Satoshi Isaka

Isaka Satoshi

  • Name: Isaka Satoshi
  • Native name: 井坂聡
  • Also Known as: いさか さとし
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 2, 1960
  • Age: 64
Isaka’s reputation rests mainly on his extraordinary debut, Focus (1996), an economical and disturbing thriller following the grim chain of events initiated when a television crew sets up an interview with an otaku (nerd) whose hobby is eavesdropping on two-way radio conversations. A subtle critique of the methods of Reality TV and a cautionary tale about the power of the media, it turned a low budget to its advantage, skillfully using handheld camera techniques to implicate the viewer in the action. The theme of media irresponsibility was again central to The Frame (Hasen no marisu, 2000), a gripping account of a television editor who uses dubious methods to slant the news and finds herself haunted by a murder suspect whose guilt was implied in one of her programs. Though more conventionally shot than Focus, this intelligent and chilling film posed important questions about the role of the media while refusing to provide easy answers. On a related topic, Doubles (Daburusu, 2001) investigated the criminal potential of technology, depicting a heist committed against a consultancy firm by a locksmith and a computer ace fired by the company.
Despite their interest in the media and technology, these films were essentially concerned with character. Tada­nobu Asano’s nervy performance brought plausibility to the narrative convolutions of Focus, while much of the complexity of The Frame derived from the skill of star Hitomi Kuroki in conveying the frustrations of a woman struggling to hold her own in a man’s world. The heroine of Detective Riko (Onna keiji Riko: Seibo no fukakifuchi, 1998) was another woman working in a traditionally male profession; here, Isaka deepened a generic plot about a murder investigation by concentrating on her personal life and her relationship with her child.

(Source: A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors) Edit Biography
Screenwriter
Year Title Type Rating
2016 Tosa no ipponzuri
Movie
6.0
Director
Year Title Type Rating
2019 Spiral - Machikouba no Kiseki
Drama
7.4
2018 PTA Grandpa! Season 2
Drama
0.0
2017 PTA Grandpa!
Drama
7.2
2014 Kohiya No Hitobito
Drama
7.7
2013 Onna to Otoko no Nettai
Drama
6.1
2009 Okusama wa Keishi Sokan 5
Special
0.0
2009 Dear Heart
Movie
0.0
2009 Keiji no Tsuma Dekatsuma 2
Special
0.0
2009 Okusama wa Keishi Sokan 4
Special
0.0
2008 Okusama wa Keishi Sokan 3
Special
0.0
2007 Walking My Life
Movie
6.9
2007 Okusama wa Keishi Sokan 2
Special
0.0
2007 Ai no Rukeichi
Special
8.0
2006 Okusama wa Keishi Sokan
Special
0.0
2006 Free Joshiana no Satsujin Report 2
Special
0.0
2005 Dangerous Pair: The Case Files Of Fortuneteller Ibuki Kei
Special
0.0
2005 Bengoshi Nijumaru Shoko: Akai Alibi
Special
0.0
2005 Keiji no Tsuma Dekatsuma
Special
0.0
2005 Hi no Ko
Special
0.0
2004 Free Joshiana no Satsujin Report 1
Special
0.0
2003 g@me.
Movie
7.4
2001 Doubles
Movie
4.0
2001 Ningen no Shomei 2001
Special
0.0
2000 The Frame
Movie
2.0
1998 The Woman in the Mask
Drama
0.0
1998 Hotel Series in Hawaii
Drama
0.0
1998 Ryakudatsu Ai
Drama
6.0
1997 Stalker Sasou Onna
Drama
9.0
1996 Focus
Movie
6.0
1994 Stewardess no Koibito
Drama
0.0
1994 Nigiyakana Shokutaku
Special
0.0
1994 Yo nimo Kimyo na Monogatari: 1994 Winter Special
Special
0.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2002 Mr. Rookie
Movie
2.0
Assistant Director
Year Title Type Rating
1996 Village of Dreams
Movie
7.8
1995 Last Friends
Movie
6.6
1993 Kehaizaka Renzoku Satsujin Jiken
Special
0.0
1992 Heavenly Sin
Movie
6.0
1992 Ruman e Atsuki Namida o
Special
0.0
1991 Jingi
Movie
3.0
1989 Cats on Park Avenue
Movie
7.1
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  • First Name: Satoshi
  • Family Name: Isaka
  • Native name: 井坂聡
  • Also Known as: いさか さとし
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: January 2, 1960
  • Age: 64

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