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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Daniel WU
吳彥祖 | WU Daniel

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Daniel Wu was born in Berkley, California in 1974 and raised in Orinda, California. He started to study Chinese martial arts at the age of 11 and later attended University of Oregon, majoring in architecture. While there, he founded the University of Oregon Wushu club in 1994 and served as the team’s first coach. During this time, Wu also took film classes. After graduation, Wu came to Hong Kong in 1997 and started working as a model and became an actor appearing in director Yonfan’s Bishonen (1998). He went on to star in several dozen films, many of which are action and cop dramas, as well as appeared as the spokesperson for various services and products such as hotel, fashion, household items and cell phones. In 2000, Wu was given the Star of Tomorrow Award at the Cineasia 2000. In 2002 he received the Most Fashionable Actor HK & Taiwan Award at the 2002 MTV-LYCRA Fashion Awards. In 2003, he received his first nomination for Best Actor at the 40th Golden Horse Awards for his role in Night Corridor, and the next year, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 41st Golden Horse Awards for New Police Story. He was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for New Police Story and the Best Actor Award for One Nite in Mongkok at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005.

In August, 2005, Wu formed a band, Alive, with Terence Yin, Andrew Lin, and Conroy Chan, and invested $60,000 on the recording of the band’s first album, Adam’s Choice. In 2006, Wu made his writing and directorial debut with The Heavenly Kings, which chronicles Alive’s formation and exploits, for which Wu won the best new director award at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2009, Wu was nominated for Best Actor at the 46th Golden Horse Awards for Like a Dream (2009), and in 2010, he received the Most Popular Chinese Language Film Actor Award at the First International Film Festival.

In 2012, Wu formed Diversion Pictures with good friend Stephen Fung, which is aimed at producing Chinese-language films reflecting contemporary life that caters to the modern sensibilities of the youth audience.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2006 《四大天王》
The Heavenly Kings