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Sonny Chiba

Biography

Acclaimed movie actor and martial artist who made an appearance in Kill Costs. His various other credits are the 1994 film, Immortal Fight, as well as the 1982 film, Fall Man. He ran monitor, and played football and volleyball before getting an professional. He earned dark belts in six varieties of fighting techinques. He includes a girl called Juri Manase and two sons called Mackenyu and Gordon. He caused Quentin Tarantino in the 2003 film, Wipe out Bill Quantity 1.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sonny Chiba
Date Of Birth January 23, 1939
Place Of Birth Japan
Height 1.79 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Japanese
Spouse Tamami Chiba, Yoko Nogiwa
Children Mackenyu, Juri Manase, Gordon Chiba
Siblings Jiro Yabuki
Nominations Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor, Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Movies The Street Fighter, Kill Bill: Volume 1, The Street Fighter's Last Revenge, Sister Street Fighter, Return of the Street Fighter, Shogun's Samurai, The Storm Riders, Legend of the Eight Samurai, Karate Kiba, Shogun's Ninja, Champion of Death, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Karate Warriors, G.I. Samurai, Dragon Princess, Shôrinji kenpô, Samurai Reincarnation, Ninja Wars, Executioner, Soul of Bruce Lee, Karate for Life, Bullet Train, Message from Space, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Gekitotsu, The Resurrection of Golden Wolf, Aces: Iron Eagle III, Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima, Immortal Combat, Karate Bearfighter, Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon, Sushi Girl, Terror Beneath the Sea, Invasion of the Neptune Men, The Bushido Blade, Doberman Deka, Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope, Survive Style 5+, Deadly Outlaw: Rekka, Born to Be King, The Fall of Ako Castle, Sure Death 4: Revenge, Legend of Seven Monks, Yakuza Deka, Yellow Fangs, Battle Royale II: Requiem, Roaring Fire, The Triple Cross, Wandering Detective: Tragedy in Red Valley, April Fools, The Executioner II: Karate Inferno
TV Shows Furin Kazan, Shadow Warriors, Space Sheriff Gavan, Messenger of Allah, Seven Color Mask, Dekichatta Kekkon, Wind and Cloud, Team Astro, The Yagyu Conspiracy, Seiryuu Densetsu
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1 Appeared as Hattori Hanzo in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1." [October 2003]
2 Student of Choi Bae-dal, the founder of Kyokushin Karate.
3 In the early 70s, Chiba was set to co-star in a feature film production with Bruce Lee and George Lazenby. Unfortunately, the moment Chiba's plane landed in Hong Kong to start production, the news of Lee's untimely death forced the producers to shut-down the ill-fated project.
4 Frequent co-star of Etsuko Shihomi, the star of the "Sister Street Fighter" series.
5 Founder of the Japanese Action Club (JAC), a group of martial artist/actors who train together in promoting realistic fighting techniques in Japanese movies and television shows.
6 Director Quention Tarantino is a huge fan of Sonny Chiba. Tarantino has included references to Chiba's 70's films "The Street Fighter," "Return of the Street Fighter," and "Sister Street Figher" in the opening act of "True Romance" (1993). The opening monologue of Chiba's "Karate Kiba" (1974) is quoted word-for-word by Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) as his trademark "Ezekiel 25:17 Speech" in "Pulp Fiction" (1994).
