Vic Chou

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Vic Chou
Vic Chou.jpg
Vic Chou at autograph event
Chinese name周渝民
PinyinZhōu Yùmín (Mandarin)
Birth name周育民
OriginRepublic of China (Taiwan)
Born(1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 (age 32)
Other name(s)仔仔 (pinyin: Zàizài)
Occupationactor, singer, model
Genre(s)Mandopop, Rock music
Label(s)Sony Music Taiwan
Years active2001–present
Associated actsF4
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Vic Chou
Vic Chou.jpg
Vic Chou at autograph event
Chinese name周渝民
PinyinZhōu Yùmín (Mandarin)
Birth name周育民
OriginRepublic of China (Taiwan)
Born(1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 (age 32)
Other name(s)仔仔 (pinyin: Zàizài)
Occupationactor, singer, model
Genre(s)Mandopop, Rock music
Label(s)Sony Music Taiwan
Years active2001–present
Associated actsF4

Vic Chou (Chinese: 周渝民; pinyin: Zhōu Yúmín) is a Taiwanese actor, singer and commercial model. He is a member of the Taiwanese boy band F4, and has starred in Taiwanese dramas. His stage name, 周渝民, literally means “a completely changed person”. It had a variation only in the middle character (from 育 to 渝) from his birth name, 周育民 (pinyin: Zhōu Yùmín), which literally means “a completely nourished or reared person”.

Biography[edit source | edit]

Vic Chou was born on June 9, 1981, making him the youngest of the F4 members. He is considered the baby of F4, being treated the best by other F4 members. His mother has Taiwanese aborigines Atayal bloodline while his father is Taiwanese with ancestry from Linyi, Shandong Province. His grandmother gave him the nickname Zàizài "仔仔", meaning "little boy", which has become a nickname for him among fans.

Education[edit source | edit]

Entering the Industry[edit source | edit]

He was discovered when he accompanied a friend auditioning for a role in Meteor Garden. While waiting for a friend at their auditions, he was huddled in a corner near one of the Meteor Garden staff's office, who said he looked like Huā Zé Lèi and was asked to audition. Meteor Garden was adopted from a Japanese, "Boys Over Flowers" (Japanese romanization: Hana Yori Dango). He was asked to play the role of Huā Zé Lèi, a very silent and sensitive guy who befriends the female protagonist Shān Cài, played by Barbie Hsu.

Solo career[edit source | edit]

Music career[edit source | edit]

He was the first F4 member to release his own album when Make a Wish (album) was released in January 2002. It was followed by Remember, I Love You which was released in January 2004. He also sang some solo songs included in F4’s albums like two songs in "Meteor Rain", released in August 2001 and 2 songs in "Fantasy 4ever", released in December 2002. His third album, I'm Not F4 was released in October 2007. He has 2 solo songs in F4/JVKV's most recent album "Waiting for You Here" [在這裡等你], released in December 2007. His solo songs also appear in the Original Soundtrack (OST) of "Love Storm" [狂愛龍捲風], "Silence" [深情密碼] and "Wish to See You Again" [這裡發現愛]。 His and F4’s albums were all released under Sony Music Taiwan.

Acting career[edit source | edit]

Aside from "Meteor Garden" [流星花園], Zhou has appeared in many Taiwanese series such as the four-episode "Meteor Rain" [流星雨], "Poor Prince" [貧窮貴公子], "Meteor Garden II" (sequel of "Meteor Garden I"), "Come To My Place" [來我家吧], and "Love Storm" [狂愛龍捲風]. All of the above mentioned dramas had a lighter tone to them, and are considered to be very "typical" idol drama faire. However, with his next role in "Mars" 【戰神】, co-starring Barbie Hsu, Zhou has publicly acknowledged that this was a turning point for his career. Zhou plays a set of twins, one of which on the surface seems happy-go-lucky but ends up committing suicide, and the other of which struggles with mental illness and post-traumatic stress syndrome. The plot-line of the series delves deep into issues not generally explored in idol dramas such as the frailty of the human psyche, violence, goodness versus evil, suicide, and sexual abuse, just to name a few. In many interviews, Zhou has pinpointed this as the moment where his interest in acting was truly piqued. Since then, Zhou has taken on increasingly more multi-faceted roles deliberately varying them one from another. "Qi Wei Yi" in Silence was an ambitious but lonely business man whose only moment of happiness took place 13 years ago with a mute girl. He finally finds love only to come down with cancer. "Zhi Tian" in "Sweet Relationship," [美味關係]is a cranky but perfectionist chef who spends most of his time yelling at his apprentices. "Xu Le" in "Wish to See You Again" [這裡發現愛] is an awkward but passionate best-selling novelist who innocently falls in love for the first time. His role in Black and White marks a departure from Taiwanese idol dramas. Zhou takes on the challenging role of a very emotionally complex policeman with a past that is thrown into a dangerous web of corruption. "Sheng Yue Ru" in "The Last Night of Madame Chin" [金大班的最後一夜], a young man from Shanghai high society, has studied abroad, loves painting and theater, and someone who is single-minded and dedicated to love. They fell deeply in love and became lovers. But their relationship faced strong resistance and objections from both families, especially Yue Ru's father, a rich banker.

