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Christopher Doyle

 
 
 
 
Other names : Du Kefeng
Ho Fung To
 
Birthdate : 2/5/1952
Nationality : Australia
Workplace : France, Hong Kong, USA
Activities : Director (2), Writer (1), Cinematographer (38), Actor (6), Brief appearance (1)

Biography

Born in Sydney, Doyle fled the banality of the suburbs to spend much of his early life on the road. At various points in his life he was a well digger in India, a Norwegian merchant marine, a cow herder on an Israeli kibbutz, and a doctor of Chinese medicine in Thailand. Moving to Taiwan in the late 1970s, Doyle met such future members of the cultural elite as Hou Hsiao Hsien and Stan Lai. He was one of the founding members of the Lanling Theatre Workshop, the first modern theatre company in Taiwan; he also created the landmark television series, ‘Travelling Images’. Doyle's first breakthrough took place in 1981, when Edward Yang asked him to shoot his feature debut ‘That Day on the Beach’. For this film, Chris Doyle picked up the Best Cinematography award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival. He returned to the road to shoot Claire Devers' ‘Noir et Blanc’ (1986) in France, only to discover that his heart still belonged to Asia. Soon after, he headed to Hong Kong to shoot Shu Kei's second feature, ‘Soul’ (1987), a pastiche of John Cassavete's ‘Gloria’ (1980) starring noted Taiwanese directors Hou Hsiao Hsien and Ke Yizhong. Doyle's artistic and commercial breakthrough occurred with his first collaboration with Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-Wai in ‘Days of Being Wild’ (1991). Doyle's loose, ambient style seemed to match perfectly with Wong's poetic and largely improvised script; the two quickly formed a lasting professional relationship that would prove to be mutually beneficial. Chris Doyle has collaborated with such important Hong Kong directors as Sylvia Chang in ‘Mary From Beijing’ (1992) and Stanley Kwan in ‘Red Rose White Rose’ (1994). He is a four-time Best Cinematography award winner at the Hong Kong Film Awards for ‘Soul’ (1987), ‘Days of Being Wild’ (1991), ‘Ashes of Time’ (1994) and ‘Fallen Angels’ (1995). He gained international attention with his groundbreaking cinematography in Wong Kar Wai's ‘Ashes of Time’ (1994) for which he won the Special Jury Prize for Technical Achievement at the Venice Film Festival as well as Best Cinematography at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards. After shooting the cult hit ‘Chungking Express’ (1994) and it’s quasi-sequel ‘Fallen Angels’ (1995), Doyle adopted a more restrained look for fifth-generation filmmaker Chen Kaige in ‘Temptress Moon’ (1996). Teaming up with Wong Kar-Wai again for ‘Happy Together’ (1997), Doyle was again awarded Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award for best Cinematography, as well as Best Cinematography in a Foreign Film by the Italian Association of photographers, the Hong Kong Artist of the Year Award and the Hong Kong Critics Award. In 2000, Doyle was awarded the prestigious Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his work on Wong Kar Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’ (2000). Outside Asia, Chris Doyle was Director of Photography on Gus Van Sant's remake of Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ (1998), and has also shot Oscar&Mac226;-winning director Barry Levinson's ‘Liberty Heights’ (1999). In the same year, he made his directing debut with ‘Away With Words’ (1999), co-scripted by film critic Tony Rayns and starring Japanese indie star Tadanobu Asano. Chris Doyle’s future projects include Phillip Noyce’s ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ and ‘The Quiet American’, Peter Chan’s ‘Three’ and Wong Kar Wai’s ‘2046’.
 
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Filmography
 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 - 1980 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
 
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 Bends 2014 Cinematographer
 American Dreams In China 2013 Cinematographer
 Love For Life 2011 Cinematographer
 Ocean Heaven 2010 Cinematographer
 Showtime 2010 Cinematographer, Actor
 Ashes Of Time Redux 2008 Cinematographer
 Hongkong Cinema: In The Mood For Doyle 2007 Actor
 Paranoid Park 2007 Cinematographer
 Invisible Waves 2006 Cinematographer
 Lady In The Water 2006 Cinematographer
 McDull, The Alumni 2006 Actor
 Paris je t'aime 2006 Director
 Perhaps Love 2005 Cinematographer
 2046 2004 Cinematographer
 Dumplings : Three... Extremes 2004 Cinematographer
 Eros 2004 Cinematographer
 Three... Extremes 2004 Cinematographer
 Green Tea 2003 Cinematographer
 Hero 2002 Cinematographer
 Peony Pavilion 2001 Cinematographer
 In The Mood For Love 2000 Cinematographer
 Away With Words 1999 Director, Writer, Cinematographer
 Buenos Aires Zero Degree : The Making Of Happy Together 1999 Cinematographer, Actor
 Martial Law 1998 Brief appearance
 Motorola (advertising spot) 1998 Cinematographer
 First Love : The Litter On The Breeze 1997 Cinematographer
 Happy Together 1997 Cinematographer
 Comrades, Almost A Love Story 1996 Actor
 Four Faces Of Eve 1996 Cinematographer
 Out Of The Blur 1996 Cinematographer
 Yang ± Ying : Gender In Chinese Cinema 1996 Cinematographer
 Fallen Angels 1995 Cinematographer
 Ashes Of Time 1994 Cinematographer
 Chungking Express 1994 Cinematographer
 Red Rose, White Rose 1994 Cinematographer
 Mary From Beijing 1992 Cinematographer
 Peach Blossom Land 1992 Cinematographer
 Days Of Being Wild 1991 Cinematographer
 I’m Sorry 1989 Cinematographer
 My Heart Is That Eternal Rose 1989 Cinematographer
 Burning Snow 1988 Cinematographer
 Soul 1986 Cinematographer
 Jungle Heat 1984 Actor
 Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing 1983 Cinematographer
 

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Comrades, Almost A Love Story
 
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Comrades, Almost A Love Story (1)
 
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