JAY CHOU (Kato) an awarding-winning actor, director, composer and pop star,
makes his American acting debut with The Green Hornet.
Chou, who hails from Taiwan, enjoyed enormous success in Asia as an
award-winning singer/songwriter before making the jump to the big screen with
Initial D, which won him both the Golden Horse Award (Taiwan) and the Hong Kong
Film Award (Hong Kong) in the Best Newcomer Actor category. He followed up the
next year with his first internationally released film, Curse of the Golden
Flower in 2006. Starring with Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li, he was nominated for
Best Supporting Actor and won Best Original Film Song for Chrysanthemum Terrace
at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Having directed more than a half-dozen music videos, 2007 saw the release of
Chou's motion picture directorial debut with Secret, which he also wrote and
starred in. Secret went on to secure Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year and
Best Original Song for The Secret That Cannot Be Told at the Golden Horse
Other film credits include Kung Fu Dunk, a comedy about a Chinese basketball
star. Chou recently wrapped production on two films; The Treasure Hunter and
Showing a propensity for music at a young age, Chou's mother enrolled him in
piano lessons at the age of three. Chou went on to also master the cello, and is
classically trained on both. Chou soon became interested in pop music and began
to write his own songs. Unbeknownst to Chou, a friend had entered both of them
in a popular talent show, Super New Talent King. Although they did not win, the
influential host, Jacky Wu, was impressed with Chou's score and hired him as a
contract composer, and over the next two years Chou wrote songs for Mandarin pop
2000 saw the release of Chou's debut CD, Jay, combining the musical styles of
Chinese, R&B, rap and classical music. Since then, Chou has released a CD every
year, and was the top selling artist for 8 consecutive years, selling more than
30 million units to date.
Chou's music awards include MTV Asia's Favorite Artist, Taiwan, in both 2002 and
2005; Golden Melody Awards for Best Mandarin Album for Jay (2001), Fantasy
(2002) and Ye Hui Mei (2004); Best Music Video for Mr. Magic; Best Song of the
Year for Blue and White Porcelain (2008) and Fragrant Rice (2009); Best Composer
for Love Before A.D. (2002) and Blue and White Porcelain (2008); and Best
Producer for Fantasy. Chou was also named by the World Music Awards as
Best-Selling Chinese Artists in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
In 2007, Chou co-founded with his manager Yang Jun Rong and his longtime
lyricist Vincent Fang, the record company JVR Music International.
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