Vanness Wu

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The native form of this personal name is Wú Jiànháo. This article uses the Western name order.
Vanness Wu
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Wu at the Joyful Family Music Event in 2012
Background information
Chinese name 吳建豪 (traditional)
Chinese name 吴建豪 (simplified)
Pinyin Wú Jiànháo (Mandarin)
Origin Taiwan
Born (1978-08-07) 7 August 1978 (age 38)
Santa Monica, California, United States
Occupation
Genre(s)
Voice type(s)
Label(s)
Years active 2000–present
Associated acts
Spouse(s) Arissa Cheo (m. 2013)
Website Link

Vanness Wu (born August 7, 1978) is a Taiwanese-American actor, singer, director, and producer. He is a member of the Taiwanese boyband F4 and the Korean Mandopop duo Kangta & Vanness.

Early and personal life[edit]

Wu was born in Santa Monica, California, and lived in Newport Beach in his mid-to-late teens. He made his move to Taiwan at the early age of 21 to "search for more to life".

On November 15, 2013, Wu married his longtime girlfriend, Singaporean heiress and entrepreneur Arissa Cheo, in Los Angeles.[1]

Career[edit]

Early Life[edit]

Wu studied performance arts and acting classes in Hollywood, and became a polyglot fluent in Cantonese, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as English and Mandarin Chinese.

Early career with F4[edit]

Main article: F4 (band)
Wu at the MTV Asia Aid in 2005.

Wu starred as Mei Zuo (美作), one of the F4 members, in the Taiwanese drama series Meteor Garden and it's sequel, Meteor Garden II. At the conclusion of the series, they continued to perform together and released three studio albums as the boy band F4. In 2002, Wu became the second F4 member, after Vic Chou, to release his debut solo album, Body Will Sing. The track, "I Hate Myself" is listed at number 95 on Hit Fm Taiwan's Hit Fm Annual Top 100 Singles Chart for 2002.[2] The album was awarded as one of the "Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year" at the 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards, presented by the Hong Kong branch of IFPI.[3]

In 200, he was featured on Beyoncé's single "Crazy in Love", featured on her album Dangerously In Love.

In 2004, Wu made his film debut in the Hong Kong film Star Runner and was nominated at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Newcomer.

In 2006, he collaborated with Korean singer Kangta, forming Kangta & Vanness. The duo released the album Scandal.

In 2008, Wu was announced as the opening act for Kanye West's "Glow In The Dark" concert in Shanghai.[4]

Solo career success[edit]

Wu has appeared in several Taiwanese dramas as well as motion pictures. In 2009, he starred in Autumn's Concerto, one of the highest-rated Taiwanese idol drama. He also released his first Japanese single "Only", which entered Top 10 of the Oricon Chart, as well as another single "I don't wanna lose you".

In 2010, Wu became the executive producer for the television series Year Of The Rain.

Wu’s third Chinese solo album C'est La V was released July 2011 under Universal Music Taiwan. It features collaborations with international artistes such as Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, as well as Bruno Mars and Justin Michael who wrote the track "Knockin".

Besides directing, producing, acting, and singing, Wu is also the creator/designer of his own jewelry line 3.V.O.7. He is also the creative director of Reebok (greater China division).

In 2012, Wu won the "Best Crossover Singer" at the 16th Chinese Global Music Charts.

In 2013, Wu joined Jiangsu TV's diving variety show Stars in Danger: The High Dive, and won the silver medal.

In January 2015, Wu was announced to be one of the judges of the talent show Asia's Got Talent, along with Indonesian-French singer Anggun, Canadian musician David Foster, and former Spice Girls member Melanie C, which aired from March to May on AXN Asia.[5]

In July 2015, Wu returned to the Philippines after a decade of his first visit for the special show for the #LiveinLevis event sponsored by Levi's in line with the launch of the Women's Denim Collection for Fall 2015. Wu's performance was a way of thanking the brand's fans and style seekers.[6][7]