7 Chiba has starred in more than 125 films at Toei Studios and has won numerous acting awards in Japan for his dramatic film roles.
8 Best known in international cult-cinema circles for starring as Terry Tsurugi, the hitman for hire in "The Street Fighter" (1974) film series, which produced 3 sequels. Chiba currently resides in Los Angeles with his second wife.
9 As a college student at Nippon Taiiku University, Chiba trained extensively for the 1964 Japanese Olympic Gymnastics Team, but a hip injury from a part-time construction work cost him his gymnastics career. It was then that he decided to devote most of his time and energy into martial arts, training under the renowned World Karate Grand Master Mas Oyama Koncho, receiving his first degree judo black belt. He later portrayed Mas Oyama in the martial arts bio-pic "Kenka karate kyokushinken" (Champion of Death, 1975).
10 1st-Dan Blackbelt in Shôrinji Kenpô
11 1st-Dan Blackbelt in Kendô
12 4th-Dan Blackbelt in Ninjutsu
13 2nd-Dan Blackbelt in Jûdô
14 Older brother of Jirô Yabuki
15 Father of Juri Manase.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Roaring Fire 1982 Mr. Magic / Interpol Inspector (as Sonny Chiba)
The Bushido Blade 1981 Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
Bôkensha kamikaze 1981 Daisuke Kamikaze (as Sonny Chiba)
Samurai Reincarnation 1981 Jubei Yagyu (as Sonny Chiba)
Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu 1980 Shiranui Shogen (as Sonny Chiba)
Day of Resurrection 1980 Dr. Yamauchi (as Sonny Chiba)
Tokyo Daijishin Magnitude 8.1 1980 TV Movie
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga 1980 Katsutoshi Otomo
Shadow Warriors 1980 TV Series Hattori Hanzô
Sengoku jieitai 1979 Lt. Yoshiaki Iba (as Sonny Chiba)
Yomigaeru kinrô 1979 Mitsuhiko Sakurai (as Sonny Chiba)
Hunter in the Dark 1979 Samon Shimoguni (as Sonny Chiba)
Hakuchyu no shikaku 1979 Yosuke Ota (as Sonny Chiba)
Okinawa jû-nen sensô 1978 as Sonny Chiba
Yokohama ankokugai mashingan no ryu 1978 as Sonny Chiba
Akô-jô danzetsu 1978 Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
Yagyû ichizoku no inbô 1978 TV Series Jûbê Yagyû
Uchu kara no messeji 1978 Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
The Shogun's Samurai 1978 Yagyû Jûbê (as Sonny Chiba)
Kyokuskin kenka karate burai ken 1977 Mas Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
Torakku yarô: Dokyô ichiban hoshi 1977 as Sonny Chiba
Hitomi no naka no houmonsha 1977 Drunk (as Sonny Chiba)
Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon 1977 Duke Togo Golgo 13 (as Sonny Chiba)
Doberuman deka 1977 Joji Kano (as Sonny Chiba)
Nihon no jingi 1977 as Sonny Chiba
Karate baka ichidai 1977 Sensei Masutatsu Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
Karate Bullfighter 1977 Sensei Masutatsu Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
Hokuriku dairi sensô 1977 as Sonny Chiba
Soul of Bruce Lee 1977 Mu Yun Tek (as Sonny Chiba)
Yakuza senso: Nihon no Don 1977 Tsuneyoshi Sakota (as Sonny Chiba)
Okinawa Yakuza sensô 1976 as Sonny Chiba
Karate Kiba 1976 as Sonny Chiba
Dasso yugi 1976 Wataru Kangi (as Sonny Chiba)
Karate Warriors 1976 as Sonny Chiba
Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess 1976 Kazuma Higaki (as Sonny Chiba)
Gekitotsu! Aikidô 1975 as Sonny Chiba
The Gorilla Seven 1975 TV Series Daisuke Kazami (1975)
Bakuhatsu! Boso zoku 1975 Tsugami (as Sonny Chiba)
Shinkansen daibakuha 1975 Aoki
Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko 1975 as Sonny Chiba
Wakai kizoku-tachi: 13-kaidan no Maki 1975 Kenichi Hyuga (as Sonny Chiba)
Shôrinji kenpô 1975 Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten 1974 Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
