Wallace Chung

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Wallace Chung
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Background information
Chinese name鍾漢良 (traditional)
Chinese name钟汉良 (simplified)
PinyinZhong Hànliáng (Mandarin)
JyutpingZung1 Hon3 Loeng4 (Cantonese)
Born (1974-11-30) 30 November 1974 (age 44)
Hong Kong
EthnicityHakka
Occupation
Years active1993–present
Genre(s)Mandopop
Label(s)TVB (1993–1995)
Music Impact (1995–1998)
Rock Records (2000–2005)
Cornucopia Music (2006–present)
Hairun Media (2012–2015)
Shanghai Cornucopia Television Culture Media (present)
AncestryHuiyang, Guangdong, China
Websitehttp://www.wallacechung.cc

Wallace Chung (born 30 November 1974), also known as Chung Hon-leung (simplified Chinese: 钟汉良; traditional Chinese: 鍾漢良; pinyin: Zhong Hànliáng), is a Hong Kong actor and singer of Hakka ancestry. His debut was in the 1993 Hong Kong TVB biographical television drama The Chord to Victory, portraying Kenny Bee, a member of The Wynners. In 1995, Chung moved to Taiwan to pursue a singing career under the guidance of record producer Samuel Tai, subsequently signing a contract with Music Impact (BMG).

Chung's successful debut with his 1995 dance album OREA dubbed him as Taiwan's "Little Sun." The eponymous title song quickly raced to #1, topping the charts for many weeks. In December 1995, Chung released his second album, By Your Side, which earned him a title as Taiwan's Best Idol for two years in the row.[1] Chung achieved further fame in mainland China through the television series Imminent Crisis, making him the only actor from Hong Kong to be nominated at the China TV Golden Eagle Award. He gained mainstream popularity in 2015 with the hit romance drama My Sunshine, and won the Asia Grand Star Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards.[2]

Career[edit]

1995–1998: Beginnings and Rise to fame[edit]

In 1995, Chung was recommended by Taiwanese music producers, and signed on with the record company BMG. That July, he debuted as a singer with his first solo album, OREA. The eponymous title song quickly raced to #1, topping the charts for many weeks. In December, he released his second album, By Your Side. With his successful debut and entry into the entertainment industry, the Taiwanese media dubbed him as Taiwan's "Little Sun".

In July 1996, he made his film debut in Hi Sir. Chung also contributed to the soundtrack of the film, singing the theme song "Ai Bu Shi Shou". Hi Sir topped box office charts and became the biggest summer hit of 1996. In October, he released his first Cantonese album titled Present, officially embarking onto the Hong Kong music industry.

In October 1998, Chung released his sixth album, Hello, How Are You. The title song "Subway" was nominated at the Golden Melody Awards for Best Composition. Chung also received praise for penning the lyrics to most of his songs, including "Really Like Me", "Us" and "I Really Want to Know".

1999–2009: Focus on acting[edit]

From 1999 onwards, Chung moved to the Mainland to focus on his acting career. The same year, he played his first television leading role in wuxia drama Windstorm.[3] In 2001, Chung had a guest role in the pan-asia hit drama Meteor Garden.

Chung resumed his singing career in 2004. He published his seventh Mandarin-language album, Soul Man. The album received positive reviews from music critics.[4]

Chung first gained recognition for his portrayal of two Qing-dynasty figures. In 2006, Chung starred in Secret History of Kangxi, portraying a famous Chinese poet Nalan Xingde.[5] In 2008, Chung starred in Royal Tramp, portraying Kangxi Emperor.[6]

In 2009, Chung starred in King of Shanghai.[7] He was nominated for the Most Popular Actor award at the Shanghai Television Festival.

