Wu at the Hallyu Star Street on March 12, 2014.
Li Jiaheng (李嘉恒)
November 6, 1990
|Other names||Wu Yi Fan|
|Alma mater||Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
Wu Yi Fan (Chinese: 吴亦凡, pronounced [ǔ î fân]; born November 6, 1990), also known as Kris Wu, is a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer, and model. He is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO and its subgroup EXO-M under SM Entertainment.
Wu is active as a solo artist and actor in China and has starred in several #1 box office hits including Mr. Six (2015) and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017), which are among the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time in China. He made his Hollywood debut in xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017).
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Endorsements and Ambassadorship
- 4 Philanthropy
- 5 SM Entertainment lawsuit
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Discography
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
At the age of 10, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his mother. He returned to China at the age of 11 and attended Guangzhou No. 7 Middle School for a brief period, after which he and his mother went back to Vancouver, where he attended Point Grey Secondary School and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.
At the age of 18, Wu auditioned for SM Entertainment's Canadian Global Auditions, which were held in Vancouver.
After passing the auditions, he moved to South Korea in January 2008 and became a trainee for the company.
On 17 February 2012, Wu was introduced as the eleventh member of EXO. In April 2012, EXO made their debut and quickly became one of the most popular K-pop groups in South Korea and internationally, achieving commercial success with their studio album XOXO and their hit song "Growl" in 2013. The album became the first album by a Korea-based artist in twelve years to sell over one million copies, and is the 12th best selling album of all time in Korea. Before leaving the group, Wu was featured on EXO's Overdose album, which was released in May 2014 and became the best selling album of 2014 in South Korea.
2014–2016: Solo career and acting activities
Wu released "Time Boils the Rain" as part of the soundtrack for the Chinese box office hit Tiny Times 3 in July 2014. That year, he became the youngest celebrity to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Shanghai and was named "Newcomer of the Year" by Esquire China.
Wu made his film debut in Somewhere Only We Know, directed by Xu Jinglei. The film was released on February 14, 2015 and debuted at No.1 on the Chinese box office, grossing US$37.81 million in six days following its release. He won the "Best Newcomer Award" at the 3rd China International Film Festival London for his performance.
He then starred in his second film Mr. Six, which closed at the Venice Film Festival. The film was a box office hit, grossing over US$137 million and becoming one of the highest-grossing films in China. The same year, Wu starred alongside Liu Yifei in Never Gone and romance melodrama Sweet Sixteen. He won the "Newcomer with the Most Media Attention" award at the Shanghai International Film Festival and "Best Actor" at the Gold Crane Award for his performance. Wu also starred in the blockbuster fantasy film L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, directed and written by Guo Jingming.
2017–present: International appearances and Antares
In January 2017, Wu made his US film debut in D. J. Caruso's xXx: Return of Xander Cage. He released the single "Juice", featuring Vin Diesel in the music video, as part of the soundtrack on January 19 . Wu then starred in Stephen Chow's film, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, playing Tang Sanzang.
In February 2017, Wu represented China at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The same month, Wu accepted his second invitation to play in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Forbes listed Wu their 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list which comprises 30 influential people under 30 years old who have made substantial effect in their fields.
In October 2017, Wu released "Deserve", featuring U.S rapper Travis Scott. Upon its release, "Deserve" placed No. 1 on the US iTunes chart, making Wu the only Chinese artist to achieve the feat. At the end of 2017, Wu released a single, "B.M.". Kris released another single, "Miss You" featuring Zhao Liying on Christmas Day 2017. The music video was released on December 28.
As of April 2018, future music from Wu will be released internationally, excluding Japan and Korea, through a partnership of Universal Music China, Interscope in the US and Island Records in the UK. Wu's debut album Antares featuring the 2018 singles "Like That" and "Freedom" (featuring Jhené Aiko) was released on November 2, 2018.
Endorsements and Ambassadorship
In 2015, Wu became the Youth Ambassador for the 3rd Silk Road International Film Festival in Xian.
In 2016, he became the first endorser for Mixxtail. Mercedes-Benz chose Wu as their brand ambassador in China for their Smart division and introduced the limited edition "Kris Wu Edition" smart. Wu has also been made the global ambassador for I.T Cashback Card under American Express Hong Kong. The brand made him chief design advisor and the face of their latest in-house brand, Under Garden. He designed the lookbook for the latest collection. Burberry chose Wu as their global ambassador in 2016, making him the first non-British as well as the first Asian person to be the face of the brand. It was reported that Burberry experienced a growth in sales and awareness with Chinese shoppers thanks to Kris' campaign.
In June 2014, Wu joined Heart Ali, a project started by Fan Bingbing and Chen Lizhi (the general manager of Beijing Maite Media). The charity project is aimed at helping children suffering from congenital heart defects in Ngari Prefecture in Tibet.
On January 21, 2016, he launched his own charity project called Extraordinary Honorary Court (不凡荣誉球场), a collaboration project with Sina, Weibo Sports, and Weibo Charity. The goal is to spread basketball in middle schools in China to encourage all basketball-loving youth to continue their dreams of pursuing this sport. Wu was also announced as the ambassador for China's Jr. NBA program and is part of the program's mentor group.