Gyakushû! Satsujin ken 1974 Takuma Tsurugi (as Sonny Chiba)
Onna hissatsu ken 1974 Seiichi Hibiki (as Sonny Chiba)
Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken 1974 Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
Lubang tô no kiseki: Rikugun Nakano gakkô 1974 as Sonny Chiba
Satsujin ken 2 1974 Takuma Tsurugi (as Sonny Chiba)
Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken 1974 Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
Bodigaado Kiba 1973 as Sonny Chiba
Bodigaado Kiba: Hissatsu sankaku tobi 1973 as Sonny Chiba
Tokyo-Seoul-Bangkok 1973 as Sonny Chiba
Hiroshima Death Match 1973 Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
Robotto keiji 1973 TV Series
Mayaku baishun G-men: Kyôfu no niku jigoku 1972 Kikuchi
Ôkami yakuza: Tomurai ha ore ga dasu 1972
Gincho nagaremono mesuneko bakuchi 1972 Ryûji (as Sonny Chiba)
Mayaku baishun G-Men 1972 Kikuchi
Ôkami yakuza: Koroshi ha ore ga yaru 1972
Keiji kun 1971 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Yakuza deka: Oretachi ni haka wa nai 1971 Shiro Hayata
Yakuza deka: Kyofu no doku gasu 1971 Shiro Hayata
Saigo no tokkôtai 1970 as Sonny Chiba
The Assassin 1970 Hayata (as Sonny Chiba)
Gangster Cop 1970 Hayata Shiro (as Sonny Chiba)
Nihon ansatsu hiroku 1969 Tadashi Onuma (as Sonny Chiba)
Jûdô itchokusen 1969 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Ah, yokaren 1968 Second Sub-lieutenant Kodama (as Sonny Chiba)
Ah kaiten tokubetsu kogetikai 1968 as Sonny Chiba
Rikugun chôhô 33 1968 Kazuo Yamamoto (as Sonny Chiba)
Âa dôki no sakura 1967 Second Sublieutenant Hanzawa
Hokkai yûkyôden 1967 as Sonny Chiba
Kii Hantâ 1967 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Kawachi yûkyôden 1967 Komakichi Sugimoto (as Sonny Chiba)
Gyangu no teiô 1967 as Sonny Chiba
Soshiki bôryoku 1967 as Sonny Chiba
Abashiri Bangaichi: Nangoku no Taiketsu 1966 as Sonny Chiba
Ôgon batto 1966 Dr. Yamatone (as Sonny Chiba)
The Terror Beneath the Sea 1966 Ken Abe (as Sonny Chiba, Shin-Ichi Chiba)
Kamikaze yarô 1966 as Sonny Chiba
Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen 1965 as Sonny Chiba
Kurayami go-dan 1965 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Rokyoku komori-uta 1965 as Sonny Chiba
Buraikan jingi 1965 Soichi Jinnai (as Sonny Chiba)
Yakuza G-men: Meiji ankokugai 1965
Nippon dorobô monogatari 1965 Lawyer Ohki (as Sonny Chiba)
Ano kumo ni utaô 1965
Kimitachi ga ite boku ga ita 1964 Makoto Yabuki (as Sonny Chiba)
Zoku Tokyo antachaburu 1964 as Sonny Chiba
Jigoku meirei 1963
Yakuza no uta 1963 as Sonny Chiba
Gyangu Chûshingura 1963 as Sonny Chiba
Asakusa no kyôkaku 1963
Tokubetsu kidô sôsatai: Tokyo eki ni harikome 1963 Naito
Tokubetsu kidô sôsatai 1963 Naito
Jirocho shacho to Ishimatsu shacho 1963 as Sonny Chiba
JNR Inspector No. 36 1962 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Ôsho 1962 Mouri (as Sonny Chiba)
Gyangu tai G-men 1962 as Sonny Chiba
Koi to Taiyo to Gang 1962 Helicopter Pilot
Minami taiheiyô nami takashi 1962
Funky Hat no kaidanji: Nisenman-en no ude 1961 as Sonny Chiba
Keishichô monogatari: jûni-nin no keiji 1961 Detective Nakagawa
Funky Hat no kaidanji 1961 Ichiro (as Sonny Chiba)
Invasion of the Neptune Men 1961 Tachibana - Scientist Space Chief (as Sonny Chiba)
Drifting Detective: Black Wind in Harbor 1961 as Sonny Chiba
Fûraibô tantei: Akai tani no sangeki 1961 Gorô Saionji (as Sonny Chiba)
Keishichô monogatari: 15 sai no onna 1961
Keishichô monogatari: Fuzai shômei 1961
