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Sonny Chiba

Chiba as Jubei Yagyu in Samurai Reincarnation
Birth name Sadaho Maeda
Born January 23, 1939 (age 68)
Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan

Shinichi Chiba (千葉 真一 Chiba Shin'ichi?), also known as Sonny Chiba (born January 23, 1939) in Fukuoka, Japan is a Japanese actor. Sonny Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan and later before an international audience. Image File history File links SonnyChibaSamuraiReincarnationScreenShot. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This page is about Fukuoka, Fukuoka (福岡市), a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This page is about Fukuoka, Fukuoka (福岡市), a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. ...

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Biography

Born Sadaho Maeda (前田 禎穂 Maeda Sadaho?) he was the second of five children in the family of a military test pilot.


As a boy, he manifested an interest in both theater and gymnastics, and he was serious enough about the latter to earn a place on the Japanese Olympic team in his late teens until he was sidelined by a back injury. While he was a university student, he began studying martial arts with the renowned World Karate Grand Master Masutatsu "Mas" Oyama (who he later played in a trilogy of films), leading to his becoming a first degree black belt. Masutatsu Mas Oyama (大山倍達) (1923–1994), was a martial arts master who founded Kyokushinkai, a major style of full contact karate. ...


Sometime around 1960 (the dates are uncertain, because it is possible that he had television appearances to his credit as early as 1959) he was discovered in a talent search (called "New Face") by the Toei film studio, and he began his screen career soon after, under the name Shinichi Chiba. Over the next decade, he was cast primarily in crime thrillers. He also adopted the English name Sonny Chiba, initially because of his association with a Toyota advertising campaign for a car called the Sunny-S.

Sonny Chiba as Takuma Tsurugi in The Street Fighter.
Sonny Chiba as Takuma Tsurugi in The Street Fighter.

By 1970, he had started his own training school for actors aspiring to work in martial arts films, and, in 1973, in the wake of the international craze for such films started by Bruce Lee, he returned to the screen himself as an actor. Chiba's breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter (1974), which established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema for the next two decades. Image File history File links Sonny_Chiba_The_Street_Fighter. ... Image File history File links Sonny_Chiba_The_Street_Fighter. ... This article is about the martial arts movie. ... Bruce Jun Fan Lee (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese American martial artist, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. ... This article is about the martial arts movie. ...


His subsequent hits included such pictures as Bullet Train (1975), Karate Warriors (1976), Doberman Cop (1977), and The Assassin (1977). He also occasionally returned to the science fiction genre, in movies such as Message From Space (1978). Chiba was even busier in the 1980s, doing dozens of movies as well as making forays into television, and with roles in such high profile adventures as the popular Hong Kong Manga-based Movie: The Storm Riders (1998), starring alongside with Ekin Cheng, the then Prince Of Pop-Culture of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Heavenly Pop Prince: Aaron Kwok, his fame in Japan remained unabated into the 1990s. Message from Space (originally Uchu kara no messeji) is a film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. ... The Storm Riders is a 1998 Hong Kong film directed by Andrew Lau. ... Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin (鄭伊健, pinyin: Zhèng Yījiàn) (born October 4, 1967) is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. ... Aaron Kwok Fu-Shing (Chinese: 郭富城; Pinyin: Guō Fùchéng; Cantonese: Gwok3 Fu3 Sing4; born October 26, 1965) is a popular Hong Kong singer and film actor. ...


In his 50s, the actor resumed working under the name Shinichi Chiba when he served as a choreographer of martial arts sequences. At the dawn of the 21st century, Chiba was as busy as ever in feature films and also starring in his own series in Japan.


Roles in Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka and directors Kenta and Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale II effectively bridged the gap between modern day and yesteryear cinematic cult legends, Chiba's enduring onscreen career received a fitting tribute when he appeared in a key role in director Quentin Tarantino's bloody revenge epic Kill Bill in 2003. Image:Takashi Miike. ... Kinji Fukasaku (深作欣二 Fukasaku Kinji) (3 July 1930 – 12 January 2003) was a Japanese film actor, writer and director. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Kill Bill: Vol. ...


Sonny Chiba has starred in more than 125 films for Toei Studios and has won numerous awards in Japan for his acting.


He currently lives in Yokohama, Japan, is divorced from his first wife, Yoko Nogiwa and is remarried with a new son, born in 1996. He is also the father of Julie Manase. His younger brother, Jiro Chiba, was also an actor, and now lives with his family in rural Japan. For the town of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture, see Yokohama, Aomori. ... Yoko Nogiwa (野際陽子 Nogiwa Yōko, born 24 January 1936 in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture) is a Japanese actress. ...


Black Belts and Martial Art Milestones

In addition to his acting ability, Chiba also has black belts in the following martial arts: This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • Ninjutsu - 4th Dan
  • Goju-ryu karate - 2nd Dan
  • Judo - 2nd Dan
  • Kendo - 1st Dan
  • Shorinji Kempo - 1st Dan
  • Kyokushin karate - 1st Dan
  • Japan Action Club (JAC) - Founder
    • This organization aims to develop and raise the level of martial arts techniques and sequences used in Japanese film and television.

