Daisuke Katō (加東 大介, Katō Daisuke, February 18, 1911 – July 31, 1975) was a Japanese actor who appeared in over 150 films, including Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (as the loyal comrade Shichiroji), Rashomon, Yojimbo (as the "wild pig" Inokichi), Ikiru, and Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy and Chushingura.

Daisuke Katō
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The Life of Oharu
Born(1911-02-18)February 18, 1911
DiedJuly 31, 1975(1975-07-31) (aged 64)
Takazaki, Gunma, Japan
Resting placeShunjuen Cemetery, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
OccupationActor
Years active1936-1974

CareerEdit

Born as Tokunosuke Katō to a theatrical family, his older brother was the actor Kunitarō Sawamura and his older sister the actress Sadako Sawamura.[1] He joined the Zenshinza theatre troupe in 1933 and appeared in a number of stage and film productions under the stage name Enji Ichikawa, including Sadao Yamanaka's Humanity and Paper Balloons and Kenji Mizoguchi's The 47 Ronin.[1] After spending the war in New Guinea, he returned to Japan and signed with the Daiei Film studio, appearing now under the name Daisuke Katō.[1] Beyond appearing in many great postwar jidaigeki, he was also a regular in the Company President (Shachō) comedy series at Toho.

His book on his wartime experiences, Minami no shima ni yuki ga furu, published in 1961, was adapted into an NHK television drama and twice made into a film.

AwardsEdit

Daisuke Katō won the Blue Ribbon Award for best supporting actor in 1952 for Kettō Kagiya no Tsuji and Mother,[2] and in 1954 for Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji and Koko ni izumi ari.[3]

FamilyEdit

Kato's nephews are the actors Masahiko Tsugawa and Hiroyuki Nagato. His son, Haruyuki Katō, married Kazuko Kurosawa, the costume designer and daughter of Akira Kurosawa. His grandson by Harayuki and Kazuko is actor Takayuki Kato.

Selected filmographyEdit

(incomplete)

