Rene Liu Ruo-ying (Chinese: 劉若英; born 1 June, 1969)[1][2][3] is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, actress, director and writer.[4] In the Sinophone world, Liu is widely known by her affectionate nickname "Milk Tea".[5][6] Her music often focuses on love stories and has built an image around herself as a single woman. She is known for her mature, professional, urbane, single woman persona.[7]

Rene Liu
Rene Liu.jpg
Rene Liu in 2008
Born (1969-06-01) 1 June 1969 (age 53)
Alma materCalifornia State University, Fullerton
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actress, writer, film director
Years active1995-present
Zhong Shi
(m. 2011)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known asLiu Jo-ying
奶茶 (Nǎichá; milk tea)
Instrument(s)Guitar, Vocals
LabelsRock Records
Music Nation Group
B'in Music劉若英-RENÉ%20LIU

She has released 20 albums[8] since 1995 and held hundreds of solo concerts worldwide. She has also had a remarkable acting career, having won numerous awards throughout Asia including Best Actress twice at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.


Rene Liu was born in Taipei City, Taiwan on June 1, 1969. She was born to an affluent family in Taipei. Her family from Liling, Hunan. Her grandfather served as a Class 1 general in the Army of the Nationalist Party of Taiwan.[7] Liu's parents divorced when she was young and she grew up in her grandparents' house.[7] In college, Liu attended California State University and has a bachelor's degree in music.

After returning to Taiwan from her studies in the USA, Liu became the assistant of Bobby Chen (Chen Sheng), a pop music composer, producer, and singer. The two began working together for the release of Liu's album in 1995, with Chen as her music producer.[7]

In 2012, Liu directed her first short film, "Love Limited Edition," where she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in.[7] The film was released on December 18, 2012 and the story is about a woman embarking on a romantic trip to Paris alone, and her introspection and growth towards an understanding of love while traveling.[9] This was the first project that she completed alone during her trip to Paris in 2010.

In 2018, Liu made her directorial debut with her film, Us and Them, a story is about two strangers who meet on a train and fall in love. Their struggles led to their breakup, but 10 years later, they reunite and pick up their story.[10] Us and Them started out as a short story written by Rene Liu and eventually adapted into a movie. The Netflix original film was a huge success in the Chinese box office, making Rene Liu the highest grossing female director for Chinese films.[11] The film became the fifth highest-grossing Chinese movie in 2018, making $157 million in revenue.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

On August 8, 2011, Rene Liu married businessman Zhong Xiaojiang (Zhong Shi) in Beijing.[13] In 2015, she gave birth to a son.[14]


Studio albumsEdit

  • 1995: René's Selected Theme Songs (少女小漁的美麗與哀愁)
  • 1995: Raining Season (雨季)
  • 1996: Walk Around (到處亂走)
  • 1998: Love You More & More (很愛很愛你)
  • 2000: Waiting for You (我等你)
  • 2001: Those Were the Days (年華)
  • 2002: Love and the City
  • 2003: My Failures and Glory (我的失敗與偉大)
  • 2004: I've Heard? (聽說?)
  • 2005: All Night Long (一整夜)
  • 2008: I'm Fine (我很好)
  • 2010: Together (在一起)
  • 2013: For The Loved (親愛的路人)
  • 2015: Wish You Well (我要你好好的)
  • 2021: Each Well (各自安好)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • 2001: Harvest (收穫)
  • 2003: Rock Hong Kong 10th Anniversary - René Liu Greatest Hits (滾石香港黃金十年-劉若英精選)
  • 2008: René

Live albumsEdit

  • 2003: 單身日誌 演唱會LIVE全紀錄
  • 2012: 劉若英脫掉高跟鞋世界巡迴演唱會 (One Night Stand by Rene 2010-2011)
  • 2017: 劉若英 Renext 我敢 世界巡迴演唱會 LIVE
  • 2020: 2020劉若英陪你 獻上錄音專輯

Soundtrack albumsEdit

  • 2004: 20 30 40 (20.30.40 愛得精采)
  • 2007: Happy Birthday (《生日快樂》 電影原聲帶)
  • 2008: Run Papa Run (《一個好爸爸》 電影原聲帶)
  • 2012: C'est Quoi L'Amour? (愛情限量版)

