The intriguing new romantic drama A Seven-faced Man calls for a special actor to play the demanding role of a man with multiple personalities, and Zhang Yi Shan has accepted the challenge. In real life, the rising actor is quite the multifaceted man, himself. Let's find out more about him.

Zhang Yi Shan is only 25 years old, but his resume is as long, or even longer, than an older seasoned actor, with over twenty Chinese films and TV dramas. His rise in acting is a success story of a child star who transformed into an acclaimed actor.

Born and raised in Beijing, China, he debuted at the age of nine in a WWII period film, Little Soldier Zhang Ga. But even before that, he had filmed commercials. From then on, he continued to pick up projects, including the long-running sitcom Home with Kids, and won awards such as Best Child Actor and Best New Actor with the Most Potential.

It probably helped that he started learning martial arts at the age of five. He collaborated with his personal hero, the internationally famous martial arts star Jackie Chan, in the movie Looking for Jackie (2009), where he did his own action scenes. Recently he sang in a promotional MV for the movie Kung Fu Yoga (2017) with Jackie Chan and Yang Zi (Ode to Joy).

The young actor also played a kung fu buddy of the young Bruce Lee in the movie Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010), which was based on the memoir written by the famous Chinese-American martial artist and international star's brother. 

After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 2014, Zhang Yi Shan became even more recognized as an actor. He acted in his first leading-man role in the movie Escape Route, although it wasn't released until 2016. He was selected by online voters in 2015 as one of the top 10 most influential people born after the '90s. He has also strived to be a positive role model with his work for charitable causes and environmental conservation. 

2016 turned out to be a banner year for him. He starred as a new police graduate who became an undercover cop in the popular and award-winning crime thriller web series Yu Zui, which continued on to a successful second season with the third season in the works. He also starred in the TV drama My Father, My Soldier, and the movies Room 704 and Isolated Island.

Let's not forget some basic stats for the 25-year-old leading man, who is nicknamed Zray.

Chinese name: 張一山. His given name 一山 (Yi Shan) literally means "One Mountain." 

Height: 5 ft. 8 in.

Weight: 121 lbs

Blood Type: B

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Take a look at the trailer to get a glimpse of Zhang Yi Shan in A Seven-Faced Man

The general assessment of Zhang Yi Shan is that he is a solid actor whose rise did not rely on acting in idol romances. He has said that he considers it a challenge to play a man with dissociative identity disorder, and that's why he took on the leading man role in A Seven-Faced Man.

We certainly wish him success. Just as his name "One Mountain" suggests, he will keep climbing higher and higher mountains.

A Seven-faced Man stars Zhang Yi Shan along with Cai Wen JingZhang Xiao Qian, and Gao Tai Yu. Watch it now!


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Starring Zhang Yi Shan and Cai Wen Jing

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BTW, did you know that Zhang Yi Shan does not have a PC at home. He doesn't like to surf the net or play online games. That makes him really stand out from his generation and the rest of us, doesn't it?

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