Kazuo Miyagawa, the man behind the lens of “Rashomon” and some of Japan’s other most famous films, died Aug. 7 of kidney failure in Tokyo. He was 91.
Miyagawa worked with legendary director Akira Kurosawa on the award-winning “Rashomon” and other films. In “Rashomon,” the breathtaking black-and white pic that put Japanese cinema on the global map, Miyagawa caught the attention of audiences with his shots of sunlight seeping through trees.
He also worked with famed director Kenji Mizoguchi on “Ugetsu Monogatari,” which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1953.
Miyagawa started in the movie business in 1926 when he joined Nikkatsu Studio. He became a cameraman in 1935 and made a name for himself with the 1943 hit movie “Muhomatsu no Issho,” directed by Hiroshi Inagaki.
His final film credit as a cinematographer was for the 1989 film “Maihime” from Masahiro Shinoda.
A funeral will be held in Miyagawa’s hometown of Kyoto.