Singles and EPsEdit



Year English title Original title Role Notes
1995 Peony Pavilion 我的美麗與哀愁 Liu Yu-mei
Siao Yu 少女小漁 Lin Siao-yu
Don't Cry, Nanking 南京1937 Shuqin
1996 Tonight Nobody Goes Home 今天不回家 Xiaoqi
Accidental Legend 飛天
Red Persimmon 紅柿子 Wang Kuang-hui Cameo
Thunder Cop 新喋血雙雄/ 狹路險情 Liu Mei-ying
1997 Murmur of Youth 美麗在唱歌 Chen Mei-li
A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation 小倩 Xiaodie Mandarin dub
1998 The Personals 征婚啟事 Dr. Du Jia-zhen
2000 Fleeing by Night 夜奔 Wei Ying-er Also known as Feeling by Night
2001 Migratory Bird 侯鳥 Chen Fang-ning
X-Roads 新十字街頭 Yang Shao
2002 Double Vision 雙瞳 Ching-fang
2004 A World Without Thieves 天下無賊 Wang Li
20 30 40 20:30:40 Xiang Xiang
The Butterfly Lovers 蝴蝶夢-梁山伯與祝英台 Zhu Yingtai Voice
2007 Kidnap 綁架 Inspector Ho Yuan-chun
The Matrimony 心中有鬼 Sansan
Happy Birthday 生日快樂 Mi
2008 Run Papa Run 一個好爸爸 Mabel Chan
2010 Hot Summer Days 全城熱戀 Li Yan
2011 Speed Angels 極速天使 Han Bing
Mayday 3DNA 3DNA: 五月天 3D 演唱會電影 Xiao Nai
Love in Space 全球熱戀 Rose Huang
Mr. and Mrs. Single 隱婚男女 Mandy
Starry Starry Night 星空 Mei's mother
2017 Love Education 相愛相親 Mrs. Wang Cameo
2018 Us and Them 後來的我們 Director

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1996 Sunset in Forbidden City 日落紫禁城 Shanggong Yiner
Cracker Su Lin Tang Series 4, episode "White Ghost"
2000 April Rhapsody 人間四月天 Zhang Youyi
Daily Growing 住在十字架裡的母親 Hsia Bi-he
2002 Hot Ladies 澀女郎 Fang Hsiao-ping
2003 Si Shui Nian Hua 似水年華 Ying
Pink Ladies 粉红女郎 Jie Hunkuang
2004 The Legend of Eileen Chang 她從海上來 - 張愛玲傳奇 Eileen Chang
Double Sounding Cannon 雙響炮 Sherry
2006 New Age Of Marriage 新結婚時代 Gu Xiaoxi
2014 He and His Sons 半路父子 Jiang Xin

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 32nd Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actress Siao Yu Nominated
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actress Won
1997 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Actress Murmur of Youth Won
1998 35th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actress The Personals Nominated
Special Jury Award Won
Taipei Film Awards Best Actress Won
2000 Paris Film Festival Press Award-Special Mention Won
1999 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actress Won
2000 35th Golden Bell Awards Best Actress Daily Growing Won
2003 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Double Vision Won
Asian Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2004 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress 20 30 40 Nominated
2005 10th Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actress A World Without Thieves Won
5th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Actress Won
12th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
2006 28th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress Won
2007 26th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Happy Birthday Nominated
Best Original Film Song Happy Birthday - "Happy Birthday"
(as performer)
26th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Kidnap Nominated
44th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actress Nominated
12th Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actress Nominated
13th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress New Age Of Marriage Won
2008 27th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Kidnap Nominated
Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers Awards Most Charismatic Actress Won
2016 35th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song Murmur of the Hearts - "Murmur of the Hearts"
(as performer)
2018 55th Golden Horse Awards Best New Director Us and Them Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
2019 32nd Golden Rooster Awards Best Directorial Debut Nominated
Best Picture Nominated
Best Writing Nominated


  1. ^ Rene Liu own Weibo page
  2. ^ 2013.07.07【台灣演義】劉若英 (biography with Rene Liu interview)
  3. ^ 刘若英晒少女选美照 衬衫长裤英气十足
  4. ^ "Rene Liu". Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Chai, Peter (2011-12-27). "Rene Liu may be pregnant". Yahoo! Singapore.
  6. ^ Zhang, Michelle (2010-10-24). "Milk tea actress leaves love to stew". Shanghai Daily.
  7. ^ a b c d e Cai, Shenshen (2017). "Talented Celebrity Rene Liu: Spokesperson of the Left-Over Women (Sheng Nu)". Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 38 (3): 68–87. doi:10.5250/fronjwomestud.38.3.0068. ISSN 0160-9009. JSTOR 10.5250/fronjwomestud.38.3.0068.
  8. ^ "Rene Liu Tickets, Tour Dates & Concerts 2018".
  9. ^ "Rene Liu's love micro film "Love Limited Edition"". vmovier. Retrieved March 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Us and Them | Netflix Official Site". Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  11. ^ ClickTheCity (2018-06-22). "INTERVIEW: The Cast of 'Us and Them' on Chasing Dreams and Working With Director Rene Liu". ClickTheCity. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  12. ^ "Rene Liu's directorial debut breaks Chinese box office record". South China Morning Post. 2018-05-11. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  13. ^ "Singer-actress Rene Liu announces marriage|Celebrities|". Retrieved 2022-03-24.
  14. ^ "Rene Liu welcomes first baby". Retrieved 2022-03-24.

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