In 2016, it was announced that Wu will star in his first Chinese television series The Princess Weiyoung alongside Tiffany Tang, as well as the science fiction film Pili Back.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2001 Meteor Garden 流星花園 Mei Zuo live-action adaptation of Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers
Meteor Rain 流星雨 Mei Zuo Mei Zuo's Chapter
Peach Girl 蜜桃女孩 Ah Li live-action adaptation of Japanese manga Peach Girl
2002 Meteor Garden II 流星花園2 Mei Zuo
Come To My Place 來我家吧 JJ live-action adaptation of Japanese manga Uchi ni Oideyo by Hidenori Hara
2004 Say Yes Enterprise 求婚事務所 Song Zhenkai Story 01: Cinderella
2008 Wish to See You Again 這裡發現愛 Leo
2009 Autumn's Concerto 下一站,幸福 Ren Guangxi
2010 Year Of The Rain 那年,雨不停國 Ah Huang's cousin Guest star/Executive producer
2011 Material Queen 拜金女王 Cai Jiahao
2012 Ti Amo Chocolate 愛上巧克力 Fang Jiahua
2013 Stars in Danger: The High Dive 星跳水立方 Himself Diving variety show. Qualified into finals
2015 Asia's Got Talent Himself Judge
2016 The Amazing Race China Season 3 极速前进第三季 Himself
The Princess Weiyoung 锦绣未央 Tuoba Yu

Film[edit]

Year Title Alternate Role Notes
2003 Star Runner 少年阿虎
The Kumite (Canada, USA)
Bond Cheung (Zheng Jianbang) film debut
Nominated: Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Newcomer
2005 Dragon Squad 猛龍
Dragon Heat (USA)
Wang Sun-ho
2006 Cars 汽車總動員 Lightning McQueen Voice-acting, Taiwanese version only
2007 Kung Fu Fighter 功夫無敵 Ma Li
2008 Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon 三國之見龍卸甲 Guan Xing
2009 LaMB Dr. Jack Griswold English voice-acting
Kung Fu Chefs 功夫廚神 Long Jianyi
2010 The Haunting Lover 借室還魂 Liang Guang
1040 Movie Himself Exclusive interview
2011 The Road Less Traveled 樂之路 Mike Produced by Smash and Grab (co-founded by Vaness)
2012 Baseballove 球愛天空 Lin Chenghui
2013 Machi Action 變身 Cameo appearance
2014 Girls 閨蜜 Sky (Jiu Tian)
2015 Dragon Blade 天將雄獅 Cameo appearance
Monk Comes Down the Mountain 道士下山 Cui Daorong
TBA A-Choo 打噴嚏 alternative title My Lover is a Superman (我的情敌是超人)
Pili Back 霹雳再现

[8] [9] [10]

Discography[edit]

See also: F4 (band)

Studio album[edit]

Album# Title Track List Notes
1st Body Will Sing (身體會唱歌)
  1. 序曲 (Intro)
  2. 尋找茱麗葉 (Searching for Juliet)
  3. My Friend
  4. 我討厭我自己 (I Hate Myself)
  5. 身體會唱歌 (Body Will Sing)
  6. 寂寞廣場 (Lonely Square)
  7. Sick
  8. 想像十個你 (Imagine Ten of You)
  9. 那個女生 (That Girl)
  10. 午夜場的電影 (Midnight Movie)
  11. 因為太愛你 (Because I love you too much)
  12. Can't Help Falling in Love (by F4)
"CD + CD Extra" version also featured "Ask for More" by F4
2nd V.DUBB
  1. 我的王國 (My Kingdom)
  2. Never Let You Go
  3. 放手 (Let Go)
  4. Just One Dance
  5. Friday Night
  6. 幻想這愛 (Wanna Love Somebody)
  7. 零時差 (In Sync)
  8. 媽媽 (Mama)
  9. 如果 (If)
  10. Eternity
  11. 幻想這愛 (Wanna Love Somebody) (House Remix) (Cantonese Version)
Japanese release featured a Japanese version of "Wanna Love Somebody" as Track 11, plus a Japanese version of "Wanna Love Somebody (Justin Michael Remix)" as Track 12
3rd In Between (New + Best Selection)
  1. 我不是自己 (I Am Not Myself) [New song]
  2. Lucky Me [New song]
  3. 自己的節奏 (My Own Pace) [New song]
  4. 我討厭我自己 (I Hate Myself)
  5. 午夜場的電影 (Midnight Movie)
  6. 零時差 (Zero Time Adjustment)
  7. 尋找茱麗葉 (Searching For Juliet)
  8. 我的王國 (My Kingdom)
  9. 放手 (Let Go)
  10. 想像十個你 (Imagining Ten Of You)
  11. Never Let You Go
  12. Listen to Your Heart
  13. 誰讓妳流淚 (Who Made You Cry)
  14. 因為太愛你 (Because I love you too much)
  15. 媽媽 (Mother)
4th Reflections
  1. Hyper Car
  2. Kodoku
  3. Stuck on U
  4. Reason
  5. Purple Rain
  6. I Don't Wanna Lose You
  7. Only
  8. Super Model (English)
  9. Sail Away (English)
  10. Devil (English)
First Japanese album
5th V
  1. Break Out!
  2. Mission
  3. Why
  4. No More Tears
  5. Soldier
  6. Better
  7. Shine On (Plasmo` Electric Mix)
  8. Love Will Come
Second Japanese album

