Zhang Hanyu

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Zhang Hanyu
Zhang Hanyu in 2007
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Hányú (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zoeng1 Haam4-jyu4 (Cantonese)
Born (1964-12-19) 19 December 1964 (age 53)
Beijing, China
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Yang Meizi (羊梅子)
Golden Horse Awards
Best Actor for Assembly (2008)
Hundred Flowers Awards
Best Actor
2008 Assembly

Zhang Hanyu (born 19 December 1964) is a Chinese actor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Zhang was born in Beijing. He graduated from the city's Central Academy of Drama in 1988. He started his career by doing Mandarin voice dubbing[2][3] for films such as Shark Tale,[4] The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Troy.[5] Zhang subsequently played minor roles in some television series before appearing as supporting characters in films directed by Feng Xiaogang, such as Sorry Baby, Cell Phone, Big Shot's Funeral, and A World Without Thieves.[6] He was called "Feng Xiaogang's imperial dragon casing" (馮小剛御用龍套),[7] and earned the appreciation of Feng.[8]

In 2007, Zhang was cast as a lead character for the first time in the war drama film Assembly. Zhang's performance propelled him to fame and placed him among the ranks of first-class Chinese film stars.[9] In 2008, Zhang also won the Best Actor Award at the 29th Hundred Flowers Awards[10] and the Best Leading Actor Award at the Golden Horse Film Awards.[11] The following year, Zhang won the Outstanding Actor Award at the Huabiao Awards.[12]

Zhang also has supporting roles in various acclaimed films, such as Cao Baoping's crime drama The Equation of Love and Death; the espionage thriller The Message; and the action film Bodyguards and Assassins.[13][14] Zhang also played Zhang Liang in the historical film White Vengeance.[15]

In 2012, Zhang teamed up again with Feng Xiaogang in the disaster film Back to 1942, playing a priest.[16]

In 2013, Zhang teamed up with actors Liu Ye and Huang Bo in the comedy film The Chef, the Actor, the Scoundrel directed by Guan Hu, where he played an opera actor.[17]

In 2014, Zhang starred in Tsui Hark's wuxia film The Taking of Tiger Mountain.[18] Playing a undercover PLA soldier, he won the Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actor.[19] He next starred in the crime film Mr. Six directed by Guan Hu;[20] and had a supporting role in Zhang Yimou's fantasy historical epic The Great Wall.[21]

In 2016, Zhang headlined the crime thriller film Operation Mekong alongside Eddie Peng. The film received critical acclaim, and is the highest grossing Chinese cop film to date.[22][23]

In 2017, Zhang starred in John Woo's police thriller film, Manhunt.[24] He also starred in Wine War, the directorial debut of Leon Lai.[25]



Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1999 Sorry Baby 沒完沒了 Cameo
2001 Big Shot's Funeral 大腕
2003 Cell Phone 手機 TV director
2004 Weiqing Xueye 危情雪夜
A World Without Thieves 天下無賊 Police detective
2007 Assembly 集結號 Gu Zidi
2008 The Cold Flame 烽火 Xue Youfang [26]
The Equation of Love and Death 李米的猜想 Ye Qingcheng
2009 Look for a Star 游龍戲鳳 Lin Jiu
The Founding of a Republic 建國大業 Liu Congwen
The Message 風聲 Wu Zhiguo
Bodyguards and Assassins 十月圍城 Sun Wen
2011 Sweet Journey 云下的日子 Long Jianguo
The Founding of a Party 建黨偉業 Song Jiaoren
White Vengeance 鴻門宴 Zhang Liang
2012 Back to 1942 一九四二 Brother Sim
2013 The Chef, the Actor, the Scoundrel 厨子戏子痞子 Xizi
Special ID 特殊身份 Blade
Love You for Loving Me 我爱的是你爱我 Ya Peng
2014 Ex-Files 前任攻略 Zhao Ming
The Taking of Tiger Mountain 智取威虎山 Yang Zirong
2015 Mr. Six 老炮儿 Men San'er
2016 Operation Mekong 湄公河行动 Gao Gang
The Great Wall 长城 Commander-in-chief Shao
2017 Wine War 抢红 Zhang Shui
The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Du Yusheng
Manhunt 追捕 Du Qiu
2018 Operation Red Sea 红海行动 Gao Gang