2011–2014: Rising popularity[edit]

In 2010, Chung starred in the romance melodrama Too Late to Say Loving You, portraying Mu Rongfeng. The drama earned a cult following among Mainland audiences, and Chung gained popularity in the Chinese mainland, especially among female audiences.[8]

In January 2010, Chung released his eleventh Mandarin album, All Eyes On Me. Upon its release in mainland China in October, the album topped the charts and Chung won the Best Male Stage Performance at the Beijing Pop Music Awards.[9] Chung once again won the award in 2011, with his single "One Day We Will Grow Old". The song was also named as one of the Top 10 songs of the year. In October 2011, he held his first solo concert titled "Wallace S-Party Concert" at Shanghai's Luwan Gymnasium.[10]

In 2012, he starred in the spy drama Imminent Crisis. Chung's performance earned him acclaim, and he was nominated the Audience's Favorite TV Drama Actor in the Hong Kong and Taiwan region at the 26th China TV Golden Eagle Award and the Most Popular Actor at the 9th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival.[11] He won the Audience's Favorite TV Drama Actor in the Hong Kong and Taiwan region, becoming the first actor from Hong Kong and Taiwan region to win such a national TV award.[12]

Chung was once again nominated for the award the subsequent year with his performance in the wuxia drama The Magic Blade (2012), adapted from Gu Long's novel of the same title.[13] Chung was also awarded the Best Actor award at the 3rd LeTV awards for his performance.

In 2013, Chung starred in the romance drama Best Time, based on Tong Hua's novel The Most Beautiful Time. The series was a ratings hit, leading to increased popularity for Chung.[14] Chung was awarded the Best Actor award for the Hong Kong and Taiwan region at the 4th LeTV awards. The same year, he starred in the wuxia drama The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, adapted from Louis Cha's novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils.[15] He then starred in crime thriller film Drug War, directed by Johnnie To.[16]

In 2014, Chung played dual roles in the drama The Stand-In, adapted from the film Bodyguards and Assassins.[17] The series was nominated for the Outstanding Television Series award at the Flying Apsaras Awards. He also starred alongside Feng Shaofeng and Chen Bolin in the road trip comedy film The Continent, directed by Han Han.[18]

2015–present: Mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2015, Chung starred in the romance melodrama in My Sunshine, based on the novel Silent Separation written by Gu Man. The series was a major hit, and propelled Chung to mainstream popularity in China.[19] Chung received the Asia Star Grand Award at the 2015 Seoul International Drama Awards.[20] The same year, he announced his directorial debut, Sandglass, a youth movie adapted from best-selling author Rao Xueman's book by the same name.[21]

In December 2015, Chung released a new album titled Sing For Life,[22] and announced his Sing For Life World Tour. The tour began in Shanghai on February 20, 2016, and subsequently traveled to Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Beijing.[23]

In 2016, Chung starred in the action comedy film Bounty Hunters, directed by Shin Terra, alongside Tiffany Tang and Korean actor Lee Min-ho.[24] The same year, he starred in the crime thriller Tik Tok.[25] Chung then played the antagonist in crime drama film Three, which also stars Zhao Wei and Louis Koo.[26] He won the Most Anticipated Actor award at the 19th China Movie Channel Media Award.[27]

In 2017, Chung starred in the historical romance drama General and I, adapted from the novel A Lonesome Fragrance Waiting to be Appreciated, alongside Angelababy.[28] The same year, he was cast in the modern romance drama Memories of Love alongside Jiang Shuying.[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

