At the start of the 1920s, Cheng Peilin (程沛霖) was one of the Chinese students in the U.S. who were deeply offended at the distorted racial stereotypes presented in American film productions, resentment which ultimately led to the establishment of the Great Wall film company in New York in 1921. To better help with the new studio, he enrolled at a New York film school to study photography, and when the young Chinese filmmakers moved their operations to Shanghai, Cheng became their principal cinematographer. In 1927, when the Nationalist government launched the Northern Expedition to suppress the warlords and unite the country under one government, he traveled to the frontlines to film several news documentaries on the military operations.
Filmography (all as cinematographer):
The Divorcee [aka Discarded Wife]
At the End of Her Rope (with Li Wenguang)
The Arrow of Hatred
The True and False Monkey King
The Spider Gang