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."

$13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members
Screening of Floating Weeds + reception:
$17/$14 seniors & students/$13 Japan Society members

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy tickets to at least 3 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket.

RELATED SCREENING: Ugetsu (Friday, April 6, 7 PM)

  About Kazuo Miyagawa

"Naming the most skillful cinematographer of a country is often a difficult task. In Japan the job is simplified somewhat by the international reputation earned by Kazuo Miyagawa," wrote American Cinematographer in 1960. By then a respected industry veteran renowned for his work on masterpieces like Rashomon and Ugetsu, Miyagawa would go on to solidify his standing as Japan's preeminent cinematographer throughout the rest of his extraordinary career, working on over 130 films in total, many of them among the best Japanese cinema has to offer…

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Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s Greatest Cinematographer is organized by Aiko Masubuchi, Senior Film Programmer, and Kazu Watanabe, Film Programmer, Japan Society; and Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer is made possible through the generous support of The Globus Family.

Japan Society’s Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Acknowledgments: Joshua Siegel (The Museum of Modern Art); Eric Nyari (Cineric, Inc.); Bruce Goldstein (Film Forum); Peter Grilli; Brian Belovarac, Ben Crossley-Mara, Emily Woodburne (Janus Films); Sanae Tani (Japan Foundation); Masakazu Itsukage, Takeo Kodera, Tomoko Suzuki (KADOKAWA); Ichiro Miyagawa, Masahiro Miyajima; Kiyotaka Moriwaki; Masaki Daibo, Yoshiro Irie, Hiroshi Kamiyo (National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo); Yoneo Ota; Jingyi Wang; Miho Yajima

Image: Courtesy of Kazuo Miyagawa Family

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