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Tadao Sato (佐藤 忠男, Satō Tadao, born October 6, 1930 in Niigata, Niigata) is a Japanese film critic, theorist and historian. He has published more than a hundred books on film, and is one of Japan's foremost scholars and historians addressing film. He is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on Japanese cinema specifically, although little of his work has been translated for publication abroad.[1] He has also written 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 is currently 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. 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. Amerika-eiga [American Cinema]. ISBN 4476031315.
  4. ^ Satō, Tadao. 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.