Television series[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1999 Meng Kaishi De Difang 夢開始的地方 Song Jianjun
2000 Pinzui Zhang Damin De Xingfu Shenghuo 貧嘴張大民的幸福生活 Xu Wanjun
2001 Yixiao Dafang 貽笑大方 Jiang Li
2003 Huange Huofa 換個活法 Ye Xiangchuan
Guanzhong Daoke Zhi Qicunzi 關中刀客之七寸子 Television film
2004 Family Man 居家男人 Chen Dali
2005 Dong Shenme, Bie Dong Ganqing 動什麼,別動感情 Wan Zheng
Recording Tape 錄象帶 Cameo
2006 Lonely Heroes 寂寞英雄 Lin Yajun
Romantic Life 與青春有關的日子 Cameo
Women's Choices 女人的選擇 Tian Bo
2008 Fatal 24 Hours III 非常24小時III Xu Tian
2009 Proof of Identity 身份的證明 Di Haoming
The Last 99 Days 最後的99天 Xiao Kun
2011 All Men Are Brothers 水滸傳 Song Jiang
2013 Fire Line, Three Brothers 火線三兄弟 Tian Dali
Aftershock 唐山大地震 Wan Dacheng
2015 Yongbu Ditou 永不低头 Gu Guofu
2018 Peace in Palace, Peace in Chang'an 天下长安 Wei Zheng
Autumn Cicada 秋蝉 Tan Xiang

[27] [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Results Ref.
2008 45th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Actor Assembly Won
15th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actor Won [29]
8th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Actor Won
29th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actor Won
2009 27th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actor Nominated
13th Huabiao Awards Outstanding Actor Won
2nd Huading Awards Best Actor Won
12th Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award Won
46th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Actor The Equation of Love and Death Nominated
2010 1st New York Chinese Film Festival Best Actor The Message Won
2015 7th Macau International Movie Festival Best Supporting Actor Mr. Six Nominated
3rd China International Film Festival London Best Actor The Taking of Tiger Mountain Won [30]
30th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actor Won
2016 16th Huabiao Awards Outstanding Actor Nominated
2017 24th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actor Operation Mekong Nominated
Most Popular Actor Won
8th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actor Nominated
12th Chinese American Film Festival Best Actor Won [31]
5th China Britain Film Festival Best Actor Won [32]


  1. ^ "Zhang Hanyu, a die-hard hero on screen". CCTV.com. December 31, 2007. 
  2. ^ (in Chinese) 张涵予自认40岁"蹿红"不算晚 曾一生想干配音
  3. ^ (in Chinese) 从明星配音到配音明星 Archived August 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ (in Chinese) 《鲨鱼故事》巨星云集 夏雨李冰冰张涵予配音
  5. ^ (in Chinese) 《特洛伊》内地引进 八一厂为其配音
  6. ^ (in Chinese) 《天下无贼》力捧新人 冯小刚为张涵予改结局
  7. ^ (in Chinese) “冯小刚御用龙套”张涵予转战电视剧
  8. ^ (in Chinese) 《集结号》东北拍摄 张涵予和冯小刚渊源颇深
  9. ^ "More than just playing soldiers". China.org.cn. December 23, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Feng Xiaogang's "The Assembly" wins biennial Chinese audience film awards". Xinhua News Agency. September 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Zhang Hanyu wins best leading actor for Taiwan film awards". Sina. December 7, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Zhang Ziyi, John Woo honored at China film awards". China Daily. August 30, 2009. 
  13. ^ "New Posters of "The Message" Released". China Radio International. July 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Zhang Hanyu's transformation into Sun Yat-Sen". People's Daily. December 8, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Four heroes of "White Vengeance" unveiled". CCTV.com. June 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ ""Back to 1942" to hit market soon". CCTV.com. November 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Triple header". China Daily. March 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Tiger Mountain stars comment on film". China Daily. December 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Zhang Hanyu best actor at Golden Rooster fest". The Straits Times. September 21, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Chinese film director acts in 'Fading Wave'". CCTV.com. December 22, 2014. 
  21. ^ "How Zhang Hanyu commands Great Wall army". China.org.cn. December 12, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Movie insiders discuss 'Operation Mekong' success". CCTV.com. November 3, 2016. 
  23. ^ "'Operation Mekong' soars at China box office". Screen Daily. October 10, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Zhang Hanyu, Masaharu Fukuyama Join John Woo's 'Manhunt'". Variety. March 17, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Leon Lai Ming Teams up with Zhang Hanyu in waging a wine war in France". CCTV.com. May 17, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Zhang Hanyu releases new film". CCTV.com. February 25, 2008. 
  27. ^ Zhang Hanyu at imdb.com
  28. ^ Zhang Hanyu at chinesemov.com
  29. ^ "Assembly takes top honours at Beijing Student Film Festival". Screen Daily. April 23, 2008. 
  30. ^ "2015 china International Film Festival London". China Britain Film Festival Official Website. 
  31. ^ ""Operation Mekong" wins big at the CA Film Fest". Yahoo. November 7, 2006. 
  32. ^ "'Operation Mekong' wins big at China-Britain Film Festival Awards". Global Times. December 10, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Golden Horse Award
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for Lust, Caution
Best Actor
for Assembly
Succeeded by
Huang Bo,
Nick Cheung
for Cow,
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