Known from movies
|Fact||While filming The Karate Kid (2010), Zhenwei suffered a head wound that required four stitches. He received it while chasing Jaden Smith (who played Dre Parker) after being splashed by the dirty water; Zhenwei hit his head on an oil bucket. He also suffered other minor injuries.|
Who is Zhenwei Wang?
Born on October 20, 1995 in Handan, Hebei, China, Zhenwei Wang is an actor, best known for his work in the Hollywood movie “Karate Kid”, the 2010 remake starring Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith. He was one of the antagonists in the movie, a rival of the main character.
The wealth of Zhenwei Wang
As of mid-2020, Zhenwei Wang’s net worth is estimated to be over $100,000 earned through a successful acting career, which includes working on several local productions in his country. He is also very active in the martial arts scene in China and has been competing in national competitions since childhood.
Early life and martial arts beginnings
Zhenwei grew up in the southernmost region of eastern China’s Hebei province, in an industrial city that is one of the oldest in the country and the cradle of the martial art of Tai Chi, and in the midst of an ancient culture, although he did not . often go out because he was a sickly child. Wanting him to become stronger, his father sent him to Shichahai Sports School when he was four years old; the school is known as one of the premier training facilities for children, with programs in martial arts and other sports. Numerous Wushu champions, table tennis and badminton champions started their training there.
He enrolled in a class of Wushu, a martial art created to help standardize the country’s varied and numerous martial arts. It includes techniques, acrobatics and various basic combat moves from blows to throws. There is also a full contact version of the martial art known as Sanda which has similarities to kickboxing.
Martial Arts Career
Wang showed a lot of potential in his training as he had the energy and also developed the stamina needed. He practiced for many hours most of the week, so his father then sent him to Beijing to continue his training.
After a while, he received the recommendation of many who trained alongside him, and when he was eight, he began participating in national wushu routine competitions, with his first at Haidian Gymnasium, one of the largest districts in Beijing.
Although it was unusual to be separated from his family, Beijing offered a better education than his hometown. His life immersed in Wushu would pay off, as he began winning national competitions, including two gold medals in the Beijing Youth Wushu competition. Two years later, he was selected in the national wushu team and participated in national competitions as a member of the B team.
Finally, while training and competing, he got the chance to audition for the movie “Karate Kid”. The film began shooting in 2009 and they were looking for a young teen to cast. Jackie Chan’s assistant and other casting directors then attended numerous martial arts schools China.
Getting cast for The Karate Kid
An estimated 10,000 kids auditioned for the role, wanting the chance to be in a big Hollywood movie. The selection was extremely strict, with many eliminated due to the lack of fluency in English – Mandarin and English were a must for the role.
They were also judged based on their appearance, facial expressions, wushu skills and their ability to act even without speaking, such as the way they expressed themselves with their eyes. The entire audition took three months and Wang overcame everything to be selected in the role of Cheng.
“The Karate Kid” is a revival or continuation of the 1980s film series of the same name, in which Jackie Chan takes on the role of a kung fu master and teacher Can, who works as a handyman in his spare time. The film was produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, with their son Jaden Smith naturally taking the lead role.
It tells the story of a boy who moves to Beijing with his mother and comes into contact with the world of self-defense and martial arts.
The success of The Karate Kid
Wang played the role of the neighborhood bully and martial arts student, similar to the antagonist in the original film. However, unlike the original, this film is set in China and features more Kung Fu than the titular karate, an aspect that has been criticized by some viewers. The film was a collaboration between China, US and Hong Kong, and was very successful at the box office, but received mixed reviews, with some saying it was an inferior version of the original film, while others said it was an inferior version of the original movie. praised the update of the original.
The film was responsible for improving Jaden Smith’s career which subsequently led to more acting projects for him, though after several unsuccessful films he took a long break from acting, only return sometime in 2017. For Wang, he returned to China and didn’t get much exposure overseas like many of the other Chinese cast members, with most of the credit going to Jackie Chan, who played much of the movie. Despite that, his return home established him as a movie star and he started appearing in more martial arts movies like the “Boss” series.
He has shown a strong inclination towards acting and seems to be developing his career as an actor and martial artist.
Zhenwei is single and not much information is available about his romantic life or his current endeavors. There were many problems during the filming of “The Karate Kid”, mostly with minor injuries that occurred due to the intensity of some scenes. He got four stitches on his head after bumping it into an oil bucket during a car chase scene with Jaden Smith. He now resides in Beijing.
|First and last name||Zhenwei Wang|
|1||At the age of 4, his father sent him to Beijing Shenshahai/Beijing Shichahai Amateur Sports School. After training for three and a half years, his father sent him to Haidian Gymnasium and started learning the national wushu routines.|
|2||Zhenwei received many awards in national competitions at a young age. He received two gold medals in the Beijing Youth Wushu Competition.|
|3||When Zhenwei was 10, he entered the first of 57 outstanding competitors when the national wushu team sought new members, and successfully entered the national wushu B-Mannschaft.|
|4||While filming The Karate Kid (2010), Zhenwei suffered a head wound that required four stitches. He received it while chasing Jaden Smith (who played Dre Parker) after being splashed by the dirty water; Zhenwei hit his head on an oil bucket. He also suffered other minor injuries.|
|Movie Martial Arts vs. Reality||2012||TV serials||Boss|
|The karate kid||2010||Cheng|