Zhao Xiaoding
Born (1968-09-30) 30 September 1968 (age 55)
Beijing, China
Occupation(s)Cinematographer, photographer
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Zhao Xiaoding (Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂâu̯ ɕi̯àu̯tíŋ]) is a Chinese photographer and cinematographer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work in the film House of Flying Daggers (2004).


Year Title Director Notes
1992 Divorce Wars Chen Guoxing
1993 Temporary Dad
1994 Fools in Love
2002 Spring Subway Zhang Yibai With Gao Fei
2004 House of Flying Daggers[1] Zhang Yimou
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
2006 Curse of the Golden Flower
2008 Kung Fu Dunk Kevin Chu
The Children of Huangshi Roger Spottiswoode
An Empress and the Warriors Ching Siu-tung
2009 A Simple Noodle Story Zhang Yimou
2011 The Flowers of War
2014 Coming Home
2016 The Great Wall With Stuart Dryburgh
2017 Once Upon a Time Himself
Anthony LaMolinara
2018 Shadow Zhang Yimou

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 Academy Awards Best Cinematography House of Flying Daggers Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Cinematography Won
Satellite Awards Best Cinematography Won


  1. ^ Mermelstein, David (7 January 2005). "Zhao Xiaoding". Variety. Retrieved 2021-07-26.