Katsuhito Ishii

Katsuhito Ishii (石井 克人, Ishii Katsuhito, born 31 December 1966) is a Japanese film director best known for directing The Taste of Tea (2004), Funky Forest (2005), and Smuggler (2011).

Katsuhito Ishii
石井 克人
Born (1966-12-31) 31 December 1966 (age 54)
Alma materMusashino Art University
OccupationFilm director, Screenwriter
Years active1992–present


After graduating from Musashino Art University, Katsuhito Ishii got a job at Tohokushinsha Film and began directing commercials in 1992, receiving numerous awards in this field. His first short film The Promise of August, shot in 1995, went on to receive the Japanese Film Grand Prix in the Fantastic Video Section of the 1995 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival[1]

He made his feature debut with Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, based on the visual novel by cult manga artist Minetaro Mochizuki and starring regular collaborator Tadanobu Asano.[citation needed]

Ishii quickly followed his success with another box office hit, Party 7 (2000), which featured Masatoshi Nagase, Yoshio Harada and Tadanobu Asano among others. Between the years 2001 and 2002, he created a series of short films including the 3D animated dialogue piece Hal & Bons and the 2D animated space opera Trava Fist Planet. Among other commercials and select TV projects including the short Black Room which starred Takuya Kimura, and Music Power Go Go!, He collaborated with Production I.G for the animation sequence of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 1.[citation needed]

In 2004, his fourth feature film The Taste of Tea won Best Feature Film at the Hawaii International Film Festival. In 2006, he co-directed the feature film Funky Forest with fellow Japanese film makers and old school friends Shunichiro Miki and ANIKI. He founded his own production company, Nice Rainbow, in October 2006.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL'95". yubarifanta.com. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^ Nice Rainbow website; accessed 20 June 2015.

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