Hard Time for a Rebel

He stood out in the prim world of Canto-pop like Eminem at a church social. Nicholas Tse Ting-fung became an idol by smashing guitars onstage—almost a ritual for rockers in the West but a gesture of liberating anarchy in Hong Kong. A handsome guy whose mood could swing from brooding to furious in a heartbeat, Tse, 22, is the top pop star of his generation, and an actor whose promise every top director has hailed. He notched a score of hit CDs and more than a few famous lady friends, including Mainland mega-diva Faye Wong and Canto-princess Cecilia Cheung....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!