One of film’s most talented cinematographers, Kazuo Miyagawa worked with many of the great Japanese directors, including Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, Kon Ichikawa, and Masahiro Shinoda, all represented in this series, which foregrounds his artistry on the big screen.Read full description
Sansho the Bailiff
A Story from Chikamatsu
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival
Gonza the Spearman is based on an eighteenth-century bunraku play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu. Masahiro Shinoda established himself as a provocative independent stylist and an important bridge between art and commercial cinemas in Japan.
Tokyo Olympiad ranks among the greatest documents of sport ever committed to film. Kon Ichikawa and Kazuo Miyagawa examined the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo.
35mm Scope Print
Toshiro Mifune is a mercenary looking to make some money in a lawless town in Akira Kurosawa’s tongue-in-cheek anti-epic, “a visually faultless and highly sophisticated satire on violence and human weakness” (Sight and Sound).
Shot in a gorgeous, painterly style by Kazuo Miyagawa, this subtly sensuous indictment of societal oppression was heralded by Akira Kurosawa as a “great masterpiece that could only have been made by Mizoguchi.”
Glorious color photography brings new intensity to Yasujiro Ozu’s 1934 story about a traveling actor encountering his illegitimate son, revealing “deep nostalgia for the dying folk culture of old Japan” (Hong Kong Film Festival).
Bring all your senses and your handkerchief to this haunting tale of a family victimized by the cruel practices of feudal Japan, “developed with intuition, cunning, and an overarching sense of tragedy” (SF Weekly).
Consistently named one of the best films ever made, Kenji Mizoguchi’s ethereal fable is set in sixteenth-century Japan, where a potter has his head turned by a phantom enchantress, with predictable results.
Visual proof of the relativity of truth, Rashomon is “one of the most brilliantly constructed films of all time, a monument to Kurosawa’s greatness, and a landmark in film history” (James Monaco).