Lin Gengxin

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Lin Gengxin
Chinese name
Pinyin Lín Gēngxīn (Mandarin)
Born (1988-02-13) 13 February 1988 (age 30)
Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Other names Kenny Lin
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Shanghai Theatre Academy
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present
Manager(s) Tangren Media (2010–2012)
Lin Gengxin Studio (2013–present)

Lin Gengxin (Chinese: 林更新, born 13 February 1988), also known as Kenny Lin, is a Chinese actor. Lin rose to fame for his role in Scarlet Heart (2011), and has starred in several #1 box office hits such as Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013), My Old Classmate (2014), The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014) and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017) as well as television series Princess Agents (2017).

Early life[edit]

Lin was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. He enrolled in the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2007. During his college years, Lin appeared in low-budget films, television shows, short films and advertisements.


2011–2013: Rising popularity[edit]

Lin rose to fame with the 2011 hit drama Scarlet Heart, playing the role of 14th Prince Yinti.[1] He then co-starred in xianxia drama Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky (2012),[2] which was extremely popular during its run and raised his profile.[3] Lin successfully made his crossover to film with his role in Tsui Hark's Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013).[4] He was nominated for the Best New Actor award at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards.[5]

2014–present: Commercial success[edit]

In 2014, Lin starred in youth romance film My Old Classmate with Zhou Dongyu.[6] The film was a commercial success, and won the Jury Prize at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival.[7] The same year, he starred in crime action film Black & White: The Dawn of Justice;[8] and reunited with Tsui Hark in the period action film The Taking of Tiger Mountain.[9] The Taking of Tiger Mountain was a success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time in China with US$150 million.[10]

In 2015, Lin was cast in Chinese historical drama God of War, Zhao Yun, based on the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. He plays General Zhao Yun, who falls in love with a girl named Xiahou Qingyi (played by Girls' Generation's Im Yoona).[11] The drama premiered in April 2016, and reached viewership ratings as high as 2%, and recorded more than 10 billion hits through various Chinese online videos sites.[12][13] The same year, Lin headlined action comedy For a Few Bullets and martial arts film Sword Master.[14][15] He also featured in Zhang Yimou's historical fantasy epic The Great Wall.[16]

In 2017, Lin starred in Stephen Chow's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, playing Sun Wukong.[17] The film grossed $239.5 million,[18] becoming the highest grossing film among the Journey to the West novel adaptations.[19] The same year, he starred in historical action drama Princess Agents.[20] The drama was a massive hit, and Lin gained renewed recognition for his portrayal of the male lead, Yuwen Yue.[21]

In 2018, Lin will reprise his role as Shatuo Zhong in Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, the third installment of the Detective Dee film series by Tsui Hark.[22]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2009 The Immemorial Magic 玩命魔术 Tong Xing
2011 The Blue Cornflower 蓝色矢车菊 Nan Haitian
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龙王 Shatuo Zhong
2014 Just Another Margin 大话天仙 Lin Chong Cameo
My Old Classmate 同桌的你 Lin Yi
Black & White: The Dawn of Justice 痞子英雄2 Chen Zhen
The Taking of Tiger Mountain 智取威虎山 Shao Jianbo
2015 Jian Bing Man 煎饼侠 Himself Cameo
2016 For a Few Bullets 快手枪手快枪手 Xiao Zhuang
Sword Master 三少爺的劍 Hsieh Shaofeng / Ah Chi
The Great Wall 長城 General Chen
2017 Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 西游伏妖篇 Sun Wukong
What A Day! 有完没完 Xiao Xin Cameo
2018 Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 狄仁杰之四大天王 Shatuo Zhong

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2011 Scarlet Heart 步步惊心 Yinti
2012 Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky 轩辕剑:天之痕 Zhang Lie
Drama Go! Go! Go! 姐姐立正向前走 Tong Shaotian [23]
2013 Dancing Legend 舞乐传奇 Burmese Prince Shu Nanda [24]
2016 God of War, Zhao Yun 武神赵子龙 Zhao Zilong
2017 Princess Agents 楚乔传 Yuwen Yue

