Tian Yuan (singer)

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Tian Yuan
Born (1985-03-30) 30 March 1985 (age 36)
Origin Wuhan, China
Genres Indie rock, trip hop
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter, actress, novelist, photographer
Instrumentsvocal, guitar
Years active2001–present
LabelsDong Music
Associated actsHopscotch
Website dongmusic.com/artists/tianyuan

Tian Yuan (Chinese :田原; pinyin :Tián Yuán; born 30 March 1985) is a Chinese singer-songwriter, actress, novelist and photographer. Born in Wuhan, China, she majored in English at Beijing Language and Culture University, and graduated in 2007.


Music career

At age of only 16, she joined local band Hopscotch as vocal and lyricist. The band was signed under to major label Modern Sky in 2002, and released their first English-language album that year, titled A Wishful Way . The album was influenced by trip hop and indie rock, and well received by some critics and general public in China due to its fresh sound. Tian Yuan's singing career paused temporarily when a contract dispute occurred between her and Modern Sky. Tian Yuan is now recording her first solo album under a new label, Dong Music. Her 11-song solo album Tian Yuan was released in 2010.

Writing career

In 2002, Tian released her English-language novel, Zebra Woods , which received some international acclaim, and wrote a collection of short stories while touring for A Wishful Way, which was later published in China. In May 2007, Tian Yuan released her second novel Double Mono , a novel about love, youth and self-discovery.

Acting career

Tian's acting debut was in the 2004 Hong Kong film Butterfly , which she starred as a lesbian singer, alongside Josie Ho. Her performance won an award as the Best New Performer at the 24th Hong Kong Film Award and Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards.



YearTitleDirectorAdditional Information
2004 Butterfly (蝴蝶) Yan Yan Mak
2005 The Curse of Lola (诅咒)李虹 (Li Hong)In competition of 2005 Tokyo International Film Festival
2006 August Story (八月的故事) Yan Yan Mak
2006 Luxury Car (江城夏日) Wang Chao Won Un Certain Regard of 2006 Cannes Film Festival
2006 Young and Clueless (青春期)唐大年 (Tang Danian)In competition of 2006 Tokyo International Film Festival.
2007 In Love We Trust (左右) Wang Xiaoshuai
2007 Fury or Love (怒放)辛巨擘 (Xin Jubai)In competition of 2007 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
2007 Shanghai Trance (迷乐上海) David Verbeek
2007With You Forever (跟你沒完)安战军 (An Zhanjun)
2008 Happy Funeral (六楼后座2家属谢礼)Wong Chun-chunThe sequel of Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat
2008Gao Xing刘晓光 Liu Xiaoguang
2010Who Killed Paul the Octopus?
2012Tokyo Newcomer
2012First Time
2013 Bends
2014One Dayas co-director
2014 The Golden Era
2014 Who Is Undercover
2016 Spicy Hot in Love
2016 Brothers
2019A Sweet Life

Short films

2014Freeze FrameAnthony FabianWith Freddie Fox (as Chen Fei and Jack MacMurray)
2006我把初吻献给谁-条形码韩延 Han Yan
2006 Our Ten Years (我们的十年) Jia Zhangke Short film of Southern Metropolis Daily
2007中国式美丽 Jia Zhangke Commercial film of Olay
2007尋找沙漠中的美人鱼Li Guang (黎光)

Music videos

YearTitleDirectorAdditional Information
2005I See You Yan Yan Mak Hidden in Butterfly's DVD
2005诺言 (Promise)陈家炜 (Chen Jiawei), 单晓帆 (Dan Xiaofan)
2006So Poetic Yan Yan Mak

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