Takeru Satoh

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Takeru Satoh
Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto InfernoThe Legend Ends, Red Carpet Premiere Takeru Sato.jpg
Satoh at a film premiere in June 2014
Native name 佐藤 健
Born (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 26)
Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Website
satohtakeru.com

Takeru Satoh (佐藤 健 Satō Takeru?, born 21 March 1989) is a Japanese actor. He is best known for his leading role as Ryotaro Nogami in the Kamen Rider Den-O franchise, and as Himura Kenshin in the Rurouni Kenshin live-adaptation film and its sequels.

Career[edit]

Satoh was scouted by an agent from Amuse, Inc. in Harajuku in Tokyo when he was in senior high school,[1] and made his debut in 2006.[2] His first drama was Princess Princess D (TV Asahi) where he played the role of Toru Kouno. In 2007, he guest-starred in Shinigami no Ballad (Kentarō Ishihara) and gained popularity in the seventeenth installment of the Kamen Rider series as Ryotaro Nogami. Satoh attributes the popularity of Den-O to its comedic timing.[3]

Following the success and popularity of Kamen Rider Den-O and a further two films, in spring 2008, Satoh starred in the award-winning TBS drama Rookies as Yuya Okada. Okada belongs to a group of delinquents in a baseball club who are suspended from playing due to a previous violent match. Under their new teacher's guidance, the wayward club members rediscover their dream of going to the Koshien high school baseball tournament. Satoh considers his role in Rookies to be his breakout role even though he only played a minor supporting role.[4] This was due to the fact that Rookies reached a much larger audience than any of his previous works as the drama was shown on prime time television. Satoh also featured in the special episode of Rookies and starred in the live-action in the summer of 2009.

Satoh reprised his role as Ryotaro (Den-O) in the third film of Kamen Rider Den-O in October 2008. This was Satoh's last time playing Ryotaro. During the same month, he starred in the drama Bloody Monday, based on the manga with the same name. He played Otoya Kujo, the best friend of main protagonist Fujimaru Takagi, who is played by fellow Amuse member and real life good friend Haruma Miura.[5]

In early 2009, Satoh starred in Mei-chan no Shitsuji as Kento Shibata. His character decides to enroll in a butler school so that he can stay close to childhood friend Mei Shinonome, who attends St. Lucia Girls' Academy, where all the students have butlers. His role in this drama is a firm favorite with fans. He starred in the film Goemon in summer 2009, and also guest-starred on TV shows, Mr. Brain, True Horror Stories and MW Dai-0-sho. In 2010, he played Okada Izō in his first Taiga drama Ryōmaden and had a major supporting role in the film Beck co-starring Hiro Mizushima and Osamu Mukai,[6] both of them being his co-stars from Mei-chan no Shitsuji. Following the release of the film, Satoh landed his first leading role on prime time television with teen drama Q10.

Takeru Satoh at Rurouni Kenshin press conference in Manila, Philippines, in August 2014

On 28 June 2011, he was confirmed to star as Himura Kenshin in the live action adaptation of the highly popular Rurouni Kenshin manga series.[7] Released in August 2012, the film grossed a total of 3.01 billion yen at the domestic box office.[8] Satoh made his stage debut as Romeo with the Japanese adaptation of Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet in May 2012.

His subsequent project Tonbi was a drama series based on a novel by Shigematsu Kiyoshi. He then starred in Real, a science fiction mystery movie directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, as well as The Liar and His Lover, a live-adaptation film based on the manga Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru.

In 2014, Satoh played the role of a rookie detective in Fuji TV's Bitter Blood.[9] He reprised the role of Kenshin in two sequel films of the Rurouni Kenshin live action franchise, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends, both of which were released in 2014.[10][11] He has completed filming the films Bakuman and If Cats Disappeared from the World (working title), with scheduled release dates in 2015 and 2016 respectively.[12][13]