  • Kōchiyama Sōshun (河内山宗俊) (1936) - Kenta
  • Humanity and Paper Balloons (人情紙風船 Ninjō kami fūsen) (1937) - Isuke - Yatagoro henchman
  • Abe ichizoku (1938)
  • The 47 Ronin (元禄忠臣蔵 Genroku chushingura) (1941) - Fuwa Kazuemon (uncredited)
  • Bosu (1949)
  • Bangaku Edo e yuku (1949)
  • Saheiji torimonohikae: Murasaki zukin (1949) - Yasu
  • Saheiji torimonohikae: Murasaki zukin - Kaiketsu-hen (1949) - Yasu
  • Shinshaku Yotsuya kaidan: kôhen (1949) - Shinkichi
  • Onna koroshi abura jigoku (1949)
  • Tengu hikyaku (1949)
  • Nippon G Men: Dai-ni-wa - Nansenzaki no kettô (1950)
  • Ore wa yojinbo (1950)
  • Harukanari haha no kuni (1950) - Tommy Shôkyokusai
  • Rashomon (羅生門 Rashōmon) (1950) - Policeman
  • Akagi Kara kita otoko (1950)
  • Gorotsuki-bune (1950) - Sôkichi
  • Oboro kago (1951)
  • Tsuki no wataridori (1951) - Matagorô
  • Jiyû gakkô (1951) - Takayama
  • Joshu Garasu (1951)
  • Mesu inu (1951) - Matoba
  • Vendetta for a Samurai (1952) - Rokusuke
  • The Life of Oharu (1952) - Tasaburo Hishiya
  • Zoku Shurajô hibun - Hiun no maki (1952) - Inosuke
  • Mother (おかあさん Okāsan) (1952) - Uncle Kimura
  • Yonjû-hachinin me no otoko (1952)
  • Shanhai no onna (1952) - Liu, Ding's men
  • Ikiru (1952) - Yakuza
  • Ashi ni sawatta onna (1952)
  • Fuun senryobune (1952)
  • Jinsei gekijo: dai ichi bu/dai ni bu (1952)
  • Edokko hangan (1953)
  • Pu-san (1953)
  • Yasugorô shusse (1953)
  • Aoiro kakumei (1953) - Takegoro Inugai
  • Jirochô sangokushi: hatsu iwai Shimizu Minato (1953)
  • Kaiketsu Murasaki-zukin: Sôshûban (1953)
  • Jirochô sangokushi: seizoroi Shimizu Minato (1953)
  • Yonin no haha (1954)
  • Seven Samurai (七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai) (1954) - Shichirōji
  • Shiosai (1954) - Chiyoko's Father, the lighthouse keeper
  • Watashi no subete o (1954)
  • Late Chrysanthemums (1954) - Itaya
  • Toran bûran: Tsuki no hikari (1954) - Private Sasaki
  • Dorodarake no seishun (1954) - Miyamori, publicity manager
  • Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) - Toji
  • Tarao bannai hayabusa no maô (1955)
  • Floating Clouds (1955) - Seikichi Mukai
  • Koko ni izumi ari (1955)
  • Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (血槍富士 Chiyari Fuji) (1955) - Genta
  • No Time for Tears (1955) - Magazine reporter
  • Tōjūrō no Koi (藤十郎の恋) (1955) - Kichisuke
  • Tasogare sakaba (1955) - Kibe
  • Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (続宮本武蔵 一乗寺の決闘 Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijōji no kettō) (1955) - Tōji Gion
  • The Lone Journey (旅路 Tabiji) aka The Road (1955)
  • Mune yori mune ni (1955) - Hazama
  • Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) - Toji Gion
  • Shûu (1956) - Kawakami
  • Early Spring (1956) - Sakamoto
  • Izumi (1956)
  • Kengô nitôryû (1956) - Kamo Jinnai
  • Street of Shame (赤線地帯 Akasen chitai) (1956) - president of Brothel Owners' Association
  • Tsuma no kokoro (1956)
  • Shiroi magyo (1956)
  • Gendai no yokubô (1956) - Inoue
  • Onibi (1956)
  • Ani to sono musume (1956) - Hayashi
  • Arashi (1956) - Ishii
  • Gogo 8 ji 13 pun (1956) - Keisaku Yatabe
  • Flowing (Nagareru) (1956) - Yoneko's ex
  • Itohan monogatari (1957) - Matsukichi
  • Ôban (1957) - Ushinosuke Akaba
  • Wasureji no gogo 8 ji 13 pun (1957) - Police Detective Yatabe
  • Snow Country (1957)
  • Untamed (1957) - Her second husband
  • Salaryman shusse taikôki (1957) - Hajime Sôda
  • Zoku Ôban: Fûun hen (1957) - Ushinosuke Akaba
  • Ippon-gatana dohyô iri (1957) - Mohei Komagata
  • Zoku sarariman shussetai kôki (1957)
  • Zokuzoku Ôban: Dotô hen (1957) - Ushinotsuke Akabane
  • Shachô sandaiki (1958)
  • Futari dake no hashi (1958) - Takeshi Saitô
  • Zoku shachô sandaiki (1958)
  • A Holiday in Tokyo (1958) - Sales Manager
  • Yajikata dôchû sugoroku (1958) - Yajirobei Tochimen'ya
  • Anzukko (1958) - Suga
  • Oban kanketsu hen (1958)
  • Shu to midori (1958)
  • Iwashigumo (1958)
  • Zokuzoku sarariman shussetai kôki (1958)
  • Wakai musumetachi (1958) - Zenkichi Shibata - Sumiko's father
  • Kami no taisho (1958)
  • Hadaka no taishô (1958) - Master of Restaurant
  • Yajikita dôchû sugoroku (1958) - Yajirobei Tochimen'ya
  • Shachô taiheiki (1959) - Gônosuke Asahina
  • Zoku shachô taiheiki (1959)
  • Kitsune to tanuki (1959)
  • Sarariman shussetai koki daiyonbu (1959) - Hajime
  • Daigaku no nijuhachin (1959)
  • Moro no Ichimatsu yûrei dochu (1959)
  • Shin santô jûyaku (1959) - Kumehei Onizuka
  • Uwayaku, shitayaku, godôyaku (1959)
  • Wakai koibitotachi (1959) - Renzô Dôjima
  • The Three Treasures (1959) - God Fudetama
  • Osorubeki hiasobi (1959)
  • Yari hitosuji nihon bare (1959) - Genshin Tawaraboshi
  • Watashi wa kai ni naritai (1959)
  • Kiri aru jyoji (1959)
  • Shiranami gonin otoko: tenka no ô-dorobô (1960)
  • Shin santô jûyaku: Tabi to onna to sake no maki (1960)
