Liu Yifei

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Liu Yifei
Chinese name 劉亦菲 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘亦菲 (simplified)
Pinyin Líu Yìfēi (Mandarin)
Birth name An Feng (安风)
Born (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 29)
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Other name(s) Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子),
Crystal Liu
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop, Japanese pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano
Label(s) Red Star Dock Brokerage Firm (2005-present, China)
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (2008-2013, USA)
Years active 2002-present
Parents An Shaokang (father)
Liu Xiaoli (mother)
Chen Jinfei (godfather)
Official website
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Liu.

Liu Yifei (born 25 August 1987[1]), birth name An Feng (安风), legal name Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子),[2] also known as Crystal Liu, is a popular Chinese actress, model and singer. Said to be one of the most beautiful Chinese actresses, Liu is widely known as "Fairy Sister" in the entertainment industry for her sweet and delicate image.

Early life and education[edit]

Liu was born in Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei and her birth name was "An Feng".[1] She is an only child. Her father is An Shaokang (安少康), a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and a French language university professor, while her mother is Liu Xiaoli (刘晓莉), a dancer and a stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old and she was raised solely by her mother. That same year, she adopted her mother's family name and changed her legal name to "Liu Ximeizi" and began modelling, along with training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. Her godfather is Chen Jinfei (陈金飞), the Chairman of Beijing Tongchan Investment Group (北京通产投资集团).[3][4]

When she was 11 years old, Liu and her mother moved to New York City, where she attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67.[5] She returned to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career and adopted the stage name "Liu Yifei" (刘亦菲). Several weeks later, Liu was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15, and graduated in 2006.


Acting career[edit]

2003-2006: Starring roles in televisions and Rise to fame[edit]

Immediately after her admittance into the Beijing Film Academy, Liu Yifei received offers to star in various television series. Her first television appearance was in The Story of a Noble Family. The series was broadcast on prime-time slots in 2003, and became the highest-rated show in CCTV.

The same year, she was chosen to play Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. The series was broadcast in Taiwan, achieving a rating of 5.69 and becoming the highest-rated mainland television series in Taiwan. Liu's role as the beautiful Wang Yuyan earned her the nickname of "Fairy Sister".

In 2004, Liu made her film debut in the Taiwanese romantic film Love of May.

In 2005, Liu played Zhao Ling'er in Chinese Paladin, an adaptation of the action RPG The Legend of Sword and Fairy. This role shot Liu to fame in China and made her a household name overnight. She gained many fans, and was especially popular among younger viewers who grew up playing the game the show was based on.

After intense speculation on who would play Xiaolongnü in The Return of the Condor Heroes, the role was finally offered to Liu. The series was based on Louis Cha's novel of the same title. Liu's casting was backed by Cha himself, who felt that she had all the necessary qualities to portray the young and innocent female protagonist.[6] After the drama aired, it garnered high ratings as well as critical acclaim. Liu started to gain recognition in Southeast Asia after the show was broadcast in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Due to her soaring popularity, Liu was chosen to become the "Golden Eagle Goddess" at The 6th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival.

2008 - Present: Movie Roles[edit]

After achieving success in the TV industry, Liu then ventured onto the big screen, starring in many notable films. In 2008, she starred in her first Hollywood production The Forbidden Kingdom, in which she played Golden Sparrow, an orphan seeking revenge against her parents' killer.

In 2010, she starred in romance-comedy movie Love in Disguise opposite Taiwanese singer-actor Wang Leehom, which went on to become the highest-grossing film for a first-time director in Chinese history, grossing over 60 million RMB domestically.

The following year, she starred alongside Louis Koo in Wilson Yip's supernatural film A Chinese Ghost Story, adapted from one of stories of Pu Songling's Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. She then starred in historical film White Vengeance. The movie became the opening film at the Pyongyang Film Festival, receiving enthusiastic response and good critical reception. It is also commercially successful.

In 2012, Liu was cast as Wu Qing in Chen Kaige's wuxia action film The Four, a film adaptation of Woon Swee Oan's novel series Si Da Ming Bu (四大名捕; The Four Great Constables). The same year, she played Diao Chan in The Assassins, starring Chow Yun-fat as the titular Cao Cao in a movie about the famous warlord's later years.

At the 5th Macau International Movies Festival, Liu won her first major acting award in her 11-year career when she was crowned the Best Actress for her performance in The Assassins. She also received the Best Actress Award at the Golden Lotus Awards.

From 2013 to 2014, Liu reprised her role as Wu Qing in the second and third installments of The Four trilogy. In 2014, she collaborated with Korean actor-singer Rain in the film For Love or Money, based on Hong Kong novelist Amy Cheung's 2006 novel of the same name. She then starred in American-Chinese action film Outcast directed by Nick Powell, alongside Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen. The film was originally planned for a 2014 release but was delayed to September 2015.

In June 2015, she was cast as the female lead in the movie adaptation of fantasy novel Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, titled Once Upon a Time. The film, which co-stars actor Yang Yang will be released in 2017. Liu then starred opposite Korean actor Song Seung-heon in the melodrama film The Third Way of Love, which was released in September. In November 2015, Liu was cast as the female lead in Bille August's action film The Chinese Widow.