He, alongside Rurouni Kenshin co-stars Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, and director Keishi Otomo was appointed as "Cultural Friendship Ambassador" to the Philippines by the Makati City council on 7 August 2014.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Satoh has a younger sister, his parents divorced when he was in middle school. He graduated from Koshigayakita High School, Saitama prefecture in 2007. [15] He celebrated his 20th birthday (a significant Coming of Age Day for Japanese youths) with a festival in Odaiba, called "Takeru Festival 2009". Fans gathered and watched montages of Satoh's previous and current works and even the commercial for Lotte's Fits mint. It also included a live chat between Satoh and an MC and ended with Satoh singing.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2006 Princess Princess D Toru Kono TV Asahi
2007 Shinigami no Ballad Kantarō Ichihara TV Tokyo Guest Star, Episodes 7 & 8
Kamen Rider Den-O Ryotaro Nogami TV Asahi [17]
2008 Rookies Yuuya Okada TBS [18]
Bloody Monday Otoya Kujo TBS [19]
2009 Mei-chan no Shitsuji Kento Shibata Fuji TV Butler's Apperantice, Younger brother [20]
Mr. Brain Masaru Nakagawa TBS Guest Star, Episodes 4 & 5 [21]
MW Chapter 0: Akuma no Game Takashi Morioka NTV [22]
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Fujisawa Shotaro Fuji TV Guest Star, Episode 5: Kao no Michi
2010 Ryōmaden Okada Izō NHK Assassin of the Bakumatsu Period
Bloody Monday 2 Otoya Kujo TBS [23]
Q10 Heita Fukai NTV [24]
2011 Fuyu no Sakura Hajime Inaba TBS [25]
Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai Agarie Yasuharu Fuji TV [26]
2013 Tonbi Ichikawa Akira TBS [27]
2014 Bitter Blood Sahara Natsuki Fuji TV [28]
2015 The Emperor's Cook Tokuzo Akiyama TBS [29]

Film[edit]

Year English title Role Details Ref.
2007 Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born! Ryotaro Nogami
  • Japanese title: 劇場版 仮面ライダー電王 俺、誕生!
  • Romaji: Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Den'ō Ore, Tanjō!
  • Studio: Toei Co. Ltd
2008 Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka
  • Japanese title: 劇場版 仮面ライダー電王&キバ クライマックス刑事(デカ
  • Romaji: Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Den'ō ando Kiba Kuraimakkusu Deka
  • Studio: Toei Co. Ltd
Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown
  • Japanese title: 劇場版 さらば仮面ライダー電王 ファイナル・カウントダウン
  • Romaji: Gekijōban Saraba Kamen Raidā Den'ō Fainaru Kauntodaun
  • Studio: Toei Co. Ltd
2009 Goemon Young Saizou Kirigakure
Rookies: Graduation Yuya Okada
  • Japanese title: ルーキーズ -卒業-
  • Romaji: Rookies -Sotsugyō-
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
[30]
2010 Trick The Movie: Psychic Battle Royale Shohei Nakamori
  • Japanese title: 劇場版TRICK 霊能力者バトルロイヤル
  • Romaji: Gekijoban Trick: Reinosha Battle Royale
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
Beck Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka
2012 Rurouni Kenshin Himura Kenshin
  • Japanese title: るろうに剣心
  • Romaji: Rurōni Kenshin
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
[31][32]
2013 Real Koichi Fujita
  • Japanese title: リアル〜完全なる首長竜の日
  • Romaji: Riaru Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryu no Hi
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
[33]
The Liar and His Lover Aki Ogasawara
  • Japanese Title: カノジョは嘘を愛しすぎてる
  • Romaji: Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru
  • Studio: Toho Co., Ltd.
[34]
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Himura Kenshin
  • Japanese Title: るろうに剣心 京都大火編
  • Romaji: Rurōni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
[32][35]
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends
  • Japanese Title: るろうに剣心 伝説の最期編
  • Romaji: Rurōni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
2015 Bakuman Moritaka Mashiro TBA [36]
Sekai kara Neko ga Kieta nara Postman, Devil TBA [37]

Promotion videos[edit]

  • Bahashishi, Oasis (オアシス)(2007)
  • Bahashishi, Yakusoku (約束)(2007)
  • Bahashishi, Kiseki (キセキ)(2008)
  • Mayday, Do You Ever Shine (2014)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Pre-go: Zero" (2007)
  • "Double-Action" (2007)
  • "Perfect-Action: Double-Action Complete Collection" (2007)
  • "Real-Action" (2007)
  • "Double-Action Wing form" (2008)

DVD[edit]

