JAPAN SOCIETY NYC Honors Late Legendary Cinematographer Miyagawa Kazuo Next Month

In the midst of the 20th century, noted cinematographer Miyagawa Kazuo left a body of work in Japanese cinema now celebrated by film fans to date. Such festivities are now the center of a retrospective courtesy of Japan Society Film in association with The Museum Of Modern Art with a raft of classic titles to be prsented in respective 4K and 35mm formats.

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.

Japan Society’s latest trailer samples a minor taste of things to come with more programming and schedule details at the official website for all those in New York City and otherwise in attendance. Enjoy the trailer below!