Christopher Doyle is one of the greatest cinematographers in the world. Among his sixty awards and thirty nominations at film festivals around the world are the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love, as well as the Osella d’Oro for Best Cinematography for Ashes of Time at the Venice International Film Festival.
He left his native Sydney beach culture on a Norwegian merchant ship at the age of eighteen, and his subsequent experience as a Kibbutz-nick cowboy in Israel, quack doctor in Thailand, and “green agriculturalist” in India, inform but don’t really explain his work. In the late seventies, Doyle was “re-birthed” as Du Ke Feng, which means “like the wind.”
Since his “birth in art,” Du Ke Feng has realized over fifty Chinese-language films (including Chungking Express, Temptress Moon, Hero, Happy Together, Dumplings, 2046, etc.), and his alter ego Christopher Doyle has made more than twenty in various other languages and film cultures (Psycho, Liberty Heights, Last Life in the Universe, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Paranoid Park, The Limits of Control, etc.). He also wrote, shot, and directed "Porte de Choisy" in the omnibus film Paris Je T'ame, Warsaw Dark, Away with Words, starring Asano Tadanobu, and Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, an experimental portrait of three generations of real Hong Kong people.