Xia Yu (actor)
At the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival
|Pinyin||Xià Yǔ (Mandarin)|
28 October 1976|
Qingdao, Shandong, China
|Alma mater||Central Academy of Drama|
|Label(s)||Xia Yu Studio|
Yuan Quan (m. 2009)
|Children||1 daughter (b. 2010)|
Xia was initially discovered by Jiang Wen who cast him in his semi-autobiographical film In the Heat of the Sun (1994). Despite being chosen partly because of his facial resemblance to a young Jiang, Xia's performance as a spirited and moving performance of a renegade youth in the film conquered audiences. He was rocketed to international stardom after he won the Best Actor award from the Venice Film Festival (the youngest actor to win that award in the history of the festival), Singapore International Film Festival and Golden Horse Awards.
Xia wanted to study drama after his first film, he was accepted into the Central Academy of Drama. After completing his studies there, Xia remained an active force in Chinese cinema as well as television, appearing in many films and television series. Xia's second film Shadow Magic demonstrated his talent as an actor and earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival. His earlier film credits also includes Roots and Branches (2001) and Where Have All the Flowers Gone (2002). Xia's subsequent films, The Law of Romance (2003) won him a Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor and Waiting Alone (2005) earned him Best Actor at the Beijing College Student Film Festival. With five best actor titles at international film festivals, Xia Yu has been named one of the top 4 hottest young actors in China.
Like many of today′s actors in China, Xia Yu also has an extensive TV career, appearing on such shows as Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito, Classical Romance and Sky Lovers. Most of Xia′s TV roles have been secondary ones until he was cast to star in The Ugliest In the World, where he played Liu Baoshan, a genius of the Qing Dynasty who gave up the opportunity to become an official in order to become a clown.
Aside from local productions, Xia has also starred in two Hollywood films; China: The Panda Adventure (2001) and The Painted Veil (2006). Xia also starred alongside Shilpa Shetty in the Indian-Chinese film The Desire (2010). In 2016, he took on the role of Wong Jack Man in the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon, produced by American filmmaker George Nolfi.
Xia Yu married actress Yuan Quan in 2009, a decade after their first date as students in Central Academy of Drama. They have appeared in 4 films together: The Law of Romance (2003), Waiting Alone (2004), Shanghai Rumba (2006) and Breakup Buddies (2014). Their daughter was born on 31 March 2010.
Xia is an avid skateboarder. He fell in love with skateboarding after watching it in Gleaming the Cube, a popular movie when he was young. He finds time to board whenever he is between sets shooting a film. In 2003, Xia began to ski and loved it. In 2006, Xia won the championship of a snowboarding game in amateur group in Lucerne, Switzerland.
|1994||In the Heat of the Sun||Ma Xiaojun|
|2000||Shadow Magic||Liu Jinglun|
|2001||Roots and Branches||Qi Tian|
|2001||China: The Panda Adventure||Quentin Young|
|2002||Where Have All the Flowers Gone||Gao An|
|2003||Cala, My Dog!||Police|
|2003||The Law of Romance||Zhao Xingan|
|2004||My Early Days in France||Xiao San|
|2004||Electric Shadows||Mao Dabing|
|2004||Bamboo Shoot||Wang Shengli|
|2004||Waiting Alone||Chen Wen|
|2005||Dragon Squad||Luo Zai-Jun|
|2006||Shanghai Rumba||Ah Chuan|
|2006||Sun Plant||Boy||Short film|
|2006||The Painted Veil||Wu Lien|
|2007||Getting Home||Bei Baorong|
|2007||Dangerous Games||Li Dachun|||
|2007||Life Today||Zhang Weiyang|
|2007||Bean Curd Girl||Chen Jun|
|2009||Tiny Dust, True Love||Reporter||Cameo|
|2010||Life of Sentime||Xiao Ke|||
|2010||Wind Blast||Zhang Ning|||
|2010||The Desire||Jai Leang|
|2012||The Sino-Japanese War at Sea 1894||Itō Sukeyuki|
|2013||Love Deposit||He Muyang|||
|2013||Christmas Rose||Xue Zhaowen|
|2014||Breakup Buddies||Kang Xiaoyu's ex||Cameo|
|2015||Crazy New Year's Eve||Zhong Wei|
|2015||Romance Out of the Blue||Lin Zida|
|2015||Mojin: The Lost Legend||Big Gold Tooth|
