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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.
Thursday, August 24, 1916, Kobe, Japan
Monday, June 17, 1985
1950 RashomonAssistant Director 1958 The Scarlet Cherry LordDirector 1959 Genghis Khan and His MongolsWriter and Director 1963 Sasuke and His ComediansDirector 1964 The Honest FoolScreenplay 1965 Blood of RevengeDirector 1965 Tale of Ninja DutyScreenplay 1968 I, the ExecutionerWriter and Director 1969 Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards GameDirector 1970 Red Peony Gambler: Oryu's ReturnScreenplay and Director 1971 Red Peony Gambler: Here to Kill YouDirector and Screenplay 1973 Miyamoto MusashiDirector 1977 A Scream from NowhereScreenplay and Director 1983 Amagi PassWriter 1984 The Street of DesireWriterLimited to the 15 most popular items