Arâ no shisha 1960 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Nana-iro kamen 1959 TV Series Kotarô Ran / Spectrum Mask (Chapters 5-7; Episodes 32-57) (as Sonny Chiba)
Bond: Kizuna 2017 filming Hanzo
Take a Chance 2015 Musashi (as Sonny Chiba)
Eipuriru fûruzu 2015
So-On: The Five Oyaji 2014
Owakon TV 2014 TV Mini-Series
Kabukichô High School 2014
Ninja Theory 2013 Short
Sushi Girl 2012 Sushi Chef (as JJ Shin'ichi Chiba)
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair 2011
Sennen no matsu 2009 Video as Sonny Chiba
Oyaji 2007 as Sonny Chiba
Legend of Seven Monks 2006 Genryuu a bonze (as Sonny Chiba)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 Uncle Kamata (as JJ Sonny Chiba)
The Winds of God: Kamikaze 2006 Oota air captain (as Sonny Chiba)
Astro kyûdan 2005 TV Mini-Series
Bau lit do see 2004 Otosan (as Sonny Chiba)
Survive Style 5+ 2004 Kazama - Advertising Company President (as Sonny Chiba)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
Battle Royale II 2003 Makio Mimura (Shinji's revolutionary uncle) (as Sonny Chiba)
Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka 2002 as Sonny Chiba
Feng yun 2002 TV Series Xiong Ba (as Sonny Chiba)
Dekichatta kekkon 2001 TV Series Ittetsu Kotani
Akumyô 2001 as Sonny Chiba
Hakata Movie: Chinchiromai 2000 as Sonny Chiba
Sheng zhe wei wang 2000 Isako Kusaraki (as Sonny Chiba)
Xiao Li fei dao zi Fei dao wai chuan 2000 Dagger (as Sonny Chiba)
Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha 1998 Lord Conqueror Hung Baa (as Sonny Chiba)
Terayoka yume shinan 1997 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Seiryû densetsu 1996 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Body Count 1995 Makato (as Sonny Chiba)
Immortal Combat 1994 Jiro 'J.J.' Jintani (as Sonny J. J. Chiba)
Ba dao zong heng 1992 The Superintendent (as Sonny Chiba)
Tokugawa burai-cho 1992 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Double Cross 1992 Shiba (as Sonny Chiba)
Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 Horikoshi (as Sonny Chiba)
Oda Nobunaga 1992 TV Movie as Sonny Chiba
Mine Field 1991 as Sonny Chiba
Gokudô sensô: Butôha 1991 as Sonny Chiba
Sengoku Ransei no Abarenbo Saito Dosan Doto no Tenka Tori 1991 TV Movie as Sonny Chiba
Jushichinin no ninja 1990 TV Movie as Sonny Chiba
Takeda Shingen 1990 TV Mini-Series Takeda Nobutora (as Sonny Chiba)
Shingo juuban shoubu 1990 TV Movie Umei Tamon
Shogun Iemitsu, Hikosa and Tasuke Issin 1989 TV Movie as Sonny Chiba
Tanba Tetsuro no daireikai shindara dounaru 1989 as Sonny Chiba
The School 1989 as Sonny Chiba
Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu 1989 Iba Shoemon (as Sonny Chiba)
Tian xia 1988 TV Series Lord Conquerer (as Sonny Chiba)
Tabi shoujo 1987 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Tomorrow's Snow 1987 TV Movie as Sonny Chiba
Hissatsu 4: Urami harashimasu 1987 Bunshichi (as Sonny Chiba)
Taikoki 1987 TV Movie Akechi Mitsuhide
Kyabarê 1986 Yakuza boss (as Sonny Chiba)
Kage no Gundan: Bakumatsu hen 1985 TV Series Hattori Hanzo XV (1985) (as Sonny Chiba)
Saigo no bakuto 1985 as Sonny Chiba
Uchû keiji Shaider 1985 TV Series Voicer
Space Cop Shaider: Pursuit! Shigi Shigi Abduction Plan 1984 Space Sheriff Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
Kotaro makari-toru! 1984 as Sonny Chiba
Satomi hakken-den 1983 Inuyama Dosetsu Tadatomo (as Sonny Chiba)
Kabamaru the Ninja 1983 as Sonny Chiba
Uchû keiji Sharivan 1983 TV Series Space Sheriff Voicer
Uchû keiji Gyaban 1982-1983 TV Series Space Sheriff Voicer
Kage no gundan III 1982 TV Series as Sonny Chiba
Iga ninpôchô 1982 Shinzaemon Yagyu (uncredited)
Kamata kôshinkyoku 1982 Actor (as Sonny Chiba)

