August 24, 1916
Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
|Died||June 17, 1985(aged 68)|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Born in Hyōgo Prefecture, Kato was the nephew of the film director Sadao Yamanaka. He entered the Toho studio in 1937 and first began by working on documentaries. He worked as an assistant director to Akira Kurosawa in Rashomon. After World War II he switched to making jidaigeki.
Style and influences
- 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)
- Sharp, Jasper (18 January 2008). "Midnight Eye review: By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him". Midnight Eye.
- "Katō Tai". Nihon jinmei daijiten (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
- Yoshimoto, Mitsuhiro (2000). Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema. Duke University Press. p. 188.
- Thomas, Kevin (22 May 1998). "Remembering Masterful Director Tai Kato". Los Angeles Times.
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