films seen
12
average score
3.04*
nationality
Japan - 49 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the few big budget genre directors in Japan. Sato has proven himself very capable of delivering films that rely on hefty budgets, without losing a personal (weird) touch. His oeuvre's ideal when you're looking for solid entertainment.

Rare treats

Oblivion Island

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Maho no Kagami
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 93 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Oblivion Island poster

A true fantasy film that betrays I.G's struggle with full-CG animation, but makes up for that with excellent art direction and bucket loads of creativity.

Solid pieces

Inuyashiki

by Shinsuke Sato
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 127 mins
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Inuyashiki poster

Sato worked himself up to become one of the better commercial directors of Japan. His films are rarely masterpiece material, but if you're looking for some fun, well-made blockbuster nonsense he's your man. Inuyashiki is pretty rad, entertaining and properly executed, everything a good blockbuster should be.

I Am a Hero

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
I Am a Hero
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 126 mins
Genre
Action, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
I Am a Hero poster

Gantz 2: Perfect Answer

by Shinsuke Sato
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 141 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Gantz 2: Perfect Answer poster

Gantz

by Shinsuke Sato
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 130 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Gantz poster

Sand Clock

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
Sunadokei
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 121 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sand Clock poster

A fine romantic drama. The first half is really sweet and endearing, only to turn more dark and brooding during the second part. Rural Japan is the perfect setting for this story, the actors do a decent job and Sato's direction is on point. Not quite subtle enough to be a real masterpiece, but pleasant and solid filler nonetheless.

The inoffensive

Kingdom

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
Kingudamu
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 134 mins
Genre
Action, War
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Kingdom poster

Sato has worked himself up as one of the leading blockbuster directors of Japan. Kingdom underlines that reputation. A fun and well-made film that features a couple of impressive action scenes, but is held back by a lackluster middle part and the lack of something definite that could set it apart from its peers.

Bleach

by Shinsuke Sato
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 108 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Bleach poster

Amusing manga/anime adaptation. Shinsuke Sato is a veteran director who has no problem handling material like this. The characters, the drama and the action is a bit too hip and middle of the road for my taste, but production values are pretty good and there's no time to get bored. Just a bit of mindless fun.

Another Gantz

by Shinsuke Sato
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 99 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Another Gantz poster

A retelling of the first film, but from a slightly different perspective. We follow an investigative reporter who is on the tail of the Gantz heroes. The film rehashes some scenes from the first film but provides enough unique material to warrant its existence. A nice addition to the Gantz universe, but nothing too special.

Worthy but flawed

Death Note: Light Up the New World

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
Desu NĂ´to: Light Up the New World
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 135 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Horror
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Death Note: Light Up the New World poster

Sato's film is the best in the franchise, but for someone who never got the appeal of Death Note the excessive lore is just a bit too much. It's all supposed to be very epic and intricate, but the result is just convoluted and sentimental. This franchise deserved a lighter, more horror-oriented adaptation, but clearly that was never in the cards.

Plain forgettable

Library Wars

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
Toshokan Senso
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Library Wars poster

Silly film that never really finds its footing. It's surprising considering Shinsuke Sato's talents, but Library Wars never gets the balance between its more serious premise and the silly, almost childish execution right. Apart from the interesting starting point, there just aren't any redeeming qualities.

The Princess Blade

by Shinsuke Sato
Also known as
Shura Yukihime
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 93 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Princess Blade poster