Jay Chou Wants to be His Own Man on Screen

Performing and directing weren’t on Jay Chou’s thoughts when he first started his music profession almost twenty years in the past. However over time, he has gathered a number of memorable movie and TV roles domestically in Asia and in Hollywood. And, between music ventures, he has sat within the movie director’s chair.

“I used to be born to consider in myself and full my work by myself,” Chou mentioned in a 2012 interview, discussing his work in appearing and directing. “As soon as I perceive how one thing works, I love to do it myself.”

His display profession started in 2005, when Chou made his movie debut with the discharge of car-racing motion characteristic “Preliminary D,” an on-screen adaptation of the Japanese manga of the identical identify, directed by Hong Kong’s Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (“Infernal Affairs”).

The singer-songwriter from Taiwan was forged to play the movie’s lead function, an emotionally reserved highschool pupil who delivers tofu in his father’s Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, and seems to be a gifted avenue racer. His efficiency gained Chou his first appearing awards, one of the best new performer in each the Golden Horse Awards and the Hong Kong Movie Awards.

Then he went on to participate in Zhang Yimou’s (“Home of Flying Daggers”) interval epic “Curse of the Golden Flower” in 2006, starring reverse the famend Chow Yun-fat (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and Gong Li (“Leap”). Chou not solely earned a greatest supporting actor nomination on the Hong Kong Movie Awards, he additionally obtained a confidence increase from the acclaimed Zhang on taking a step up from appearing. After watching a number of Chou-directed music movies, Zhang advised media that “Chou could surpass me within the accomplishment of my artwork sooner or later.”

Almost a 12 months later, Chou’s movie directorial debut “Secret” was launched. Starring Gwei Lun-mei and Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Chou served as co-writer, director and male lead. He additionally wrote unique music for the movie. The guts-wrenching time journey romance went on to win the excellent Taiwanese movie of the 12 months on the Golden Horse Awards. His second characteristic, musical drama “The Rooftop,” got here out in 2013.

The next years noticed Chou aiming to broaden his appearing footprint by taking over roles in Hollywood. In 2011, he was forged as Kato in Michel Gondry’s superhero characteristic “The Inexperienced Hornet,” starring reverse Seth Rogan, after auditioning for the function on Skype. It was a coveted function beforehand performed by Bruce Lee in a Nineteen Sixties TV adaptation. Thefilm earned $228 million worldwide and MTV’s NextMovie.com named Chou as a breakout star to look at.

In 2016, Chou appeared in heist thriller “Now You See Me 2” directed by Jon Chu (“Loopy Wealthy Asians”), becoming a member of a star-studded ensemble forged that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

These days, the streaming world beckons. Chou has starred in Netflix’s actuality present “J-Fashion Journey,” which sees the star and his A-list buddies on a globe-trotting journey that includes music and magic – his different ardour. The primary season got here out in 2020, and it’s understood that Chou could also be engaged on a second season. He’s additionally engaged on new movie initiatives that may focus on modern artwork.

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