Tai Kato

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Tai Kato
Born Yasumichi Katō
(1916-08-24)August 24, 1916
Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Died June 17, 1985(1985-06-17) (aged 68)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1951-1981

Tai Kato (加藤 泰, Katō Tai, August 24, 1916—June 17, 1985) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He was best known for making yakuza films at the Toei Company in 1960s.[1]


Born in Hyōgo Prefecture,[2] Kato was the nephew of the film director Sadao Yamanaka.[3] He entered the Toho studio in 1937 and first began by working on documentaries.[2] He worked as an assistant director to Akira Kurosawa in Rashomon.[3] After World War II he switched to making jidaigeki.[2]

Style and influences[edit]

Kevin Thomas of Los Angeles Times noted that Kato has been compared with Budd Boetticher and Samuel Fuller.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Brave Records of the Sanada Clan (1963)
  • Kaze no Bushi (1964)
  • Bakumatsu zankoku monogatari (AKA Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall) (1964)
  • Meiji Kyokyakuden: Sandaime Shumei (1965)
  • Kutsukake Tokijiro: Yukyo Ippiki (1966)
  • By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him (1966)
  • I, the Executioner (1968)
  • Red Peony Gambler: Hanafuda Shobu (1969)
  • Red Peony Gambler: Oryu Sanjo (1970)
  • Miyamoto Musashi (1973)


  1. ^ Sharp, Jasper (18 January 2008). "Midnight Eye review: By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him". Midnight Eye. 
  2. ^ a b c "Katō Tai". Nihon jinmei daijiten (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Yoshimoto, Mitsuhiro (2000). Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema. Duke University Press. p. 188. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Kevin (22 May 1998). "Remembering Masterful Director Tai Kato". Los Angeles Times. 

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