Japanese martial artist film star Sonny Chiba dies at 82

TOKYO – Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, who wowed the earth with his martial arts skills in more than 100 movies, which include “Kill Invoice,” has died. He was 82.

Chiba, identified in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, died late Thursday in a medical center in close proximity to Tokyo in which he experienced been dealt with for COVID-19 since Aug. 8, Tokyo-dependent Astraia, his administration business office, stated in a assertion Friday. It stated he experienced not been vaccinated.

Chiba rose to stardom in Japan in the 1960s, portraying samurai, fighters and law enforcement detectives, the anguished so-identified as “anti-heroes” striving to endure in a violent environment. He did a lot of of the stunt scenes himself.

His overseas job took off following his 1970s Japanese movie “The Road Fighter” proved well known in the U.S.

American director Quentin Tarantino listed the operate as amongst his “grindhouse,” or lower-finances kitsch cinema, favorites.

Tarantino cast Chiba in the part of Hattori Hanzo, a learn swordsmith in “Kill Invoice.”


Chiba appeared in the 1991 Hollywood film “Aces,” directed by John Glen, as very well as in Hong Kong motion pictures.

Chiba’s profession also acquired a increase from the worldwide growth in kung fu films, established off by Chinese legend Bruce Lee, whilst critics say Chiba tended to exhibit a dirtier, thug-like preventing style than Lee.

“A true action legend. Your films are everlasting and your energy an inspiration. #SonnyChiba #RIP,” American actor Lewis Tan said on Twitter.

New York-based writer and director Ted Geoghegan named him “the terrific Sonny Chiba.”

“Watch one particular of his movies today,” Geoghegan tweeted, followed by images of a fist and a broken coronary heart.

Other lovers mournfully stuffed Twitter threads with clips of his motion pictures and images.

Born in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, Chiba analyzed at Nippon Sport Science University experienced in various martials arts, earning a fourth-degree black belt in karate.

Chiba set up Japan Motion Club in 1980, to build a more youthful generation of actors, such as protege Hiroyuki Sanada, who is between Hollywood’s most coveted Japanese actors, landing roles in “The Final Samurai” and “Rush Hour 3.”


Chiba is survived by his three youngsters, Juri Manase, Mackenyu Arata and Gordon Maeda, all actors. A wake was canceled as a pandemic evaluate, and funeral arrangements had been continue to undecided, his business reported.


Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyama

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