Christopher Doyle

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Christopher Doyle
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Christopher Doyle in 2005
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 62)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation cinematographer, actor, photographer, and film director
Years active 1978-present (photographer); 1983-present (cinematographer)

Christopher Doyle, also known as Dù Kěfēng (traditional Chinese: 杜可風; simplified Chinese: 杜可风), born 2 May 1952, is an Australian cinematographer who often works on Chinese language films. He is an award winner of Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. He has also won the AFI Award for cinematography, the Golden Horse awards (four times), and Hong Kong Film Award (six times). Doyle is an affiliate of the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers.

Biography[edit]

Doyle was born in Sydney, Australia in 1952. In the late 1970s, he went to Taiwan from Hong Kong and then settled in Taipei. While living in Taipei, he studied Mandarin Chinese at the Taipei Language Institute. He worked as an oil driller in India, a cow herder in Israel, and a doctor of Chinese medicine in Thailand. In 1978, he worked as a photographer for the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and Zuni Icosahedron. In 1983, he was a cinematographer for That Day, On the Beach, the feature debut of director Edward Yang. For that film, Doyle won the Best Cinematography Award in the 1983 Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

He has worked with major Chinese directors such as Zhang Yimou, Zhang Yuan and, most notably, Wong Kar-wai, for whom he contributed, wholly or partially, to the cinematography of all his movies from Days of Being Wild through to 2046.

He himself has directed a feature film, Away with Words (aka Kujaku, aka San tiao ren) set in Hong Kong and Okinawa, starring Tadanobu Asano and Mavis Hee, as well as a segment “Porte de Choisy” in the feature film Paris, je t’aime.[1] Doyle is also a photographer.

While his Australian accent is still discernible when he speaks English, he does so with unusual intonations and stops, the result of speaking Cantonese and Mandarin, in which he is fluent, for most of his adult life. He also speaks fluent French. He lives in Hong Kong and his Chinese name is Du Ke Feng which means ‘like the wind.’[2]

His music video credits include Six Days for DJ Shadow (directed by Wong Kar-wai), The StrokesJuicebox (directed by Michael Palmieri), Getaway by the Scottish group Texas (directed by Tim Royes) and Sigur RósGobbledigook (directed by Stefán Árni Þorgeirsson and Sigurður Kjartansson).

Filmography as cinematographer[edit]

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Filmography as director[edit]

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