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Tomotaka Tasaka

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Nationality  Japanese
Died  October 17, 1974
Role  Film director

Name  Tomotaka Tasaka
Occupation  Film director
Siblings  Katsuhiko Tasaka

Born  April 14, 1902 (1902-04-14) Hiroshima Prefecture
Spouse  Hisako Takihana (m. 1931–1974)
Movies  The Baby Carriage, A Pay by the Wayside
Similar People  Isamu Kosugi, Izumi Ashikawa, Hisako Takihana, Mie Kitahara, Yoshiko Sakuma

Tomotaka Tasaka (田坂 具隆, Tasaka Tomotaka, 14 April 1902 – 17 October 1974) was a Japanese film 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. His war film, Five Scouts, was screened in the competition at the 6th Venice International Film Festival.

Tasaka was a victim of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and spent many years recovering. 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.

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

Selected filmography

  • Five Scouts (五人の斥候兵, Gonin no sekkōhei) (1938)
  • Robō no ishi (路傍の石) (1938)
  • Mud and Soldiers (土と兵隊, Tsuchi to heitai) (1939)
  • The Baby Carriage (乳母車, Ubaguruma) (1956)
  • This Day's Life (今日のいのち Kyō no inochi) (1957)
  • A Slope in the Sun (陽のあたる坂道, Hi no ataru sakamichi) (1958)
  • Lake of Tears (湖の琴, Mizuumi no Kin) (1966)
  • References

    Tomotaka Tasaka Wikipedia