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Jay Chou: I Was Living Under a Rock

Jay Chou, Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li in Curse of the Golden Flower Chinese Movie

Jay Chou (周杰伦, Zhōu Jiélún) burst onto the scene in 2000 with the released his debut album, Jay.  The following year, he picked up a Golden Melody Award (Taiwan’s version of the Grammy Award) naming Jay “Best Album.”  Since then he has been a sensation throughout Asia.  In 2003, he appeared on the cover of the Asian version of Time Magazine and was heralded as the “New King of Asian Pop.”  He has since sold more than 30 million albums, and has held six world tours!  He is also an accomplished actor, debuting in 2005, and directed his first film in 2007.  

Several years ago I saw “Curse of the Golden Flower” (满城尽带黄金甲, Mǎn Chéng Jìn Dài Huángjīn Jiǎ), but not because Jay starred in it.  No, I was under a rock, that was hidden beneath a mountain of boulders in a quarry.  How did I miss this man?  I had no clue who he was.  I watched “Golden Flower” for Chow Yun-fat (周润发, Zhōu Rùnfā) and the very beautiful Gong Li (巩俐, Gǒng Lì), both of whom I knew from western cinema.  Plus, the film’s director, Zhang Yimou (张艺谋, Zhāng Yìmóu) was recommended to me by my Chinese teacher.

Thankfully, two years ago, I got out from under the rock.  Jay Chou is now happily a part of my life, and a permanent fixture on my playlist.  This man can sing!  

Below are two of his songs that I translated for our learning enjoyment.  I have also included a short video of Jay’s 2015 wedding to Hannah Quinlivan, just because I think it is so beautiful. 

Want to see more Chinese songs I have translated into English?  Click here and have fun! 

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