Yu Lik-wai

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Yu Lik-wai
Born (1966-08-12) 12 August 1966 (age 54)
Occupation Cinematographer, film director, producer
Years active1990s-present
Awards LAFCA Award for Best Cinematography
2008 Still Life
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known asNelson Yu

Yu Lik-wai (simplified Chinese :余力为; traditional Chinese :余力爲; pinyin :Yú Lìwéi; Jyutping :Yu4 Lik6 Wai4; born 12 August 1966), sometimes credited as Nelson Yu, is a Hong Kong cinematographer, film director, and occasional film producer. Born in Hong Kong, Yu Lik-wai was educated at Belgium's INSAS (Institut National Superieur des Arts de Spectacle) where he graduated with a degree in cinematography in 1994. [1] Yu has become a mainstay in both the cinemas of China (where he is perhaps best known for his collaborations with director Jia Zhangke) and Hong Kong.

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Yu has served as director of photography for nearly all of Chinese director Jia Zhangke's films, and along with Jia, the two men founded their own independent film production company, Xstream Pictures.

He has been announced as a member of the jury for the Cinéfoundation and Short Films sections of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. [2]

Filmography

As cinematographer

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleDirector
1997 Xiao Wu 小武 Jia Zhangke
1999 Ordinary Heroes 千言万语 Ann Hui
2000 Platform 站台Jia Zhangke
2001 In Public 公共场所Jia Zhangke
2002 Unknown Pleasures 任逍遙Jia Zhangke
2004 The World 世界Jia Zhangke
2006 Still Life 三峡好人Jia Zhangke
2006 Dong Jia Zhangke
2006 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt 姨妈的后现代生活Ann Hui
2007 Getting Home 落叶归根 Zhang Yang
2007 Useless 无用Jia Zhangke
2008 24 City 二十四城记Jia Zhangke
2010 I Wish I Knew 海上传奇Jia Zhangke
2010 Dream Home 维多利亚壹号 Pang Ho-cheung
2011 Sauna on Moon 嫦娥 Zou Peng
2011 Love and Bruises Lou Ye
2011 A Simple Life 桃姐Ann Hui
2013 Forgetting to Know You 忘了去懂你 Quan Ling
2013 Beloved 亲・爱 Li Xinman
2013 A Touch of Sin 天注定Jia Zhangke
2015 Mountains May Depart 山河故人Jia Zhangke
2017 Our Time Will Come 明月几时有Ann Hui
2017 The Conformist 冰之下 Cai Shangjun
2020 So Close to My Land 一直游到海水变蓝Jia Zhangke
2020 The Best Is Yet to Come 不止不休 Wang Jing

As director

YearEnglish titleOriginal titleNotes
1996 Neon Goddesses 美丽的魂魄Documentary
1999 Love Will Tear Us Apart 天上人间Entered at Cannes. [3]
2003 All Tomorrow's Parties 明日天涯
2008 Plastic City 荡寇

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References

  1. "Still Life pressbook" (PDF). New Yorker Films. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  2. "The Jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Love Will Tear Us Apart". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08.