Pictures of Yan Kuan in “Mei Ren Xin Ji”

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This post is for the Yan Kuan lovers out there who commented on my only other post on him, and surprised me that people know him and love him despite not knowing any Chinese and not having subs for anything of his.  Since then, I’ve been paying more attention to his upcoming projects, and sadly there hasn’t been anything worth noting, not even this, Mei Ren Xin Ji, because he’s only a guest star, as a favor to his Shanghai Theatre Academy colleague Yu Zheng, the producer and scriptwriter of the series. But at least there are lots of nice pics with the lead actresses Ruby Lin and Wang Likun from his blog.

Yan Kuan says there are only six scenes with him, but he says there’s much in those six scenes, love, rain, fighting, water, and literature. He plays something of a flirt with both Ruby Lin and Wang Likun.

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With Wang Likun:

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Too bad Yan Kuan didn’t have any scenes with Yang Mi. They were actually in a low-key movie together a few years back, called Beijing Fairytale which had a really trite plot about girl dying from leukemia but they were so adorable in it together which made it worth watching (although it kinda disses Li Yuchun). They were both rather unknown then, and now her career is going up but his is rather stagnant.

What’s next for Yan Kuan? I have no clue. Poor Yan Kuan and poor Yan Kuan fans. He’s had to play second fiddle to lots of actors, Blue Lan Zhenglong, Sammuel Chan, Peter Ho, Nic Tse, mostly because they have more fame than him and probably because his eyebrows give off a distinct look. There’s been talks of Shanghai Bund being remade as a movie and maybe he’ll get that since it’s his dream role.

Source: his blog

57 thoughts on “Pictures of Yan Kuan in “Mei Ren Xin Ji”

  1. I am kind of late here but i started to notice him when he was in Water Margin. Thats when i see he can be one of the potential famous actor in future. His look is unique and some may find him not easily approachable due to his strong eyebrow feature. But when he smiles things go to another extremes (to the good side). He is the character that grows people interest upon the storyline. I fully agree on the previous reply that his eyes are electrifying and tend to have a welcoming smile n seductive.

    His acting is awesome. From the Glamoruos Imperial Concubine, he was so cold in the beginning probably to due his upbringing in the storyline and caring towards the end. He was so pitiful in the series and off course hoping for a good ending. The ending could have been more impactful. This drama series showing his versatility for being ‘cocky’ and kind hearted with great emotional moments. Overall, must watch the series.

    His is the lead actor as qin qiong in sui tang yang yi new drama series. I finished watching them and was great. Anyone knows his upcoming chinese series as i am not good in chinese and having limited info for googling in english. Can’t wait to see his next series as lead actor.

    I wish him best of luck.

  2. @Jackleen: I agree with you that Yan Kuan has such sexy, provocative look and when he smiles, it melts my heart. I love him out of all the recent Chinese male actors (including HK, Taiwan, and China). He is one extremely handsome looking man, but has special character.

    @ Shuge: ummm, I haven’t thought of Lui Liang Wei or Alan Tang, but I thought he looks a lot like the younger Andy Lau (Lau De Hua) and a little bit like Takeshi Kaneshiro (Jin Cheng Wu) – probably the eyebrows too?

    @ Anonymous: Yes, he is absolutely amazing and stole my heart away in Glamourous Imperial Concubine. For all of Yan Kuan fans, this one is a MUST SEE! He played lead role, has lost of scenes and looks even better than Mei Ren Xin Ji, and won Ruby Lin as his wife. Though I did cry a bit when he finally died in protecting her. But the ending is somewhat intriguing,,,, did he really die or did he just hide away by that beautiful lake and wait fo Ruby Lin (Ma Fu Ya) to come back and then they can live away from all the fighting and hatred? I would love to think it is the 2nd ending which is much more comforting and happier.

    I really think Yan Kuan deserves much more attention and better roles cos he IS a good actor and he HAS the looks!

    • I am kind of late here but i started to notice him when he was in Water Margin. Thats when i see he can be one of the potential famous actor in future. His look is unique and some may find him not easily approachable due to his strong eyebrow feature. But when he smiles things go to another extremes (to the good side). He is the character that grows people interest upon the storyline. I fully agree on the previous reply that his eyes are electrifying and tend to have a welcoming smile n seductive.

      His acting is awesome. From the Glamoruos Imperial Concubine, he was so cold in the beginning probably to due his upbringing in the storyline and caring towards the end. He was so pitiful in the series and off course hoping for a good ending. The ending could have been more impactful. This drama series showing his versatility for being ‘cocky’ and kind hearted with great emotional moments. Overall, must watch the series.

      His is the lead actor as qin qiong in sui tang yang yi new drama series. I finished watching them and was great. Anyone knows his upcoming chinese series as i am not good in chinese and having limited info for googling in english. Can’t wait to see his next series as lead actor.

      I wish him best of luck.

  3. I love Yan Kuan from Glamourous Imperial Concubine show. I love the show so much that I have watched it over and over again for 4 times. The story line was so sad. I hate that he dies the end. I love watching him and Ruby Lin together in the show. The love and care that he had for her was so touching and priceless. I cried and cried while watching the show. I hope to see them together again in some other shows. I read an article somewhere which indicated that Yan was getting married, is this true?

  4. Hey there!
    Well I don’t it’s the eyebrows fault and they are not trimmed or plastic surgery cos I can tell it’s not like the drawing ones- Yan Kuan’s are natural eyebrows usually girls mainly western people do their eyebrows trim or plastic surgery.
    I think Yan Kuan is having a minor role cos maybe he needs more drama, feeling and speak- up more in the public to help his acting skills.
    That’s just a guess by the way.
    So please don’t be angry with me cos Yan Kuan one of my favourites.

