Katsuhito Ishii (石井 克人 Ishii Katsuhito) is a Japanese film director.
After graduating from Musashino Art University, Katsuhito Ishii got a job at Tohokushinsha Film and began directing commercials in 1992, receiving numerous awards in this field. His first short film The Promise of August, shot in 1995, went on to receive the Japanese Film Grand Prix in the Fantastic Video Section of the 1995 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival Ishii made his feature debut with Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, based on the visual novel by cult manga artist Minetaro Mochizuki and starring regular collaborator Tadanobu Asano.
Ishii quickly followed his success with another box office hit, Party 7 (2000), which featured Masatoshi Nagase, Yoshio Harada and Tadanobu Asano among others. Between the years 2001 and 2002, he created a series of short films including the 3D animated dialogue piece Hal & Bons and the 2D animated space opera Trava Fist Planet. Among other commercials and select TV projects including the short Black Room which starred Takuya Kimura, and Music Power Go Go!, Ishii also found the time to collaborate with Production I.G for the animation sequence of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1. In 2004, his fourth feature film The Taste of Tea won Best Feature Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival. In 2006, he co-directed the feature film Funky Forest with fellow Japanese film makers and old school friends Shunichiro Miki and ANIKI. Ishii established his own company called Nice Rainbow in October 2006.
- The Promise of August (1996, short film)
- Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1999) starring Tadanobu Asano
- Party 7 (2000) starring Masatoshi Nagase, Tadanobu Asano
- Black Room (2001, short) starring Takuya Kimura
- Music Power Go! Go! (2001, short) starring Shingo Katori, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
- Hal & Bons (2001–2002, short series, animation)
- Trava Fist Planet episode 1 (2001–2002, short series, animation)
- The Taste of Tea (2004) starring Tadanobu Asano, Maya Banno, Takahiro Sato, Tomokazu Miura, Anna Tsuchiya
- Funky Forest (2005) starring Tadanobu Asano, Susumu Terajima, Ryō Kase, Rinko Kikuchi
- My Darling of the Mountains (Yama no anata - Tokuichi no koi, 2008)
- Sorasoi (2008) starring Sota Aoyama, Sayuri Ichikawa, Ryu Morioka
- Smuggler (2011)