Toshiki Satō

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Toshiki Satō
Born (1961-05-06) May 6, 1961 (age 53)
Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Film director and screenwriter
Years active 1989 – present

Toshiki Satō (サトウトシキ Satō Toshiki?, born May 6, 1961 in Fukushima Prefecture)[1] aka 佐藤としき, 佐藤俊喜, and 本藤新 is a Japanese film director and screenwriter best known for his pink films of the 1990s. Along with fellow directors, Takahisa Zeze, Kazuhiro Sano and Hisayasu Satō, he is known as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings of Pink" (ピンク四天王 pinku shitenno?).[2]

Life and career[edit]

Toshiki Satō was born in 1961 and graduated from Nikkatsu Arts School.[3] After graduation, Satō was scheduled to make his directorial debut in 1986 with the pink film studio, Million Film, but this project was canceled when the studio ceased production that year.[4] Satō worked as an AV (Adult Video) director for a few years, and made two films for Nikkatsu's post-Roman Porno subsidiary, Nikkatsu Video, in 1988.[4] His debut film was the unsuccessful 1989 pink film drama, The Beast.[3] AV idol Maya Asabuki starred in this film judged "light on drama, but heavy on sex scenes."[5]

Though he often collaborates, Satō usually writes or co-write his own scripts.[5] His films deal with the difficulties of relationships in modern society,[6] and his typical subject matter includes "pornographers, panty-sniffers, lesbians, and lusty murderers."[7] His films often end with the protagonist committing suicide in spectacular style.[8] The director's stylistic concerns began to show themselves in his second film, E-Cup Action Take Two: Rich and Ripe (1989).[8] Allmovie calls Latest Bathhouse Sex Technique: Palace of the Soapsud Princess (1990) an oddly moving film, and one of Satō's most erotic.[9]

Soaking Wet: Touching All Over the Body (1990), had an upbeat tone, somewhat atypical for Satō.[8] Actor Tōru Nakane was lauded by the mainstream critics for his performance in the film.[10] That's Hentatainment! Perverted Sex Document (1991) is an exploration of gender which could be interpreted as either a gay or a straight film, depending upon one's personal definitions of gender.[11] Satō followed this tale of transexualism with Abnormal Ecstasy, another, more psychological treatment of the same subject the same year.[7]

In 1995 Satō made the two-part mainstream Fighting Dragon Story, but continued in the pink film genre after that.[5] Atashi wa juice (1996), the second in a series of theatrical releases by Fujii TV, was a popular and profitable lesbian erotic film.[12]

Partial filmography[edit]

