| 顧長衛 (traditional)|
Beijing Film Academy
Jiang Wenli (m. 1993)
| December 12, 1957 (age 58)
Xi'an, Shaanxi (1957-12-12) |
Cinematographer, film director
Golden Rooster Award for Best Cinematography
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Golden Rooster Award for Best Directorial Debut
Love on the Cloud, Love for Life, Peacock, Farewell My Concubine, Red Sorghum
Jiang Wenli, Chen Kaige, Zhang Jingchu, Chen He, Zhang Yimou
Gu Changwei (born 12 December 1957) is a Chinese cinematographer and film director. Gu was born in Xi'an, Shaanxi in the People's Republic of China. Gu is considered one of the major Chinese cinematographers working today.
Gu Changwei 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, Gu 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, notably King of the Children (for Chen Kaige) and Red Sorghum (for Zhang Yimou), both in 1987. Since then, Gu has worked with both men on multiple occasions, including on Chen's magnum opus, 1993's Farewell My Concubine. Like fellow cinematographer Zhao Fei, Gu has had the opportunity to work with major American directors as well, notably with Robert Altman, on his film The Gingerbread Man (1997).
Beginning in 2005, Gu Changwei branched out into film direction with his debut Peacock, a three-hour-long epic about a small family in the 1970s and 1980s. The film was well received and won the Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. His sophomore feature, And the Spring Comes, was released in 2007.
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