  • "My Color" (2008)
  • "HT"(HT 〜N.Y.の中心で、鍋をつつく〜) (2010)
  • "HT2"(赤道の真下で、鍋をつつく~) (2011)

Photobooks[edit]

  • Pre-go: Zero (2007)
  • Intently First Photobook (2008)
  • 400 Days Photo Album/Diary (2008)
  • Takeru Magazine/Takeru Magazine Plus (2008–)
  • Deep Breathing/「深呼吸。」 Second Photobook (2009)
  • So Far So Good! Takeru Satoh Profile 2007–2010 (2010)
  • Nouvelles (2011)
  • Alternative (2014)

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Notable Works Result Ref.
2009 60th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Mei-chan no Shitsuji Won
2011 2011 Elan D’or Award Rookie of the Year Won [38]
2012 Japan Action Awards 2012 Best Action Actor Rurouni Kenshin Won
2014 Hochi Film Award 2014 Best Actor The Liar and His Lover Nominated [39]
RK: Kyoto Inferno & The Legend Ends Nominated
2015 Japan Action Awards 2015 Best Action Scene Won [40]
Best Action Movie Won
Best Action Actor Won
9th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Nominated [41]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Corporate History". Amuse Inc. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "佐藤健、「仮面ライダー電王」人気の秘密は... - 芸能 - SANSPO.COM". Retrieved 2009-04-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ Takeru considers his role in Rookies his breakout role during chat with an MC in the Takeru Festival 2009 (2009-03-21). Retrieved on 2009-04-27.
  5. ^ "Bloody Monday". TBS. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Takeru Sato on the upcoming Beck live-action film. hochi.yomiuri.co.jp Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  7. ^ ""Rurouni Kenshin" to get film adaptation starring Satoh Takeru!". Tokyohive.com. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kenshin sequel heats up Japan box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  9. ^ ""Bitter Blood" between father-son detectives; a Tokyo take on "The Long Goodbye"; CM of the week: JT". The Japan Times. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Japanese Box Office: ‘Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends’ Rules". Variety. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "ANIME NEWS: Two-part sequel to live-action 'Rurouni Kenshin' gets premiere dates". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bakuman.". Toho. Toho. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Filmart 2015: Hot titles - Japan". Screen International. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "See the 'Kenshin'-themed jeepney, plus Takeru Satoh's 'Oro' moment". Rappler. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  15. ^ 裸にしたい男「佐藤健」 (Television production). Japan: [NHK]. 2012. 
  16. ^ "Takeru Satoh celebrates his 20th birthday with fans". 2009-03-21. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  17. ^ "Masked Rider Den-O". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Rookies". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Bloody Monday". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mei-chan no Shitsuji". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Mr Brain Episode 4". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "MW Chapter 0: Akuma no Game". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Bloody Monday". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  24. ^ Takeru Sato to star in “Q10″ drama. tokyograph.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
  25. ^ "Fuyu no Sakura". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Saigo no Kizuna". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  27. ^ Tonbi (Black Kite) takes Best Drama Series at the 2013 Asian Television Awards! www.tbs.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  28. ^ "Bitter Blood". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "TBSテレビ60周年特別企画 日曜劇場『天皇の料理番』". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  30. ^ Rookies (2009-Japan).asianwiki.com.
  31. ^ Rurouni Kenshin (live-action movie). Anime News Network.
  32. ^ a b Rurouni Kenshin live-action films official website.
  33. ^ Ayase Haruka and Sato Takeru's new movie "Real" poster + snippets. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  34. ^ "The Liar and His Lover". IMDb. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  35. ^ Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequels' Summer Compilation TV Spot Streamed. Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  36. ^ Kenshin's Takeru Satoh & Ryunosuke Kamiki Star in Live-Action Bakuman Film. Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  37. ^ Sato Takeru and Miyazaki Aoi to star in film adaptation of Kawamura Genki novel. YESASIA.com. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  38. ^ Elan D'or Award 2011 Winner Lists. asianwiki.com.
  39. ^ AMUSE in the nomination of Hochi Film Award 2014.
  40. ^ (Japanese) 2015年アクション界のトップが決まる!
  41. ^ Rurouni Kenshin, Parasyte, Tokyo Tribes Nominated for 9th Asian Film Awards. Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-02-25.

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