Vic Chou

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Vic Chou
Vic Chou at autograph event 20090921.jpg
Vic Chou at autograph event in 2009
Background information
Chinese name 周渝民
Pinyin Zhōu Yùmín (Mandarin)
Born 周育民
(1981-06-09) June 9, 1981 (age 36)
Yilan, Taiwan
Other names 仔仔 (pinyin: Zǎizai)
Ethnicity Han and Atayal
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2001–present
Genre(s) Mandopop, Rock music
Voice type(s) Lyric Baritone
Label(s) Sony Music Taiwan
Associated acts F4
Spouse(s) Reen Yu (m. 2015)
Children 1

Vic Chou (Chinese: 周渝民; pinyin: Zhōu Yúmín) is a Taiwanese actor and singer.[1] He is a member of the Taiwanese boy band F4.[2]

Career[edit]

F4[edit]

Chou rose to fame for his role as Hua Ze Lei in the highly popular Taiwan television series Meteor Garden. At the conclusion of the series, Chou along with the other cast members of Meteor Garden; Jerry Yan, Vanness Wu and Ken Chu continued to perform together and released three studio albums as the quartet boy band F4.

Music career[edit]

Chou was the first F4 member to release his own album Make a Wish in January 2002. This was followed by Remember, I Love You which was released in January 2004.

His third album, I'm Not F4 was released in October 2007 and topped Taiwan's major charts for 3 weeks.

Acting career[edit]

Aside from Meteor Garden, Chou has appeared in Taiwanese series such as Poor Prince and Love Storm, considered to be very "typical" idol dramas. However, with the 2004 television series Mars, Zhou took on a more complex role as a set of twins who suffer from mental illnesses. Zhou considers a turning point in his career. In many interviews, Zhou has pinpointed this as the moment where his interest in acting was truly piqued. Since then, he has taken on increasingly multi-facted roles, such as an ambitious but lonely businessman in Silence, a cranky perfectionist in Sweet Relationship and an awkward but passionate novelist in Wish to See You Again.

In 2008, Chou embarked on his first film, Linger alongside Li Bingbing.

In 2009, he took a departure from Taiwanese idol dramas and starred in the police drama Black & White. Zhou takes on the challenging role of an emotionally complex policeman with a past that is thrown into a dangerous web of corruption. Due to the popularity of the drama, talks of bringing Black and White to the big screen are currently taking place. Chou was nominated for Best Actor at the 44th Golden Bell Awards for his performance in Black & White.[3] He also won the "Most Popular Actor" for the Taiwan/Hong Kong region at the QQ Entertainment Awards.

In 2010, Chou won "Most Popular Taiwanese Actor" at the Seoul International Drama Awards. The same year, he starred in Love You 10,000 Years. The film was the 5th best-selling Chinese film in Taiwan for 2010, and won "Most Popular with the Audience" at the 6th Osaka Asian Film Festival.

In 2013, Chou won the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor for his performance in Home.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role
2001 Meteor Garden 流星花園 Huā Zé Lèi
Poor Prince 貧窮貴公子 Shān Tián Tài Láng
Meteor Rain 流星雨 Huā Zé Lèi
2002 Come To My Place 來我家吧 Zhang Zhongyuan
Meteor Garden II 流星花園 2 Huā Zé Lèi
2003 Love Storm 狂愛龍捲風 Lù Yǐngfēng
2004 Mars 戰神 Chén Líng, Chén Shèng
2006 Silence 深情密碼 Qi Weiyi
2007 Sweet Relationship 美味關係 Fang Zhitian
2008 Wish to See You Again 這裡發現愛 Xu Le
2009 Black and White 痞子英雄 Chen Zai Tian
Memoirs Of Madam Jin 金大班最後一夜 Sheng Yueru
2012 Coming Home 回家 Su Taiying
2017 Beauties in the Closet 櫃中美人 Li Han
2018 The Flame's Daughter 烈火如歌 Yin Xue

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role
2008 Linger 蝴蝶飛 Lin Xudong
Tea Fight 鬪茶 Brother Yang
2010 Love You 10,000 Years 愛你一萬年 Wu Qifeng
2011 Sleepless Fashion 与时尚同居 Zhou Xiaohui
2012 New Perfect Two 新天生一对 Ah B
2013 Saving General Yang 忠烈楊家將 Yang San Lang
Day of Redemption 早見晚愛 Gu Bin
A Moment of Love 回到愛開始的地方 Xu Nianzu
2014 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 單身男女2 Cheng Zijian
2015 Detective Gui 宅女偵探桂香 Ah Zhe
Go Lala Go 2 杜拉拉追婚记 Wang Wei
2016 S Storm S風暴 Song Renxin
2017 Two Wrongs Make a Right 天生不對 Qin Rui

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Album # Album info
1st Make a Wish
2nd Remember, I Love You (記得我愛你)
3rd I'm Not F4 (我不是F4)
4th Vic Chou - The Best Collection (仔仔精選2001 - 2009)
(New + Collection Album)

Soundtrack contribution/other song[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Track listing
2003 Love Storm Original Soundtrack 抂愛龍捲風 戀曲 OST I breathe you (我呼吸你)
2004 Mars Original Soundtrack 戰神MARS Let Me Love You - 讓我愛你 duet with Barbie Xu (pinyin: Rang Wǒ Ài Nǐ) (Track 2)
2004 百事音樂風雲榜 Just For You
2006 Silence Original Soundtrack 深情密碼

Familiar Gentleness - 熟悉的温柔 (pinyin: Shou Xi De Wen Rou) (Track 1)

F4 albums[edit]

Album # Album Info Track listing
1st Meteor Rain (流星雨)
  • 為你執著 - (wei ni zhi zhuo / Persistence For You)
  • 最特別的存在 - (zui te bie de cun zai / The Most Special Existence)
2nd Fantasy 4ever (煙火的季節)
  • 一個人的冬季 (yi ge ren de dong ji / Lonely Winter)
  • 怎麽會是你 - (zen me hui shi ni / How Is It You)
3rd Waiting for you (在這裡等你)
  • 殘念 (can nian)
  • 白 (bai / White)

Publications[edit]

He also released a photographic album in October 2002, titled Travel Dream(流浪夢) which contains his pictures shot during one of his trips to Hokkaidō, Japan.

His second photobook titled 4Faces: Taipei & Tokyo was released in October 2006. There are 4 themes: Natural Face, Cool Face, Stylish Face and Fashionable Face. The first 2 themes were shot in Taipei while the last 2 themes were shot in Tokyo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vic Chou". chinesemov.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ 'Meteor Garden' star is now married. ABS-CBN News (2015-11-11). Retrieved on 2016-12-31.
  3. ^ (in Chinese) TTV 44th Golden Bell Awards homepage Retrieved 25 Sept 2010
  4. ^ Lee, Hsin-Yin (26 October 2013). "Golden Bell: Vic Chou wins Best Actor award". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 

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