To prepare for her role as a foreign student in Night Peacock, Liu started to learn the French language. The art film premiered a the Busan International Film Festival and was nominated in the Asian Film category. It was also nominated at the Montreal World Film Festival, where Liu won the Best Actress Award. In the same year, she starred in youth romance film Never Gone alongside Kris Wu, based on the popular novel by Xin Yiwu.

In September 2016, Liu was cast alongside William Feng in the fantasy romance film Yi Dai Yao Jing.

Music career[edit]

Liu Yifei made her first foray into her music career in August 2005 when she secured a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Japan. After taking up singing and dancing lessons for a year, she released her first single "Mayonaka no Door" with Sony Music on July 19, 2006. Her debut album Liu Yifei was released the next month in various parts of Asia such as mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia, featuring a diverse music repertoire including rap and soft rock. In the same year, Liu also released her Japanese album in which the single, "Mayonaka no Doa" was chosen to be the theme for an animation series Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z by Tokyo TV.

Personal life[edit]

Liu began dating Song Seung-heon, a South Korean actor, in 2015. They met while filming The Third Way of Love.[7]



Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2004 Love of May 五月之恋 Zhao Xuan
2004 The Love Winner 喜歡你喜歡我 Jin Qiaoli
2006 Abao's Story 阿宝的故事 Xixi Cameo
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 Golden Sparrow
2010 Love in Disguise 恋爱通告 Song Xiaoqing
2011 A Chinese Fairy Tale 倩女幽魂 Nie Xiaoqian
2011 White Vengeance 鸿门宴 Consort Yu
2012 The Four 四大名捕 Wu Qing
2012 The Assassins 铜雀台[8] Lingju / Diaochan
2013 The Four II 四大名捕2 Wu Qing
2014 The Four III 四大名捕3 Wu Qing
2014 For Love or Money 露水红颜 Xing Lu
2015 Outcast 白幽灵传奇之绝命逃亡 Zhao Lian
2015 The Third Way of Love 第三種愛情 Zou Yu
2016 Night Peacock 夜孔雀 Elsa [9]
2016 Never Gone 原来你还在这里 Su Yunjin [10]
2016 The Chinese Widow 營救飛虎隊 Ying [11]
2017 Once Upon a Time 三生三世十里桃花 Bai Qian [12]
2017 Yi Dai Yao Jing 一代妖精 Bai Xianchu


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2003 Story of a Noble Family, TheThe Story of a Noble Family 金粉世家 Bai Xiuzhu
2003 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部 Wang Yuyan
2005 Chinese Paladin 仙剑奇侠传 Zhao Ling'er
2005 Doukou Nianhua 豆蔻年华 Teacher Xiao Zhao
2006 Return of the Condor Heroes, TheThe Return of the Condor Heroes 神鵰俠侶 Xiaolongnü



Album information Track list Notes
Title: Liu Yifei
Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
Release date: 31 August 2006
  1. 泡芙女孩
  2. 就要我滋味
  3. 心悸
  4. 幸运草
  5. 放飞美丽
  6. 世界的秘密
  7. 一克拉的眼泪
  8. 做你的秒钟
  9. 毛毛雨
  10. 爱的延长赛
Chinese album
Title: All My Words
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 6 September 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. 恋する週末
  4. 愛のミナモト
  5. どこまでも ひろがる空に向かって
  6. テノヒラノカナタ
  7. My sunshiny day
  8. 世界の秘密
  10. 月の夜
  11. スピード
  12. Pieces of my words ~言の花~
Japanese album


Album information Track list Notes
Title: Mayonaka no door
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 19 July 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. brightly
  3. 真夜中のドア (Instrumental)
  4. brightly (Instrumental)
Japanese album


  1. ^ a b (Chinese) 劉亦菲成長照片曝光 跳新疆舞美若天仙 People's Daily. November 30, 2005. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  2. ^ The "茜" (Xi) in her legal name comes from the German film Sissi (Chinese translation 茜茜公主—hence the pronunciation of xi, not qian; her mother calls her Xixi). (Chinese) "神仙姐姐" 劉亦菲 Xinhua online. July 29, 2004. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  3. ^ (Chinese) 揭秘刘亦菲富豪“教父” 中国首富榜排23
  4. ^ (Chinese) 刘亦菲“富豪继父”真实身份揭秘
  5. ^ (Chinese) 芳邻刘亦菲. October 22, 2006. Retrieved on June 24, 2008.
  6. ^ (Chinese)張紀中定"新俠侶" 金庸贊"小龍女" People's Daily. July 13, 2006. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  7. ^ "Actor Song Seung-heon dating actress Liu Yifei". Yonhap. August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Stars of "The Four" and "The Assassins" Set to Shine at BJIFF
  9. ^ Clifford Coonan (February 8, 2015). "Berlin: France Setting the Pace On China Co-Productions". Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "《致青春2》开机 吴亦凡刘亦菲重返18岁(组图)". 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Liu Yifei stars in The Chinese Widow for Zhejiang Roc Pictures". November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ Etan Vlessing (September 9, 2015). "NBCUniversal International Inks Multi-Year Movie Deal With China's Alibaba". Retrieved September 9, 2015. 

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