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Edison Chen

Edison Chen

Edison Chen is one of the most recognized faces in Asia. A Vancouver, Canada native, Edison's first language is English, but his career has seen him rap, act and broadcast in such languages as Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese. He's a star of film and television, a clothing designer, a streetwear pioneer, the owner of several stores and China's biggest rap performer.

Already one of Hong Kong's biggest actors, he's made over two-dozen feature films since his debut in Gen Y Cops. Edison's most famous role is currently being reprised by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese remake of the 2002 international hit Infernal Affairs with Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson co-starring. Chen cemented his role as a movie superstar this year by starring in the big-budget comic book adaptation Initial D. Of late, he has also worked in Japanese films, appearing in the highly acclaimed Japanese language film Under The Same Moon.

His television show, Whatever Things, is the top-performing MTV Asia show. Chen created and hosts the wildly popular English-language show, which is currently in its fourth season. Whatever Things follows Chen and his friends on their misadventures through Asia as they play practical jokes and spoofs on unsuspecting friends and passers-by.

In the music arena, Chen is credited with bringing hip hop to Asia. He has released three chart topping studio albums and continues to work in the studio with some of the most exciting producers in Asia and the world. He is currently working on his newest release, the follow-up to 2004's Hazy, which features some of the biggest names in American hip hop. Chen is also in the early stages of crossing over in the U.S. (he is featured on both Kanye West's and Lupe Fiasco's newest mix-tapes).

Chen is also a fashion tastemaker with his high-end, hip-hop-inspired streetwear clothing line, Clot, and his store Juice, the biggest youth clothing store in Hong Kong. He is opening a second store in Shanghai in 2006. Chen has brought his aesthetic to Hong Kong and Asia in other ways as well. His face is on Pepsi cans in Asia (which he also redesigned) and on buses and billboards. Last June, Chen released his signature Nike shoe worldwide and it sold out within three hours. On the eve of its release, cities including New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo saw young fashionistas waiting overnight in line to be the first to purchase the shoe. Since then, he has released sold-out custom designs for Levis and Lacoste. Chen plans to open New York and Los Angeles Juice outlets in the near future.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Edison Chen Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayOctober 7, 1980 (37)
SignLibra
BirthplaceVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Edison Chen compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Grudge 2
Grudge, the
The Infernal Affairs Trilogy
Initial D
Infernal Affairs II
Blade of Kings
Triad Underworld
Infernal Affairs 2
Infernal Affairs
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