Kazuo Miyagawa

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Kazuo Miyagawa (宮川 一夫 Miyagawa Kazuo?, February 25, 1908 – August 7, 1999) was an acclaimed Japanese cinematographer.[1]

Miyagawa is best known for his tracking shots, particularly those in Rashomon (1950), the first of his three collaborations with preeminent filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.

He also worked on films by major directors Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Kon Ichikawa, such as Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), Floating Weeds (1959) and the documentary Tokyo Olympiad (1965) respectively.

Miyagawa is regarded as having invented the cinematographic technique known as bleach bypass, for Ichikawa's 1960 film Her Brother.[2][3][4]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Bergen, Ronald. "Kazuo Miyagawa: The innovative Japanese cinematographer whose reputation was made by Rashomon," Guardian (Manchester). August 20, 1999.
  2. ^ "Kon Ichikawa Retrospective Part 1" (in Japanese). National Film Center. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  3. ^ 日刊スポーツ・訃報・宮川一夫氏 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  4. ^ "東京現像所:the 50th Anniversary:TOGENの歴史" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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