A popstar phenomenon throughout Asia, Jay Chou
brings unexpected gravity and depth to his portrayal of Prince Jai in Curse of the Golden Flower. Born Chou Chieh-Lun in Taiwan, 1979, Jay began playing the piano at age four. His mother supported his musical gifts and he went on to master piano and cello. Music, songwriting, and basketball dominated his high school days, and he was first noticed in 1998 when a friend sang one of his pop compositions on a TV talent contest, accompanied by Jay on piano. Alfa Music launched Jay's career, first as a tunesmith and then as a singer. In 2000, his debut album Jay
quickly propelled him to stardom with numerous hits. His unique musical style is a fresh-sounding fusion of eastern and western traditions featuring strong lyrics and a personal style of storytelling.
With his soulful voice and infectious tunes, his second album, Fantasy, and five subsequent albums, have continued to win legions of fans young and old throughout Asia. He has been the best-selling Mandarin artist in the world for the past five years, with a busy performance schedule touring Asia and North America and numerous music industry awards.
Apart from many music videos, Jay began film acting in a starring role in Initial D (2005), a comedy-action hit in China. His portrayal of Prince Jai, directed by China's preeminent filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, could launch a film acting career to rival his popstar status.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
Jay Chou Facts
|Now You See Me 2|
|The Green Hornet|
|Curse of the Golden Flower|
|Kung Fu Dunk|
|Green Hornet / Priest / Resident Evil|
|The Viral Factor|