Tian Yuan (singer)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tian.
Tian Yuan
Born (1985-03-30) March 30, 1985 (age 30)
Origin Wuhan, People's Republic of China
Genres Indie rock, trip hop
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter, actress, novelist, photographer
Instruments vocal, guitar
Years active 2001–present
Labels Dong Music
Associated acts Hopscotch
Website dongmusic.com/artists/tianyuan

Tian Yuan (Chinese: 田原; pinyin: Tián Yuán; born 30 March 1985) is a Chinese singer-songwriter, actress, novelist and photographer. Born in Wuhan, China, she majored in English at Beijing Language and Culture University, and graduated in 2007.

Music career[edit]

At age of only 16, she joined local band Hopscotch as vocal and lyricist. The band was signed under to major label Modern Sky in 2002, and released their first English-language album that year, titled A Wishful Way. The album was influenced by trip hop and indie rock, and well received by some critics and general public in China due to its fresh sound. Tian Yuan's singing career paused temporarily when a contract dispute occurred between her and Modern Sky. Tian Yuan is now recording her first solo album under a new label, Dong Music. Released 11 song solo album "田原 (Tian Yuan)" in 2010.

Writing career[edit]

In 2002, Tian released her English-language novel, Zebra Woods, which received some international acclaim, and wrote a collection of short stories while touring for A Wishful Way, which was later published in China. In May 2007, Tian Yuan released her second novel Double Mono, a novel about love, youth and self-discovery.

Acting career[edit]

Tian's acting debut was in the 2004 Hong Kong film Butterfly, which she starred as a lesbian singer, alongside Josie Ho. Her performance won an award as the Best New Performer at the 24th Hong Kong Film Award and Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards.



Year Title Director Additional Information
2004 Butterfly (蝴蝶) Yan Yan Mak
2005 The Curse of Lola (詛咒) 李虹 In competition of 2005 Tokyo International Film Festival
2006 August Story (八月的故事) Yan Yan Mak
2006 Luxury Car (江城夏日) Wang Chao Won Un Certain Regard of 2006 Cannes Film Festival
2006 Young and Clueless (青春期) 唐大年 In competition of 2006 Tokyo International Film Festival.
2007 In Love We Trust (左右) Wang Xiaoshuai
2007 Fury or Love (怒放) 辛巨擘 In competition of 2007 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
2007 Shanghai Trance (迷樂上海) David Verbeek
2007 Chinese: 跟你沒完 安戰軍
2008 Happy Funeral (六樓后座2家屬謝禮) Wong Chun-chun The sequel of Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat
2008 Gao Xing 劉曉光
2010 Who Killed Paul the Octopus?
2012 Tokyo Newcomer
2012 First Time
2013 Bends
2014 One Day as co-director
2014 The Golden Era
2014 The King of Brand

Short Films[edit]

Year Title Director Additional Information
2006 Chinese: 我把初吻獻給誰-條形碼 韓延
2006 Our Ten Years (我們的十年) Jia Zhangke Short film of Southern Metropolis Daily
2007 Chinese: 中國式美麗 Jia Zhangke Commercial film of Olay
2007 Chinese: 尋找沙漠中的美人魚 黎光

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Director Additional Information
2005 I See You Yan Yan Mak Hidden in Butterfly's DVD
2005 Chinese: 諾言 陳家煒, 單曉帆
2006 So Poetic Yan Yan Mak
2007 Chinese: 白色呼吸

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