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu 1989 stunt/combat coordinator - as Sonny Chiba
Iga ninpôchô 1982 action coordinator - as Sony Chiba
Roaring Fire 1982 action director - as Sonny Chiba

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 fight choreographer: Kenjutsu - as Sonny Chiba
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 advisor: samurai sword - as Sonny Chiba / fight choreographer: Kenjutsu - as Sonny Chiba

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oyaji 2007 as Sonny Chiba
Rimeinzu: Utsukushiki yuusha-tachi 1990 as Sonny Chiba

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rimeinzu: Utsukushiki yuusha-tachi 1990 producer - as Sonny Chiba

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks - as Sonny Chiba
Little Red Riding Hood 2009/I Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tôsôchû 2014 TV Series Himself
Sushi Girl: A Documentary 2013 Video documentary Himself (as Sonny Chiba)
Message from Earth 2011 Video documentary short Himself (as Sonny Chiba)
Yakuza Eiga, une histoire du cinéma yakuza 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sonny Chiba)
Waratte iitomo! 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Matthew's Best Hit TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Amazing Masters of Martial Arts 1985 Video documentary as Sonny Chiba

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ninja the Mission Force 2012 TV Series Father Dragon Claw Punch
The Making of 'Kill Bill' 2003 TV Movie documentary Hattori Hanzô (as Sonny Chiba)
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee 2001 Video documentary Himself (as Sonny Chiba)
Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes 1998 TV Special documentary Himself (as Sonny Chiba)
Chambara graffitti - Kill! 1981 Documentary as Sonny Chiba

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Maverick Award Hawaii International Film Festival
2004 American Choreography Award American Choreography Awards, USA Outstanding Achievment in Choreography - Fight Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) · Keith Adams
· Quentin Tarantino
· Woo-Ping Yuen

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
1999 Hong Kong Film Award Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha (1998)
1979 Award of the Japanese Academy Awards of the Japanese Academy Best Supporting Actor Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (1978)


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#Quote
1 An actor's body should be full of emotions, whether it is happiness or sorrow, pain or joy, enraged or elated. You have to express yourself with your whole body. Japanese actors don't normally do this. What I'm doing as an action star is what every actor should be doing. Action is drama. If we cannot make the audience laugh, smile or cry with us, we are not actors. That may be idealistic -- but it's true.

#Trademark
1 The X-ray Punch featured in the Japanese cult-film "The Street Fighter" (1974) and the Hong Kong martial arts film "The Storm Riders" (1998). An homage to this infamous scene is also featured in a fight scene between Jet Li and Russell Wong at the climax of "Romeo Must Die" (2000).

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