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Han Geng
Han Geng in Jakarta, Indonesia, 2011
Born (1984-02-09) February 9, 1984 (age 39)
Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China
Alma mater Central University for Nationalities
  • Actor
  • singer
  • dancer
  • model
Years active 2005–present
(m. 2019)
Children 1
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Instruments Guitar
  • S.M. (2005–10)
  • Yuehua Entertainment
Han Geng
Han Geng
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Hanyu Pinyin Hán Gēng

Han Geng (Chinese: 韩庚; Pinyin: Hán Gēng; Hangul: 한경; RR: Han Gyeong) (born February 9, 1984) is a Chinese Mandopop singer and actor. He started his career in 2001, when he was chosen by S.M. Entertainment to become a member of South Korean boy band Super Junior, which debuted in 2005. He later became the leader of its sub-group Super Junior-M in 2008. On December 21, 2009, Han filed a lawsuit against SME to terminate his contract. He has since returned to China to pursue a solo career. On September 27, 2011, Han's departure from SM Entertainment was made official as both parties came to a mutual agreement.

For his various contributions to the spread of Chinese culture, Han was chosen as a torch bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He later also became an ambassador for the 2010 Shanghai Expo and the 2010 Asian Games. In late 2012, Han started to gain international attention and won the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards' "Best Worldwide Act" and Nickelodeon's 2013 Kids' Choice Awards' "Favorite Asian Act".

Early life

Han is of ethnic Nanai descent from Northeast China, and was born in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang, China. He attended Guang Hua Elementary School from 1990 to 1996.

At age 12, Han was accepted into the dance department at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing, and left his family and his hometown in the Northeastern part of China to pursue studies in dance. During his years at the university, he mastered all 56 types of traditional dances from China's 56 ethnic groups, received training in ballet and martial arts, and performed in many countries including the United States and Russia.

In 1999, as a representative of the Nanai ethnic group, Han participated in China's anniversary parade.



In December 2001, Han signed up for the H.O.T. CHINA Audition Casting, a casting audition that was hosted by S.M. Entertainment.

After the audition, Han began to work briefly as a cameo actor in short low-budget Chinese films to earn a salary before entering college. In late August 2002, Han was notified that he had been accepted into S.M. Entertainment. After Han's graduation at the Central University for Nationalities, he was sent to Korea and received private lessons in singing, dancing, and acting, as well as learning the Korean language.

2005–09: Super Junior, Super Junior-M and activities in China

On February 6, 2005, Han was officially announced to be part of the all-boy rotational musical group Super Junior as a member of its first generation, Super Junior 05.

On March 20, 2008, Han was announced to be one of the torch bearers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also sung the Beijing Olympic theme song "Beijing Welcomes You".

On April 8, 2008, Super Junior's third subgroup Super Junior-M made its debut in China, with Han as the leader of the group. The subgroup released their first Chinese-language studio album, Me, on May 2, 2008.

In 2009, Han starred in CCTV's 12-episode drama Stage of Youth. This marks his acting debut.

On December 21, 2009, Han filed for contract termination from SM Entertainment and ceased activities with both Super Junior and Super Junior-M.

2010–12: Solo debut

On July 27, 2010, Han launched his first album The Heart of Geng. The album contained ten tracks, including the title song "My Logo", which was produced by American producer Craig Williams and Dutch producer Rene Van Verseveld. Travis Payne and Stacey Walker, along with Michael Jackson's "This Is It" dancers participated in creating the choreography for the song. The Heart of Geng topped various major music charts throughout Asia, and sold more than 350,000 copies within only 2 months after its release. A special celebratory version of the album was released on October 1 with a limited number of 20,000 copies. Han also held his first two solo concerts in Beijing on July 17 and 18.

Han made his debut on the big screen in the US-Chinese collaboration action film My Kingdom. The film is directed by Gao Xiaosong, produced by Andre Morgan and features action directing by Sammo Hung. Han also played Deng Xiaoping in the government-funded film The Founding of a Party and starred in the film The First President as Hu Han Min, the secretary of Sun Yat-Sen.

On July 19, 2012, Han released his second album Hope in the Darkness which contained singles "Wild Cursive", "Clown Mask" and "Betrayal of the Soul". Han also kicked off his "Hope in the Darkness World Tour" on July 28, 2012 at Beijing MasterCard Center.

2013–present: International recognition and acting

On November 11, 2012, Han was announced as the winner of the MTV European Music Awards' Best Worldwide Act, earning him his first major international award.

On March 24, 2013, Han attended Nickelodeon's 2013 Kids' Choice Awards at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, where he won the Favorite Asian Act award.

Han was then cast in Zhao Wei’s directorial debut So Young. The film was released on April 26, 2013 and became a major success at the Chinese box office, grossing over 700 million yuan (US$115 million). The same year, he was cast in Chinese-French film Seek McCartney, about a romance that centers on a relationship between two gay men. The film is China's first gay film and premiered in Cannes in 2014.

