#1: 2005

#3: With dir Chen Kaige [left] - "Hai zi wang" [1986]

 

   


CHANGWEI GU

Born: 12 December 1957, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. Also written as Gu Changwei.

Education: Beijing Film Academy [graduated in 1982].

Career: Began his cinematic career in the now legendary 1982 class of the Beijing Film Academy, today known as the 'Fifth Generation'. Trained as a cinematographer, he was assigned to the Xi'an Film Studio after graduation where he served as a primary collaborator with classmates Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou on their early films.

Also active as actor and artist [photos, installations and videos] with exhibitions in Shanghai and Beijing.

Was a member of the ASC [1995-?].

Married to actress Wenli Jiang.

Appeared in the doc 'Fengkuang yingyu/Crazy English' [1999; d + ph: Yuan Zhang].

Awards: As doph: 'Oscar' AA nom [1994] & Camerimage 'Silver Frog' Award [1993] for 'Ba wang bie ji'; Hawaii IFF 'Cinematography Award' [1990 & 1995].

As dir: Berlin IFF 'Silver Bear' [2005] & Golden Rooster Award 'Best Directorial Debut' nom [2005] for 'Kong que'.

Website: Gu Changwei

 


 

 FILMS

1984

Hai tan/At the Beach [Wenji Teng] c; cph: Zhi Lei

1986

Sen blain/Shen bian/The Magic Braid [Zien Zhang] c

1986

Hai zi wang/King of the Children [Chen Kaige] c; + small part

1987

Hong gaoliang/Red Sorghum [Zhang Yimou] scope/c

1988

Dai bao 'Meizhoubao'/Code Name 'Cougar' [Zhang Yimou & Yang Fengliang] c; cph: Lun Yang; also an 85m version 'Meizhoubao xingdong/Operation 'Cougar''

1990

Ju Dou [Zhang Yimou & Yang Fengliang] c; cph: Lun Yang

1991

Bian zou bian chang/Life on a String [Chen Kaige] c

1992

Ba wang bie ji/Farewell My Concubine [Chen Kaige] c

1993

Da lu/The Trail [Wen Juan (= Manfred Wong) & Xiaowen Zhou] c

1994

Yang guang can lan de rizi/In the Heat of the Sun/On Sunny Days [Wen Jiang] c; 134m

1994

Last Chance Love [Ankie Lau] c

1995

Lanling wang/Warrior Lanling [Sherwood Xuehua Hu] c

1995

Buddha [Ron Fricke] status unknown

1996

Fire Down Below [Felix Enrique-Alcala] c

1997

The Gingerbread Man [Robert Altman] c

1997

Hurlyburly [Anthony Drazan] c

1999

Guizi lai le/Devils on the Doorstep/During That War [Wen Jiang] b&w-c

With dir Joan Chen

 

1999

Autumn in New York [Joan Chen] c

2004

All the Invisible Children [seg 'Song Song and Little Cat' dir by John Woo] c; 7 seg; other ph: Philippe Brelot (seg dir by Mehdi Charef), Milorad Glusica (seg dir by Emir Kusturica), Cliff Charles (seg dir by Spike Lee), Toca Seabra (seg dir by Kátia Lund), James Whitaker (seg dir by Jordan & Ridley Scott) & Vittorio Storaro (seg 'Ciro' dir by Stefano Veneruso); filmed August 2004-May 2005

2006

Chi bi/The Battle of Red Cliff [John Woo] announced as doph, but prod was ph in 2007 by Yue Lu & Li Zhang

2010

Mo shu wai zhuan/Life Is a Miracle/Love for Life/A Tale of Magic/Till Death Do Us Part [Changwei Gu] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; cph: Tao Yang & Christopher Doyle; + scrpl/co-prod

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

2004

Kong que/Peacock [feature; + co-prod/actor] ph: Yang Shu

With actress/wife Wenli Jiang - "Li chun"

 

2006

Li chun/And the Spring Comes/The First Day of Spring [feature; + co-prod] ph: Lei Wang

2010

Mo shu wai zhuan/Life Is a Miracle/Love for Life/A Tale of Magic/Till Death Do Us Part [feature; + scrpl/co-prod/cph] see Films

2011

Beautiful 2012 [seg #3 (17m) 'Long Tou'; + prod] 4 seg/81m; ph (#3): Dong Zhenye; prod by the Hong Kong IFF Society for the online video portal Youku (2012)