Tadao Sato, one of Japan's leading film critics and a leader in Japanese film criticism, including raising many young filmmakers, died of gallbladder cancer on the 17th of this month.

He was 91 years old.

Tadao Sato is from Niigata prefecture, and after graduating from high school, he posted movie criticisms one after another in magazines and attracted attention. I started the activity.

Known for his abundant experience in watching movies and objective analysis based on his knowledge, he published numerous books including criticisms by directors Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa. He published "History of Japanese Film", which summarizes the history over 20 years, and received high praise.

He also actively fostered younger generations, and in 1996 he became the principal of the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, a film vocational school that was the predecessor of the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. rice field.

For these achievements, he received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1996 and was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit in 2019.

According to the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, where Mr. Sato is the Honorary President, Mr. Sato died on the 17th of this month at the age of 91 due to gallbladder cancer.