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Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung onstage (2007)
Chinese name 鍾欣桐 (Traditional)
Chinese name 钟欣桐 (Simplified)
Pinyin zhōng xīntóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping zung1 jan1 tung4 (Cantonese)
Birth name (traditional Chinese: 鍾狄珊simplified Chinese: 钟狄珊pinyin: Zhōng DíshānCantonese Yale: Jung Dik-Saan)[1]
(traditional Chinese: 鍾嘉勵simplified Chinese: 钟嘉励pinyin: Zhōng JiālìCantonese Yale: Jung Ga-Lai) (name change at age 2)[2]
Ancestry Xinhui, Guangdong
Origin Hong Kong
Born 21 January 1981 (1981-01-21) (age 29)[3]
Hong Kong
Other name(s) 阿嬌
Occupation Singer and actress
Genre(s) Cantopop
Label(s) Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active 2001 – present
Associated acts Twins
Official Website www.eegmusic.com

Gillian Chung Yan-tung (born 21 January 1981) is a Hong Kong-based actress and singer. She is best known as a member of the Cantopop group Twins, alongside Charlene Choi.[4]

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Biography

Chung was born in Hong Kong as Chung Dik-saan.[5] It was later changed since the character Dik (狄) was believed to be too strong.[5] So her family renamed her as Chung Ka-lai.[5] At the age of 1, her father died. She initially grew up in a single parent family until her mother later remarried when Chung herself was in high school.[5] Chung is a graduate of Kowloon True Light Middle School and briefly attended William Angliss in Melbourne, Australia. [6] She was given the English name Gillian while in high school.[5]

Career

Early years

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

Solo-acting

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

In the film Beyond Our Ken (2004), 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 took HK$3,886,355 at the box office.[10] By January 2006, the film 49 Days 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 2006.[citation needed]

2006 invasion of privacy incident

During a Twins concert in Genting Highlands, Malaysia, a reporter surreptitiously photographed Chung in the changing room. On 22 August 2006, Easy Finder published 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 1 November 2006, Easy Finder lost its appeal against the obscenity ruling.[14] The appeal panel declaring the article was a "calculated act of selling sexuality which is corrupting and revolting".[15] Jimmy Lai, founder of Next Media (Easy Finder's publisher), 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 starlets were released online. The scandal involved Chung, as well as Bobo Chan and Cecilia Cheung amongst others.[17] These tarnished her "squeaky-clean image",[18] and she apologised to the public for being naive and silly.[19] Her subsequent TV appearance on Jade Solid Gold triggered over 500 complaints to TVB, while Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority received over 1200. Other promotion events were cancelled.

She 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 Mei Lanfang and Oliver Stone's W., but her scenes were left on the cutting room floor.[21]

Post-scandal career

Return to industry

After withdrawing from public for more than a year following the incident and later confessed to having contemplated , apologising for hurting those around her, especially her long time band mate 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 participated in an episode of Be My Guest to talk about the scandal. Though the episode received 679 public complaints.[22] Afterwards she returned to work as spokesperson for TOUGH Jeansmith in the Asia region with a seven-figure paycheck. She flew to Taiwan, Shanghai, 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] She 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. She will release an EP early this year.

Silent expression art

On 13 September 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 43 seconds.[25][26] The video showed Gillian Chung switch from laughing to crying. This attraction drew hundreds of visitors each day.[25] Many in the audience 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]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role
2002 U Man
Summer Breeze of Love
If U Care..
Just One Look
2003 Happy Go Lucky
Colour of the Truth
The Twins Effect Gypsy
The Spy Dad
The Death Curse Linda Ting
2004 Fantasia
Protege de la Rose Noire
Love on the Rocks Mandy
Moving Targets
The Twins Effect II Blue Bird
Beyond Our Ken Ching
6 AM
2005 House of Fury Natalie Yue
Bug Me Not! Auntie/Master
49 Days
2007 Eastern Legend
Twins Mission (aka Let's Steal Together) Pearl
Naraka 19
Trivial Matters
Rough Addiction
2008 The Fantastic Water Babes
2010 Just Another Pandora's Box
Ex

TV series

Year Title Role
2002 The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra Purple Rose
2003 All About Boy'z Tina
2004 Kung Fu Soccer Guest star
Sunshine Heartbeat
2006 Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain Cheng Lingsu
2007 The Spirit of the Sword

References

  1. ^ FACE Vol. 043
  2. ^ Sina HK. "Sina HKRetrieved 19 March 2008.
  3. ^ EEGmusic. "EEGmusic." Other information. Retrieved on 9 March 2008.
  4. ^ Gillian Chung at the Internet Movie Database IMDB. Biography for Gillian Chung
  5. ^ a b c d e f Be My Guest (7 March 2009 episode)
  6. ^ Mingpao.com. Gillian Chung @ Mingpao.com Retrieved on 10 March 2009.
  7. ^ Be My Guest, episode featuring Mani Fok(霍汶希), Gillian's manager.
  8. ^ Mak, Clara (2 August 2009). "Twins: a history of the teenybop sensation". South China Morning Post: p. 3. 
  9. ^ Buckle up for the Twins Mission
  10. ^ HK Film Archive
  11. ^ BBC. Chan in Hong Kong photo protest. Tuesday, 29 August 2006
  12. ^ Actress' semi-nude photo taken with hidden camera stirs uproar in HK, 28 August 2006, China Daily
  13. ^ "Hong Kong magazine to be prosecuted in pop star pictures row"
  14. ^ HONG KONG: "Twin photograph ruling upheld"
  15. ^ Agencies via CRI (2 November 2006). "HK Magazine Loses Appeal Over 'Obscene' Pop Star Pics". china.org. http://www.china.org.cn/entertainment/2006-11/02/content_1187355.htm. 
  16. ^ RTHK mediadigest
  17. ^ batgwa.com. "batgwa.com Edison's Conquests Sex Photos – Suspect Arrested Retrieved on 31 January 2008
  18. ^ "Tech jailed for stealing sex-with-starlet photos". 13 May 2009. http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/articles/2009/05/13/1241894033965.html. 
  19. ^ Damon Pang (12 February 2008). ""Twins star apologizes to her fans"". The Standard. http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=12&art_id=61393&sid=17552751&con_type=3&d_str=20080212&sear_year=2008. 
  20. ^ Sydney morning herald. "Dirty downloads: diva axed from Olympic ceremony Sydney Morning Herald, 26 February 2008, retrieved on 21 July 2008.
  21. ^ a b c Mak, Clara (2 August 2009). "Back to business". South China Morning Post: p. 2. 
  22. ^ Wen weipo.com. Wen weipo.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26
  23. ^ Yahoo News. "", Yahoo News, 11 March 2009, retrieved on 24 March 2009.
  24. ^ "Gillian Chung Had 40 Botox Injections!". 88news.net. 1 July 2009. http://www.88news.net/2009/07/01/gillian-chung-had-40-botox-injections. 
  25. ^ a b c d e Sina.com: [1]. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.
  26. ^ China.com.cn. China.com.cn. Retrieved on 2009-10-25.

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From Wikiquote

Gillian Chung (Chinese:鍾欣桐, born 1981-01-21) is a Hong Kong-based actress and singer. She is best known as a member of the Cantopop group Twins.

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  • 「我承認我很天真……很傻,現在已經長大了」
    • I was naive and foolish in the past but I am already a grown-up now.
      • From her first response to Edison Chen's photo scandal.

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