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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)
Pinyin Dù Kěfēng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dou6 Ho2 Fung1 (Cantonese)
Born (1952-05-02) 2 May 1952 (age 66)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Cinematographer, actor, photographer, and film director
Years active 1978–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

Short filmsEdit

Filmography as directorEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Short filmsEdit

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