Yoshikazu Katō

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Yoshikazu Katō
Born 1972 (age 45–46)[1]
Kyoto, Japan
Occupation Film director
Years active 2001

Yoshikazu Katō (加藤義一, Katō Yoshikazu) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Yoshikazu Katō was born in Kyoto in 1972, and became a fan of the pink film while still in junior high school.[1] He graduated from the Nikkatsu Visual Arts Academy in 1993, and began working in the film industry in 1995.[1] He worked as assistant director on nearly 100 pink films beginning with Hisayasu Satō's Hunters' Sense of Touch (狩人たちの触覚, Karyudo-tachi no shokkaku) (1995), for the gay-themed ENK studio.[1] His directorial debut was at Ōkura Pictures (OP Eiga) with Aijin hisho: bijiri mitsumamire (牝監房 汚された人妻), filmed in 2001 and released in 2002.[1][2] Also at OP Eiga he filmed Molester's Train: Sensitive Fingers (2007) which was given the Best Film award at the Pink Grand Prix and which won Katō the award for Best Director.[3] At the Kansai region Pinky Ribbon Awards the film was also given the top award, the Gold Prize.[4]

Ninja films[edit]

Katō directed the V-Cinema ninja-sexploitation series Legend of the Voluptuous Kunoichi (妖艶くノ一伝, Yōen Kunoichi Den) in 2006 and 2007. The films featured AV idols as Kunoichi protagonists and were later released in the United States by Switchblade Pictures.[5]

Award-winning films[edit]

"Ten Best" films, Pink Grand Prix[edit]

Pinky Ribbon Awards[edit]


  • 加藤義一 かとう・よしかず (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  • 加藤義一 (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  • 加藤義一 (in Japanese). Variety Japan. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  • "Yoshikazu Katō Interview" (in Japanese). intro.ne.jp: Creators Movie Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-24.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Yoshikazu Katō Interview" (in Japanese). intro.ne.jp: Creators Movie Magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  2. ^ "Pink Films History" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Archived from the original on 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  3. ^ "Best Ten of 2007 (2007年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "もろもろ告知 (Various notices)" (in Japanese). Pinky Ribbon Award site. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  5. ^ * Yoshikazu Kato at AllMovie
Awards and achievements
Pink Grand Prix
Preceded by
Yutaka Ikejima
for Hostess Madness: Unparched Nectar
Pink Grand Prix for Best Director
Yoshikazu Katō

for Molester's Train: Sensitive Fingers
Succeeded by
Yutaka Ikejima
for Chō inran: yarebayaruhodo iikimochi