EKIN CHENG (born 4 October 1967) is a Hong Kong actor and singer. Early in his career, he used the name DIOR as a first name (because that was what it sounded like when his younger sister tried to call him 二哥 in Cantonese). He has also been referred to as NOODLE Cheng, (鄭伊麵) after a popular noodle product with a similar name and his wavy long hair. Currently EKIN is the name used.
* 1 Career
* 1.1 Television * 1.2 Film * 1.3 Music * 1.4 Radio * 1.5 Others * 1.6 Endorsements
* 2 References * 3 External links
Cheng began acting in commercials when he was in high school, the most well-known being for Hi-C Lemon Tea. After high school, he enrolled in TVB 's Martial Arts school, but did not like it and switched to their acting school. After that he began to get a number of TV roles. The latest TVB series he participated in was Always Ready , working with Charmaine Sheh , Bowie Lam and Linda Chung .
See also: Ekin Cheng filmography
His first film was
Girls Without Tomorrow 1992 (1992) and at the time
he was still called by the name Dior Cheng. He changed his name to
"Ekin" before his break-out role in the Young and Dangerous series as
Chan Ho-nam . The film was first meant to glorify the triad life, but
after about the third film, the story focused more on the characters
and explored the truth about the Hong Kong triads. It became so
popular that it launched Cheng and co-star
Jordan Chan to superstar
status. And because of its incredible success, it is said to have made
many youngsters at that time fond of the triad life, thus making teens
throughout Asia join the triads. It also started a trend for triad
films around that time and is considered to be a classic. The film led
to six sequels, all starring Cheng, and a lucrative working
partnership with director
Andrew Lau . Together they went on to make
The Storm Riders , which was the highest-grossing Hong Kong movie at
the time and the first film to use a truly large number of special
effects. They also worked together on The Legend of Speed , a film
about a street racer who would follow his father's footsteps of
becoming a racing god,
A Man Called Hero a movie adaption of the
famous comic, about a martial arts master in America The Duel starring
Cheng, Andy Lau, and a few other famous stars, and the comedy Women
From Mars . In 2001, he acted in a movie titled
Born to be King . This
is the last instalment of a triad movie series Young "> Cheng returned
to the movie scene (having taken a break in 2005 to work on the
Ultraman TV series in Thailand). He had a brief appearance in My Name
is Fame as himself. Soon after that he starred in Heavenly Mission , a
triad/cop thriller starring alongside
Stephen Fung and Alex Fong (this
is not the swimmer Alex Fong.). He has completed a
Pang Brothers film
called The Forest of Death , which was released in March 2007. His
serial filmed in Mainland China based on the life of martial arts
Huo Yuanjia with former Young "> projects include a sequel to
The Storm Riders , also directed by
Pang Brothers and Kamui Gaiden
being filmed in Japan. Cheng's latest film with
Cheng's golden age was during the Young and Dangerous era. At the turn of the century his popularity declined and he has been criticised as being merely an accidental superstar. He has also been criticised by some as being a wood-like actor with little expression or feeling in his work. Despite these criticisms, Cheng has continued to make movies throughout his career and currently is once again enjoying considerable success.
See also: Ekin Cheng discography
Cheng had a successful music career with BMG . But in the 2000s, he
signed with EEG , a juggernaut company owned by
Albert Yeung . Under
this company he was 'frozen' and not allowed to put out any records.
But as is a custom with EEG, he made several movies with other EEG
stars. As of 2004, his contract with EEG ended and he returned to BMG
briefly where he released a new record before signing with BMA. As of
2009, Cheng has once again returned as an artist of
In 2007, Cheng made a guest appearance at a Leo Ku concert and received popular applause from the audience. He also represented Hong Kong in the 2009 Asia Song Festival , performing two songs. Since his last concert held 11 years ago, E-kin plans to hold his coming back concert during 18–19 December 2009 in Hong Kong.
See also: Ekin Cheng radio dramas
In the 1990s, Cheng also starred in a number of radio dramas.
In 2002 Cheng was asked to be the official Ocean Environment Ambassador. The Chief Secretary of HKSAR, Anthony Tsang presented the appointment letter. At the same press conference WWF also asked Cheng to be their Ambassador with a special interest in the marine environment. In this capacity he travelled to WWF's Whale Shark conservation site in 2007. TVB's Jade Channel aired the documentary.
2006 saw the publication of Cheng's first book, 'Looking into Ekin's Eyes'. This book was very successful and is now in its third edition. In 2007 a Japanese version of the book was published.
Cheng has been asked by numerous companies to endorse their products. The most notable are Canon IXUS, Seiko, Shiseido JS and HTC. In 2008, Kingsoft featured Cheng in their popular online game The First Myth 2 (封神榜II) as "Er Lang Shen" (二郎神) a character in the game.
Throughout his career Cheng has been featured in many magazines, and photo books, including an autobiography in Yes Idol Magazine (1997).
* ^ 12th Pifan Award
* ^ Wenweipo 9/10/2007
* ^ "Ten years since – E-kin Cheng". East Weekly. 20 October
* ^ "WWF – Page not found" (Press release). World Wildlife Fund.
16 June 2007.
* ^ "太 陽 報 網 頁". The Sun. Hong Kong. 5 July 2006.
* ^ Wenweipo. Wenweipo 18 July 2006
* ^ "產品目錄 – ".
* ^ Seiko April 2005
* ^ "Men Can Be Beautiful, Too".
* ^ HKEPC Hardware. "電腦領域 HKEPC Hardware – 全港 No.1
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* BMA\'s Official Website for Ekin / Ekin\'s Blog