April 14, 1902|
|Died||October 17, 1974(aged 72)|
Born in Hiroshima Prefecture, he began working at Nikkatsu's Kyoto studio in 1924 and eventually came to prominence for a series of realist, humanist films made at Nikkatsu's Tamagawa studio in the late 1930s such as Robō no ishi and Mud and Soldiers, both of which starred Isamu Kosugi. His war film, Five Scouts, was screened in the competition at the 6th Venice International Film Festival.
Tasaka was a victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and spent many years recovering. He eventually resumed directing and won the best director prize at the 1958 Blue Ribbon Awards for A Slope in the Sun, which starred Yūjirō Ishihara.
- Five Scouts (五人の斥候兵, Gonin no sekkōhei) (1938)
- Robō no ishi (路傍の石) (1938)
- Mud and Soldiers (土と兵隊, Tsuchi to heitai) (1939)
- The Baby Carriage (乳母車, Ubaguruma) (1956)
- This Day's Life (今日のいのち Kyō no inochi) (1957)
- A Slope in the Sun (陽のあたる坂道, Hi no ataru sakamichi) (1958)
- Lake of Tears (湖の琴, Mizuumi no Kin) (1966)