The Life of Oharu
February 18, 1911|
Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan
|Died||July 31, 1975(aged 64)|
Daisuke Katō (加東 大介? Katō Daisuke, February 18, 1911 – July 31, 1975) was a Japanese actor who appeared in over 150 films, including Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (as the loyal comrade Shichiroji), Rashomon, Yojimbo (as the "wild pig" Inokichi), and Ikiru, and Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy and Chushingura.
Born as Tokunosuke Katō to a theatrical family, his older brother was the actor Kunitarō Sawamura and his older sister the actress Sadako Sawamura. He joined the Zenshinza theatre troupe in 1933 and appeared in a number of stage and film productions under the stage name Enji Ichikawa, including Sadao Yamanaka's Humanity and Paper Balloons and Kenji Mizoguchi's The 47 Ronin. After spending the war in New Guinea, he returned to Japan and signed with the Daiei Film studio, appearing now under the name Daisuke Katō. Beyond appearing in many great postwar jidaigeki, he was also a regular in the Company President (Shachō) comedy series at Toho.
His book on his wartime experiences, Minami no shima ni yuki ga furu, published in 1961, was adapted into an NHK television drama and twice made into a film.
Kato's nephews are the actors Masahiko Tsugawa and Hiroyuki Nagato. His son, Haruyuki Katō, married Kazuko Kurosawa, the costume designer and daughter of Akira Kurosawa. His grandson by Harayuki and Kazuko is actor Takayuki Kato.
- Kōchiyama Sōshun (河内山宗俊) (1936)
- Humanity and Paper Balloons (人情紙風船 Ninjō kami fūsen) (1937)
- The 47 Ronin (元禄忠臣蔵 Genroku chushingura) (1941–1942)
- Rashomon (羅生門 Rashōmon) (1950)
- Mother (おかあさん Okāsan) (1952)
- Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai) (1954)
- Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
- Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (血槍富士 Chiyari Fuji) (1955).
- Floating Clouds (1955)
- (藤十郎の恋 Tōjūrō no Koi) (1955)
- The Lone Journey (旅路 Tabiji) aka The Road (1955)
- Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (続宮本武蔵 一乗寺の決闘 Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijōji no kettō) (1955)
- Flowing (Nagareru) (1956)
- Street of Shame (赤線地帯 Akasen chitai) (1956)
- Arashi (1956)
- Snow Country (1957)
- Untamed (1957)
- A Holiday in Tokyo (1958)
- When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
- Yojimbo (用心棒 Yōjinbō) (1961)
- The End of Summer (1961)
- An Autumn Afternoon (1962)