[20] Feng returned to television with another fantasy drama The Starry Night, The Starry Sea (2017) alongside Bea Hayden.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2004 Brush Up My Sisters 百分百刑警 Dan
2006 Dragon Gate Station 龙门驿站之嚎月 Hou Feng
2011 White Vengeance 鸿门宴 Xiang Yu
2012 Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮2 Pang Lang
Double Xposure 二次曝光 Liu Dong
Threads of Time 柳如是 Chen Zilong
Tai Chi 0 太極之零開始 Chen Zaiyang
Tai Chi Hero 太極2 英雄崛起 Chen Zaiyang
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁傑之神都龍王 Yuchi
Love Will Tear Us Apart 我想和你好好的 Jiang Liangliang
2014 Snow Blossom 大寒桃花开 Da Han filmed in 2004
The Continent 后会无期 Han Dong
The Golden Era 黄金时代 Xiao Jun
2015 Wolf Totem 狼图腾 Chen Zhen
Dragon Blade 天将雄师 Huo Qubing Special appearance
Bride Wars 新娘大作战 Priest Cameo
2016 The Monkey King 2 西游记之三打白骨精 Tang Sanzang
The Bodyguard 特工爺爺 Doctor Hu Cameo
My Best Friend's Wedding 我最好朋友的婚礼 Li Ran
2017 The Three-Body Problem 三体 Wang Lin
Hanson and the Beast 一代妖精 Yuan Shuai (Hanson)
2018 The Monkey King 3 西遊記之女兒國 Tang Sanzang
Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 狄仁杰之四大天王 Yuchi
Song of the Assassins 刺局

Television[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1998 Shaonian Xu Beihong 少年徐悲鸿 Xu Beihong
Xingxing Chuan 星星串 Wen Jun
Pudong Geyao 浦东歌谣 Red Guard
2000 Shangcheng Meiyou Yewan 商城没有夜晚 Bai Ling
Actually Don't Want to Go 其实不想走 Shen Jiaju
2001 Rising 崛起 Li Jinsong
Father Goes Forward 老爸向前冲 Chen Mingyuan
Love Password 爱情密码 Hao Lei
2002 Illusion 镜花水月 Ren Weijian
Boy & Girl 男才女貌 Yin Shan
2003 Wind and Cloud 2 风云2 Huaikong
2004 First Lover 初恋情人 Fang Zhenwen
Assassinator Jing Ke 荆轲传奇 Crown Prince Dan of Yan
The Legend of Hero 中华英雄 Li Qianjun
First Kind of Crisis 第一种危机 Tong Gang
2005 Sigh of His Highness 一生为奴 Ronglu
2006 The Conquest 争霸传奇 Crown Prince You
Deep Night 夜深沉 Song Xinsheng
2007 The Drive of Life 岁月风云 Wah Chun-man
Special Policewoman 非常女警 Han Yue
2008 Yun Niang 芸娘 Lu Haozhong
Women's Flowers 女人花 Wu Yusheng
One Thousand Teardrops 一千滴眼泪 Meng Shaobai
Rose Martial World 玫瑰江湖 Cen Yetong
2009 Traveling to Tiger Mountain 再向虎山行 Rong Kuan
Four Women Conflict 锁清秋 Shen Chaozong
The Diamond Family 钻石豪门 Shi Junchao
A Husband and Wife 夫妻一场 Qiu Li
2010 Ghost Catcher - Legend of Beauty 天师钟馗之美丽传说之美丽之罪 Huang Bingcheng
Beauty's Rival in Palace 美人心计 Liu Zhang
The Girl in Blue 佳期如梦 Meng Heping
Horizon True Heart 天涯赤子心 Zheng Shixian
2011 My Daughter 夏家三千金 Zheng Yunhai
Journey to the West 西游记 Erlang Shen
Palace Yinsi
The Emperor's Harem 后宫 Yang Yong
Symphony of Fate 命运交响曲 Liu Chenxi
2012 Legend of the Military Seal 虎符传奇 Lord Xinling
Beijing Love Story 小城大爱 Ouyang Yifei
2013 Prince of Lan Ling 兰陵王 Gao Changgong (Prince of Lanling) Producer
2016 Ice Fantasy 幻城 Ka Suo Producer
2017 The Starry Night, The Starry Sea 那片星空那片海 Wu Julan
Ice Fantasy Destiny 幻城凡世 Ka Suo
2018 The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Ming Lan 《知否?知否?应是绿肥红瘦》 Gu Tingye [22]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Album Notes
2002 "Moon Flower" (月亮花) The Love Story in the Fantasyland OST
2011 "My Only Lover" (唯一的恋人) N/A
2012 "Song of Chu" (楚歌) White Vengeance OST Sung with Crystal Liu
"A Hundred Years of Revolution" (百年轮回) Fantasy Zhu Xian 2 theme song

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List". Forbes China. Retrieved 2017-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Feng Shaofeng's Interview Video". iQiyi. 
  3. ^ a b "冯绍峰 (Feng Shaofeng)". Baike Baidu (in Chinese). Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  4. ^ a b "Actor Feng Shaofeng 'doesn't care' for Hollywood cameos". China Daily. 26 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Interview with The Eighth Prince of “Jade Palace Lock Heart”, Feng Shaofeng". China Hush. 9 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "'White Vengeance' wraps up shooting". China.org.cn. 20 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "冯绍峰哈尔滨影展独揽两大奖 鞠躬谢李仁港导演 查看下一页". China News (in Chinese). 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Yang Mi, Feng Shaofeng to join Painted Skin 2". China.org.cn. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  9. ^ "New Still Photos of Feng Shaofeng in "Double Xposure"". Chinese Films. 18 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "TV drama King of Lan Ling stars Feng Shao Feng and Ariel Lin". Asia Pacific Arts. 21 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "“Prince of Lan Ling” Finale Grabs Soaring Ratings in Taiwan, “The Patriot Yue Fei” Falls Short". JayneStars. Hunan TV. 8 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cast list of Tsui Hark's 'Di Renjie' revealed". CRI English. 3 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Beijing College Student Film Festival concludes". Sina. 12 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Driving two friends crazy". Global Times. 27 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Feng's soul floated away on meeting co-stars of Wolf Totem". China Daily. 20 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Chinese actor dances with wolves". Washiongton Post. 23 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Winners revealed at Chinese famous film awards". CRI English. 25 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "Nebula-nominated Three-Body Problem completes filming". China Daily. 6 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Feng Shaofeng joins "The Monkey King 2"". Yahoo News!. 4 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "'My Best Friends' Wedding' Chinese Remake Finds Stars". The Hollywood Reporter. 20 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Catch glimpses of TV series 'The Starry Night, The Starry Sea'". China Daily. 7 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "《知否》官宣男主 冯绍峰出演顾二公子搭档赵丽颖". Sina (in Chinese). 

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