|Chinese name: 顾长卫
Born: December 12, 1957
From: Xi’an, Shanxi, China
Occupation: Cinematographer, director
Worked with Ziyi: 2 times
Gu Changwei 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. —Wiki
♦ Ziyi was rumored to take the lead role in Gu Changwei’s Directorial Debut, Peacock (2005). She was busy with the filming of Memoirs of a Geisha.