Saito, Hiroko
(b. 06/15/1960)

Saito Hiroko is no stranger to tokusatsu fans, especially JINZOU NINGEN KIKAIDA fans. As Togawa Hikari, she was stuck in a booby-trapped elevator with a flute-tormented Jiro in episode 4, "The evil Blue Buffalo sets a trap". In episode 29, already a little taller and playing the role of Kaoru, she joined with Masaru (during the "Red shoes" story arc) in pledging to go to a world of their own making, just for children, without any adults. Their beautiful, innocent plans are shattered when Kaoru realises how much she loves and misses her father. These episodes can be ordered on DVD through generationkikaida.com. American audiences later became familiar with her sweet young innocent face through reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000. In one episode, this show featured the 1987 Sandy Frank movie "TIME OF THE APES", culled from several episodes of her series SARU NO GUNDAN (Army of the Apes) into a condensed feature with mixed results. The movie was released in America straight to VHS video and can still be found in used video stores around the country.

Born on June 15, 1960, her first tv roles came as early as 1967. Here are some of her more recognisable roles, from before she retired from acting in the 80s to become an author.

Saito, Hiroko

TV

1971 - Magic Teacher - Oka Ruriko(episode 20)
1971 - Kamen Rider - Miyuki (episode 22), Masako (episode 55)
1972 - Ch˘jin Baromu-1 - Sugizaki Kume
1972 - Jinzou Ningen Kikaida - Togawa Hikari (episode 4), Kaoru (episode 29)
1973 - Kikaida 01 - Mayumi (episode 14)
1973 - Inazuman - Rumi (episode 3)
1973 - Kamen Rider V3 - Miyata Toshiko (episode 31)
1974 - Kamen Rider X - Kogura Saeko (episode 4)
1974 - Play Girl - (episode 266)
1974 - SF Dorama: Saru no Gundan - Yurika
1975 - G-Men 75 - (episode 10)
1975 - The Gorilla 7 - (episode 24)
1977 - Kaiketsu Zubat - Tsuruma Saeko [Hayakawa Ken's sister] (episode 22)
1978 - Space Fugitive Star Wolf - Polya (episodes 14-17)
1980 - Ultraman 80 - Jun (episode 25)

Movies

1972 - Kamen Rider vs Shocker - young princess
1974 - Jumping Out, Inazuman

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