Kei Satō

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Kei Satō
Native name 佐藤 慶
Born Keinosuke Satō
(1928-12-21)December 21, 1928
Aizu, Japan
Died May 2, 2010(2010-05-02) (aged 81)
Setagaya, Tokyo
Occupation Actor
Years active 1952–2010

Kei Satō (佐藤 慶, Satō Kei) was a Japanese character actor and narrator. He was born in Aizu. He is known for his work with Japanese New Wave director Nagisa Oshima,[1][2] and for several films with Kaneto Shindo, such as Onibaba and Kuroneko. He won the best actor award from Kinema Junpo for the films The Ceremony and Nihon no akuryō.[3] He also worked as a narrator for many documentaries, both on television and film.

In his early days as an actor, before his success in The Human Condition, he supported himself by producing gariban hand-written mimeographs, and he maintained his interest in hand-printing to the end of his life.[4]

In 1981 he appeared in the film Daydream performing an unsimulated sex scene with actress Kyoko Aizome. The involvement of a mainstream actor in a hardcore film made good press coverage and brought audiences to the theater "in droves".[5]



Date Title Role Notes
1959 The Human Condition Shinjo in The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
1960 Cruel Story of Youth Akira Matsuko
The Sun's Burial Sakaguchi
Night and Fog in Japan Sakamaki
1962 Harakiri Masakatsu Fukushima
Ningen Hachizo
1963 Bushido, Samurai Saga
Brave Records of the Sanada Clan
1964 Onibaba Hachi
Kwaidan Ghost samurai in the "In a Cup of Tea" (Chawan no naka) section
1965 Akumyo Nobori Endo
Samurai Spy Takanosuke Nojiri, lieutenant
Pleasures of the Flesh Police inspector
1966 Violence at Noon Eisuke Oyamada
The Sword of Doom Kamo Serizawa [6]
Zatoichi's Vengeance Boss Gonzo
1967 Band of Ninja Sakagami Shuzen (voice)
Japanese Summer: Double Suicide Otoko
1968 Death by Hanging Prison warden
Kuroneko Raiko
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief Actor Kei Satō
Three Resurrected Drunkards Y Chong-iru - I Chong-il
Hymn to a Tired Man Suzuki
1971 The Ceremony Sakurada Kazuomi
1973 Zatoichi's Conspiracy Magistrate
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare Shobei Hamajima
1976 Yakuza Graveyard
1978 Satsujin Yugi
Empire of Passion (uncredited)
1979 The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf Shimizu
The Man Who Stole the Sun Dr. Ichikawa
1981 Daydream Dentist
Imperial Navy Shigenori Kami
1984 Godzilla 1985 Chief Editor Gondo
1999 Spellbound Takashi Hisayama
2005 The Whispering of the Gods Father Togawa
2009 Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler Kazutaka Hyōdō



  1. ^ Stephens, Chuck. "Kei Sato 1928–2010". Criterion Collection. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Actor Kei Sato dies at 81". TokyoGraph. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Satō Kei". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Goto, Takuya. "Haiyu Sato Kei Binkon Jidai, Gariban To No Hibi" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Sharp, Jasper (20 March 2001). "Review of Daydream (1981)". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3. 

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