Hisayasu Satō

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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.[1] He is often likened to Canadian director David Cronenberg[2] 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).[3]

Hisayasu Satō
Born (1959-08-15) 15 August 1959 (age 60)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1985 – present

Life and careerEdit

Satō is a very prolific director, having directed about two dozen films in 1998 and 1999.[4] To date, he has directed more than fifty films dealing with eroticism, sadism, and horror among the lower classes of Japan.[5] He is famous for his "guerilla shooting technique" in which his actors appear on location in public and incorporate unknowing bystanders into the film.[1] 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.[6] 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."[7]

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."[8]

Satō's second gay-themed film was Muscle aka Mad Ballroom Gala (1988),[9] a tribute to director Pier Paolo Pasolini.[10] For this film, Satō was awarded the grand prize at the Berlin Gay and Lesbian Festival in 1993.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14][15]

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.[16][17] 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,[1] 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.".[6] 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."[18]

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).[19] 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),[9] which, Allmovie warns, "contains one of the most appalling scenes in Japanese horror, with a young woman mutilating and eating her own body."[20]

Partial filmographyEdit

Release title[21] Satō's title Release date Studio
Mad Love! Lolita Poaching
Gekiai! Lolita Mitsuro
Distorted Sense of Touch February, 1985 Shishi
Toei Central
Sex Virgin Unit: Party of Beasts
SEX乙女隊 獣たちの宴
Sex Otome-tai: Kemonotachi no Utage
Zero Flight June 1985 Shishi
Toei Central
Wife Collector
Hitozume Collector
Decaying Town 1985-09-28 Shishi
Toei Central
Office Lady Rape: Disgrace!
OL Boko: Yogosu!
Save the Last Dance for Me July 1986 Shintōhō Eiga/Kokuei
Uniform Virgin: The Prey
制服処女 ザ・えじき
Seifuku Shojo: The Ejiki
Explosion... 1986-08-09 Nikkatsu
Exciting Eros: Hot Skin
エキサイティング・エロ 熱い肌
Exciting Ero: Atsui Hada
Gimme Shelter October 1986 Shishi
Million Film
Rape Climax!
Boko Climax
Water's High April 1987 Shishi
Shintōhō Eiga
Lolita: Vibrator Torture
Lolita Vibe-Zeme
Secret Garden 1987-09-19 Shishi
Genuine Rape
Boko Honban
Pleasure Kill October 1987 Shishi
Shintōhō Eiga
Temptation of the Mask
Kamen no Yuwaku
Temptation of the Mask December 1987 Shishi
ENK Production
Hard Focus: Eavesdrop
ハードフォーカス 盗聴<ぬすみぎき>
Hard Focus: Nusumi-giki
Survey Map of a Paradise Lost 1988-03-09 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Abnormal: Ugly Abuse
アブノーマル 陰虐
Abnormal: Ingyaku
Rewind July 1988 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Pervert Ward: Torturing the White Uniform
変態病棟 白衣責め
Hentai Byoto: Hakui-zeme
Love Letter in the Sand 1988-10-15 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Lolita Disgrace
Lolita Chijoku
Radical Hysteria Tour 1988-12-23 Shishi
Mad Ballroom Gala
Kurutta Butokai
Asti: Lunar Eclipse Theater March 1989 Shishi
Rape Between Sisters: Penetration!
姉妹連続レイプ えぐる!
Shimai Renzoku Rape: Eguru!
Welcome to the Illusion 1989-03-04 Shishi
Ecstasy Game
Tosui Yugi
Bondage Ecstasy May 1989 ENK Productions
Pervert Ward: S&M Clinic
変態病棟 SM診療室
Hentai Byoto: SM Shinryo-shitsu
Fuga Music for Alpha and Beta 1989-09-02 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Beauty Reporter: Rape Broadcast
美人レポーター 暴行生中継
Bijin Reporter: Boko Nama-chukei
Love Obsession 1989-10-07 Shishi
Shintōhō Eiga
Naked Action: College Girl Rape Edition
半裸本番 女子大生暴行篇
Hanra Honban: Joshidaisei Boko-hen
Psychic Rose January 1990 Media Top/Shintōhō Eiga
Serial Rape: Perverted Experiment
連続レイプ 変態実験
Renzoku Rape: Hentai Jikken
Ki*Ra*Ra February 1990 Shishi
