Makoto Satô is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work on the hit romance movie Love Letter from 1995. He was born in Tokyo on July 1, 1952, and began his career in the film industry in the early 1970s.
Satô's first major film was the 1985 drama "Kazoku Geemu", which was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year. This was followed by the 1989 hit "Kuroi Ame", which won him the Japan Academy Prize for Best Director.
Satô's breakthrough came with the 1995 romance "Love Letter", which was a massive hit in Japan and became his most well-known work. The film won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year.
In addition to his work as a director, Satô has also worked as a writer and producer. He wrote the script for the 1995 romance movie "Rhapsody in August", and produced the 1997 drama "Chronicle of My Mother".
Satô's other notable films include the 1998 romantic comedy "Shall We Dance?", the 2001 drama "Eureka", and the 2006 drama "The Uchoten Hotel".
Satô's most recent work is the 2010 drama "Himitsu", which was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful film.
Satô continues to be one of the most respected filmmakers in Japan, and his films are widely admired for their nuanced characters and beautiful cinematography. He has won numerous awards for his work, including two Japan Academy Prizes for Picture of the Year.
Satô has been married since 1977 and has two children. He is also an avid collector of art and antiques, and enjoys playing the guitar.