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NOC Exclusive Interview: ‘Mortal Kombat’ Star Chin Han

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I was lucky enough to sit down for a quick conversation with Actor, Chin Han who will be appearing as Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat premiering in Theaters and HBO Max this Friday!

BIO: Chin Han (Shang Tsung) made a name for himself as one of Singapore’s top actors of stage, film, and television before breaking into the North American market in the 2005 independent film 3 Needles. He then quickly found a place in studio films, starting with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He most recently starred in Skyscraper, alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In 2017, Chin Han starred in Ghost in the Shell, opposite Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, and Takeshi “Beat” Kitano. His other features include starring roles in the Chinese feature film A Sweet Life, from acclaimed producer Ning Hao, the Chinese/German film A Different Sun, and in Final Recipe, starring opposite Michelle Yeoh, which premiered at the 2013 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

In 2016, Chin Han starred in the feature Independence Day: Resurgence. His other North American credits include Roland Emmerich’s 2012 and the Gus Van Sant movie Restless, which was the opening film for Cannes Un Certain Regard 2011 at Cannes. He starred in Contagion, for Steven Soderbergh, opposite Matt Damon, Marion Cottillard, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, and had a cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Robert Redford.

On television, Chin Han is best remembered as the lead villain Jia Sidao in Netflix’s Marco Polo, and opposite Joan Chen in the original series Serangoon Road, for HBO Asia. He has also starred in the limited IFC series The Spoils Before Dying, for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, and has had recurring roles on television, including on Last Resort, Arrow, and The Blacklist.

Chin Han was named to CNNgo’s 2010 list of Asia’s 25 Greatest Actors of All Time and was nominated in March 2013 for Variety’s Asian Star of the Year Award.


From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new cinematic adventure Mortal Kombat, inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (The Conjuring universe films, Aquaman), Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag), McQuoid, and E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).

In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage — or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana — the immense power from within his soul — in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

Mortal Kombat is rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, and some crude references.

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