#1: From interview [Eyes On Cinema, 2015]

#2: [Right] with Rob Minkoff - "The Forbidden Kingdom" [2007]

 

   


PETER PAU   HKSC

 

Born: 1952, Hong Kong. [His name in Cantonese: Baau Tak-hei ; in Mandarin: Bao Dexi ; other: Bao Hei-ming].

Education: High School and study English in Canton, China; San Francisco Art Institute, USA [Still Photography, 1979-83].

Career: 'I was born and raised in Hong Kong until I was about 13. My parents were filmmakers. My father was a director/actor [Fong Pao, 1922-2006]. Since I was 10 years old, I was able to go to the studio and watch them filming. My mother [Su Liu, ?-1999] was also a very good theatrical actress. My father sent me to Canton, China, to continue my education. He felt I needed the discipline. The Cultural Revolution began a year later, and it was impossible for me to leave. I was in China for 12 years. I graduated from high school and studied English at the foreign language institute. Then, I became a teacher. After I returned to Hong Kong, I worked as a clerk in a bank. I was bored after two years. In 1979, I went to the United States to study still photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. That was my first photography experience. That's when I got my first still camera. I also did some work as a sound mixer on student films.'

Left the USA in 1984 and returned to Hong Kong.

Ph commercials.

The asteroid 34420 Peterpau was named in his honor in early 2006.

Awards: Hong Kong Film Award [1992] for 'Gau yat: san diu hap lui', [1994] for 'Bai fa mo nu zhuan', etc.; Hong Kong Film Award nom [1989; shared] for 'He Bo', [1996] for 'Ye ban ge sheng', [2000] for 'Ban zhi yan', etc.; NYFCC Award [2000], LAFCA Award [2000], BSFC Award [2000], Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2000], 'Oscar' AA [2001], ASC Award nom [2001], BAFTA Film Award nom [2001], CFCA Award [2001], Golden Satellite Award nom [2001], BSC Award nom [2001] & Hong Kong Film Award [2001] for 'Wo hu cang long/Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'; Hong Kong Film Award nom [2002] for 'Bak Ging lok yue liu'; Hong Kong Film Award nom [2003] for 'The Touch'.


 

 FILMS

1984

Jue shi jia dao/The Temptation of Dance [Peter Pau] c; 2nd cinematographer: Joe Chan

1985

Wai si-lei chuen kei/Wei Si Li zhuan qi/The Legend [of Wisely] [of the Golden Pearl] [Teddy Robin Kwan] c

1986

Tian mi shi liu shui/Sweet Sixteen [Kenneth Siu] c

1988

Sha zhi lian/Saat ji luen/Fatal Love [Po-Chih Leong] c; cph: Poon Hang-sang & Wong Wing-hang

1988

Hong zi duo qing/The Greatest Lover [Clarence Ford (= Clarence Fok [Huo Yaoliang])] c

1988

He Bo/The Story of Hay Bo [Lee Yan Yee] c; cph: Poon Hang-sang

1989

Die xue shuang xiong/Dip huet seung hung/The Killer/Just Heroes [John Woo] c; cph: Wong Wing-hang

1989

Ji dong ji xia/The Iceman Cometh/Time Warriors [Clarence Ford (= Clarence Fok [Huo Yaoliang])] c; as co-cameraman (with Jingle Ma); ph: Poon Hang-sang

1989

Bu tuo wa de ren/A Fishy Story [Anthony Chan] c

1989

Qin yong/Gu jin da zhan qin yon qing/A Terracotta Warrior [Tony Ching (= Ching Siu-tung)] p/c; cph: Sun Yip Li (= Li Hsin-yeh)

1989

Xiao ao jiang hu/Siu ngou gongwu/Swordsman [King Hu; (action dir) Hark Tsui, Tony Ching (= Ching Siu-tung) & Raymond Lee] c; cph: Andy Lam (= Lam Kwok-wah)

1989

Du shen/God of Gamblers [Jing Wong] p/c

1990

Wei Si Li zhi ba wang xie jia/Bury Me High [Chi Li Tang & (action dir) Tsui Siu-ming] c

1990

Hoyat gwan tsoi loi/He ri jun zai lai/Au revoir, mon amour/Till We Meet Again/When My Dear Come Again [Tony Au] c; as Bao Hei-ming; cph: Peter Ngor, Bill Wong (= Bill Wong Chung-piu) & David Chung (= Chung Chi-man)

1990

Bo hao/To Be Number One [Poon Man-kit] c; 151m

1991

Gau yat: san diu hap lui/Saviour of the Soul/Terrible Angel [David Lai & Corey Yuen] c

1991

Zheng gu zhuan jia/Jing gu jyun ga/Tricky Brains/The Ultimate Trickster [Jing Wong] p/c

1991

Haomen yeyan/The Banquet [Hark Tsui, Clifton Ko, Alfred Cheung & Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung] c

1991

Du xia II zhi Shang Hai tan du sheng/God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai [Jing Wong] c