  5. The more I look at his picture (and I’m doing a lot of that), the more he resembles a mix of Ray Lui Liangwei and Alan Tang, a hunky HK actor popular in the mid-60s.

    Many good actors hone their skills with small roles before making it big. Chow Yunfat struggled for years and was considered box office poison until John Woo gave him a breakthrough role. Aaron Kwok was a backup dancer, but returned to HK in triumph after finding acclaim in Taiwan. This might be the path for Yan Kuan.

  6. Well, to be honest, the eyebrows are just my own theory. There’s probably other factors why he’s not getting lead roles.

    The fact that Peter Ho and Nic Tse get lead roles is because they have preexisting fame in Taiwan and HK.

  7. Villainous eyebrows?? Do people really think that he looks villainous? I think his eyebrows are beautiful! They’re perfect! They help give him a very sultry, sexy look. ( I wish my boyfriend had his eyebrows ) Yes – his eyes have a sort of provocative, intelligent quality, but why is that bad? Johnny Depp kind of has the same thing. Jack Nicholson has villainous eyebrows- Not Yan Kuan…….

    From reading this post and comments as well as the previous post and comments I’m starting to get the impression that in order to qualify to be “heroic” or “good” in any way that the actor either has to be boring or ugly or both…… I don’t get it. Is there some kind of taboo in Chinese culture about being sexy that I’m not aware of?? Sexy = Bad?

    I was a really big fan of Leslie Cheung and I was shocked when I heard about his death a few years ago. I think that Yan Kuan has what it takes to fill that void – Although it seems like Tony Leung has been filling that role for a while?

    I’m surprised that at least some of the Hong Kong studios haven’t taken advantage of Yan Kuan’s versatile talents and looks. You’d think that they would be tripping over each other to sign him! What is wrong with all of the producers and directors out there!?!

    Now I’m really frustrated!!

    I mean – I know that there are a lot of Nicholas Tse fans out there – and I honestly don’t mean to offend anyone – But he really isn’t a very good actor. He looks good – But he just stares and pouts a lot- He’s not very versatile. And Peter Ho – I’m not saying that he’s ugly – because he isn’t – BUT – If you want to talk about looks being a disadvantage – To me he looks like a twelve year old and I just can’t take him seriously as a “heroic” warrior – and I also don’t find his performances very convincing. If anyone should be playing second fiddle to anyone it’s him…….

    Sorry for the rant. It’s just so disappointing to see someone that’s actually really talented to be treated so badly – Especially by his own culture! How sad.

  8. Well, being from Xinjiang doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a minority.

    But yes, he’s Han Chinese.

    Chen Kun’s Han too, and everyone makes some sort of assumption that he’s not because of his eyes.

    This is why I get annoyed at people saying Chinese must look a certain way. Even within the Han ethnicity there are many looks. It is to be expected when China’s population is so large…there can be many combination of looks.

  9. Eva Huang Shengyi is lucky – not only is her boyfriend Yang Zi an influential producer, but he’s also really hot.

    I’m not happy about her being listed as one of mainland’s new four flowers – beh. If I had to pick it’d be Tang Yan, Wang Luodan, Yang Mi and Zhang Jiani.

    Jing Dong was such a cutie in Chuang Guan Dong! Loved him there, but to be honest, I can’t judge his acting from so small a role. His role in Infernal Lovers seems to be opposite from his role in CGD so we’ll see! Actually I’m rather grateful to Angie Chai for casting him – it’s one of his biggest roles to date.

    I think I first saw Yu Xiaowei in a small film named Peacock – it was what helped first get Zhang Jingchu noticed but didn’t really help him. Yu Xiaowei’s been inching forward since, and he really impressed me in Rouge Snow, most out of all the actors, including Fan Bingbing and Wallace Huo. Him dating Gao Yuanyuan seems to have given him slightly more exposure so hopefully he’s due for a break.

    I don’t mind Taiwanese,Korean actors making careers in China, and Mike He seems like a hard-worker. But sometimes I wonder if China’s drama industry would be developed more if they didn’t spend so much time casting famous faces from TW/HK. It’s a rather unique situation that Japan, Korea and Taiwan hasn’t had in their development.

    America has this too, with British, Canadians, Australians, Scandinavians coming to its industry to work, but the difference is that America was always the pioneer in entertainment, whereas here Hong Kong and Taiwan developed before China’s, creating stars that rapidly filled the voids in China – voids that might be filled slower if China was left to develop on its own, but still would have been filled.

  10. @A.
    I think you’re putting a little overemphasis of family background and relationships. No doubt, it’s important.

    but think about it. If you were a casting director looking to cast good actors in a lot of roles, it would make a lot more sense to go scouting at the Central Drama Academy than in a small acting school that no one has heard of. Of course, there’s also the fact that schools establish relationships with companies, prominent teachers recommend their own students, but that’s not the only thing.

    and if you look at the Dream of the Red Mansions cast, you’ll notice that most of the “winners” were from prominent dancing or acting academies, but they were also the ones most fit for their roles.

    Eva Huang’s rise wasn’t surprising. She’s a very ambitious, and imo, thoughtful woman. She also has Yang Zi to back her up…and is favored by CCTV as one of those idols who people like but aren’t Hunan. Han Xue has the same connections.

    I comment spam all the time. XD…and cfensi and I have been warned by AF mods numerous times for going off topic. Maybe it’s a Chinese habit…tieba threads go off topic over half of the time.

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