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Gillian Chung 钟欣桐

Biography Of Gillian Chung

Chinese name 鍾欣桐 (Traditional)
Chinese name 钟欣桐 (Simplified)
Pinyin Zhōng Xīntóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zung1 Jan1-tung4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Chung Dik-saan,[1]
Chung Ka-lai (name change at age 2)[2]
Ancestry XinhuiGuangdong, China
Born 21 January 1981 (age 30)[3]
Hong Kong
Occupation Singer, actress
Genre(s) Pop
Label(s) Emperor Entertainment Group
Associated acts Twins
Official Website www.eegmusic.com

Gillian Chung (born 21 January 1981) is a Hong Kong based singer and actress. She is a member of Cantopop group Twins, along withCharlene Choi.[4]


Gillian Chung Yan-tung 钟欣桐

Early life

Chung was born in Hong Kong as Chung Dik-saan (traditional Chinese: 鍾狄珊; simplified Chinese: 钟狄珊; Mandarin PinyinZhōng Díshān;Jyutping: Zung1 Dik6-saan1).[5] It was later changed since the Chinese character Dik (狄) was believed to be too strong.[5] When she was 2, her family renamed her Chung Ka-lai (traditional Chinese: 鍾嘉勵; simplified Chinese: 钟嘉励; Mandarin PinyinZhōng JiālìJyutping: Zung1 Gaa1-lai6).[5] Her father died when she was one year old. She initially grew up in a single parent family until her mother remarried when Chung was in high school.[5] Chung graduated from Kowloon True Light Middle School and briefly attended the William Angliss Institute of TAFE in MelbourneAustralia.[6] She was given the English name “Gillian” while in high school.[5]

Career

Early years

In 2000, Chung was contacted by one of the model agencies she worked part-time with when she was in Hong Kong. She was offered a job opportunity by Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), which she accepted in that year. She became a contracted artist and underwent training before making her debut.[7] She was advised by her manager Mani Fok (霍汶希) to adopt the “Chung Yan-tung” as her stage name, after consulting fortune tellers. The name was supposed to enhance her business skills.[5] On May 18, 2001, the management company assigned her to form a singing duo, Twins, with Charlene Choi. Chung and Choi released their first album three months later.[8]

Solo-acting

Chung made her solo-acting film début in U Man (2002), and has since proven her acting skills in a number of films such as Beyond Our Ken (2004), which earned her critical acclaim as well as a nomination for Best Actress in the Gam Zhi Ging Awards.[9]

In Beyond Our Ken, Chung played Chan Wai-ching, a spurned girlfriend of the eponymous Ken. The film had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival and grossed HK$3,886,355 at the box office.[10] In January 2006, the film 49 Days that Chung starred in had exceeded the HK$10 million (US$1.28 million) mark, earning a spot in one of Hong Kong’s best box office films for that year.[citation needed]

2006 invasion of privacy incident

In 2006 during a concert in Genting HighlandsMalaysia, a reporter surreptitiously photographed Chung in the changing room. On August 22, Hong Kong tabloid magazine Easy Finderpublished the photos as a cover story. Hong Kong celebrities such as Jackie Chan and Andy Lau staged a public protest denouncing the magazine.[11][12] The Obscene Articles Tribunal classified the published photographs as “indecent”.[13] On November 1, Easy Finder lost its appeal against the obscenity ruling,[14] with the appeal panel declaring the article as a“calculated act of selling sexuality which is corrupting and revolting”.[15] Jimmy Lai, founder of Easy Finder’s publisher Next Media, apologized to Chung and offered to return all the negatives.[16]

2008 photo incident

In January and February 2008, sexually explicit photos of Edison Chen with a number of Hong Kong female celebrities were released online. The scandal involved Chung, as well as Bobo Chan and Cecilia Cheung, amongst others.[17] The pictures tarnished Chung’s “squeaky-clean image”,[18] and she apologized to the public for being naive and silly.[19] Her subsequent television appearance on Jade Solid Gold triggered over 500 complaints to TVB, while the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority received over 1200. Other promotion events were cancelled.

