|Born||15 August 1959|
Shizuoka City, Japan
|Years active||1985 – present|
Hisayasu Satō, sometimes misread as Toshiyasu Satō, (佐藤 寿保 Satō Hisayasu, born 15 August 1959 in Shizuoka City, Japan) is a Japanese exploitation film director. He has worked prolifically in the pinku eiga genre. His best known works are the pink film The Bedroom (1992), and the V-Cinema splatter film Splatter: Naked Blood (1996). He is known for his "sledgehammer" filmmaking style, and using his exploitation career to tackle serious subjects like obsession, alienation, perversion and voyeurism. He is often likened to Canadian director David Cronenberg due to his unflinching eye for Body Horror. Along with fellow directors, Kazuhiro Sano, Toshiki Satō and Takahisa Zeze, he is known as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings of Pink" (ピンク四天王 pinku shitenno).
Life and career
Satō is a very prolific director, having directed about two dozen films in 1998 and 1999. To date, he has directed more than fifty films dealing with eroticism, sadism, and horror among the lower classes of Japan. He is famous for his "guerilla shooting technique" in which his actors appear on location in public and incorporate unknowing bystanders into the film. One notorious example of this technique can be seen in Widow's Perverted Hell (1991) in which the lead actress, nude and bound in S&M gear, appears in a busy downtown location and begs confused passers-by to help her masturbate. Allmovie comments, "Like Divine's memorable strut through the streets of Baltimore in Pink Flamingos, this scene was shot guerrilla-style, with no planning, and some of the reactions from unsuspecting pedestrians are priceless. Intended as a dark meditation on the unhinging effects of grief, the mondo aspects of its climactic scene makes the rather lackluster Mibojin Hentai Jigoku worth seeing."
Satō's 1987 Temptation of the Mask was important for several reasons. One of the first gay films produced by a major pink film director, the film also brought together three members of the shitenno for the first time. Takahisa Zeze worked as Satō's assistant director for the film, and through him began hiring future-director Kazuhiro Sano as an actor in his films. Zeze later recalled, "I remember once there was a gay pink film, and Satō wanted to use Sano, so I was the go-between and negotiated with him to appear in it. That's how we all started working together."
Satō's second gay-themed film was Muscle aka Mad Ballroom Gala (1988), a tribute to director Pier Paolo Pasolini. For this film, Satō was awarded the grand prize at the Berlin Gay and Lesbian Festival in 1993. From this and later films like Hunters' Sense of Touch (1995), Satō has gained a reputation as one of the few directors who can competently alternate between gay and heterosexual-themed pink films.
Satō's 1990 film, Horse and Woman and Dog, another film featuring Kazuhiro Sano, became a success due to its scandalous scenes involving bestiality between the three characters in the film's title. Another controversial, but highly regarded film from Satō is Promiscuous Wife: Disgraceful Torture (1992), for which the director hired the Paris cannibal, Issei Sagawa (aka Kazumasa Sagawa) to appear in a cameo role.
Famed for the offensiveness of his films, Lolita: Vibrator Torture (1987), dealing with a homeless man who rapes and murders women, is often singled out as Satō's most repulsive film. In his later works, Satō has collaborated with the female pink film writer, Kyoko Godai. While the violence in his films has sometimes been less extreme since this collaboration, the Weissers, in their Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films call Godai and Satō's work on Uniform Punishment: Square Peg in Round Hole! (1991) "Perhaps the most mean-spirited satire on film.". The film deals with a religious cult who worships a maniacal young woman who spends her nights hunting the city for people to rape and kill with the help of a male slave. Allmovie judges the film a "perversely entertaining jet-black satire" and a "dark but highly watchable softcore effort."
Yoshiyuki Hayashida, editor of P*G magazine—currently the leading journal on pink film—and founder of the Pink Grand Prix, became a fan of Satō's work and wrote a script using many of Satō's major themes. Satō filmed the script as Uniform Masturbation: Virgin's Underpanties (1992). Though Satō's style seems to have softened somewhat as the 1990s progressed, he was still capable of producing such works as Splatter: Naked Blood (1996), which, Allmovie warns, "contains one of the most appalling scenes in Japanese horror, with a young woman mutilating and eating her own body."
|Release title||Satō's title||Release date||Studio|
|Mad Love! Lolita Poaching
Gekiai! Lolita Mitsuro
|Distorted Sense of Touch||February, 1985||Shishi|
|Sex Virgin Unit: Party of Beasts
Sex Otome-tai: Kemonotachi no Utage
|Zero Flight||June 1985||Shishi|
|Office Lady Rape: Disgrace!
OL Boko: Yogosu!
|Save the Last Dance for Me||July 1986||Shintōhō Eiga/Kokuei|
|Uniform Virgin: The Prey
Seifuku Shojo: The Ejiki
|Exciting Eros: Hot Skin
Exciting Ero: Atsui Hada
|Gimme Shelter||October 1986||Shishi|
|Water's High||April 1987||Shishi|
|Lolita: Vibrator Torture
|Pleasure Kill||October 1987||Shishi|
|Temptation of the Mask
Kamen no Yuwaku
|Temptation of the Mask||December 1987||Shishi|
|Hard Focus: Eavesdrop
Hard Focus: Nusumi-giki
|Survey Map of a Paradise Lost||1988-03-09||Kokuei|
|Abnormal: Ugly Abuse
|Pervert Ward: Torturing the White Uniform
Hentai Byoto: Hakui-zeme
|Love Letter in the Sand||1988-10-15||Kokuei|
|Radical Hysteria Tour||1988-12-23||Shishi|
|Mad Ballroom Gala
|Asti: Lunar Eclipse Theater||March 1989||Shishi|
|Rape Between Sisters: Penetration!