|2016||Birth of the Dragon||Wong Jack Man|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|1998||Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito||康熙微服私访记||Wo Laiye|
|2001||The Ugliest In the World||天下第一丑||Liu Baosan|
|2001||Buddha Jumps||佛跳墙||Zhao Baochu|
|2002||Sky Lovers||天空下的缘分||Xia Sanlang|
|2002||You Light Up My Life||点燃我生命的是你||Huo Ran|
|2003||Return of Judge Bao I||包公出巡之龙凤肚兜||Gao Tianyou|
|2004||The Thundering Sword||残剑震江湖||Wang Xiaohu|
|2004||Classical Romance||经典爱情||Chen Guang|
|2004||Bring Your Smile Along||啼笑因缘||Lu Yizhi|
|2005||The Vinegar Tribe||醋溜族||Xiao Long|
|2005||Falling in Love with a Single-Eyelid Guy||爱上单眼皮男生||Han Zitong|
|2006||Waves Washing the Sand||浪淘沙||Ouyang Tong|
|2006||The Identity of Friend||以朋友的名义||Luo Jie|
|2006||Secret History of Kangxi||康熙秘史||Kangxi|||
|2007||Justice Department||青天衙门||Rui De|
|2008||Firewall 5788||防火墙5788||Tong Jun|
|2009||The Innocent Years||我们的八十年代||Yin Yugang|||
|2009||Great Porcelain Merchant||大瓷商||Tao Jingnan|||
|2009||The North Wind Blows||北风那个吹||Shuai Hongbin|||
|2009||The Flying Military Flag||军旗飘扬||Ma Bayi|||
|2011||Shi Fu||师傅||Xu Feng|
|2011||Yang Liu Qing||杨柳青||Yang Liuqing|||
|2013||The Standing Year||而立之年||Cao Baiwan|
|2013||Jinan City is our Hometown||我们这拨人||Yang Ruo|
|2018||Operation Moscow||莫斯科行动||Chen Yali|
|2018||Mystery of Antiques||古董局中局||Xu Yuan|
Awards and nominations
|1994||Venice Film Festival||Best Actor||In the Heat of the Sun||Won|||
|Singapore International Film Festival||Won|||
|1996||Golden Horse Awards||Won|||
|2000||Changchun Film Festival||Shadow Magic||Nominated|
|Tokyo International Film Festival||Nominated|
|2003||Golden Rooster Awards||The Law of Romance||Won|||
|2004||Hundred Flowers Award||Nominated|
|2005||Changchun Film Festival||Electric Shadows||Nominated|
|Beijing College Student Film Festival||Waiting Alone||Won|
|Golden Phoenix Awards||Society Award||Won|
|2006||Beijing College Student Film Festival||Most Popular Actor||Shanghai Rumba||Won|||
|2009||Macau International Movie Festival||Best Actor||Life of Sentime||Nominated|
|2016||Hundred Flowers Award||Best Supporting Actor||Mojin: The Lost Legend||Nominated|
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- "Xia Yu-A Diligent Actor". China Radio International. July 11, 2007.
- "Golden Boy of the Box Office". China.org.cn. April 4, 2007.
- "Finding the magic among moving shadows". Taipei Times. January 20, 2011.
- ""Jiang Wen's Little Brother" Comes Into His Own". China.org.cn. 2003.
- "Xia Yu（夏雨）". CCTV.com. September 2, 2006.
- "Painted veil brings cross culture cast". CCTV.com. December 22, 2006.
- "Xia Yu to romance Shilpa Shetty". filmibeat.com. January 30, 2009.
- "Philip Ng Is Bruce Lee In George Nolfi's BIRTH OF THE DRAGON". Screen Anarchy. November 17, 2015.
- "Dayyan Eng pulls together hot ensemble cast for Wished". Screen Daily. July 14, 2016.
- "'Comedy Wished' gains success in box office". China Daily. July 7, 2017.
- "Xia Yu and Yuan Quan marry". China Daily.
- Wu Qiong (April 6, 2010). "It's a Baby Daughter". China Radio International.
- "Xia Yu and Gigi Leung to Fall in Love on A Fire Balloon". China.org.cn. July 17, 2007.
- "Romantic film "Life of Sentime"". China Radio International. May 5, 2010.
- "New Images for Action Film 'Wind Blast'". China Radio International. August 6, 2010.
- "Reel China: Double Trouble". China Radio International. February 8, 2013.
- "New Xia Yu film hits theaters in May". China Daily. March 20, 2013.
- "Birth of the Dragon: Film to tell story of legendary Bruce Lee fight in 1960s". China Daily. January 14, 2016.
- "Secret history of emperor Kangxi". CCTV.com. November 23, 2006.
- "TV Play "Those Innocent Years" to Debut on Aug. 18". China Radio International. August 14, 2009.
- "Culture TV drama recounts porcelain merchant legend". CCTV.com. December 17, 2009.
- ""Wind Is Blowing" wins for real to life". CCTV.com. May 4, 2009.
- "Shooting starts for army drama in Inner Mongolia". CCTV.com. May 25, 2009.
- "Xia Yu to take lead in 'Yangliuqing'". China Daily. March 7, 2011.
- "Venice Film Festival - Volpi Cup - Best Actor: All winners". filmaffinity.com.
- "1995: SGIFF 8". SGIFF.com.
- "Awards and Winners". goldenhorse.org.tw.
- ""Golden Rooster" Best Actor and Actress Prizes Awarded". China Daily. November 6, 2003.
- "The Forest Ranger Wins Beijing Student Film Festival". China Radio International. April 30, 2006.