Gu Changwei (born December 12, 1957) 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… read more