Peter Pau was born in Hong Kong in 1952 to a family of film professionals—his father Bow Fong, his mother Liu Su and his older sister Nina Paw Hee-ching are all known actors. Pau went to Guangzhou, China, to study at 13 and graduated from the film program of San Francisco Art Institute in 1983.
In 1984, he returned to Hong Kong and entered the movie business, making his directorial debut with Temptation of Dance (1985)—a musical that he also served as cinematographer. With financial backing from South Korea, he helmed Misty (1992), starring Korean stars Jeong Chul-ya and Kan Seok-hyeon along with Hong Kong actors Tony Leung Ka-fai, Gloria Yip Wan-yee, Waise Lee Chi-hung and Carrie Ng Ka-lai. In 2002, Pau directed The Touch, featuring Michelle Yeoh, who also produced the film.
Aside from directing, Pau is also an internationally renowned cinematographer. Since the 1980s, he has lensed over 40 feature films and collaborated with the likes of John Woo, Wong Jing, Ronny Yu, Tsui Hark, Ang Lee, Peter Chan and other acclaimed directors. His camerawork for A Fishy Story (1989), Saviour of the Soul (1991), The Bride with White Hair (1993), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Perhaps Love (2005) and Confucius (2010) has made him a six-time winner of Best Cinematography at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2001, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won Best Cinematography at The 73rd Academy Awards, making Pau the first ever Chinese recipient of the award since Chinese-American James Wong Howe. Perhaps Love was also recognized by The 43rd Golden Horse Awards with the Best Cinematography prize. As one of the founding members of Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers (HKSC), Pau had served as its president. Recently, he was the cinematographer and producer for Clarence Fok’s Special ID (2013).
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