Originally from Tokyo, motion picture Benshi Midori Sawato graduated from the Department of Philosophy, Hosei University, and studied under the late Matsuda Shunsui. She has garnered high praise through her wide variety of performances in Japan and overseas, including France, the United States, etc. She has received a number of awards, includes the Award for Excellence in the field of Dramatic Performance at the Agency for Cultural Affairs Arts Festival, for her vast contributions toward promoting katsuben as modern entertainment, in addition to being a valuable presence carrying on the tradition of katsuben as a Japanese storytelling art. Her vast repertoire of over 500 films includes silent films in a wide variety of genres, for which she provides well-formed interpretations of the work. She is the author of Katsudo Benshi: Sekai o Kakeru (Film Benshi Across the World).