Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei
Liu Yifei
Chinese name 劉亦菲 (Traditional)
Chinese name 刘亦菲 (Simplified)
Pinyin Líu Yìfēi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Jik6-fei1 (Cantonese)
Birth name An Feng (安風)
Born August 25, 1987 (1987-08-25) (age 24)
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Other name(s) Liu Ximeizi (劉茜美子),
Crystal Liu
Occupation Actress, singer
Genre(s) C-pop, J-pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, Piano
Label(s) Sony BMG (2005–present)
Sony Music (2005–present)
Years active 2002 – present

Liu Yifei (born August 25, 1987) is a Chinese actress and singer. Her legal name is Liu Ximeizi. The "茜" (Xi) is from the German film Sissi (Chinese translation 茜茜公主—hence the pronunciation of xi not qian; her mother calls her Xixi).[1]

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Early life and education

Born in Tongji Hospital in Hubei, she was originally named An Feng.[2] She is the only child of An Shaokang (安少康), a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and French language university professor, and Liu Xiaoli (刘晓莉), a dancer and a stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 7 years old and she was raised solely by her mother. That same year, she changed her name to Liu Ximeizi and began modelling, along with training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. She is very close to Chen Jinfei (陈金飞), her godfather.[3][4]

When she was 11 years old, Liu and her mother moved to New York City, where she attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67.[5] Returning to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career, she began to be known as Liu Yifei (刘亦菲). Several weeks later, Liu was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15, where she graduated from in 2006.

Career

Immediately following her admittance into Beijing Film Academy, Liu received offers to star in various television drama serials. Her first role on television was in The Story of a Noble Family. Shortly after, she was chosen to play the role of Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. Initially, Liu Tao was selected for the role of Wang Yuyan but it went to Liu Yifei eventually and Liu Tao was cast as A'zhu instead.

In 2005, Liu starred as Zhao Ling'er in Chinese Paladin, an adaptation of the action RPG The Legend of Sword and Fairy. The following year, she starred in The Return of the Condor Heroes, a television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. After intense speculation on who would play Xiaolongnü, the role was finally offered to her. She was backed by Cha, who felt that she had all the necessary qualities to play the role of the young and innocent female protagonist.[6] Although the drama serials she has acted in were well-received, the films she starred in did poorly in terms of box office earnings with the exception of The Forbidden Kingdom.

Liu appeared in Jimmy Lin's music video of the song "I Am Still Waiting For You" (我还在等你) from his 2006 album Can't Stop Me (挡不住我). She has also previously co-starred with him in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and The Love Winner. In conjunction with her acting career, Liu obtained a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in August 2005. She has started studying singing and dancing in Japan since then.[7] She released her first single "Mayonaka no Door" with Sony Music on July 19, 2006. Her song "Mayonaka no Doa" as recorded by Sony Music appeared on television as one of the ending themes to Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.

In 2008, she co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom, in which she played Golden Sparrow, an orphan seeking revenge against her parents' killer. In 2010, she starred in Love In Disguise with Leehom Wang.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Love of May
五月之恋
Zhao Xuan
2004 Love Winner, TheThe Love Winner
戀愛大赢家
Jin Qiaoli alternative title I Love You Love Me (喜歡你喜歡我)
2006 Abao De Gushi
阿寶的故事
Xixi
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom
功夫之王
Golden Sparrow
2010 Love In Disguise
戀愛通告
Song Xiaoqing
2011 A Chinese Ghost Story
倩女幽魂
Nie Xiaoqian
2011 White Vengeance
鴻門宴
Consort Yu
TBA Sida Mingbu
四大名捕
Wuqing
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Story of a Noble Family, TheThe Story of a Noble Family
金粉世家
Bai Xiuzhu
2003 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
天龍八部
Wang Yuyan
2005 Chinese Paladin
仙劍奇俠傳
Zhao Ling'er
2005 Doukou Nianhua
豆蔻年華
Teacher Xiao Zhao
2006 Return of the Condor Heroes, TheThe Return of the Condor Heroes
神鵰俠侶
Xiaolongnü

Discography

Albums
Album information Track list Notes
Title: Liu Yifei
Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
Release date: 31 August 2006
  1. 泡芙女孩
  2. 就要我滋味
  3. 心悸
  4. 幸運草
  5. 放飛美麗
  6. 世界的秘密
  7. 一克拉的眼淚
  8. 做你的秒鐘
  9. 毛毛雨
  10. 愛的延長賽
Chinese album
Title: All My Words
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 6 September 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. 恋する週末
  3. HAPPINESS
  4. 愛のミナモト
  5. どこまでも ひろがる空に向かって
  6. テノヒラノカナタ
  7. My sunshiny day
  8. 世界の秘密
  9. CLOSE TO ME
  10. 月の夜
  11. スピード
  12. Pieces of my words ~言の花~
Japanese album
Singles
Album information Track list Notes
Title: Mayonaka no door
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 19 July 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. brightly
  3. 真夜中のドア (Instrumental)
  4. brightly (Instrumental)
Japanese album

References

  1. ^ (Chinese) "神仙姐姐" 劉亦菲 Xinhua online. July 29, 2004. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  2. ^ (Chinese) 劉亦菲成長照片曝光 跳新疆舞美若天仙 People's Daily. November 30, 2005. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  3. ^ (Chinese) 揭秘刘亦菲富豪“教父” 中国首富榜排23
  4. ^ (Chinese) 刘亦菲“富豪继父”真实身份揭秘
  5. ^ (Chinese) 芳邻刘亦菲. October 22, 2006. Retrieved on June 24, 2008.
  6. ^ (Chinese) 張紀中定"新俠侶" 金庸贊"小龍女" People's Daily. July 13, 2006. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  7. ^ Liu Yifei eyes international singing circle Xinhua online. May 28, 2005. Retrieved on July 17, 2006.

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