Better was written by Bruno Mars

6th C'est La V
  1. Intro
  2. 說愛就愛 (Love Faith Live)
  3. Is This All feat. Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic
  4. Do it feat. 仔仔
  5. 命定 (Destined)
  6. 有你在 (When You’re Near)
  7. 只要她快樂 (Happiness)
  8. 愛的手榴彈 (Love Grenade)
  9. 愛沒走 (Don’t Leave)
  10. 哎呀 (Aiya)
  11. 透明愛 (In The Limelight)
  12. Knockin’ (English)
Knockin' was written and produced by Bruno Mars

有你在 was featured in TV Drama “Material Queen” Is This All was written and composed by Ryan Tedder, and was also the theme song from TV Drama “Material Queen”.

7th Different Man
  1. V.A.N.N.E.S.S (Intro)
  2. 趁愛打劫 (Heart Thief)
  3. 愛裡面(feat.Enik Lin) (Inside Love)
  4. Different Man
  5. Love Overtime
  6. 讓我更愛我 (Beautiful)
  7. 真的明白 (Realized)
  8. 你怎麼知道 (How did you know)
  9. 改裝(feat.Flowsik) (Let It Go)
  10. LOV3
  11. 小婚禮(Marry Me)
  12. V.A.N.N.E.S.S (Outro)

Love Overtime is a tribute to Michael Jackson and Prince

Singles[edit]

Single# Title Track List
1st Only
  1. ONLY
  2. Cinderella
  3. Hello Super star
  4. ONLY (Instrumental)
  5. Cinderella (Instrumental)
  6. Hello Super star (Instrumental)
2nd I Don't Wanna Lose You
  1. I Don't Wanna Lose You
  2. KODOKU
  3. It's Your Girl
  4. I Don't Wanna Lose You (Instrumental)
  5. KODOKU (Instrumental)
  6. It's Your Girl (Instrumental)
3rd Reason
  1. Reason
  2. Stuck on U
  3. Devil
  4. Reason (Instrumental)
  5. Stuck on U (Instrumental)
  6. Devil (Instrumental)
4th No More Tears
  1. No more Tears
  2. That Girl
  3. Supafly
  4. No more Tears (Instrumental)
  5. That Girl (Instrumental)
  6. Supafly (Instrumental)
5th Soldier
  1. Soldier
  2. Shine on
  3. Better
  4. Soldier (Instrumental)
  5. Shine on (Instrumental)
  6. Better (Instrumental)
6th Endless Dance
  1. Endless Dance
  2. Every Moment
  3. Destiny
  4. Endless Dance (Instrumental)
  5. Every Moment (Instrumental)
  6. Destiny (Instrumental)

With Kangta & Vanness[edit]

Main article: Kangta & Vanness
  • 2006 - Scandal - Kangta & Vanness Collaboration

Other collaborations[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maclang, Jon Khristian (August 27, 2015). "Sibling Act: Elva Hsiao, Vaness Wu's Matters of the Heart". Yibada. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ (Chinese) Hit-Fm年度百首單曲 2002 (#51 to 100) Retrieved 2011-04-16
  3. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2002 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Retrieved 2011-04-19
  4. ^ http://english.cri.cn/3086/2008/11/02/1221s420334.htm
  5. ^ "'Asia's Got Talent' judges announced". The Philippine Star. January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lejano, Don (August 1, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: F4's Van Ness Wu returns to Manila". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Tantuco, Vernise (July 31, 2015). "IN PHOTOS: Vanness Wu performs in the Philippines". Rappler. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Vanness Wu". imdb.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Vanness Wu". chinesemov.com. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Official Movie Site - VanNess Wu". 1040movie.com. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 

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