Gu Changwei

Gu Changwei



Gu Changwei is a renowned Chinese cinematographer and film director. Born in 1965 in Dalian, Liaoning, he was an only child raised by his grandmother in the small town of Fushun, Liaoning. Gu was exposed to the arts at an early age, and his grandmother often took him to the local theater. Gu was a passionate film enthusiast from an early age, and he often spent his free time reading film magazines and watching movies.

Gu attended the Beijing Film Academy in 1983, and graduated in 1988 with a degree in cinematography. He has since worked as a cinematographer on over twenty feature films, including the critically acclaimed Red Sorghum (directed by Zhang Yimou), Blue Kite (directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang), and Farewell My Concubine (directed by Chen Kaige). His work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including the Golden Rooster Award for Best Cinematography for Red Sorghum, and the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Farewell My Concubine.

In addition to his work as a cinematographer, Gu has directed four feature films of his own, including the internationally acclaimed film To Live (1994). He also directed the critically acclaimed films Not One Less (1999), The Road Home (2000), and Postmen in the Mountains (1999). His films have won numerous awards, including the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for To Live, and the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for Not One Less.

Gu has also written the screenplays for several of his films, and has served as producer on a number of projects. His work has been praised for his ability to capture the beauty of everyday life, and his commitment to realism in his films. He is credited with helping to give rise to the “Sixth Generation” of Chinese filmmakers, and is considered one of the leading figures of Chinese cinema.

Gu continues to work as a cinematographer and director, and is currently working on a new film. He has also served as a lecturer at several universities, and is highly respected in the Chinese film industry. He is an inspiration to many aspiring filmmakers, and his work continues to be recognized and appreciated worldwide.


Dec. 12, 1957

Place of birth

Xi,an, Shaanxi

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