English title Chinese title Year Role Notes
Hi Sir 超級班長 1996 Dong Zhenwu aka Squad Leader
Love Is Not a Game But a Joke 飛一般愛情小說 1997 Leslie aka Sweet Symphony
Fight or Die 英雄向後轉 Lin Zongguan
Another 別戀 1998 Zhou Han
Bad Girl Trilogy 惡女列傳 Liang Segment: Cat and Mouse
Forever Young 今生有約 2000
Duel for Love 鬥愛 2008 Chu Sinan
Evening of Roses 夜玫瑰 2009 Ke Zhihong Digital film
Huo Xian Zhui Xiong 火線追兇 Detective Zhong Lang
Secret Garden 秘密花園 2012 Jin Zhuyuan
To Love God 愛神來了 2013 Si Song
Drug War 毒戰 Guo Weijun
The Continent 后會無期 2014 A Lv
Girls 閨蜜 Lin Jie
Meet Miss Anxiety 我的早更女友 Liu Chong
Monster Hunt 捉妖记 2015 Ge Qianhu Special appearance
Three 三人行 2016 Cheung Lai-shun
Bounty Hunters 賞金獵人 Wang Boyou
Tik Tok 惊天大逆转 Guo Zhiyong / Guo Zhihua
The Wasted Times 罗曼蒂克消亡史 Dance instructor Cameo

Television series[edit]

English title Chinese title Year Role Notes
The Chord to Victory 少年五虎 1993 Kenny Bee
Mind Our Own Business 開心華之里 Siu Kwong-wai Cameo
Conscience 第三類法庭 1994 Cham Wang-leung
Journey of Love 親恩情未了 Cheung Ka-keung
Detective Investigation Files 刑事偵緝檔案 1995 Lam Yan-chi Guest appearance
Windstorm 白手風雲 1999 Chu Yun
Sweetheart 上錯樓梯睡錯床 2000 Hsu Kuo-tai
Feng Chen Hu Die 風塵舞蝶 2001 Bao Wangchun
Meteor Garden 流星花園 Song Guest, Episodes 21–22
Qian Si Wan Lu 千絲萬縷 Han Yuntian
Secretly in love with you 偷偷愛上你 2002 Chiang Cheng-fei
The Four Detective Guards 四大名捕会京师 Chaser
Hi! Working Girl Hi!上班女郎 2003 Johnny Guest, Episodes 5–8
Treacherous Waters 逆水寒 2004 Gu Xizhao
Mo Jie Zhi Long Zhu 魔界之龙珠 Lu Yi
The Midnight Sun 午夜陽光 2005 Yu Youhe
Secret History of Kangxi 康熙秘史 2006 Nalan Xingde
The Patriotic Knights 俠骨丹心 2007 Li Nanxing
Rose Martial World 玫瑰江湖 Mu Sheng
Royal Tramp 鹿鼎記 2008 Kangxi Emperor
Undercover 內線 2009 Liang Dongge
Let's Dance 不如跳舞 Luo Peng
Too Late to Say Loving You 來不及說我愛你 Murong Feng
King of Shanghai 上海王 Yu Qiyang (A'qi)
No Choice 別無選擇 2010 Qi Tianbai
Under the Bodhi Tree 菩提樹下 Guan Houpu
Imminent Crisis 一觸即發 2011 Yang Muchu / Yang Muci
The Magic Blade 天涯明月刀 2012 Fu Hongxue
Best Time 最美的時光 2013 Elliott Lu
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龍八部 Qiao Feng / Xiao Feng
The Stand-in 十月圍城 2014 Li Chongguang/Wang Asi
The City of Warriors 勇士之城 He Pingan
My Sunshine 何以笙簫默 2015 He Yichen
General and I 孤芳不自賞 2017 Chu Beijie
Memories of Love 一路繁花相送 2018 Lu Fei aka The Flower Road to Bid Farewell
All Out of Love 凉生,我们可不可以不忧伤 Cheng Tianyou [30]
Healing Love 幸福的理由

Variety show[edit]

English title Chinese title Year Role Notes
K-100 1994 Host
Super Girl 超級女聲 2005 Judge
Dancing with Stars 舞林大會 2006 Contestant
The Amazing Race China 極速前進(第一季) 2014 Contestant Winner with Jackie Chung, his younger sister
Back To High School 我去上學啦(第一季) 2015 Host

