Rene Liu

Liu Jo-ying (born 1 June 1970),[1][2][3] better known as Rene Liu in English, 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]

Rene Liu
Rene Liu in 2008
Born (1970-06-01) 1 June 1970
Alma materCalifornia State University, Fullerton
OccupationSinger, songwriter, actress, writer, film director
Years active1994-present
Zhong Shi (m. 2011)
Awards35th Golden Bell Awards
2000 Best ActressMother Living in the Cross

Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting Actress
2003Double Vision

Golden Bauhinia AwardsBest Actress
2005 A World Without Thieves

Golden Horse AwardsSpecial Jury Award
1998 The Personals

Hundred Flowers AwardsBest Actress
2006 A World Without Thieves

Shanghai Television FestivalBest Actress
2007 New Wedding Era

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known asLiu Jo-ying
奶茶 (Nǎichá; milk tea)
LabelsRock Records

She has released 20 albums[7] 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.


Studio albums

  • 1995: Beauty and Sadness (少女小漁的美麗與哀愁)
  • 1995: Rainy Season (雨季)
  • 1996: Walk Around  (到處亂走)
  • 1998: Love You So Much (很愛很愛你)
  • 2000: I'll Wait for You (我等你)
  • 2001: Time (年華)
  • 2001: Gain (收穫)
  • 2002: Love and the City
  • 2003: Rock Records Hong Kong 10th Anniversary - Rene Liu Greatest Hits (滾石香港黃金十年:劉若英精選)
  • 2003: My Failures and Glory (我的失敗與偉大)
  • 2004: Heard? (聽說?)
  • 2005: One Whole Night (一整夜)  
  • 2008: Rene
  • 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)

Soundtrack albums

  • 2004: 20 30 40 (《20.30.40愛得精采》 電影原聲帶)
  • 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)


  • 2011: 沒有旋律配得上你 (featuring Yen-j)
  • 2014: 半路
  • 2015: 我敢在你懷裡孤獨
  • 2016: 十年後 ("After 10 Years")
  • 2016: 你有沒有深愛過
  • 2017: 粉絲 ("Fans")



Year English title Original title Role Notes
1995Peony Pavilion我的美麗與哀愁Liu Yu-mei
Siao Yu少女小漁Lin Siao-yu
Don't Cry, Nanking南京1937Shuqin
1996Tonight Nobody Goes Home今天不回家Xiaoqi
Accidental Legend飛天
Red Persimmon紅柿子Wang Kuang-huiCameo
Thunder Cop新喋血雙雄/ 狹路險情Liu Mei-ying
1997Murmur of Youth美麗在唱歌Chen Mei-li
A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation小倩XiaodieMandarin dub
1998The Personals征婚啟事Dr. Du Jia-zhen
2000Fleeing by Night夜奔Wei Ying-erAlso known as Feeling by Night
2001Migratory Bird侯鳥Chen Fang-ning
X-Roads新十字街頭Yang Shao
2002Double Vision雙瞳Ching-fang
2004A World Without Thieves天下無賊Wang Li
20 30 4020:30:40Xiang Xiang
The Butterfly Lovers蝴蝶夢-梁山伯與祝英台Zhu YingtaiVoice
2007Kidnap綁架Inspector Ho Yuan-chun
The Matrimony心中有鬼Sansan
Happy Birthday生日快樂Mi
2008Run Papa Run一個好爸爸Mabel Chan
2010Hot Summer Days全城熱戀Li Yan
2011Speed Angels極速天使Han Bing
Mayday 3DNA3DNA: 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
2017Love Education相愛相親Mrs. WangCameo
2018Us and Them後來的我們N/ADirector

Television series

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

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
199532nd Golden Horse AwardsBest Leading ActressSiao YuNominated
Asia-Pacific Film FestivalBest ActressWon
1997Tokyo International Film FestivalBest ActressMurmur of YouthWon
199835th Golden Horse AwardsBest Leading ActressThe PersonalsNominated
Special Jury AwardWon
Taipei Film AwardsBest ActressWon
2000Paris Film FestivalPress Award-Special MentionWon
1999Asia-Pacific Film FestivalBest ActressWon
200035th Golden Bell AwardsBest ActressDaily GrowingWon
200322nd Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressDouble VisionWon
Asian Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressWon
2004Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress20 30 40Nominated
200510th Golden Bauhinia AwardsBest ActressA World Without ThievesWon
5th Chinese Film Media AwardsBest ActressWon
12th Beijing College Student Film FestivalBest ActressNominated
200628th Hundred Flowers AwardsBest ActressWon
200726th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest ActressHappy BirthdayNominated
Best Original Film SongHappy Birthday - "Happy Birthday"
(as performer)
26th Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressKidnapNominated
44th Golden Horse AwardsBest Leading ActressNominated
12th Golden Bauhinia AwardsBest ActressNominated
13th Shanghai Television FestivalBest ActressNew Age Of MarriageWon
200827th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest ActressKidnapNominated
Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers AwardsMost Charismatic ActressWon
201635th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Original Film SongMurmur of the Hearts - "Murmur of the Hearts"
(as performer)
201855th Golden Horse AwardsBest New DirectorUs and ThemNominated
Best Adapted ScreenplayNominated
201932nd Golden Rooster AwardsBest Directorial DebutNominated
Best PictureNominated
Best WritingNominated


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