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Tomotaka Tasaka (田坂 具隆, Tasaka Tomotaka, 14 April 1902 – 17 October 1974) was a Japanese film director.

Tasaka Tomotaka
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Born(1902-04-14)14 April 1902
Died17 October 1974(1974-10-17) (aged 72)
OccupationFilm director



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.[1] His war film, Five Scouts, was screened in the competition at the 6th Venice International Film Festival.[2]

Tasaka was a victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and spent many years recovering.[1] 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.[3]

His brother, Katsuhiko Tasaka, was also a film director, and his wife, Hisako Takihana, was an actress.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "Tasaka Tomotaka". Nihon jinmei daijiten + Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Venice Film Festival (1938)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Burū Ribon shō historī 1958" (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2010.

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