SM Entertainment lawsuit
On May 15, 2014, Wu filed a lawsuit against the agency to terminate his contract. SM Entertainment claimed to be completely taken aback despite having dealt with several disputes regarding their contracts in the past.
On July 30, 2015, SM Entertainment filed a lawsuit against Wu and the Chinese companies working with him at the Beijing court, stating that "these activities have infringed the rights of the EXO members and SM, and have caused great financial harm to us and our partners. This is not only an abuse of the system, but also an unethical move that has betrayed the trust of this company and the other members." The following day, Wu released a statement defending himself stating that S.M. Entertainment had made him leave the group for several months and that S.M. Entertainment's way of mistreating and neglecting their artists resulted in serious health issues: he had to take medication to be able to work from July 2013 to January 2014, when he was diagnosed with myocarditis. A settlement was reached that he will be under their management in only Korea and Japan.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes||Ref.|
|2015||Somewhere Only We Know||有一个地方只有我们知道||Ze Yang|||
|Mr. Six||老炮儿||Xiao Fei|||
|2016||The Mermaid||美人鱼||Long Jianfei||Cameo|||
|So Young 2: Never Gone||致青春2：原来你还在这里||Cheng Zheng|||
|Sweet Sixteen||夏有乔木，雅望天堂||Xia Mu|||
|L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties||爵迹||Yin Chen|||
|2017||XXX: Return of Xander Cage||极限特工3：终极回归||Nicks|||
|Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back||西遊伏妖篇||Tang Sanzang|||
|Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets||星际特工||Captain Neza|||
|Europe Raiders||欧洲攻略||Le Qi|||
|2018||L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2||爵跡2：冷血狂宴||Yin Chen|||
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Network||Notes||Ref.|
|2015||Challenger's Alliance||挑战者联盟||Fixed Cast||Zhejiang TV|
|2017||72 Floors of Mystery||七十二层奇楼||Hunan TV|
|The Rap of China||中国有嘻哈||Producer||iQiyi|
|2018||The Next Top Bang||中国梦之声·下一站传奇||Fixed Cast||Dragon TV|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(with Jessica and Krystal)
|2014||—||—||—||—||Make Your Move (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|"Time Boils The Rain (时间煮雨)"||—||—||—||—||Tiny Times 3 OST|
|"There is a Place (有一个地方)"||—||—||—||—||Somewhere Only We Know OST|
|"Bad Girl"||2015||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|"Greenhouse Girl (花房姑娘)"||—||—||—||—||Mr. Six OST|
|"From Now On (从此以后)"||2016||—||—||—||—||Sweet Sixteen OST|
|"Sword like a Dream (刀剑如梦)"||—||—||—||—||World of Sword OST|
|"Good Kid (乖乖)"
(with Tan Jing)
|—||—||—||—||Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 OST|
|"Juice"||2017||—||—||—||—||XXX: Return of Xander Cage (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|"I Choose the Road (我选择的路)"||—||—||—||—|
(featuring Travis Scott)
|"Miss You (想你)"
(featuring Zhao Liying)
|"Hold Me Down"||2018||—||—||—||—||Antares|
(featuring Jhené Aiko)
(featuring Rich the Kid)
|"A Large Bowlful of Noodles (大碗宽面)"
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2014||Somewhere Only We Know OST||"There is a Place"||Yes||Song Bin-young||—||—|
|2015||—||"Bad Girl"||Yes||—||Yes||Song Bin-young and Brave Brothers|
|Mr. Six OST||"Greenhouse Girl"||Yes||Cui Jian||—||—|
|2016||Sweet Sixteen OST||"From Now On"||Yes||Song Bin-young||—||—|
|—||"July"||Yes||Curtis, August Grant and Karl Rubin||—||—|
|2017||XXX: Return of Xander Cage (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||"Juice"||Yes||Rook Monroe, Maurice Simmonds, Darius Ginn Jr., Mario Jefferson||Yes||R!O & Kamo|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Esquire Man At His Best Awards 2014||Newcomer of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|Sohu Fashion Awards||Asian Fashion Icon of the Year|
|2015||Sina 15th Anniversary||Outstanding Youth Award|||
|22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival||Best New Actor||Somewhere Only We Know||Nominated|
|3rd China International Film Festival London||Best New Actor||Won|||
|Asian Influence Awards||Most Influential Male God||N/A||Won|||
|NetEase Attitude Awards||Idol With Most Attitude on the Silver Screen|||
|2016||Sina Weibo Awards||Weibo King|||
|Strong New Actor||Mr. Six|
|GMIC X Annual Awards||Mainland China Actor of the Year|||
|19th Shanghai International Film Festival||Newcomer with the Most Media Attention||Sweet Sixteen|||
|Fresh Asia Awards||Most Influential Male Singer of the Year||"Bad Girl"|||
|29th Tokyo International Film Festival
Gold Crane Awards Ceremony (TIFFJAPAN)
|Best Actor||Sweet Sixteen|||
|The 10th Migu Music Awards||Most Popular Male Singer of the Year (China)||N/A|||
|Top 10 Songs of the Year||"July"|
|Tencent Entertainment White Paper||Celebrity of the Year||N/A|||
|2017||8th Golden Broom Awards||Most Disappointing Actor||Various|||
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