Release title[13] Satō's title Release date Studio
Beast
獣 けだもの
Kedamono
Woman of Dreams 1989-03-04 Burst Brain/Shintoho
E-Cup Real Action Take Two: Rich & Ripe
Eカップ本番 II 豊熱
E-Cup Honban II: Hojuku
Landscape with a Key 1989-04-29 Burst Brain/Shintoho
Mizue Tashiro's The Genuine Orgasm
田代水絵 ザ・本番アクメ おいしい水の作り方
Tashiro Mizue The Honban Acme
How to Make Good Tasting Water 1989-08-12 Burst Brain/Shintoho
Soaking Wet: Touching All Over the Body
ぐしょ濡れ全身愛撫 BODY TOUCH
Gushonorue: Zenshin Aibu
Forbidden Zone February 1990 Burst Brain/Shintoho
Latest Bathhouse Sex Technique: Palace of the Soapsud Princess
最新ソープテクニック2 泡姫御殿
Saishin Soap Technique: Awahime Goten
Yoshiwara District August 1990 Media Top/Shintoho
Extremely Wild Genuine Sex: Night of the Perverts
過激本番ショー 異常者たちの夜
Kageki Honban Sho: Ijosha-tachi no Yoru
Night of the Perverts December 1990 Outcast Produce/Shintoho
That's Hentatainment! Perverted Sex Document
ザッツ変態テインメント 異常SEX大全集
That's Hentatainment! Ijo Sex Daizenshi
Hobby 1991-04-27 Outcast Produce/Shintoho
Abnormal Ecstasy
アブノーマル・エクスタシー
Late Blooming 1991-11-02 Outcast Produce/Shintoho
Special Live Show: Sex Video
特別(生)企画 ザ・投稿ビデオ
Tokubetsu Nama Kikaku: Toko Video
The Home Sex Video 1992-06-06 Outcast Produce/Shintoho
Promiscuous Wife's Sexuality: Pleasure Hunting
不倫妻の性 快楽あさり
Furin-zuma no Sei: Kairaku-asari
Simple Story 1992-08-29 Outcast Produce/Shintoho
Molester's Commuter Train: Office Lady's Sexuality
痴漢通勤電車 OLたちの性
Chikan Tsukin Densha: OL-tachi no Sei
Sex * Conversation * Commuter Train 1993-04-02 Outcast Produce/Shintoho
Petting Lesbians: Sensitive Zone
ペッティング・レズ 性感帯
Petting Lez: Seikan-tai
Naomi 1993-10-01 Kokuei/Shintoho
Molester's Train Housewife: Madam is a Pervert
痴漢電車人妻篇 奥様は痴女
Chikan Densha Hitozuma-hen: Okusama wa Chijo
In Tandem[14] 1994-04-01 Outcast/Shintoho
Lots of Peeping: Hot Underpanties of a Lover
覗きがいっぱい 愛人の生下着
Nozoki ga Ippai: Aijin no Nama-shitagi
"Tomorrow Joe" is Alive 1994-07-01 Kokuei/Shintoho
Blissful Genuine Sex: Penetration!
悶絶本番 ぶちこむ!!
Monzetsu Honban: Buchikomu!
Like a Rolling Stone 1995-02-10 Kokuei/Shintoho
Fighting Dragon Story
闘龍伝
Toryu-den
1995-02-10 SHS Project
Fighting Dragon Story 2
闘龍伝2
Toryu-den 2
June 1995 SHS Project
Lunatic 1996-06-01 Excellent Film
Kawarasaki Family
河原崎家の一族
Kawarasaki-ke no Ichizoku
1996-06-07 Pink Pineapple
Adultery Diary: One More Time While I'm Still Wet
不倫日記 濡れたままもう一度
Furin nikki: nureta mama mō ichidō
1996-07-05 Kokuei / Shintōhō
I Am Juice
アタシはジュース
Atashi wa juice
1996-07-13 Fujii/Tohokushinsha Film
Apartment Wife: Moans from Next Door
団地妻 隣りのあえぎ
Danchi-zuma: tonari no aegi
2000-06-01 Kokuei / Shintōhō
Perfect Blue: Yume Nara Samete 2002-08-24
Cuffs / Lost Virgin
ロスト・ヴァージン やみつき援助交際
Tejyo
2002-09-27 Kokuei/Shintoho

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Satō, Toshiki. "第2回 『セルフプロデュース』: サトウ トシキ 「私のセルフ・プロデュース」 "Self-Production #2: Toshiki Satō, "My Self-Productions"" (in Japanese). Director's Guild of Japan. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  2. ^ Domenig, Roland (2002). "Vital flesh: the mysterious world of Pink Eiga". Archived from the original on 2004-11-18. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b Firsching, Robert. "Kedamono". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  4. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  5. ^ a b c Weisser, p.480.
  6. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Kageki Honban Sho: Ijosha-tachi No Yoru". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  7. ^ a b Firsching, Robert. "Abnormal Ecstasy". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  8. ^ a b c Firsching, Robert. "Gushonure: Zanshin Aibu". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  9. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Saishin Soap Technique: Awahime Goten". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  10. ^ Weisser, p.481.
  11. ^ Firsching, Robert. "That's Hentaitainment! Ijo Sex Daizenshu". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  12. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Atashi Wa Juice". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  13. ^ Filmography from Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). "Spotlight: Four Kings of Pink (Toshiki Sato)". Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 480–486. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. ; Toshiki Sato at the Internet Movie Database and "サトウトシキ (Satō Toshiki)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  14. ^ For a review as Tandem (1994) see: Grossman, Andrew (April 2002). "The Japanese Pink Film: Tandem, the Bedroom, and The Dream of Garuda". brightlightsfilm.com. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 

Sources[edit]

Awards and achievements
Pink Grand Prix
Preceded by
Kazuhiro Sano
Pink Grand Prix for Best Director
Toshiki Satō

1993
Succeeded by
Toshiya Ueno