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Christopher Doyle, also known as Dù Kěfēng (Mandarin) or Dou Ho-Fung (Cantonese)[1] (traditional Chinese: 杜可風; simplified Chinese: 杜可风) (born 2 May 1952) is an Australian-Hong Kong cinematographer. He has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films, being best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai in Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and 2046. Doyle is also known for other films such as Temptress Moon, Hero, Dumplings, and Psycho. He has won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, as well as AFI Award for cinematography, the Golden Horse awards (four times), and Hong Kong Film Award (six times).

Christopher Doyle
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Christopher Doyle in 2005
Background information
Chinese name杜可風 (traditional)
Chinese name杜可风 (simplified)
PinyinDù Kěfēng (Mandarin)
JyutpingDou6 Ho2 Fung1 (Cantonese)
Born (1952-05-02) 2 May 1952 (age 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OccupationCinematographer, actor, photographer, and film director
Years active1978–present (photographer); 1983–present (cinematographer)
Nationality Australia
 Hong Kong
Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Cinematography
1986 Soul
1991 Days of Being Wild
1994 Ashes of Time
1995 Fallen Angels
2002 Hero
2004 2046
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Best Cinematography
1995 Fallen Angels
2000 In the Mood for Love
2002 Hero
Golden Horse Awards
Best Cinematography
1994 Ashes of Time
1997 Happy Together
2000 In the Mood for Love
2002 Three
Other awards
NYFCC Award of Best Cinematography
2000 In the Mood for Love
2003 Hero
2004 2046
Golden Osella for Best Cinematography
1994 Ashes of Time
Technical Grand Prize (Cannes Film Festival)
2000 In the Mood for Love

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BiographyEdit

Doyle was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952. He left his native country on a Norwegian merchant ship at the age of eighteen. While living in other countries, he took on several odd jobs, such as an oil driller in India, a cow herder in Israel, and a doctor of Chinese medicine in Thailand.[2] In the late seventies, Doyle took an interest in Chinese culture, and received the Chinese name Dù Kěfēng, which translates to “like the wind.”[3] Following his time as a language student in Taiwan, he started working professionally as a photographer. A couple of years later, he became a cinematographer, working with director Edward Yang in the 1983 film That Day, on the Beach.[4]

Doyle has worked on over fifty Chinese-language films. He is best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar-Wai in Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and 2046. He has collaborated with other Chinese filmmakers on projects including Temptress Moon, Hero and Dumplings. He has also made more than twenty films in various other languages, working as director of photography on Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, Liberty Heights, Last Life in the Universe, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Paranoid Park, and The Limits of Control, amongst others.

He also wrote, shot, and directed Warsaw Dark, Away with Words starring Asano Tadanobu, and Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, an experimental portrait of three generations of Hong Kong people.[5] He is currently co-directing The White Girl with Jenny Suen.

On May 26, 2017 Doyle was honored during the 70th Cannes Festival with the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award, in tribute to his successful and influential career. The ceremony was co-hosted by filmmaker Olivier Assayas and actress Juliette Binoche, director Jenny Suen, among others.[6]

AwardsEdit

Among Doyle's sixty awards and thirty nominations are the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love,[7] as well as the Osella d’Oro for Best Cinematography for Ashes of Time at the Venice International Film Festival.[8]

Filmography as cinematographerEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Director Notes
1983 That Day, on the Beach Edward Yang
1986 Soul Kei Shu
Noir et blanc Claire Devers
1987 My Heart Is That Eternal Rose Patrick Tam
1989 Her Beautiful Life Lies Tony Au
1991 Days of Being Wild Wong Kar-wai
1992 The Peach Blossom Land Stan Lai
Mary from Beijing (aka "Awakening") Sylvia Chang
1994 Red Rose White Rose Stanley Kwan
Ashes of Time Wong Kar-wai Osella d'Oro for Best Cinematography
The Red Lotus Society Stan Lai
Chungking Express Wong Kar-wai
1995 The Peony Pavilion Chen Kuo-fu
Fallen Angels Wong Kar-wai
1996 4 Faces of Eve Kwok-Leung Gan
Eric Kot
Jan Lamb
Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema Stanley Kwan
Temptress Moon Chen Kaige
1997 First Love: The Litter on the Breeze Eric Kot
Motel Cactus Ki-Yong Park
Happy Together Wong Kar-wai
1998 Psycho Gus Van Sant Remake of the 1960 film of the same name
1999 Liberty Heights Barry Levinson
Away with Words Himself
2000 In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-wai Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2001 Made Jon Favreau
2002 Hero Zhang Yimou, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
The Quiet American Phillip Noyce
Rabbit-Proof Fence
2003 Green Tea Zhang Yuan
Last Life in the Universe Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
2004 2046 Wong Kar-wai New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
2005 Perhaps Love Peter Chan
The White Countess James Ivory
2006 McDull, the Alumni Samson Chiu
Dumplings Fruit Chan
Invisible Waves Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Lady in the Water M. Night Shyamalan
2007 Paranoid Park Gus Van Sant
2008 Downloading Nancy Johan Renck
2009 The Limits of Control Jim Jarmusch
Ondine Neil Jordan
2010 Ocean Heaven Xue Xiao-Lu
Passion Play Mitch Glazer
2011 Love for Life Gu Changwei
Tormented Takashi Shimizu
Underwater Love – A Pink Musical Shinji Imaok
2013 Magic Magic Sebastián Silva
American Dreams in China Peter Chan
2014 Ruined Heart! Another Love Story
Between a Criminal and a Whore
Khavn
2015 Port of Call Philip Yung
Hong Kong Trilogy:
Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous
Himself
I Am Belfast Mark Cousins
2016 Stockholm, My Love
Endless Poetry Alejandro Jodorowsky
2017 You Mean The World To Me Saw Teong Hin
The White Girl Himself
Jenny Suen

Short filmsEdit

Year Film Director Notes
1979 The Boat-Burning Festival Chang Chao-Tang
1996 wkw/tk/1996@7′55″hk.net Wong Kar-wai
2002 Six Days
Goin Home Peter Chan Segment of Three
2004 The Hand Wong Kar-wai Segment of Eros
Dumplings Fruit Chan Segment of Three... Extremes
2006 The Madness of the Dance Carol Morley
2007 Meeting Helen Emily Woof
2011 White Sand Tsien-Tsien Zhang
2012 Linda Linda
2013 A Good Story Martin-Christopher Bode
2014 Allergic to Art Himself
Jenny Suen

Filmography as directorEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Short filmsEdit

VideosEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Angel Talk (1996) – Behind the scenes photo book covering Fallen AngelsISBN 978-4-7952-8069-4
  • Backlit by the Moon (1996) – Japanese photography monograph – ISBN 978-4-947648-39-6
  • Photographs of Tamaki Ogawa (1996) – Japanese photography monograph – ISBN 978-4-947599-45-2
  • Doyle on Doyle (1997) – Japanese photography monograph – ISBN 4-9900557-1-3
  • Buenos Aires (1997) – Behind the scenes photo book covering Happy TogetherISBN 978-4-7952-8066-3
  • Don't Cry for Me, Argentina (1997) – Photographic journal account of filming Happy TogetherISBN 962-8114-24-7
  • A Cloud in Trousers (1998) – Gallery exhibition monograph – ISBN 978-1-889195-33-9
  • There Is a Crack in Everything (2003) – Photography monograph
  • R34g38b25 (2004) – Behind the scenes photo book covering HeroISBN 978-962-86177-0-8
  • Talking White - Behind-the-scenes photobook covering The White Girl (co-written with Jenny Suen)

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