Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer

Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer

Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s Greatest Cinematographer

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, Japan Society presents an 11-film retrospective surveying the work of Kazuo Miyagawa (1908-1999), the most influential cinematographer of postwar Japanese cinema. Working intimately with directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa on some of their most important films, Miyagawa pushed Japanese cinema to its highest artistic peaks through his lyrical, innovative and technically flawless camerawork. This career-spanning selection displays his great versatility, including major masterpieces and rarely shown titles, screening in 35mm and new digital restorations.

Co-organizer The Museum of Modern Art will host repeat screenings and additional Miyagawa retrospective titles from April 12-29. Preceding the retrospective, new 4K restorations of Mizoguchi’s A Story From Chikamatsu and Sansho the Bailiff, both shot by Miyagawa, will run at Film Forum from April 6-12.

“If ever a cameraman was the true intellect behind the films he shot, it was Kazuo Miyagawa.”
—Independent

Floating Weeds
Friday, April 13, 7 PM

Cinematographer, Kazuo Miyagawa
Saturday, April 14, 3 PM

Rashomon
Saturday, April 14, 4:30 PM

The Rickshaw Man
Saturday, April 14, 7 PM

A Certain Killer
Tuesday, April 17, 7 PM

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
Friday, April 20, 7 PM

Tokyo Olympiad
Saturday, April 21, 2 PM

The Devil’s Temple
Saturday, April 21, 6 PM

The Spider Tattoo
Saturday, April 21, 8:30 PM

Street of Shame
Saturday, April 28, 2 PM

Odd Obsession
Saturday, April 28, 4:30 PM

Ballad of Orin
Saturday, April 28, 7 PM

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