Named one of Asia’s 25 greatest actors of all time by CNNGo (a division of CNN) alongside stars like Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Chiu Wai, India’s Amitabh Bachchan and Japan’s Toshiro Mifune, Chin Han’s 20 year career in Asia has spanned theater, television and film.
Beginning as a teen actor in stage classics like Moliere’s L’Ecole des femmes and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, he went on to star in Singapore’s first English language television series Masters of the Sea produced by ex-Lorimar exec Joanne Brough (Dallas, Falcon Crest). A spin-off series Troubled Waters was to follow, which he also starred in.
In 1998 Chin Han made his US film debut in Blindness an Official Selection at the 2nd Hollywood Film Festival in a leading role opposite Vivian Wu (Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book).
Soon after, he starred in the Singapore mini-series ‘Alter Asians’ which won the 2001 Asian Television Award for Best TV Movie of the Year.
As a director, he has helmed acclaimed Asian Premieres of plays like David Hare’s The Blue Room and co-produced the official Musical adaptation of Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet.
A pianist himself, Chin Han has also produced concerts for Tony Award winners Jason Robert Brown (The Last 5 Years), Cady Huffman (The Producers) and Lillias White (Disney’s Hercules) in Asia.
In Los Angeles, he served as Associate Producer (credited as Chin Han Ng) on the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards which featured stars like Jackie Chan, Maggie Q, Quentin Tarantino and Danny Devito.
Returning to the big screen, his strong supporting performance in Thom Fitzgerald’s (The Hanging Garden) 3 Needles with Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, and Chloe Sevigny led one movie reviewer to note that for his ‘small but important role, (Chin Han) delivers in spades’ (I-S Magazine).
In 2008, Chin Han took on the pivotal role of Lau in the summer blockbuster movie The Dark Knight and was described by director Christopher Nolan as having ‘a great presence… it was exactly what the character required’ (South China Morning Post).
The following year, he joined John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Woody Harrelson in Roland Emmerich’s epic disaster movie 2012 which has grossed more than $750 million worldwide to date.
Chin Han then worked with Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant on the film Restless, produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, which was selected as the 64th Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard Opening Gala Film. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper
More recently, he can be seen as part of the star-studded ensemble in Steven Soderbergh’s biohazard thriller Contagion from Warner Bros. The film also stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cottilard, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.
On US prime time television, Chin Han has guest-starred on J.J. Abrams Fringe and has had recurring roles on the critically acclaimed television series from Shawn Ryan, Last Resort (ABC) and the CW’s hit show Arrow. In 2013, he completed The Sixth Gun based on the popular graphic novel as a pilot for NBC Universal and played Wu Jing in NBC’s breakout show The Blacklist with James Spader.
In Asia, Chin Han next stars opposite Michelle Yeoh in Final Recipe, an intergenerational comedy about celebrity chefs, produced by CJ Entertainment, South Korea’s largest entertainment company, and also heads up an international cast for HBO Asia’s groundbreaking series Serangoon Road.
He is currently filming the highly-anticipated Captain America sequel for Disney and Marvel slated for summer 2014.
Watch the Chin Han interview with Leslie Wong from Bellus Magazine below…
Below are the photos from the Bellus Magazine photo shoot with Chin Han…