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Language Type
1995 OREA Mandarin Studio album
By Your Side 在你身邊 Mandarin
1996 Miracle 奇蹟 Mandarin
Present 一千種不放心 / 禮物 Cantonese
1997 Passionate 親熱 Mandarin
Zi Lian Wu Xing Ji 自戀舞星級 Mandarin
Cantonese
Compilation album
1998 Do You Love Him? 妳愛他嗎? Mandarin Studio album
Hello, How Are You? 鍾情二次方 Mandarin
2000 Most Exciting 最是精彩 Mandarin Best album
2004 Soul Man 流向巴黎 Mandarin Studio album
2010 All Eyes On Me 視覺動物 Mandarin
2015 Sing For Life 乐作人生 Mandarin Extended play

Singles[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2003 "On Fire" 著火 Feng Chen Hu Die OST
"White Jasmine" 白色茉莉花
2006 "A Million Screams" 一萬次呼喊 Secret History of Kangxi OST
"Fine Day" 風和日麗 N/A
2007 "Reason to be Happy" 幸福的理由 N/A
2011 "One Day We Will Grow Old" 有一天我们都会老 N/A
"The Magic Blade" 天涯明月刀 The Magic Blade OST
2013 "To Love God" 愛神 To Love God OST
"Tian Xia Zhi Feng" 天下之風 N/A
2014 "Gu Lang Xiang" 故鄉香 The Stand-In OST
"Zhong Guo Shan" 中國山
2015 "What Is Love" 何以愛情 My Sunshine OST
"Ordinary Person" 普通人 Hollywood Adventures OST
"Qi Shu" 奇书 Monster Hunt OST
2017 "A Lonesome Fragrance" 一支孤芳 General and I OST
2018 "Love that is Not Sad" 不忧伤的爱 All Out of Love OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 15th Shanghai Television Festival Most Popular Actor King of Shanghai Nominated
2010 14th China Music Awards Best TV Actor Award (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Nominated
Best Trend-Setting Actor Won [31]
2011 15th China Music Awards Best TV Actor Award (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Too Late to Say Loving You Nominated
3rd China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Couple (with Li Xiaoran) Won [32]
2012 26th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actor Imminent Crisis Nominated
9th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival Most Popular Actor Nominated
Audience's Favorite TV Drama Actor (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won [12]
4th China TV Drama Awards Most Appealing Actor N/A Won
Most Popular All-Rounded Artist N/A Won
2013 5th China TV Drama Awards Influential Figure of the Year N/A Won
Most Popular Actor (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Best Time Won [33]
2014 6th China TV Drama Awards Television Figure of the Year The Stand-In Won
Media Recommended Actor N/A Won [34]
10th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival Audience's Favorite TV Drama Actor (Hong Kong/Taiwan) The Magic Blade Nominated
2015 10th Seoul International Drama Awards Asia Grand Star Award My Sunshine, The Stand-in Won [20]
2016 19th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Actor Three Won [27]
12th Guangzhou Student Film Festival Most Popular Actor Won [35]

Music[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 18th Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Male Stage Performance N/A Won [36]
Music Radio China Top Chart Awards Most Popular Male Singer (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A Won [37]
11th China Original Song Award Best Male Stage Performance N/A Won [38]
Most Popular Male Singer (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A Won
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards All-Rounded Artist of the Year N/A Won [39]
Most Popular Singer N/A Won
Most Popular Song "One Day We Will Grow Old" Won
2012 19th Beijing Pop Music Awards Best Male Stage Performance N/A Won [40]
Songs of the Year "One Day We Will Grow Old" Won
2014 1st China Top Hits Awards Best All-Rounded Artist "Tian Xia Zhi Feng" Won [41]
Best Male Stage Performance "To Love God" Won
Top 10 Songs "Zhong Guo Shan" Won
2015 Top Chinese Music Awards Most Popular Television OST Won [42]
2016 Most Popular Album Sing For Life Won [43]
Most Popular Song "Sing For Life" Won
Most Popular Television OST "He Yi Ai Qing" Won

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