In 2014, Han starred in romantic comedy film Ex-Files, which went on to become one of the most successful romantic comedy series. Han was praised for his comedic timing and acting performance. The same year, he made a cameo appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction.

On May 27, 2014, Han won the World's Best Male Artist award at the World Music Awards' World's Best Male Artist. He was also the first Chinese singer to be invited to perform for the World Music Awards.

..... In 2016, Han starred in the South Korean-Chinese co-production film Sweet Sixteen, a bitter coming-of-age romance. The same year, he starred in fantasy comedy film A Chinese Odyssey Part Three directed by Jeffery Lau, playing the titular role of Sun Wukong. Han also competed on and won the 2nd season of The Amazing Race with teammate Wu Xin.

On November 30, 2015, Han released his third album San Geng. He announced that this would be his final album release, and he will focus on acting in the future.

In 2016, Han announced that he will be starring in the science fiction drama Hard Memory. He also acts as the executive producer of the series.

In 2017, Han was cast in the fantasy suspense film The Great Detective (film). In July, he featured in the documentary film The Founding of an Army, playing the role of Zhang Xueliang. The same month, he was cast in the film adaptation of popular video game Dynasty Warriors, playing the role of Guan Yu. In December, Han reprised his role as Meng Yun in the third installment of the Ex-file franchise.

In 2018, Han starred in hacker-themed thriller Reborn. He also participated as a captain on the first season of the hip hop show, Street Dance of China.

In 2019, he returned as a captain for Street Dance of China 2.

In 2020, Han starred in modern romance drama Still Not Enough.

Han participated in the period drama series “Legacy” which will premiere exclusively on WarnerMedia’s regional streaming service HBO Go at an unspecified date later in 2021. “Legacy” is a 1920s-set drama that chronicles the lives of the wealthy Yi family and three sisters who vie to inherit their father’s shopping mall business. In a time of upheaval and uncertainty, the three sisters set aside their differences to keep the business afloat and save their family. That same year he was a captain for Street Dance of China 4.

In 2022, he returned for his 4th season of Street Dance of China as a captain once again in Street Dance of China 5.


.....'' The documentary was produced with the support of China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the United Nations Inter Agency Project on ... (UNIAP), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Personal life and other activities

In 2013, Han launched his own customized phone brand, known as the "Geng Phone."

On May 16, 2014, Han appeared at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell as a shareholder of Jumei International Holding Limited. Han is the first Chinese artist to ring the opening or closing bell at the NYSE as a shareholder.

On September 24, 2014, Han launched his eyewear brand "Burqa Angel".

Han Geng and actress Celina Jade married on December 31st, 2019 in New Zealand. In September 2022, they welcomed their first child, a daughter.



Album Information Track listing
The Heart of Geng
  • Released: July 27, 2010
Hope in the Darkness
  • Released: July 29, 2012
San Geng
  • Released: November 30, 2015


Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2008 "Beijing Welcomes You" 北京欢迎你 N/A Promotional song for 2008 Beijing Olympics
"Dream of Youth" 青春梦想 Stage of Youth OST with Huang Yi
2010 "The World Watches China" 世界看中国 N/A Theme song for 2010 Shanghai Expo
"Unforgettable Memories" 不能忘却的纪念 N/A Theme song for 150th anniversary of burning of the Old Summer Palace
with Tan Jing
"Big Hand, Small Hand" 大手小手 N/A Theme song for Music Radio Kappa 1200 Schooling Aid
with Olivia Wang
"With me the Asian Games Become Exciting" 亚运有我精彩之极 N/A Promotional song 2010 Asian Games
with Bibi Zhou
"Iris" N/A Theme song for the torch of the 2011 Summer Universiade
"I am a Flame" 我是火焰 N/A Promotional song for 2010 Asian Games
2011 "Returning Home for New Year" 回家过年 N/A solo version of Opening Performance for 2011 Spring Gala
"Children" 孩子 N/A Charity song for Anti-Child Trafficking Awareness Campaign
"Like a Dream" 如梦令 My Kingdom OST
2012 "The Best Future" 最美好的未来 N/A Charity song for a non-profit schooling aid organization
with Jane Zhang
"Best Wishes from Beijing" 北京祝福你 N/A Promotional song for the 2012 London Olympic Games
"The Best Listener" 最佳听众 Hope in the Darkness feat. Elva Hsiao
"The First Lesson" 第一课 N/A Theme song for The First Lesson
2013 "Cloud Atlas" 云图 Cloud Atlas OST
"X-man" N/A Commercial song for Xtep Sportswear
2014 "That Girl" 那个女孩 Ex-Files OST
"Who Control" 谁 Control Transformers: Age of Extinction OST
"Shell Shock" 忍者神龟 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles OST Mandarin version
2015 "How Many Times Can We Love Once More" 有多少爱可以重来 Ever Since We Love OST with Jane Zhang
"We are the Successor of Communism" 我们是共产主义接班人 N/A Propaganda song
2016 "Love for a Lifetime" 一生所爱 A Chinese Odyssey Part Three OST