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) - Matsukichi Sekine
  • Yama no kanata ni - Dai ichi-bu: Ringo no hoo: Dai ni-bu: Sakana no seppun (1960) - Yakichi Wada
  • Hito mo arukeba (1960) - Namigoro Namiki
  • Sarariman shussetai kôki daigobu (1960) - Hajime
  • Kunisada Chûji (1960) - Enzo Niko
  • Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)
  • Shin santô jûyaku: Ataru mo hakke no maki (1960) - Uchû Takeda
  • Musume tsuma haha (1960) - Shusuke Tetsumoto
  • Taiyô o dake (1960) - Kyôsuke Tsumura
  • Shin santo juyaku: teishu kyo iku no maki (1960)
  • Shin jôdaigaku (1960)
  • Gametsui yatsu (1960)
  • Aki tachinu (1960) - Tomioka - The Lover
  • Kane-dukuri taikô-ki (1960) - Hirayama, Shûhei
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) - Matsukichi Sekine
  • Jiyûgaoka fujin (1960)
  • Zoku sararîman Chûshingura (1961) - Jyusaburo Onodera
  • Yojimbo (用心棒 Yōjinbō) (1961) - Inokichi - Ushitora's Rotund Brother
  • Zoku shachô dochuki: onna oyabun taiketsu no maki (1961)
  • Shachô dôchûki (1961)
  • Honkon no yoru (1961)
  • The End of Summer (1961) - Kitagawa Yanosuke
  • Ganba (1961)
  • Kigeki ekimae bentô (1961)
  • Salary man Shimizu minato (1962) - Ômasa
  • Onna no za (1962) - Tamura Ryokichi, Matsuyo no otto
  • Zoku sararîman shimizu minato (1962)
  • Ika naru hoshi no moto ni (1962) - Sôtarô
  • Shachô yôkôki (1962)
  • Zoku shachô yôkôki (1962)
  • Ottamage ningyo monogatari (1962) - Heiroku Tsubaki
  • Star of Hong Kong (1962) - Shûhei
  • Shin kitsune to tanuki (192)
  • Hôrô-ki (1962) - Nobuo Sadaoka
  • Chûshingura (1962) - Kichiemon Terasaka
  • An Autumn Afternoon (1962) - Yoshitarō Sakamoto
  • Kawa no hotori de (1962) - Kenkichi Takayama
  • Kigeki: Detatoko shôbu - 'Chinjarara monogatari' yori (1962) - Nishiyama
  • Shachô manyûki (1963)
  • Onna ni tsuyoku naru kufû no kazukazu (1963) - Daizô Sugishita
  • Zoku shachô manyûki (1963)
  • Shachô gaiyûki (1963)
  • Kureji sakusen: Sentehisshô (1963)
  • Kigeki: Tonkatsu ichidai (1963) - Denji Tamaki
  • Minami no shima ni yuki ga furu (1963)
  • Zoku shachô gaiyûki (1963)
  • Kigeki ekimae chagama (1963)
  • Miren (1963) - Master at 'Sekine'
  • Onna no rekishi (1963)
  • Warera sarariman (1963)
  • Shachô shinshiroku (1964)
  • Kigeki ekimae okami (1964) - Rikizô Kawaguchi
  • Zoku shachô shinshiroku (1964)
  • Ore wa bodigado (1964)
  • Samé (1964) - Genji
  • Hadaka no jûyaku (1964) - Tadokori - Executive
  • Nippon paradaisu (1964) - Daiten Kuramoto
  • Kuro no chôtokkyu (1964) - Nakae
  • Danchi: Nanatsu no taizai (1964) - Ichirô Mitani
  • Shachô ninpôchô (1965)
  • Zoku shachô ninpôchô (1965) - Tyuzo Togashi
  • Hi no ataru isu (1965) - Natsuki Shibusawa
  • Radishes and Carrots (1965) - Bit Part
  • Sanshiro Sugata (1965) - Hansuke Murai
  • Senjo ni nagareru uta (1965) - Yamamoto
  • Aku no kaidan (1965) - Konishi
  • Shachô gyôjôki (1966)
  • Abare Gôemon (1966) - Budeuemon Hattori
  • Onna no naka ni iru tanin (1966)
  • Zoku shachô gyôjôki (1966) - Tyuzo Togashi
  • Hikinige (1966) - Kawashima
  • Nakano Spy School (1966) - Lieutenant Kusanagi
  • Rikugun Nakano gakko: Kumoichigô shirei (1966) - Kusanagi
  • The Daphne (1966) - Shimada
  • Akogare (1966)
  • Shachô senichiya (1967)
  • Rikugun Nakano gakko: Ryu-sango shirei (1967)
  • Mesu ga osu o kuikorosu: Kamakiri (1967) - Gunpei Otaguro
  • Zoku izuko e (1967)
  • Zoku namonaku mazushiku utsukushiku: Haha to ko (1967) - Taro
  • Chichi to ko: Zoku Na mo naku mazushiku utsukushiku (1967) - Shintaro Sakai
  • Zoku shachô senichiya (1967)
  • Rikugun Nakano gakko: Mitsumei (1967)
  • Japan's Longest Day (1967) - Kenjiro Yabe - NHK Domestic Bureau Director
  • Kigeki: Ippatsu shôbu (1967) - Tadashi Ninomiya
  • Two in the Shadow (1967) - Hayashida
  • Nise keiji (1967)
  • Shachô hanjôki (1968)
  • Zoku shacho hanjôki (1968)
  • Rikugun Nakano gakkô: Kaisen zen'ya (1968)
  • Bakuchi-uchi: Nagurikomi (1968) - Kichigorô
  • Niji no naka no remon (1968) - Gôzô Maeda
  • Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (1968) - Chief of Press Section
  • Kôdôkan hamonjô (1968) - Junpei Sekine
  • Shachô enmachô (1969)
  • Zoku shachô enmachô (1969)
  • Shachô gaku ABC (1970)
  • Zoku shachô gaku ABC (1970)
  • Futari dake no asa (1971)
  • Showa hito keta shachô tai futaketa shain (1971)
  • Zoku Showa hito keta shachô tai futaketa shain: Getsu-getsu kasui moku kinkin (1971)
  • Hajimete no tabi (1972)
  • Tokyo do mannaka (1974)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Katō Daisuke". Nihon jinmei jiten+Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Burū Ribon Shō historī 1952". Shinema Hōchi. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Burū Ribon Shō historī 1955". Shinema Hōchi. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2012.

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