|     |  

JINGBORAN: A Life of Forbearance

王烨昇 Johnny Wang 2018-07-17 17:24

Born in the late 1980s, Jing shared a similar childhood with his peers. After kindergarten he walked home alone. The journey took him 20 minutes, and he took the long trip alone.


Growing up in a divorced family, such feelings could be called loneliness. Furthermore, from a young age he had to help his family when his grandmother fell ill from a tumble. At the age of 16 he began to deliver bottled water for some extra cash. After all, his parents divorced 28 days after his birth, and he witnessed his grandmother’s devotion to the family through the years. He knows well the responsibility to hold a family together.

Lonesome Days

Jing’s entertainment career started in 2007. When his peers were watching television in air-conditioned rooms, Jing debuted on My Hero, and eventually emerged as the national champion. “I won the grand final and everyone criticised me for being insolent, but they failed to interpret the happiness on my face,” he remembers. It may be still hard to understand the calm Jing showed onstage, but it’s exactly the outcome of persevering through his childhood and tough teenage years. 


After the hit of My Hero, Jing Boran, along with Fu Xinbo, another contestant on the show, entered the entertainment industry. In 2010 when Jing was 21 years old, he took on his first acting job in Hot Summer Days. As a milestone in his acting career, his crying performance got him credits from the director, and later kick-started his life on the screen.

It was after this that Jing began to really understand the fluctuating fate of life. When other actors at the same age were busying taking on new shows and films, Jing occasionally appeared on the screen as a supporting actor. He interprets this period of time as forbearance, “cooperating with excellent actors and directors is my time at ‘college’.” In those vacant days, he watched a movie every day before sleep. He wrote in his diary that “what you are doing may not bring you instant success, but never feel down, as you are building the basis for your future.”


In 2013, Jing began to feel a bit easier in his career. He won his first leading role in Up in the Wind, followed by another lead for Monster Hunt, a stint that earned him the nickname ‘Mr. Box Office’ following revenues of two billion yuan.

The past eight years witnessed Jing’s glorious ups and desperate downs. He concluded his understandings in one sentence: “one has to know the taste of loneliness before he knows the taste of fame.”

Upon Reaching Fame

Keeping fame aside is also a type of self-control, and Jing’s interpretation of a perfect life is to find equilibrium between work and family. He once envisioned this ideal: “the halo of the dusk circles around a boy, while his tiny body casts a shadow on the ground. He sits on the backseat of his grandfather’s bicycle, passing through a narrow alley. He is thinking over whether he could get a lamb skewer when passing the barbecue stand.” Now Jing is both successful in both the film and business worlds: Uni-qlo, the world-wide fashion label and luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre have furnished him with partnership offers. Whether such opportunities are desired to introduce a lifestyle or the products themselves, they are still in line with Jing’s ideal life. Nevertheless, Jing remembers his current life is the accumulation of the past.


In fact, you could get a better understanding of Jing Boran through Tadao Ando’s philosophy. Jing’s residence is the typical Tadao style – natural, without additional decorations. Jing hopes a clearer vision of housing environment, in which he could grasp a firmer hold of his life.

Jing may not be an expert in Tadao’s ‘critical regionalism’. However, many of his ideas echo with Tadao’s core philosophy, such as “a man’s true happiness is not staying in the bright, but running to the bright, while the process of pursuing is the nature of life.”


“The primitive consciousness is a light ray cast through the darkness, a cold shrill of touching, and only the horrifying facets of the housing that respond actively to the dim, wavering light.” 

follow us
Thank you for subscribing Vantage Shanghai newsletter. We will provide high lifestyle stories and interactive event invitation for you via the newsletter.