Xia Yu (actor)

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Xia Yu
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Born (1976-10-28) 28 October 1976 (age 44)
Alma mater Central Academy of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active1994–present
AgentXia Yu Studio
(m. 2009)
Children1 daughter (b. 2010)
Awards Volpi Cup for Best Actor
1994 In the Heat of the Sun Golden Horse AwardsBest Actor
1994 In the Heat of the Sun

Chinese name
Chinese 夏雨

Xia Yu (Chinese :夏雨, born 28 October 1976) is a Chinese actor. [1] At the age of 18 years, he rocketed to international stardom after he won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival in 1994 for his leading role in the film In the Heat of the Sun and became the youngest actor to win that award in the history of the Venice Film Festival.



Xia Yu was born on 28 October 1976 in Qingdao, Shandong Province. His father was once an actor and then became a painter. [2]

Xia was initially discovered by Jiang Wen who cast him in his semi-autobiographical film In the Heat of the Sun (1994). Despite being chosen partly because of his facial resemblance to a young Jiang, Xia's performance as a spirited and moving performance of a renegade youth in the film conquered audiences. [2] He was rocketed to international stardom after he won the Best Actor award from the Venice Film Festival (the youngest actor to win that award in the history of the festival), Singapore International Film Festival and Golden Horse Awards. [3]

Xia wanted to study drama after his first film, he was accepted into the Central Academy of Drama. After completing his studies there, Xia remained an active force in Chinese cinema as well as television, appearing in many films and television series. [3] [2] Xia's second film Shadow Magic demonstrated his talent as an actor and earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival. [4] His earlier film credits also includes Roots and Branches (2001) and Where Have All the Flowers Gone (2002). [5] Xia's subsequent films, The Law of Romance (2003) won him a Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor and Waiting Alone (2005) earned him Best Actor at the Beijing College Student Film Festival. [3] With five best actor titles at international film festivals, Xia Yu has been named one of the top 4 hottest young actors in China. [6]

Like many of today′s actors in China, Xia Yu also has an extensive TV career, appearing on such shows as Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito , Classical Romance and Sky Lovers . Most of Xia′s TV roles have been secondary ones until he was cast to star in The Ugliest In the World, where he played Liu Baoshan, a genius of the Qing Dynasty who gave up the opportunity to become an official in order to become a clown. [5]

Aside from local productions, Xia has also starred in two Hollywood films; China: The Panda Adventure (2001) and The Painted Veil (2006).[ citation needed ] Xia also starred alongside Shilpa Shetty in the Indian-Chinese film The Desire (2010). [7] In 2016, he took on the role of Wong Jack Man in the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon , produced by American filmmaker George Nolfi. [8]

In 2017, Xia reunited with Waiting Alone director Dayyan Eng in fantasy comedy film Wished , which became one of the highest-grossing domestic comedy titles for the summer season. [9] [10]

In 2019, it was announced that Xia will play Shen Gongbao in the upcoming fantasy film series Fengshen Trilogy directed by Wuershan. The film is based on the novel Investiture of the Gods . [11]

Personal life

Xia Yu married actress Yuan Quan in 2009, a decade after their first date as students in Central Academy of Drama. [12] They have appeared in 4 films together: The Law of Romance (2003), Waiting Alone (2004), Shanghai Rumba (2006) and Breakup Buddies (2014). Their daughter was born on 31 March 2010. [13]

Xia is an avid skateboarder. He fell in love with skateboarding after watching it in Gleaming the Cube , a popular movie when he was young. He finds time to board whenever he is between sets shooting a film. In 2003, Xia began to ski and loved it. In 2006, Xia won the championship of a snowboarding game in amateur group in Lucerne, Switzerland.



YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1994 In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子Ma Xiaojun[ citation needed ]
2000 Shadow Magic 西洋镜Liu Jinglun [14]
2001 Roots and Branches 我的兄弟姐妹Qi Tian[ citation needed ]
2001 China: The Panda Adventure N/AQuentin Young
2002 Where Have All the Flowers Gone 那时花开Gao An [15]
2003 Cala, My Dog! 卡拉是条狗Police [16]
2003The Law of Romance警察有约Zhao Xingan
2004My Early Days in France我的法兰西岁月Xiao San [17]
2004 Electric Shadows 电影往事Mao Dabing [18]
2004Bamboo Shoot自娱自乐Wang Shengli [19]
2004 Waiting Alone 独自等待Chen Wen [20]
2005 Dragon Squad 猛龙Luo Zaijun [21]
2006 Shanghai Rumba 上海伦巴Ah Chuan[ citation needed ]
2006Sun Plant太阳花Boy Short film
2006 The Painted Veil 面纱Wu Lien
2007 Getting Home 落叶归根Bei Baorong [22]
2007江北好人Zhang Weiyang [23]
2007Dangerous Games棒子老虎鸡Li Dachun [24]
2009Tiny Dust, True Love寻找微尘Reporter Cameo [25]
2010Life of Sentime感情生活Xiao Ke [26]
2010Wind Blast西风烈Zhang Ning [27]
2010 The Desire N/AJai Leang
2012 Double Trouble 宝岛双雄Ocean [28]
2012 The Sino-Japanese War at Sea 1894 一八九四·甲午大海战 Itō Sukeyuki [29]
2013Love Deposit爱情银行He Muyang [30]
2013Christmas Rose圣诞玫瑰Xue Zhaowen [31]
2014 Breakup Buddies 心花路放Kang Xiaoyu's exCameo
2015 Crazy New Year's Eve 一路惊喜Zhong Wei [32]
2015 Romance Out of the Blue 浪漫天降Lin Zida [33]
2015 Mojin: The Lost Legend 鬼吹灯之寻龙诀Big Gold Tooth [34]
2016 Papa 洛杉矶捣蛋计划Huang Guolun [35]
2016 Birth of the Dragon N/A Wong Jack Man [36]
2017 Wished 反转人生Ma Fendou
2018Goddesses in the Flames of War那些女人Cameo [37]
2019Love Song to the Days Forgone东北往事之二十年Mei San [38]
2019The Coldest City红尘1945 [39]
2020Fengshen Trilogy封神三部曲 Shen Gongbao

Television series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1994Temporary Family临时家庭Cameo
1998 Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito 康熙微服私访记Wo Laiye
2001The Best Clown Under Heaven天下第一丑 Liu Gansan [40]
2001Buddha Jumps佛跳墙Zhao Baochu [41]
2002 Sky Lovers 天空下的缘分Xia Sanlang
2002You Light Up My Life点燃我生命的是你Huo Ran
2003 Return of Judge Bao I包公出巡之龙凤肚兜Gao Tianyou
2004The Thundering Sword残剑震江湖Wang Xiaohu
2004Classical Romance经典爱情Chen Guang [42]
2004Bring Your Smile Along啼笑因缘Lu Yizhi [43]
2005The Vinegar Tribe醋溜族Xiao Long [44]
2005Falling in Love with a Single-Eyelid Guy爱上单眼皮男生Han Zitong [45]
2006Waves Washing the Sand浪淘沙Ouyang Tong [46]
2006The Identity of Friend以朋友的名义Luo Jie [47]
2006 Secret History of Kangxi 康熙秘史 Kangxi [ citation needed ]
2007Justice Department青天衙门Rui De [48]
2008Firewall 5788防火墙5788Tong Jun [49]
2009The Innocent Years我们的八十年代Yin Yugang [50]
2009Great Porcelain Merchant大瓷商Tao Jingnan[ citation needed ]
2009The North Wind Blows北风那个吹Shuai Hongbin[ citation needed ]
2009The Flying Military Flag军旗飘扬Ma Bayi[ citation needed ]
2011Shi Fu师傅Xu Feng [51]
2011Yang Liu Qing杨柳青Yang Liuqing [52]
2013The Standing Year而立之年Cao Baiwan [53]
2013Jinan City is our Hometown我们这拨人Yang Ruo [54]
2018Operation Moscow莫斯科行动Chen Yali [55]
2018Mystery of Antiques古董局中局Xu Yuan [56]
2020Antique Bureau Midgame古董局中局2Xu Yuan [57]
2020Traditional Chinese Medicine大中医 [58]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
199451st Venice Film Festival Best Actor In the Heat of the Sun Won [59]
7th Singapore International Film Festival Won [60]
199623rd Golden Horse Awards Won [61]
20005th Changchun Film Festival Shadow MagicNominated
13th Tokyo International Film Festival Nominated
200323rd Golden Rooster Awards The Law of RomanceWon [62]
200427th Hundred Flowers Award Nominated
20057th Changchun Film Festival Electric Shadows Nominated
12th Beijing College Student Film Festival Waiting Alone Won [63]
10th Golden Phoenix Awards Society AwardWon [64]
200613th Beijing College Student Film Festival Most Popular Actor Shanghai Rumba Won [65]
20091st Macau International Movie Festival Best ActorLife of SentimeNominated
201633rd Hundred Flowers Award Best Supporting Actor Mojin: The Lost Legend Nominated
201824th Huading Awards Best ActorOperation MoscowNominated [66]
20196th The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actor (Web series)Mystery of AntiquesNominated [67]
26th Huading Awards Best Actor (Modern drama)Nominated [68]
Jinri Toutiao Awards CeremonyMusic Creator of the YearN/AWon [69]
20207th The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actor (Web series)N/APending [70]

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