Shimai Renzoku Rape: Eguru!
|Welcome to the Illusion||1989-03-04||Shishi|
|Bondage Ecstasy||May 1989||ENK Productions|
|Pervert Ward: S&M Clinic
Hentai Byoto: SM Shinryo-shitsu
|Fuga Music for Alpha and Beta||1989-09-02||Kokuei|
|Beauty Reporter: Rape Broadcast
Bijin Reporter: Boko Nama-chukei
|Naked Action: College Girl Rape Edition
Hanra Honban: Joshidaisei Boko-hen
|Psychic Rose||January 1990||Media Top/Shintōhō Eiga|
|Serial Rape: Perverted Experiment
Renzoku Rape: Hentai Jikken
|Rapist with Handcuffs: Defile!
Tejo Boko-ma: Itaburu!
|Interlocking Locks||May 1990||Shishi|
|Horse and Woman and Dog
Uma to Onna to Inu
|Poaching by the Water||May 1990||Media Top/Shintōhō Eiga|
|Office Lady Rape: Devouring the Giant Tits
OL Renzoku Rape: Kyonyu Musaboru
|Special Lesson: Perverted Sex Education
Special Lesson: Hentai Sei-kyoiku
|The Gods Have a Nervous Breakdown||September 1990||Kokuei|
|Hidden Video Maniac: Uniform Hunting
Seifuku Nusumi-dori-ma: Gekisha Naburu
|Naked City||December 1990||Shishi|
|Lesbian Rape: Sweet Honey Juice
Lesbian Rape: Amai Mitsujiru
|Silencer Made of Glass||1991-02-02||Shishi|
|Uniform Punishment: Square Peg in Roung Hole!
Seifuku Lynch: Nejirikome!
|Just an Illusion||1991-03-01||Shishi|
|Widow's Perverted Hell
Mibojin Hentai Jigoku
|Look Into Me||1991-04-26||Shishi|
|Hidden Video Report: Dark Shot!
Nusumidori Report: Insha!
|Turtle Vision||1991-07-20||Shintōhō Eiga|
|New Wife's Private Parts: Caress
Nizuma Kahanshin: Washizukami
|Lady of the Stable
Umagoya no Reijo
|Real Action: Vibrator Punishment
Honban: Vibe Sekken
|Symbol of Release||1992-01-24||Shishi|
|Housewife Punishment: Triple Torture
Hitozuma Gomon: Sandan-zeme
|Labyrinth of Primary Colors||1992-07-31||Shishi|
|Promiscuous Wife: Disgraceful Torture
|An Aria on Gazes||1992-09-12||Kokuei|
|Uniform Masturbation: Virgin's Underpanties
Seifuku Onanie: Shojo no Shitagi
|Close Dancing||1992-10-10||Shintōhō Eiga|
|S&M Group Wax Torture
SM Shudan Ro-zeme
|Wife in Mourning: Pubic-Shaved Rope Slave
Mofuku-zuma: Teimō Nawa-dorei
|Real Time Tapping Report: Pillow Talk
Nama Tocho Report: Chiwa
|Kyrie Eleison||1993-03-05||Shintōhō Eiga|
|Pleasure Masturbation: New Wife Version
Kaikan Onanie: Niizuma-hen
|Real Action: Drink Up
Nama Honban: Nomihosu!
|Angel in the Dark||1993-08-13||Shishi|
|Molester's Train: Nasty Behavior
Chikan Densha: Iyarashii Kōi
|Wife's Perverted Beauty Salon
Hitozuma Hentai Biyoshitsu
|Molester and the Peeper: Gynecology Ward
Chikan to Nozoki: Fujin-ka Byoto
|Young Wife: Opening Juicy Thighs
|Filthy Wife: Wet
Iyarashii Hitozuma: Nureru
|Love - 0 = Infinity||1994||Kokuei|
|Wife in Heat: While Husband is Away
Sukebe-zuma: Otto no Rusu ni
|Hunters' Sense of Touch
Karyudo-tachi no Shokkaku
|Hunters' Sense of Touch||1995-05-02||ENK Productions|
|In the Thicket / New Rashomon
Yabu no Naka
|Splatter: Naked Blood
Megyaku: Naked Blood
|Night of the Anatomical Doll
Jintai-mokei no Yoru
|1996-11-08||Excellent Film/Toei Video|
|Meet Me in the Dream: Wonderland
Yume de Aimasho: Wonderland
|Scent of a Married Woman
Hitozuma no Nedan: Nioutatsu Yokujou
|Rampo Noir (segment: The Caterpillar)
|Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano
Namae no nai Onnatachi
|2010-04-09||There's Enterprise Inc.|
|Hana-Dama: The Origin
|The Eye's Dream
Gankyu no yume
|2016-01-07||Arrete Ton Cinema|
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