Tadao Sato

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Tadao Sato
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Born(1930-10-06)6 October 1930
Died17 March 2022(2022-03-17) (aged 91)
OccupationFilm critic
EmployerJapanese National Railways
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation
Japan Institute of the Moving Image
AwardsLegion of Honour

Tadao Satō (佐藤 忠男, Satō Tadao, 6 October 1930 – 17 March 2022) was a Japanese film critic, theorist and historian. His real name was Tadao Iiri (飯利 忠男, Iiri Tadao).


Born in Niigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, He published more than a hundred books on film, and was one of Japan's foremost scholars and historians addressing film. He was recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on Japanese cinema specifically, although little of his work had been translated for publication abroad.[1] He also wrote books on Chinese,[b 1] Korean,[b 2] American[b 3] and European[b 4] films.

The international awareness of Sato's scholarship can be attributed to a collection of selected essays, Currents In Japanese Cinema, published internationally in English translation in 1982. His Kenji Mizoguchi and the Art of Japanese Cinema was published in Japanese in 1982 and translated in 2008.[b 5] Sato has also frequently appeared as a primary source in the writing of other Japanese film historians, notably Donald Richie[2] and Joan Mellen.[3]

He was the president of the Japan Institute of the Moving Image.


  1. ^ Satō, Tadao. Chūgoku-eiga no 100-nen [100 Years of Chinese Cinema].
  2. ^ Satō, Tadao (24 February 2000). Kankoku-eiga no Seishin: Im Kwon-taek to sono Jidai [The Psyche of Korean Cinema: Im Kwon-taek and his Era]. ISBN 4000028421.
  3. ^ Satō, Tadao (1971). Amerika-eiga [American Cinema]. ISBN 4476031315.
  4. ^ Satō, Tadao (1992). Yōroppa-eiga [European Cinema]. ISBN 4476031730.
  5. ^ Sato, Tadao, (trans. Brij Tankha) Kenji Mizoguchi and the Art of Japanese cinema, Oxford ; New York, NY : Berg, 2008. ISBN 1-84788-230-7.


  1. ^ Sato, Tadao (trans. Gregory Barret). Currents In Japanese Cinema, Tokyo: Kodansha. 1982. ISBN 0-87011-815-3.
  2. ^ Richie, Donald. A Hundred Years Of Japanese Cinema, pp. 27, 29, 72, 80-81, 125, Tokyo: Kodansha. 2001. ISBN 4-7700-2995-0.
  3. ^ Mellen, Joan. The Waves At Genji's Door, pp. 304, New York: Pantheon. 1975. ISBN 0-394-49799-6.