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2015 Challenger Alliance 挑戰者聯盟 Cast member [25]
2017 Baby, Let me go 放开我北鼻第二季 [26]
2017 Three Yard 三个院子 [27]
2018 Clash Bots 机器人争霸 [28]

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Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2014 9th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum Awards Best New Actor My Old Classmate [31]
11th Guangzhou Student Film Festival Most Popular Actor [32]


  1. ^ "林更新袁弘《步步》五大王爷恋情PK". Sina (in Chinese). May 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "图文:《轩辕剑》曝剧照-林更新饰张烈". Sina (in Chinese). August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "《轩辕剑》大结局完美收官 开创周播剧新纪元". Tencent (in Chinese). September 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "《狄仁杰》发海报预告 神都龙王露狰狞". Sina (in Chinese). July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "18:37 提名新人林更新红色西装喜庆亮相". NetEase (in Chinese). April 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "电影《同桌的你》开拍 高晓松监制". Sina (in Chinese). July 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "《同桌的妳》票房破四亿 北京大学生电影节获奖". NetEase (in Chinese). May 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "黄渤赵又廷《痞子英雄2》再合作 林更新加盟". NetEase (in Chinese). September 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "徐克"智取威虎山3D"首发剧照 张涵予杨子荣造型曝光". Mtime (in Chinese). January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Patrick Frater. "China Box Office: 'Wolf Warrior' and 'Kingsman' Dominate $100 Million Weekend". Variety. 
  11. ^ "Yoona, Lin Gengxin to star in drama "Zhao Zilong"". Sina English. February 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ Jung Eun-jin (April 17, 2016). "SNSD Yoona making waves in China". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. 
  13. ^ ""China 'God of War, Zhao Yun' 10 billion views, an incredible feat"" 윤아 "中 '무신조자룡' 100억뷰, 정말 어마어마한 일". Xportsnews (in Korean). XportsMedia. July 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ ""For A Few Bullets", Compared to New Journey to The West". China Radio International. April 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Derek Yee, Hark Tusi team up for martial arts epic". China Radio International. December 1, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Zhang Yimou's new film reveals star-studded cast". Sina. March 12, 2015. 
  17. ^ "《西游2》阵容独家曝光 唐僧吴亦凡沙僧巴特尔". Tencent. August 6, 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Journey To The West: The Demons Strike Back' summary page". Box Office Mojo. February 16, 2017. 
  19. ^ "《西游伏妖篇》 破13亿周星驰路演称为了观众我会越做越好". China Youth Daily (in Chinese). February 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ "《楚乔传》曝定档海报 赵丽颖变特工少". Sina (in Chinese). May 22, 2017. 
  21. ^ "林更新《楚乔传》边疆归来 细腻演技感情动人" (in Chinese). July 5, 2017. 
  22. ^ "New Detective Dee film set to thrill mystery fans". China Daily. May 10, 2017. 
  23. ^ "《姐姐立正向前走》林心如林更新汪东城多角恋". Sina (in Chinese). December 27, 2011. 
  24. ^ "《舞乐传奇》土豪林更新成百变王子(图)". Sina (in Chinese). January 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ "挑战者林更新智斗导演组 游戏黑洞变机智". Sina (in Chinese). November 20, 2015. 
  26. ^ "《放开我北鼻2》林更新于小彤拉易烊千玺组"新团"". Sina (in Chinese). April 24, 2017. 
  27. ^ "《三个院子》正式官宣 林更新陈赫朱桢加盟". Sina (in Chinese). October 28, 2017. 
  28. ^ "林更新加盟《机器人争霸》 能否逆袭引关注". Sina (in Chinese). January 26, 2018. 
  29. ^ Lin Gengxin at
  30. ^ Lin Gengxin at
  31. ^ "第9届华语青年影像论坛闭幕 韩寒等获颁年度新锐影人". People's Daily (in Chinese). November 6, 2014. 
  32. ^ "《同桌的你》获11届广州大学生电影节最受欢迎电影". ifeng (in Chinese). December 29, 2014. 

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