Ninjutsu ) started out as a set of survival skills that were used by groups of people who lived in mountainous regions of Japan. ... Gojū-ryū ( 剛柔流 gōjū ryū) (Japanese for Hard-soft style) is a style of karate, so called as it allows a combination of hard and soft techniques. ... Judo ), meaning gentle way, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) and combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late nineteenth century. ... Kendo ) or way of the sword, is the martial art of Japanese fencing. ... Shorinji Kempo (少林寺拳法 Shōrinji Kenpō -- note that the World Shorinji Kempo Organization prefers the Romanization kempo to kenpo) is a martial art form of Kempo that was invented by Doshin So (宗 道臣, 1911-1980) in 1947, who incorporated Japanese Zen Buddhism into the fighting style. ... Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate founded by Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達) in 1964. ...

Filmography

Invasion of the Neptune Men , Space Hypership) is a tokusatsu SF/superhero film produced by Toei Company Ltd. ... See also: 1960 in film 1961 1962 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events Last Year at Marienbad (Lannée dernière à Marienbad) released Top grossing films North America The Guns of Navarone Exodus The Parent Trap The Absent-Minded Professor The Alamo Swiss Family Robinson... // Events February 11 - The film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr premieres in New York City. ... // Events The Marx Brothers Zeppo Marx divorces his second wife, Barbara Blakely. ... This article is about the martial arts movie. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... // January 28 - George Lucas creates the second draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Masutatsu Mas Oyama (大山倍達) (1923–1994), was a martial arts master who founded Kyokushinkai, a major style of full contact karate. ... Shorinji Kempo (少林寺拳法 Shōrinji Kenpō -- note that the World Shorinji Kempo Organization prefers the Romanization kempo to kenpo) is a martial art form of Kempo that was invented by Doshin So (å®— 道臣, 1911-1980) in 1947, who incorporated Japanese Zen Buddhism into the fighting style. ... Karate Kiba is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1976. ... // Events In the Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight win Best Actor and Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Network. ... The Fall Of Ako Castle ) (aka Swords Of Vengeance) is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. ... // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... Sengoku Jieitai (US title G.I. Samurai ) is a 1979 Japanese feature length film focusing on the adventures of a modern day Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) element that accidentally manages to travel to the Warring States period (戦国時代 or Sengoku jidai) of Japanese history. ... Message from Space (originally Uchu kara no messeji) is a film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. ... Shoguns Samurai ) (aka Yagyu Clan Conspiracy) is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. ... A portrayal of JÅ«bei done by Sonny Chiba, who would play the legendary samurai many times YagyÅ« JÅ«bei Mitsuyoshi ( 1607?-1650 April 21) is one of the most famous and romanticized of the samurai in Japans feudal era. ... Virus ) is a 1980 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey, Edward James Olmos, Ken Ogata, Sonny Chiba and Glenn Ford. ... // Events April 30 - The Roger Daltrey film, McVicar, opens in London. ... Samurai Reincarnation (originally Makai Tensho) is a 1981 film directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Sonny Chiba. ... // Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... // January 11 - Production begins on the Star Wars film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Satomi Hakkenden (里見八犬伝) is a 1983 Japanese historical martial arts fantasy film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. ... // February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York North Americas Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance Staying Alive Octopussy Mr. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... The Triple Cross ) (aka The Days Too Bright) is a 1992 Japanese film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... The Storm Riders is a 1998 Hong Kong film directed by Andrew Lau. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1998. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Kinji Fukasaku started work on a sequel to Battle Royale, Battle Royale II: Requiem in 2003 but died of bone cancer on January 12, 2003, after shooting only one scene. ... // February 24 - The Pianist, directed by Roman Polanski, wins 7 Cesar Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Music and Best Cinematography. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Kill Bill: Vol. ... Survive Style 5+ is a 2004 Japanese film directed by Gen Sekiguchi. ... // Please note that these are the top grossing films that were first released in 2004; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing films for calendar year 2004. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing...

Trivia

  • Samuel L. Jackson's character in the movie Pulp Fiction recites a creed partly based on Ezekiel 25:17, beginning, "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities (sic) of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men," and ending, "...and you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee." This creed was originally used as the opening scroll in the Sonny Chiba movie, Karate Kiba (English title: The Bodyguard), substituting the words, "...and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard...," in the above passage[1]

True Romance is an American motion picture released in 1993, directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... True Romance is an American motion picture released in 1993, directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Kill Bill: Vol. ... Pulp Fiction is an Academy Award-winning 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who co-wrote the screenplay with Roger Avary. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine on December 8, 1936 in Hollywood, California) is an American actor. ... Master Po (left) and Kwai Chang Caine (right) in a flashback from the episode Dark Angel, written by Herman Miller Kung Fu (1972-1975) was an award-winning American television series which starred David Carradine. ... “Samuel Jackson” redirects here. ... Pulp Fiction is an Academy Award-winning 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who co-wrote the screenplay with Roger Avary. ... Ezekiel the Prophet of the Hebrew Scriptures is depicted on a 1510 Sistine Chapel fresco by Michelangelo. ... Karate Kiba is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1976. ... The Revenge of Shinobi is a videogame developed and published by Sega in 1989. ... It has been suggested that Shuriken-jutsu be merged into this article or section. ...

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Chiba has been compared mostly to Bruce Lee, and even so, if Bruce hadn't have died, there was a movie in the works that would have starred both men.
Chiba's character was basically an equal rights type of guy, he didn't care if you were a man or a woman, he'd still crush you with his foot and break your ribs.
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