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Japanese actor (born 1989)

Takeru Satoh
佐藤 健

Satoh in the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019
Born (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 33)

Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama, Japan
Alma mater Koshigaya Kita High School (Science and Mathematics)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent(s) Amuse, Inc(2006–2021)
Co-LaVo (2021–)
Known for Rurouni Kenshin (film)
Kamen Rider Den-O
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Website satohtakerucom
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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

Satoh was born on 21 March 1989 in Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama Satoh briefly worked as a child actor for three or four years, appearing in commercials and magazine photo shoots After he entered higher grades in elementary school, he decided not to continue as a child actor due to a “shy personality” He graduated from Koshigaya Kita High School, Saitama in 2007 In the same year, while shooting Kamen Rider Den-O, he was diagnosed with primary pneumothorax after complaining about pain in the left chest, and has since recovered

Career

2006–2008: Early works

Satoh was scouted by an agent from Amuse, Inc in Harajuku in Tokyo when he was in senior high school, and made his debut in 2006 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 (Kentaroh 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

2009–2011: Breakthrough

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, 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

In the following two years, Satoh starred or guest-starred in TV shows such as Mei’s Butler, Mr Brain, True Horror Stories and MW Dai-0-sho, and in films such as Goemon and Beck 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

2012–present: Rurouni Kenshin films and career expansion

Satoh at the red carpet premiere of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Released in August 2012, the film grossed a total of 301 billion yen at the domestic box office 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(she fell in love with my lie/she likes lies too much), 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 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 Rurouni Kenshin manga author Nobuhiro Watsuki praised Satoh’s performance and called him the ideal actor to portray Kenshin He, alongside Rurouni Kenshin co-stars Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, and director Keishi Ōtomo, was appointed as “Cultural Friendship Ambassador” to the Philippines by the Makati City council on 7 August 2014

Riding upon his movie success, he made his TV return with the acclaimed TBS series The Emperor’s Cook in early 2015 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 Someone His role in the 2017 film The 8-Year Engagement (The true story of the bride’s miracle over 8 years) 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

In 2018 it was announced that the Rurouni Kenshin series will get two further installments, a prequel and a sequel to the original trilogy with Satoh reprising his lead role Principal filming wrapped in June 2019 and the movies will be screened in 2020

In 2021, Satoh, along with One OK Rock and Ryūnosuke Kamiki left Amuse, Inc and established new agency with co-actor, Ryunosuke Kamiki, called “Co-LaVo” Also, he is an unofficial member of the Elite Four in the Pokémon Trading Card Game since 14 December 2021

Personal life

He has a younger sister; his parents divorced when he was in middle school He played baseball during primary and middle school years, and has a black belt in Shorinji Kempo

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s)
2007 Kamen Rider Den-O: I’m Born! Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O Takao Nagaishi Lead role
2008 Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O Osamu Kaneda Lead role
Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O Osamu Kaneda Special appearance
2009 Goemon Young Kirigakure Saizō Kazuaki Kiriya
Rookies: Graduation Yuya Okada Yūichirō Hirakawa
2010 Trick The Movie: Psychic Battle Royale Shohei Nakamori Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Beck Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka Yukihiko Tsutsumi
2012 Rurouni Kenshin Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead role
2013 Real Koichi Fujita Kiyoshi Kurosawa Lead role
The Liar and His Lover Aki Ogasawara Norihiro Koizumi Lead role
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead role
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead role
2015 Pieta in the Toilet The Janitor Daishi Matsunaga Cameo
Bakuman Moritaka Mashiro Hitoshi ohne Lead role
2016 If Cats Disappeared from the World Postman / Devil Akira Nagai Lead role
Someone Takuto Ninomiya Daisuke Miura Lead role
2017 Ajin: Demi-Human Kei Nagai Katsuyuki Motohiro Lead role
The 8-Year Engagement Hisashi Takahisa Zeze Lead role
2018 Inuyashiki Hiro Shishigami Shinsuke Sato
Million Dollar Man Kazuo Keishi Ōtomo Lead role
Hardcore Sakon Gondoh Nobuhiro Yamashita
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever Ryotaro Nogami Kyohhei Yamaguchi
2019 Samurai Marathon Jin’nai Karasawa Bernard Rose Lead role
Dragon Quest: Your Story Ruka (voice) Takashi Yamazaki Lead role
One Night Yūji Kazuya Shiraishi Lead role
2020 Not Quite Dead Yet Club Host Shinji Hamasaki Cameo
2021 Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead role
Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning Kenshin Himura Keishi Ōtomo Lead role
Belle The Dragon (voice) Mamoru Hosoda
In the Wake Yasuhisa Tone Takahisa Zeze Lead role