Title Year Role Notes
Attack on the Pin-Up Boys 2007 Hankyung Cameo
The Founding of a Party 2011 Deng Xiaoping Cameo
My Kingdom Meng Erkui
The First President Hu Hanmin
Bring Happiness Home 2013 Tourist Cameo
So Young Lin Jing
Ex-Files 2014 Meng Yun
Transformers: Age of Extinction Guitar player Cameo
One Day Himself Short story documentary
The Taking of Tiger Mountain Jiang Lei Cameo
Ever Since We Love 2015 Qiu Shui
Sweet Sixteen 2016 Tang Xiaotian
A Chinese Odyssey Part Three Sun Wukong
The Wasted Times Mr. Zhao Cameo
The Founding of an Army 2017 Zhang Xueliang
The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes Meng Yun
Seek McCartney 2018 Zhao Jie
Reborn Li Haoming
The Great Detective 2019 Huo San
Dynasty Warriors 2021 Guan Yu
Silence of Smoke TBA Liu Jiansan
Three Old Boys Lin Nan

Television series

Title Year Role Notes
Nonstop 2006 Himself Cameo (season 6, episode 136)
Stage of Youth 2009 Xia Lei
The Amazing Race China 2 2015 Himself Contestant with Wu Xin (winner)
I Can See Your Voice 2016 Himself Guest artist (season 1)
Street Dance of China 2018 Himself Captain with Show Lo, Jackson Yee and Huang Zitao
Street Dance of China 2 2019 Himself Captain with Show Lo, Jackson Yee and Vanness Wu
Still Not Enough 2020 Chen Jiong
Street Dance of China 4 2021 Himself Captain with Wang Yibo, Henry Lau and Lay Zhang
Hard Memory TBA Li Lei
The Heritage
Huan Xi Sha 2021 浣溪沙 Fan Li
Street Dance of China 5 2022 Himself Captain with Lee Seung-Hyun, Wang Yibo, Liu Yuxin

Music video

Year Song Title Artist
2006 "Timeless" Zhang Liyin (feat. Xiah Junsu)
2008 "I WILL" Zhang Liyin
"The Left Shore of Happiness" Zhang Liyin

Awards and nominations

Music awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 Top Chinese Music Awards Most Promising Newcomer N/A Won
CCTV-MTV Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer (Mainland China) N/A Won
New Artist Awards of Top Chinese Music Chart Newcomer Award N/A Won
Tencent Star Awards Male Singer of the Year N/A Won
2011 Top Chinese Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer N/A Won
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards All-Rounded Artist Award N/A Won
Top 10 Songs "My Logo Won
China Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer (Mainland China) N/A Won
Global Chinese Golden Chart Most Popular Newcomer N/A Won
Singapore 100.3 Radio Most Dedicated Song "My Logo" Won
Top 20 Songs "Say No" Won
Music Radio China Top Chart Awards All Rounded Artist Award N/A Won
Most Popular Newcomer N/A Won
Migu Music Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won
Most Popular Singer N/A Won
Singapore E-Awards Most Popular Regional Newcomer N/A Won
Sprite Chinese Music Awards Best Male Singer N/A Won
Favorite Idol N/A Won
Song of the Year "Heartache Notebook" Won
2012 MTV European Music Awards Best Worldwide Act N/A Won
Best Asia and Pacific Act N/A Won
Top Chinese Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer N/A Won
CCTV-MTV Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer (Mainland China) N/A Won
Beijing Pop Music Awards All Around Artist of the Year N/A Won
Best Male Stage Performer N/A Won
Golden Song of the Year "Wild Cursive" Won
Migu Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer N/A Won
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Asian Act N/A Won
Top Chinese Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer (Mainland China) N/A Won
Best Album Production Hope in the Darkness Won
Best Dance Music Singer N/A Won
Best Dance Music "Clown Mask" Won
Best Music Video Won
China Music Awards Asian Influential Singer N/A Won
Best Music Video "Clown Mask" Won
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Male Artist N/A Won
QQ Music Awards Most Popular Male Singer (Mainland China) N/A Won
2015 Migu Music Awards N/A Won
2016 Top Chinese Music Awards Best All-Rounded Artist San Geng Won
Best Male Singer Won
Best Music Video "I Don't Give a ..." Won

Film awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Huading Awards Most Anticipated Actor My Kingdom Won
New York Chinese Film Festival Most Popular Asian Artist Won
2013 China International Film Festival London Best New Actor So Young Nominated
2014 Hundred Flowers Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
China Image Film Festival Most Popular Actor Ex-Files Won
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