City of Life and Death is the second film on which Cao Yu has collaborated with director Lu Chuan. He was the cinematographer for Chuan’s 2004 film, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, which was widely acclaimed and received both a Golden Horse and a Golden Rooster Award for Best Feature Film. Cao Yu’s credits include Run Away (2001) and Chicken Poets (2002). In 2009, he received the San Sebastian Film Festival’s award for Best Cinematography for City of Life and Death.
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