Chen Kun (born February 4, 1976, Chongqing), sometimes credited as Aloys Chen, is a Chinese actor and singer. In 1995, he left Chongqing to Beijing and took part in China Song and Dance Ensemble being a singer.
Chen Kun (born February 4, 1976, Chongqing), also credited as Aloys Chen, is a Chinese actor and singer. In 1995, he left Chongqing to Beijing and took part in China Song and Dance Ensemble as a singer.
In 1996, Chen was admitted to Beijing Film Academy, where he began taking acting classes. Chen debuted in the 1999 film The National Anthem in his junior year enjoying the 4th grossing film that year, which laid the foundation for his acting career.
In 2000, Chen rose to prominence on the 2000 television drama Love in Shanghai while he was writing graduation thesis as a senior. He became a popular star because of this TV series and was confirmed as one of the four most famous actors in mainland China together with Li Yapeng, Lu Yi, and Hu Bing.
In 2002, Chen starred in Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress directed by Dai Sijie, a French director. This movie was shortlisted for the 61th Golden Globe for best foreign language movie and the 55th Cannes Film Festival opening in Japan, Europe and America and being one of the most widespread Chinese films overseas.
In 2003, he starred as the leading role Jin Yanxi in The Story of a Noble Family, the film adaption of Zhang Henshui’s best-selling novel, receiving the highest rating this year on CCTV.
In 2006, he starred as Lu Ping in The Music Box directed by Chen Yifei, enjoying the 12th grossing film of that year. Chen also won The Shanghai Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actor for this film.
In 2007, he starred as Chen qiushui in The Knot directed by Yin Li enjoying the 8th grossing movie of that year, breaking the record of box office of national love story film .
In 2010, Chen won the Hundred Flowers Award's for Best Actor for 2008’s acting in Painted Skin directed by Chen Jiashang.
In 2009, he starred as one of the five leading role Jiang Jingguo in The Founding of a Republic, a film for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China with all-star team, being praised as “the biggest surprise” because of his excellent performance. In 2010, he made a guest appearance in Beginning of the Great Revival starring as Zhou Enlai.
At the beginning of 2010, Let the Bullets Fly, a black comedy directed by Jiang Wen, set a new record of national film grossing, in which Chen firstly tried to act as a villain Hu Wan and left a deep impression on audience.
In 2011, Chen acted two totally different role in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a film with Imax3D technology directed by Hong Kong famous director Xu Ke. He was shortlisted in Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Asian Film Award, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor because of his extraordinary show in this film.
Chen used to be a singer in China Song and Dance Ensemble and released 3 personal album. On 4 February, 2010, Chen held his first concert in Beijing Chaoyang Gymnasium. On 28 February, 2010, he won Top Chinese Music Chart Award for Best Male Vocal Performance of 2009. In the year of dragon, he sang a song on Spring Festival Gala.
Chen is the Chinese ambassador of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund and always helps others through folk charities such as Love Save Pneumoconiosis. He set his own spiritually public welfare project “Power to Go” in 2010 influencing widely.
In 2011, he published his essays I suddenly reach Tibet with over 600-thousand sales volume being a popular writer.
Chen has visited France, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea and Russia to spread Chinese films and culture in many international film festivals.