Junya Sato

  • Jun’ya Satô – Ningen no shômei AKA Proof of the Man (1977)

    Junya Sato1971-1980CrimeDramaJapan
    Ningen no shômei (1977)
    Ningen no shômei (1977)

    When an American is murdered in a Japanese inn, Tokyo police Detective Munesue follows the trail of the killer to New York City. There he is joined by Detective Shuftan, and together they sort out the crime.Read More »

  • Jun’ya Satô – Kuruwa sodachi AKA Red Light District Upbringing (1964)

    1961-1970AsianDramaJapanJunya Sato

    Tamiko has been with a geisha house since she was little. Torn between staying in the only world that she knows but also loathes, and a normal life on the outside, Tomiko becomes more and more desperate. Times are also changing, it isn’t easy to keeps the books balanced and there is a new law under debate that may end this way of life for good.Read More »

  • Jun’ya Satô – Golgo 13 (1973)

    1971-1980ActionAsianJapanJunya Sato

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    Review @ sketchesofcinema
    Takao Saito’s Golgo 13 comics aren’t very easy to adapt into live action features due to their international nature, but Toei went all the way with this first attempt. Junya Sato shot the film on location in Iran with mostly foreign cast. The lead role is played by the heavenly cool Ken Takakura, whose combination of charisma, black sunglasses and M16 assault rifle makes him one of the coolest asssassins in film history. Both execution and storywise the film could be better – and it would’ve been a good to opt for local languages istead of having the entire Iran speak Japanese – but with its rare international setting, superb leading man and some exciting action Golgo 13 easily ranks more interesting than Toei’s average action thrillers of the era. Due to the high expenses the studio didn’t allow Golgo 13 to return to the big screen until in 1977 in a slightly inferior Shinichi Chiba film Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment.Read More »

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