Television

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
2006 Princess Princess D Toru Kono TV Asahi
2007 Shinigami no Ballad Kantaroh Ichihara TV Tokyo Episodes 7, 8, & 11
2007–08 Kamen Rider Den-O Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O TV Asahi Lead role
2008 Rookies Yuuya Okada TBS
Bloody Monday Otoya Kujo TBS
2009 Mei’s Butler Kento Shibata Fuji TV
Mr Brain Masaru Nakagawa TBS Episodes 4 & 5
MW Chapter 0: Akuma no Game Takashi Morioka NTV Lead role
True Horror Stories: 10th-year anniversary special Shotaro Fujisawa Fuji TV Guest Star, Episode 5: Face on the Road
2010 Ryōmaden Okada Izō NHK Taiga drama
Bloody Monday 2 Otoya Kujo TBS
Q10 Heita Fukai NTV Lead role
2011 Fuyu no Sakura Hajime Inaba TBS
Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai Agarie Yasuharu Fuji TV Lead role
2013 Tonbi Akira Ichikawa TBS
The Liar and his Lover: Side Story Aki Ogasawara Fuji TV Lead role
2014 Bitter Blood Natsuki Sahara Fuji TV Lead role
2015 The Emperor’s Cook Tokuzo Akiyama TBS Lead role
2018 Hanbun, Aoi Ritsu Hagio NHK Asadora
Blues of Stepmother and Daughter Akira Mugita TBS
2019 True Horror Stories: 20th-year anniversary special Satoshi Miyazaki Fuji TV Episode 5: The Resentful Gaze
2020 Blues of Stepmother and Daughter: New Year Special Akira Mugita TBS
Blues of Stepmother and Daughter: Akira Mugita Side Story Akira Mugita Paravi Lead role
An Incurable Case of Love Kairi Tendo TBS
2022 Blues of Stepmother and Daughter: New Year Special 2022 Akira Mugita TBS
First Love Harumichi Namiki Netflix Lead role
2023 100mankai Ieba Yokatta Naoki Torino TBS

Television Documentaries and Other Programs

Year Title Role Network Ref
2012 The Man Who Wants To Be Truthful Himself NHK
2016 The Unknown Civilizations Himself NHK
2017 Tokyo: The Miracle City Narrator NHK
2018 Our 50 Years With Weekly Shonen Jump Narrator NHK
69th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen Judge NHK
2019 Tokyo Miracle Various roles NHK
2021 Satoh Takeru and Nobu’s Puzzle-Solving Special – Episode 1 Himself TBS
Satoh Takeru and Nobu’s Puzzle-Solving Special – Episode 2 Himself TBS
2022 Satoh Takeru and Nobu’s Puzzle-Solving Special – Episode 3 Himself TBS
Satoh Takeru and Nobu’s Puzzle-Solving Special – Episode 4 Himself TBS

Promotion videos

  • Bahashishi, Oasis (オアシス, 2007)
  • Bahashishi, Yakusoku (約束, 2007)
  • Bahashishi, Kiseki (キセキ, 2008)
  • Mayday, Do You Ever Shine (2014)

Theater

  • 2012: Romeo and Juliet Dir: Jonathan Munby, Akasaka ACT Theater, Theatre Brava!; role: Romeo

Discography

Singles

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

DVD

  • “My Color” (2008)
  • “HT” (HT 〜NYの中心で、鍋をつつく〜) (2010)
  • “HT2” (赤道の真下で、鍋をつつく~) (2011)

Photobooks

  • 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)
  • If Cats Disappeared From the World (Movie) Official Photo Book (2016)
  • “X (Ten)” Satoh Takeru Photo Book + DVD (2016)
  • RurouNihon Kumamoto (2017)
  • Satoh Takeru in Hanbun, Aoi Photobook (2018)
  • 13years~TAKERU Satoh ANNIVERSARY BOOK 2006→2019~ (2019)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Notable Works Result Ref
2009 60th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Mei’s Butler Won
2010 20th Japan Movie Critics Award Best Male Newcomer Beck Won
2011 35th Elan d’or Awards Newcomer of the Year Himself Won
2012 Japan Action Awards 2012 Best Action Actor Rurouni Kenshin Won
2013 76th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Tonbi Nominated
2014 39th Hochi Film Awards Best Actor The Liar and His Lover, RK: Kyoto Inferno & The Legend Ends Nominated
2015 Japan Action Awards 2015 Best Action Scene RK: Kyoto Inferno & The Legend Ends Won
Best Action Actor Won
9th Asian Film Awards Best Actor Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Nominated
85th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor The Emperor’s Cook Won
8th Tokyo Drama Awards Best Actor Won
2016 24th Hashida Award Best Actor Won
42nd Broadcasting Culture Fund Award Individual Acting Award Won
2018 41st Japan Academy Film Prize Best Actor The 8-Year Engagement Nominated
Japan Action Awards 2018 Best Action Actor Ajin: Demi-Human Won
98th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Hanbun, Aoi Won
13th CONFiDENCE Award Drama Prize Best Supporting Actor Hanbun, Aoi, Blues of Stepmother and Daughter Won
2019 CONFiDENCE Award Drama Prize 2018 Annual Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
44th Hochi Film Awards Best Actor Samurai Marathon, One Night Nominated
32nd Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2020 104th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor An Incurable Case of Love Won
13th Tokyo Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
7th Yahoo! Japan Search Awards Grand Prix Won
Person (Actor) Won
2021 34th Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Actor Rurouni Kenshin: The Final/The Beginning, In the Wake Nominated
46th Hochi Film Awards Best Actor Nominated
2022 76th Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor In the Wake Won
64th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actor Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, In the Wake Nominated
45th Japan Academy Film Prize Best Actor In the Wake Nominated

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