Takeru Satoh

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Takeru Satoh
Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto InfernoThe Legend Ends, Red Carpet Premiere Takeru Sato.jpg
Satoh at the premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno in June 2014
Native name
佐藤 健
Born (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29)[1]
Years active2006–present
AgentAmuse, Inc.
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

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 live-action Rurouni Kenshin film and its sequels.

Early and personal life[edit]

Satoh was born on 21 March 1989 in Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama. He has a younger sister; his parents divorced when he was in middle school. He briefly worked as a child actor for 3 or 4 years, appearing in commercials and magazine photo shoots. After entered higher grades in elementary school, he decided not to continue as a child actor due to a "shy personality".[2] He graduated from Koshigaya Kita High School, Saitama in 2007.[3] In the same year, while shooting Kamen Rider Den-O, he was diagnosed with spontaneous Pneumothorax after complaining about pain in the left chest, and has since recovered.[4] He celebrated his 20th birthday (a significant Coming of Age Day for Japanese youths) with a festival in Odaiba in Tokyo, called "Takeru Festival 2009".[5]


2006-2008: Early career[edit]

Satoh was scouted by an agent from Amuse, Inc. in Harajuku in Tokyo when he was in senior high school,[6] and made his debut in 2006.[7] 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.[8]

2009-2011: Breakthrough[edit]

Following the success and popularity of Kamen Rider Den-O and its two further cinematic releases, in the spring of 2008, Satoh starred in the award-winning TBS drama Rookies as Yuya Okada, one member of a high school baseball club consisting of a group of delinquents. Satoh considers his role in Rookies to be his breakout role even though he only played a minor supporting role,[9] as Rookies was shown on prime time television and able to reach a much larger audience than any of his previous works. Satoh also 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. He also 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.[10]

In the following two years, Satoh starred or guest-starred in TV shows such as Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Mr. Brain, True Horror Stories and MW Dai-0-sho, and in films such as Goemon and Beck.[11] In 2010, he played Okada Izō in his first Taiga drama Ryōmaden, and landed his first leading role on prime time television with teen drama Q10.

On 28 June 2011, he was confirmed to star as Himura Kenshin in a live action film adaptation of the manga series Rurouni Kenshin.[12]

2012—present: Rurouni Kenshin, its movie sequels and career expansion[edit]

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

Released in August 2012, the film grossed a total of 3.01 billion yen at the domestic box office.[13] Satoh made his stage debut as Romeo in 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.[14] He reprised the role of Himura Kenshin in two sequel films of Rurouni Kenshin live action franchise, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends, both of which were released in 2014.[15][16] Rurouni Kenshin manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki praised Satoh's performance and called him the ideal actor to portray Kenshin.[17] 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.[18]

Riding upon his movie success, he made his TV return with the acclaimed TBS series The Emperor's Cook in early 2015.[19][20] He followed up with 3 Toho Corporation films in 2015 and 2016 including the manga live adaptation Bakuman and light novel adaptation If Cats Disappeared from the World, as well as Somebody.[21][22] His role in the 2017 film The 8-Year Engagement earned him a nomination for best actor at the 41st Japan Academy Prize. In 2018, He starred in two award-winning television series: NHK Asadora Hanbun, Aoi and TBS series Blues of Stepmother and Daughter. In the same year he reprised the role of Ryotaro Nogami in the last Kamen Rider movie of the Heisei period.



Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s)
2007 Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born! Ryotaro Nogami Takao Nagaishi Lead [23]
2008 Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka Osamu Kaneda Lead [23]
Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown Special appearance [23]
2009 Goemon Young Saizou Kirigakure Kazuaki Kiriya [23]
Rookies: Graduation Yuya Okada Yūichirō Hirakawa [23]
2010 Trick The Movie: Psychic Battle Royale Shohei Nakamori Yukihiko Tsutsumi [23]
Beck Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka [23]
2012 Rurouni Kenshin Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead [24]
2013 Real Koichi Fujita Kiyoshi Kurosawa Lead [25]
The Liar and His Lover Aki Ogasawara Norihiro Koizumi Lead [26][27]
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead [24][28]
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends
2015 Bakuman Moritaka Mashiro Hitoshi Ōne Lead [29]
2016 If Cats Disappeared from the World Postman / Devil Akira Nagai Lead [30]
Somebody Takuto Ninomiya Daisuke Miura Lead [31]
2017 Ajin: Demi-Human Kei Nagai Katsuyuki Motohiro Lead [32]
The 8-Year Engagement Hisashi Takahisa Zeze Lead [33]
2018 Inuyashiki Hiro Shishigami Shinsuke Sato [34]
Hardcore Sakon Gondō Nobuhiro Yamashita [35]
Million Dollar Man Kazuo Keishi Ōtomo Lead [36]
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever Ryotaro Nogami Kyōhei Yamaguchi [37]
2019 Samurai Marathon 1855 Karasawa Jin'nai Bernard Rose Lead [38]


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2006 Princess Princess D Toru Kono TV Asahi [39]
2007 Shinigami no Ballad Kantarō Ichihara TV Tokyo Guest Star, Episodes 7 & 8 [39]
Kamen Rider Den-O Ryotaro Nogami TV Asahi Lead [40]
2008 Rookies Yuuya Okada TBS [41]
Bloody Monday Otoya Kujo TBS [42]
2009 Mei-chan no Shitsuji Kento Shibata Fuji TV [43]
Mr. Brain Masaru Nakagawa TBS Guest Star, Episodes 4 & 5 [44]
MW Chapter 0: Akuma no Game Takashi Morioka NTV Lead [45]
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Fujisawa Shotaro Fuji TV Guest Star, Episode 5: Kao no Michi [39]
2010 Ryōmaden Okada Izō NHK Taiga drama [39]
Bloody Monday 2 Otoya Kujo TBS [46]
Q10 Heita Fukai NTV Lead [47]
2011 Fuyu no Sakura Hajime Inaba TBS [48]
Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai Agarie Yasuharu Fuji TV Lead [49]
2013 Tonbi Ichikawa Akira TBS [50]
2013 The Liar and his Lover: Side Story Aki Ogasawara Fuji TV [51]
2014 Bitter Blood Natsuki Sahara Fuji TV Lead [52]
2015 The Emperor's Cook Tokuzo Akiyama TBS Lead [53]
2018 Hanbun, Aoi Ritsu Hagio NHK Asadora [54]
Blues of Stepmother and Daughter Akira Mugita TBS [55]

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) [56]

Stage performances[edit]



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


  • "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)


  • 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)
  • Rocka Nibunnoichi 1/2 Vol. 1, 2, and 3 (2013)
  • Rurouni Kenshin (2014)
  • Alternative (2014)

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Notable Works Result Ref.
2009 60th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Mei-chan no Shitsuji Won [58]
2010 20th Japan Movie Critics Award Best Male Newcomer Beck Won [59]
2011 35th Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Himself Won [60]
2012 Japan Action Awards 2012 Best Action Actor Rurouni Kenshin Won [61]
2013 76th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Tonbi Nominated [62]
2014 Hochi Film Award 2014 Best Actor The Liar and His Lover Nominated [63]
RK: Kyoto Inferno & The Legend Ends Nominated
2015 Japan Action Awards 2015 Best Action Scene Won [64]
Best Action Actor Won
9th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Nominated [65]
85th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor The Emperor's Cook Won [66]
8th International Drama Festival in Tokyo Best Actor Won [67]
2016 24th Hashida Award Best Actor Won [68]
42nd Broadcasting Culture Fund Award Individual Acting Award Won [69]
2018 41st Japan Academy Prize Best Actor The 8-Year Engagement Nominated [70]
Japan Action Awards 2018 Best Action Actor Ajin: Demi-Human Won [71]
98th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Hanbun, Aoi Won [72]
13th CONFiDENCE Award Drama Prize Best Supporting Actor Hanbun, Aoi, Blues of Stepmother and Daughter Won [73]
2019 CONFiDENCE Award Drama Prize 2018 Annual Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [74]


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