[KineJapan] Kawamata Takashi

Gerow Aaron aaron.gerow at yale.edu
Mon Oct 7 13:26:19 EDT 2019

The news services report that the cinematographer Kawamata Takashi 川又昂, who shot films for Oshima Nagisa, Imamura Shohei, and Nomura Yoshitaro, died on October 5 at the age of 93. Kawamata studied at the wartime Film School of Japan and joined Shochiku in 1945. As a camera assistant, he worked on many films by Ozu before debuting as a director of photography in 1959. He shot a number of films with Oshima Nagisa, including his first short Ashita no taiyo, to Cruel Story of Youth and Night and Fog in Japan. He most worked with Nomura Yoshitaro on films such as Castle of Sand and The Incident, but he also shot films for Fukasaku Kenji and Imamura Shohei (Black Rain). He won a number of best cinematography awards over the years. R.I.P.

Aaron Gerow
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