1992

Shen si guan/Sam sei goon/Justice, My Foot! [Johnny To Kei Fung] c

1992

Leung goh nuijen, yat goh leng, yat goh m leng/Too Happy for Words [Stanley Kwan] c; short/17m

1992

Chik lo go yeung/Chi luo gao yang/Naked Killer [Clarence Ford (= Clarence Fok [Huo Yaoliang])] c; ph trailer; ph: William Yim

1992

Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau/She diao ying xiong chuan zhi dong cheng xi jiu/The Eagle Shooting Heroes [Jeffrey Lau & (action dir) Sammo Hung] c; 2uc: Lau Wai-keung

1993

Bai fa mo nu zhuan/The Bride with White Hair/Jiang-Hu, Between Love and Glory [Ronny Yu] p/c

1994

Huang Fei-hung zhi wu: long cheng jian ba/Wong Fei-Hung V/Once Upon a Time in China V [Hark Tsui] scope/c

1994

Hua qi Shao Lin/American Shaolin/Treasure Hunt/National Treasure [Jeffrey Lau] c; as Peter Pao

1995

Ye ban ge sheng/The Phantom Lover [Ronny Yu] c

1995

Jin yu man tang/The Chinese Feast [Hark Tsui] scope/c; + small part

1995

Xiu Xiu he ta de nan ren [Henry Fong Ping] c

1995

Hua yue jia qi/Love in the Time of Twilight [Hark Tsui] c

1996

Warriors of Virtue/Magic Warriors [Ronny Yu] p/c; vfx ph: Tom Turnbull; + co-prod

1996

Double Team/The Colony [Hark Tsui] s35/c; 2uc: Tom Priestley Jr.; vfx ph: Rodger McDonald & Peter Soelbergh

1997

An na ma de lian na/Ngon na ma dak lin na/Anna Magdalena [Yee Chung-man] c

1998

Bride of Chucky [Ronny Yu] c; addph: Bill Mitchell; 2uc: Raymond Brounstein

1999

Ban zhi yan/Bun chi yin/Metade Fumaca [Riley Yip (= Yip Kam-hung)] c; addph: Tony Cheung (= Cheung Tung-leung)

1999

Siu chan chan/Xiao qing qing/And I Hate You So [Yee Chung-man] c

1999

Wo hu cang long/Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [Ang Lee] s35/c; 2uc: Tsoi Sung-fai

2000

Dracula 2000/Dracula 2001 [Patrick Lussier] s35/c; addph: David M. Dunlap; 2uc: Paul Mitchnick

2001

Bak Ging lok yue liu/Bei Jing le yu lu/Beijing Rocks [Mabel Cheung] c

2001

The Touch/Tian mai chuan qi [Peter Pau] s35/c

 

[Left] with action dir Dion Lam [yellow coat] - "Wu ji"

 

2004

Wu ji/Mo gik/The Promise/Master of the Crimson Armor [Chen Kaige] s35/c; 102m & 121m; 2uc: Choi Sung Fai

2005

Yu guo. Oi/Ru guo a/Perhaps Love [Peter Chan & (collab dir) Samson Chiu] c; Beijing ph: Christopher Doyle

2006

Shoot 'Em Up [Michael Davis] s35/c; addph: Steven Bernstein; ph Los Angeles (+ 2uc): David Herrington

2006

Zhu lin qi xian/Seven Wise Men of the Bamboo Forest [Ang Lee] announced; status unknown

 

[Right] with dir Rob Minkoff - "The Forbidden Kingdom"

 

2007

The Forbidden Kingdom [Rob Minkoff] HD (Genesis)+s35 (high-speed shots)-to-35mm scope/c; addph: Horace Wing Hang Wong (= Wong Wing-hang)

2008

Lord of Shanghai [Sherwood Hu] announced as ph, but film was ph in 2014 by Andrzej Sekula

2009

Kong zi/Confucius [Mei Hu] s35/c

2010

Lee's Adventure [Frant Gwo & Yang Li] scope/c

2011

Wo yuan yi/I Do/Yes, I Do [Sun Zhou] HD/c

2012

Te shu shen fen/Special Identity/Special ID [Clarence Fok (Huo Yaoliang)] RED One MX/scope & Epic/scope-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2014

Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling/Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal [Peter Pau & Tianyu Zhao] RED scope/3-D/c; + co-vfx superv

2015

The Ferryman [Jiajia Zhang] c

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1984

Jue shi jia dao/The Temptation of Dance [+ ph] see Films

1992

Wu du qing chou/Misty [ph: Tak-Sing Lei]

2001

The Touch/Tian mai chuan qi [+ ph] see Films

2003

Hua Mulan/Mulan [+ ph] in development; status unknown; dir in February 2009 by Jingle Ma and ph by Tony Cheung

2014

Zhong Kui fu mo: Xue yao mo ling/Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal [co-dir: Tianyu Zhao; + co-vfx superv]\ see Films