Rapist with Handcuffs: Defile!
手錠暴行魔 いたぶる!
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連続レイプ 巨乳むさぼる
OL Renzoku Rape: Kyonyu Musaboru
Slush September 1990 Shishi
Special Lesson: Perverted Sex Education
スペシャルレッスン 変態性教育
Special Lesson: Hentai Sei-kyoiku
The Gods Have a Nervous Breakdown September 1990 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Hidden Video Maniac: Uniform Hunting
制服盗聴魔 激射・なぶる!
Seifuku Nusumi-dori-ma: Gekisha Naburu
Naked City December 1990 Shishi
Lesbian Rape: Sweet Honey Juice
レズビアンレイプ 甘い蜜汁
Lesbian Rape: Amai Mitsujiru
Silencer Made of Glass 1991-02-02 Shishi
Shintōhō Eiga
Uniform Punishment: Square Peg in Roung Hole!
制服私刑 ねじり込め!
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!
盗撮レポート 陰写!
Nusumidori Report: Insha!
Turtle Vision 1991-07-20 Shintōhō Eiga
New Wife's Private Parts: Caress
新妻下半身 わしづかみ
Nizuma Kahanshin: Washizukami
Doll 1991-11-22 Shishi
Lady of the Stable
Umagoya no Reijo
Wave 1991-12-21 Shintōhō Eiga
Real Action: Vibrator Punishment
本番バイブ 折檻
Honban: Vibe Sekken
Symbol of Release 1992-01-24 Shishi
Housewife Punishment: Triple Torture
人間拷問 三段責め
Hitozuma Gomon: Sandan-zeme
Labyrinth of Primary Colors 1992-07-31 Shishi
Promiscuous Wife: Disgraceful Torture
浮気妻 恥辱責め
Uwaki-zuma: Chijoku-zeme
An Aria on Gazes 1992-09-12 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Uniform Masturbation: Virgin's Underpanties
制服ONANIE 処女の下着
Seifuku Onanie: Shojo no Shitagi
Close Dancing 1992-10-10 Shintōhō Eiga
S&M Group Wax Torture
SM Shudan Ro-zeme
Dirty Blue 1992-11-06 Shishi
Wife in Mourning: Pubic-Shaved Rope Slave
喪服妻 剃毛縄奴隷
Mofuku-zuma: Teimō Nawa-dorei
Negation 1993-02-05 Shishi
Real Time Tapping Report: Pillow Talk
(生)盗聴リポート 痴話
Nama Tocho Report: Chiwa
Kyrie Eleison 1993-03-05 Shintōhō Eiga
Pleasure Masturbation: New Wife Version
快感ONANIE 新妻篇
Kaikan Onanie: Niizuma-hen
Light Sleep 1993-05-28 Shishi
Real Action: Drink Up
ナマ本番 飲み干す!
Nama Honban: Nomihosu!
Angel in the Dark 1993-08-13 Shishi
Molester's Train: Nasty Behavior
痴漢電車 いやらしい行為
Chikan Densha: Iyarashii Kōi
Birthday 1993-11-26 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Wife's Perverted Beauty Salon
Hitozuma Hentai Biyoshitsu
Dead End 1994-01-14 Shishi
Molester and the Peeper: Gynecology Ward
痴漢と覗き 婦人科病練
Chikan to Nozoki: Fujin-ka Byoto
Sick People 1994-04-01 Shishi
Young Wife: Opening Juicy Thighs
若奥様 太股びらき
Wakaoku-sama: Futomono-biraki
Rental Love 1994-06-17 Shishi
Filthy Wife: Wet
いやらしい人妻 濡れる
Iyarashii Hitozuma: Nureru
Love - 0 = Infinity 1994 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Wife in Heat: While Husband is Away
すけべ妻 夫の留守に
Sukebe-zuma: Otto no Rusu ni
Rafureshia 1995-01-06 Shishi
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
1996-05-18 Image Factory
Splatter: Naked Blood
Megyaku: Naked Blood
1996-02-20 TM Project/Museum
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
1996-02-09 Pink Pineapple
Soft Skin
Yawarakai Hada
1998-01-31 Kokuei
Shintōhō Eiga
Scent of a Married Woman
人妻の値段 匂いたつ欲情
Hitozuma no Nedan: Nioutatsu Yokujou
2001-28-12 Legend Pictures
Rampo Noir (segment: The Caterpillar)
Ranpo Jigoku
2005-05-11 Albatros Film
The Tattooer
2006-24-03 ArtPort Inc.
Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano
Namae no nai Onnatachi
2010-04-09 There's Enterprise Inc.
Hana-Dama: The Origin
2014-18-01 Shibuya Production
Hana-Dama: Phantom
華魂 幻影
Hana-Dama: Gen'ei
2016-30-04 Shibuya Production
The Eye's Dream
Gankyu no yume
2016-01-07 Arrete Ton Cinema
Stance Company
Cute Devil
Kawaii akuma
2018-23-06 Is Field


  • Seveon, Julien. Le cinema enrage au Japon. France : 1st edition : Sulliver 2006 / 2nd edition : Rouge Profond 2009. ISBN 978-2-911199-85-1 (in French)
  • Seveon, Julien. USA : "Interview with Hisayasu Sato" in Asian Cult Cinema #34, 1st quarter 2002.
  • Jack Hunter. "Abnormal Ward: The Forbidden Visions of Hisayasu Sato" in Andy Black (ed), Necronomicon: The Journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema: Book Two, London: Creation Books, 1999, pp. 30–39.


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