The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
*The Rickshaw Man*. 1943. Japan. Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. With  Toshirô Mifune, Hideko Takamine. Courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures

Muhōmatsu no isshō (The Rickshaw Man). 1943. Japan. Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. Screenplay by Mansaku Itami. With Tsumasaburo Bando, Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Keiko Sonoi. In Japanese; English subtitles. 80 min.

This seldom-seen gem about a crude but honest rickshaw man who falls in love with an army captain's widow is a highlight of cinematographer Miyagawa's early career, culminating in a virtuoso extended sequence in which 46 individual shots are superimposed, without an optical printer or light meter, to create a sublime dreamlike montage.

35mm print courtesy The Japan Foundation and Kadokawa.