Japanese film director known directing the 1951 film Carmen Comes Home, the first full color feature made in Japan. He directed 49 films during his lifetime.
He began working as a photographer and was eventually promoted to assistant director.
In 1984, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for his work in Japanese film.
He was born in Hamamatsu, where his parents ran a grocery store.
In 1943, he beat fellow director Akira Kurosawa to win the New Director Award.