Vic embarked upon his first movie in 2008, "Linger" [蝴蝶飛]/ Hu Die Fei was released. Mid-summer 2008, Zhou came out with his second movie, "Tea Fight." Due to its popularity, talks of bringing "Black and White" to the big screen are currently taking place.

In 2009, Vic was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Television Series at the 44th Golden Bell Awards for his role in Black & White (痞子英雄).[1]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Television series[edit source | edit]

YearTitleChinese TitleRole
2001Meteor Garden流星花園Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)
2001Poor Prince貧窮貴公子Shān Tián Tài Láng (山田太郎)
2001Meteor Rain流星雨Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)
2002Come to My Place來我家吧Zhang Zhong Yuan (張中原)
2002Meteor Garden II流星花園 2Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)
2003Love Storm狂愛龍捲風Lù Yǐng Fēng (陸穎風)
2004Mars戰神MarsChén Líng (陳零)
Chén Shèng (陳聖)
2006Silence深情密碼Qi Wei Yi (戚偉易)
2007Sweet Relationship美味關係Fang Zhi Tian (方織田)
2008Wish to See You Again這裡發現愛Xu Le (許樂)
2009Black and White痞子英雄Chen Zai Tian (陳在天)
2009The Last Night of Madam Chin金大班最後一夜Sheng Yue Ru (盛月如)
2011Home回家Su Tai Ying (苏台英)

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Movies[edit source | edit]

YearTitleChinese TitleRole
2008Linger蝴蝶飛Lin Xu Dong (林旭東)
2008Tea Fight鬪茶Yang (楊)
2010Love You 10000 Years愛你一萬年Wu Qi Feng (吴奇峰)
2011Sleepless Fashion与时尚同居Patrick
2012Perfect Two新天生一对Ah B (阿B)
2013Saving General Yang忠烈楊家將Yang San Lang (杨三郎)
2013Day of Redemption
2013A Moment of Love

Discography[edit source | edit]

Solo albums[edit source | edit]

Album #Album InfoTracklisting
1stMake a Wish
2ndRemember, I Love You (記得我愛你)
3rdI'm Not F4 (我不是F4)
4thVic Chou - The Best Collection (仔仔精選2001 - 2009)
(New + Collection Album)

Soundtrack contribution/other song[edit source | edit]

YearEnglish TitleChinese TitleTrack listing
2003Love Storm Original Soundtrack抂愛龍捲風 戀曲 OSTI breathe you (我呼吸你)
2004Mars Original Soundtrack戰神MARSLet Me Love You - 讓我愛你 duet with Barbie Xu (pinyin: Rang Wǒ Ài Nǐ) (Track 2)
2004百事音樂風雲榜Just For You
2006Silence Original Soundtrack深情密碼

Familiar Gentleness - 熟悉的温柔 (pinyin: Shou Xi De Wen Rou) (Track 1)

F4 albums[edit source | edit]

Album #Album InfoTracklisting
1stMeteor Rain (流星雨)
  • 為你執著 - (wei ni zhi zhuo / Persistence For You)
  • 最特別的存在 - (zui te bie de cun zai / The Most Special Existence)
2ndFantasy 4ever (煙火的季節)
  • 一個人的冬季 (yi ge ren de dong ji / Lonely Winter)
  • 怎麽會是你 - (zen me hui shi ni / How Is It You)
3rdWaiting for you (在這裡等你)
  • 殘念 (can nian)
  • 白 (bai / White)

Product Endorsements[edit source | edit]

YearProductProduct Category
2001滴可明雙氧液Eye Drops
2001金庸群俠傳網路遊戲/ Chinesegamer On-line GameOnline Game
2001西門子手機Mobile Phone
2002古道貴爵純真不滅定律奶茶Beverage, Milk
2002百事可樂 / PepsiBeverage
2002Kentex 休閒服飾Apparel
2003神之領域Online Game
2003Switch YamahaMotor Cycle
2004戒菸就贏Anti-smoking campaign
2005Parco (Japan) - 白色情人節Department Store
2007台灣觀光Taiwan Tourism

Release of photographic album[edit source | edit]

He also released a photographic album in October 2002, entitled "Travel Dream" (流浪夢, pinyin: Liú Làng Mèng) which contains his pictures shot during one of his trips to Hokkaidō, Japan.

His second photobook entitled 4Faces: Taipei & Tokyo was released in October 2006. It showcased ZaiZai's flexibility in front of the camera. There are 4 themes: Natural Face, Cool Face, Stylish Face and Fashionable Face. The first 2 themes were shot in Taipei while the last 2 themes were shot in Tokyo. This photobook is one of the bestsellers in HMV, a leading music and book store.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) TTV 44th Golden Bell Awards homepage Retrieved 25 Sept 2010
  2. ^ "Vic Chou". Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Vic Chou". Retrieved June 16, 2010. 

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