Norman Yeung

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Norman Yeung is a Canadian actor, writer, filmmaker and artist.

Norman Yeung at film festival premiere, TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood.
Norman Yeung at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 event.

Acting[edit]

Yeung played the role of Kim Yong in Resident Evil: Afterlife, alongside Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Boris Kodjoe and Kim Coates. The fourth installment in the Resident Evil film franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife dominated the international box office for four weeks [1] upon release in September, 2010, and remains the most commercially successful film of the franchise to date,[2] having grossed $296,221,663. He describes his character Kim Yong as "simply human" and "a point of access for the audience.".[3]

Yeung played the role of Eddie the Metal Dude in Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, appearing in 21 episodes as a Satanic agent provocateur to Todd (Alex House) and nemesis to Jimmy the Janitor (Jason Mewes). He describes his character Eddie as "a badass with luxurious hair who wants nothing but destruction." [4]

Other film and television roles include a conniving gang leader in Rookie Blue, a guilt-ridden drama student in King, and a VJ in The Tracey Fragments, directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Ellen Page.

Yeung played the roles of Young Zhang Lin and Benny in Chimerica, a co-production between Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Canadian Stage (January - April 2016). This production, directed by Chris Abraham, was the Canadian premiere of the Olivier Award-winning play by Lucy Kirkwood.

Yeung played the role of Hassan in The Kite Runner, a co-production between Theatre Calgary and Citadel Theatre (January - March 2013). This production, directed by Eric Rose, was the Canadian premiere of the celebrated, international bestseller by Khaled Hosseini, adapted for the stage by Matthew Spangler. This production was a box office and critical success, receiving favorable press including The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal. Yeung's performance was "[P]articularly notable ... Yeung, as Hassan and then later as Hassans’ son, delivers a powerful, quiet performance..." (Calgary Herald);[5] "...other compelling performances ... Norman Yeung wrenches hearts with his eager, honourable Hassan." (The Globe and Mail);[6] "Conor Wylie and Norman Yeung, both young Vancouver artists, are especially affecting and soulful as young Amir and his best friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant. Their playfulness together, and Hassan's heartbreaking loyalty and stoicism even in the face of his friend's betrayal, linger powerfully in the mind." (Edmonton Journal).[7]

Writing[edit]

Yeung's play Theory, about a film professor being harassed on the Internet by a mysterious student, won First Prize for the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition in 2015. It was presented at SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto in 2010, where it received the National Theatre School of Canada/SummerWorks Award for Design. The play is described as: “Theory pulls no punches in exploring the dubious parameters of art and communication ... Norman Yeung’s aggressively intellectual script ... promises to fuel animated discussions long after you’ve left the theatre.” [8]

His play Deirdre Dear premiered at the Neil LaBute New Theatre Festival in 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri, presented alongside the premiere of LaBute's "Kandahar".

His first full-length play Pu-Erh, about how language unites and divides an immigrant family, premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto in 2010. It was nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Outstanding New Play. It was also a finalist for the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition in 2009.

His play Lichtenstein's an 8: A New Formula to Quantify Artistic Quality, about the intersections between art and science, was presented at Buddies in Bad Times' Rhubarb Festival in Toronto in 2008.

His post-apocalyptic opera Black Blood (Norman Yeung, librettist; Christiaan Venter, composer), about victims in a war over resources, premiered at Tapestry New Opera Showcase in Toronto in 2012.

Filmmaking[edit]

Yeung has written and directed short films that include Anne Darling, Marnie Love, Hello Faye, and Light 01. His films have screened at international film festivals including Calgary International Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, on Movieola Channel, Mini Movie International Channel (Europe), and on Air Canada. He was Second Unit Director on The Tracey Fragments, directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Ellen Page.

Visual Arts[edit]

Yeung has exhibited his paintings and drawings in such venues as Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Flying Rooster Contemporary Projects (Montreal), Milk Glass (Toronto), Board of Directors (Toronto), and curcioprojects (New York City). His painting and illustration clients include LVMH, Bruce Mau Design (BMD), National Film Board of Canada, MTV, CBC, and many more. As a visual artist, he was featured on CBC Radio 3's "MAKE: Next Generation Canadian Creators",[9] CBC's ZeD TV, MuchMusic, MTV, and in numerous publications and documentaries.

Cultural Activism[edit]

Yeung's cultural concerns as a Chinese Canadian actor and artist are explored in the book Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism by Xiaoping Li. (ISBN 9780774812214)

He has lectured at Central Technical School about urban art, at Lord Byng Secondary School about a career in the arts, spoken at The Humanitas Festival (Toronto) about responsible casting of minorities in media, and received a Toronto Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Award for his mural work.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Yeung received his BFA in Acting from University of British Columbia and his BFA (Honours) in Film Studies from Ryerson University.

He was born in Guangzhou, China and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

He lives in Los Angeles and Toronto.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ray Subers, "Around-the-World Roundup: 'Resident Evil' Leads Quiet Pack", Box Office Mojo, October 6, 2010
  2. ^ Ray Subers, "'Hotel Transylvania' Tops Solid September", Box Office Mojo, October 3, 2012
  3. ^ Scott Eriksson, "Norman Yeung Interview", Asians On Film, September 18, 2010
  4. ^ John Hoff III, "Norman Yeung: Actor, Writer, Director, Painter", johnhoff3, December 2, 2011
  5. ^ Stephen Hunt, "Review: Kite Runner is exhilarating drama", Calgary Herald, February 2, 2013
  6. ^ J. Kelly Nestruck, "From book to stage, The Kite Runner is a ripping good yarn", The Globe and Mail, March 20, 2013
  7. ^ Liz Nicholls, "Narrator pulls down Kite Runner", Edmonton Journal, March 16, 2013
  8. ^ Ryan West, "Your Cheat Sheet to SummerWorks 2010", Torontoist, August 11, 2010
  9. ^ "MAKE: Next Generation Canadian Creators", CBC Radio 3, December 6, 2002
  10. ^ Biography in Flying Rooster Contemporary Projects

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