Chen Sicheng
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China
2022

Chen
Sicheng

Chen spent 12 years as an actor before breaking through as a writer-director-lead actor on the hit 2012 TV series “Beijing Love Story,” which starred actor Tong Liya and recorded more than a billion views across Chinese video sites in its first month. Since then, he has become known for the blockbuster franchise “Detective Chinatown,” with its third installment in 2021 breaking the world record for the highest-ever first-day gross in a single market thanks to the Chinese New Year holiday. Chen is now at work on a hotly anticipated fourth installment set partially in London while he continues to expand the “Detective” universe with a successful web series. His reputation as a box-office winner took a knock this year with the somewhat disappointing release of sci-fi comedy “Mozart From Space,” starring comedy icon Huang Bo.  

Career

  • DETECTIVE CHINATOWN
  • DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 2
  • DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 3

Education

  • Central Academy of Drama (China)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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Film Review: 'Detective Chinatown'

Film Review: 'Detective Chinatown'

A budding Chinese Sherlock Holmes meets his dumbass Watson in Bangkok and solves a locked-room murder in singer-actor-director Chen Sicheng's "Detective Chinatown," . This eclectic genre mash-up reps quite a novelty in mainland Chinese commercial cinema, and its instant success points to further opportunities for cerebral, plot-driven concepts to be injected into crowdpleasing hits. The pic fetched about $71.4 million in a week against stiff New Year holiday competition, and will likely spur local imitations.Given its Thai setting and the casting of...

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