Chung was dropped from performing in the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony by director Zhang Yimou.[20] She was originally set to appear in Chen Kaige‘s film Forever Enthralled and Oliver Stone‘s W., but her scenes were left on the cutting room floor.[21]

Post-scandal career

Return to the industry

After withdrawing from public for more than a year following the incident and later confessed to having contemplated suicide, Chung apologised for hurting those around her, especially her long-time band mate Charlene Choi. During the hiatus, she took classes in many areas, such as kung-fu gymnastics and acting, which she hoped would serve her professionally.[21] In March 2009 she discussed the scandal on an episode of Be My Guest, which garnered 679 public complaints for the show.[22] Afterwards she returned to work as spokesperson for TOUGH Jeansmith in the Asia region with a seven-figure pay-check. She flew to TaiwanShanghai, and other places for promotion.[23] In July 2009, it was disclosed that she would get a 7-figure sum for the endorsement of botox treatment clinic Dr. Pro.[24] Chung also appeared on stage in an adaptation of Neil Simon‘s I Ought to Be in Pictures, produced by Emperor Concerts, part of EEG, for a budget of HK$2 million.[21] She still continues to receive endorsements including Veva mobile phones, JazBeer, Eruner, Elne and Chung Yuen Electrical.

Silent expression art

On September 13, 2009, Chung showcased an emotional performance art video at the Harbin Ice Snow World carnival singing competition.[25] The silent video, previously filmed in Hong Kong, was shown at the fair lasting 8 minutes and 43 seconds.[25][26] The video showed Chung switching from laughing to crying. This attraction drew hundreds of visitors each day.[25]Many audiences thought that Chung used the art expression to reveal her apologetic attitude.[25] However the video was only meant to show how attitudes are expressed through art, according to artist and video creator Jiang Zhi.[25]

Début solo album

On 27 March 2010, Chung released her début solo EP, which was sold as part of the package of Twins’ fourth compilation album Everyone Bounce (人人彈起). The EP includes six songs, including début solo single More Hearts (心多) that was released a year prior to the album release.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2002 U Man
怪獸學園
Candy Tong So-sum / Piggy
Summer Breeze of Love
這個夏天有異性
Kammy Chung Lai-san
If U Care..
賤精先生
Gillian / Kiu
Just One Look
一碌蔗
Decimator / Ghost girl
2003 Happy Go Lucky
低一點的天空
Snow White / Snowie
Colour of the Truth
黑白森林
Katie Wong
The Twins Effect
千機變
Gypsy
The Spy Dad
絕種鐵金剛
Cream
The Death Curse
古宅心慌慌
Linda Ting
2004 Fantasia
鬼馬狂想曲
Chopstick Sister
Protege de la Rose Noire
見習黑玫瑰
Gillian Lu
Love on the Rocks
戀情告急
Mandy
Moving Targets
新紮師兄2004
Wing
The Twins Effect II
千機變II之花都大戰
Blue Bird
Beyond Our Ken
公主復仇記
Chan Wai-ching
6 AM
大無謂
(herself)
2005 House of Fury
精武家庭
Natalie Yue
Bug Me Not!
蟲不知
Auntie
2006 49 Days
犀照
Lam Siu-chin
2007 Twins Mission
雙子神偷
Pearl Alternate title Let’s Steal Together
Naraka 19
地獄第19層
Rain
Trivial Matters
破事兒
Cheng Sze-wai
2008 Forever Enthralled
梅蘭芳
Fu Zhifang Cut from the film due to the Edison Chen photo scandal
W.
小布希傳
Belly dancer Cut from the film due to the Edison Chen photo scandal
2010 Just Another Pandora’s Box
越光寶盒
Sun Shangxiang
Ex
前度
Yee
The Fantastic Water Babes
出水芙蓉
Gillian Law Kiu
Super Player
大玩家

Television

Year Title Role Network Notes
2001 The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra
齊天大聖孫悟空
Purple Rose TVB
2002 一Twins零一夜 Gill TVB Music video
2003 All About Boy’z
一起喝采
Tina now.com.hk Appearance in episode 2
Triumph in the Skies
衝上雲霄
Gillian TVB Appearance in episode 6
2半3更之困車立 Kiu now.com.hk
愛在陽光下 (Guest star) Music video produced to support the global anti-AIDS campaign
2004 Kung Fu Soccer
功夫足球
Kiu TVB Guest star
Sunshine Heartbeat
赤沙印記@四葉草.2
Guest star
家有寶貝 Kiu
上海灘之俠醫傳奇 Female assassin
2006 Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain
雪山飛狐
Cheng Lingsu ATV
Project A
A計劃 / 盜海奇兵
Mandy ATV
2007 The Spirit of the Sword
浣花洗劍錄
Zhu’er ATV
2011 Holy Pearl
女媧傳說之靈珠
Baixi Xianyue / Ding Yao
TBA Datang Nü Xun’an
大唐女巡按
Xie Yaohuan
Journey of the Fortune God
財神有道
Eighth Princess
Secret History of Wu Zetian
武則天秘史
Shangguan Wan’er

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