Kazuo Miyagawa

Director of photography
Premier Japanese cinematographer who was once known as "the comic cameraman" for his work on early slapstick features. Miyagawa first distinguished himself with his work for director Hiroshi Inagaki, for whom he ... Read more »
Born: 02/25/1908 in Japan

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (23)

Die Tanzerin 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki 1988 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Yari No Gonza 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

MacArthur's Children 1985 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Akuryo-To 1981 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Kagemusha 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Geisha 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Conflagration 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Melody in Gray 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Chinmoku 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Zato-ichi to Yojimbo 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sansho the Bailiff 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tokyo Olympiad 1965 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Yojimbo 1961 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Sin 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Floating Weeds 1959 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Odd Obsession 1959 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Street of Shame 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tales of the Taira Clan 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Woman of Rumor 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Crucified Lovers 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Miss Oyu 1950 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rashomon 1950 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Premier Japanese cinematographer who was once known as "the comic cameraman" for his work on early slapstick features. Miyagawa first distinguished himself with his work for director Hiroshi Inagaki, for whom he developed sophisticated tracking and crane techniques that were influenced by traditional Japanese painting. He is best known in the West for his work on Kurosawa's "Rashomon" (1950) and has also photographed films for Ozu ("Floating Weeds" 1959), Mizoguchi ("Ugetsu" 1953) and Ichikawa ("Conflagration" 1958). Awarded the Imperial Order of Culture in 1978.

Relationships

Daughter
had one survived him

Son
had two survived him

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

Kyoto Commercial School

1926

Milestones

1950

Served as director of photography on "Rashomon"

1941

Began working at Daiei Studio

1930

Began working in camera department at Nikkatsu

1927

Worked at Nikkatsu Studio laboratories in Kyoto

Born and raised in Kyoto

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