Peter Pau

Director of photography, Director, Producer
Hong Kong native Peter Pau is a cinematographer best known for his work on the international hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983 and began working as a ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1951 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (27)

Zhong Kui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lord of Shanghai 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Confucius 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Forbidden Kingdom 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shoot 'em Up 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Promise 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ruguo Ai 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Touch 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Beijing Rocks 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bride of Chucky 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Metade fumaca 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Anna Magdalena 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Double Team 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Warriors of Virtue 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Phantom Lover 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bride With White Hair 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Chinese Feast 1993 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Eagle Shooting Heroes: Dong Cheng Xi Jiu 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gauyat Sandiu Haplui 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Justice My Foot! 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shiao Au Jian Hu 1991 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Hoyat Gwan Tsoi Loi 1990 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

God of Gamblers 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Terra-Cotta Warrior 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Legend of Wisely 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Producer (2)

Special ID 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Operation Condor 1997 (Movie)

(Music)
Director (1)

The Touch 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Hong Kong native Peter Pau is a cinematographer best known for his work on the international hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983 and began working as a cinematographer in the domestic Hong Kong industry in the mid '80s. His first film with international recognition was the John Woo crime feature "The Killer" in 1989. The film was a success at the Hong Kong Film Awards and earned Pau a nomination for his cinematography. He worked on the Yun-Fat Chow film "God of Gamblers" in '89 and the historical film "Swordsman" in 1990. The 1991 film "Saviour of the Soul" earned him his second Hong Kong Film Award in a year that also saw him nominated for two other films, including "Au revoir mon amour". He won again in '94 for the Ronny Yu fantasy "The Bride with White Hair" and in 1997 worked in Hollywood for the first time on the Jean-Claude Van Damme film "Double Team". He reunited with Yu on "Bride of Chucky" in 1998 before reaching a career peak with director Ang Lee on "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" in 2000, winning an Oscar in the process. Since then he has worked on the musical "Beijing Rocks" and the Clive Owen action film "Shoot 'Em Up" in 2007.

EDUCATION

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco , California
enrolled at age 27

Milestones

2000

Served as director of photography on the film "Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000"

2000

Garnered universal raves for cinematography for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", directed by Ang Lee

1998

Hollywood debut as cinematographer on "Bride of Chucky", helmed by Ronny Yu

1995

Reteamed with Yu on the historical drama "The Phantom Lover"

1993

Received acclaim for work on "The Bride Wore White", directed by Ronny Yu

1992

Directed and shot "Misty"

1991

Was cinematographer on "Au Revoir, Mon Amour"

1990

Collaborated with King Hu as cinematographer for "Swordsman"

1989

Was director of photography on "The Killer", directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun Fat

1988

Earned praise for work on "The Greatest Lover"

1986

Shot "Sweet Sixteen"

1984

Debut as filmmaker. directed and served as cinematographer on "Temptation of Dance"

1978

Returned to Hong Kong

1966

Lived in China during the Cultural Revolution; was unable to return to home in Hong Kong

1965

Sent by father to school in Canton, China for disciplinary purposes

Directed Michelle Yeoh in "The Touch" (lensed 2001)

At age 27, moved to San Francisco to study filmmaking

Raised in Hong Kong

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