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Shin'ichi Chiba


Pivotal figure in the 1970s explosion of martial arts cinema as lethal "fists for hire" trouble shooter, Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi, starring in the phenomenally popular and ultra violent "The Street Fighter" series of action films. Sonny Chiba wasn't a graceful, fluid fighter like screen icon Bruce Lee, but rather he was a ferocious machine that mowed... See full bio »
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 2015 Bond: Kizuna (pre-production)
Tatsumi
 2014 Take a Chance (post-production)
Musashi (as Sonny Chiba)
 2014 Owakon TV (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.1 (2014)
 2013 Ninja Theory (Short)
 2012 Sushi Girl
Sushi Chef (as Sonny Chiba)
 2009 Sennen no matsu (Video) (as Sonny Chiba)
 2007 Oyaji (as Sonny Chiba)
 2006 Legend of Seven Monks
Genryuu a bonze (as Sonny Chiba)
 2006 The Winds of God: Kamikaze
Oota air captain (as Sonny Chiba)
 2004 Explosive City
Otosan (as Sonny Chiba)
 2004 Survive Style 5+
Kazama - Advertising Company President (as Sonny Chiba)
 2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
 2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Hattori Hanzo (as Sonny Chiba)
 2003 Battle Royale II
Makio Mimura (Shinji's revolutionary uncle) (as Sonny Chiba)
 2002 Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (as Sonny Chiba)
 2002 The Storm Riders (TV Series)
Xiong Ba (as Sonny Chiba)
 2001 Dekichatta kekkon (TV Series)
Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.11 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.10 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.9 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.8 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
- Episode #1.7 (2001) ... Ittetsu Kotani
 2001 Akumyô (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Hakata Movie: Chinchiromai (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Born to Be King
Isako Kusaraki (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Xiao Li fei dao zi Fei dao wai chuan
Dagger (as Sonny Chiba)
 1998 The Storm Riders
Lord Conqueror / Hung Baa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1997 Terayoka yume shinan (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1996 Seiryû densetsu (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1995 Body Count
Makato (as Sonny Chiba)
 1994 Immortal Combat
Jiro 'J.J.' Jintani (as Sonny J. J. Chiba)
 1992 Ba dao zong heng
The Superintendent (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Tokugawa burai-cho (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Double Cross
Shiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Aces: Iron Eagle III
Horikoshi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Oda Nobunaga (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1991 Mine Field (as Sonny Chiba)
 1991 Gokudô sensô: Butôha (as Sonny Chiba)
 1990 Jushichinin no ninja (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1990 Takeda Shingen (TV Mini-Series)
Takeda Nobutora (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 Shogun Iemitsu, Hikosa and Tasuke Issin (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 The School (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu
Iba Shoemon (as Sonny Chiba)
 1988 Tian xia (TV Series)
Lord Conquerer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Tabi shoujo (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Tomorrow's Snow (TV Movie) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Sure Death Revenge
Bunshichi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Taikoki (TV Movie)
Akechi Mitsuhide
 1986 Cabaret
Yakuza boss (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 Shadow Warriors IV (TV Series)
Hattori Hanzo XV (1985) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 Saigo no bakuto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 Uchû keiji Shaider (TV Series)
Voicer
- Sannin no Uchu Keiji: Gyaban, Shariban, Shaida Daishuno! (1985) ... Voicer (as Sonny Chiba)
 1984 Kotaro makari-toru! (as Sonny Chiba)
 1983 Kabamaru the Ninja (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 The Shadow Army 3 (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 The Ninja Wars
Shinzaemon Yagyu (uncredited)
 1982 Fall Guy
Actor (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 Roaring Fire
Mr. Magic / Interpol Inspector (as Sonny Chiba)
 1981 The Bloody Bushido Blade
Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
 1981 The Kamikaze Adventurers
Daisuke Kamikaze (as Sonny Chiba)
 1981 Samurai Reincarnation
Jubei Yagyu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu
Shiranui Shogen (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Day of Resurrection
Dr. Yamauchi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1980 Tokyo Daijishin Magnitude 8.1 (TV Movie)
 1980 Shadow Warriors (TV Series)
Hattori Hanzô
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Hattori Hanzô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 Sengoku jieitai
Lt. Yoshiaki Iba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf
Mitsuhiko Sakurai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 Hunter in the Dark
Samon Shimoguni (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 Hakuchyu no shikaku
Yosuke Ota (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Okinawa jû-nen sensô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Yokohama ankokugai mashingan no ryu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 The Fall of Ako Castle
Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (TV Series)
Jûbê Yagyû
- Shôgun dokusatsu (1978) ... Jûbê Yagyû (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Message from Space
Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 The Shogun's Samurai
Jûbê Yagyû (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Karate Bear Fighter
Mas Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Torakku yarô: Dokyô ichiban hoshi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 The Visitor in the Eye
Drunk (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Golgo 13
Duke Togo (Golgo 13) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Detective Doberman
Joji Kano (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Nihon no jingi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Karate for Life
Sensei Masutatsu Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Karate Bullfighter
Sensei Masutatsu Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Hokuriku dairi sensô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Soul of Bruce Lee
Mu Yun Tek (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Yakuza senso: Nihon no Don
Tsuneyoshi Sakota (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Okinawa Yakuza sensô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Karate Kiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Dasso yugi
Wataru Kangi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Karate Warriors (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Shôrinji kenpô
Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
 1976 Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess
Kazuma Higaki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 The Defensive Power of Aikido (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 The Gorilla Seven (TV Series)
Daisuke Kazami (1975)
 1975 Bakuhatsu! Boso zoku
Tsugami (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 The Bullet Train
Aoki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 13 steps of Maki: the young aristocrats
Kenichi Hyuga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Karate Inferno
Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Sister Street Fighter
Seiichi Hibiki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Executioner
Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 The Streetfighter
Takuma Tsurugi (Terry) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Bodigaado Kiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Bodigaado Kiba: Hissatsu sankaku tobi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Tokyo-Seoul-Bangkok (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Hiroshima shitô hen
Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
 1973 Robotto keiji (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1973) ... (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler
Ryûji (as Sonny Chiba)
 1971 Keiji kun (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1971 Yakuza deka: Kyofu no doku gasu
Shiro Hayata
 1970 Saigo no tokkôtai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1970 The Assassin
Hayata (as Sonny Chiba)
 1970 Gangster Cop
Hayata Shiro (as Sonny Chiba)
 1969 Memoir of Japanese Assassins
Tadashi Onuma (as Sonny Chiba)
 1969 Jûdô itchokusen (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1968 Ah, yokaren
Second Sub-lieutenant Kodama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1968 Ah kaiten tokubetsu kogetikai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1968 Rikugun chôhô 33
Kazuo Yamamoto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Âa dôki no sakura
Second Sublieutenant Hanzawa
 1967 Hokkai yûkyôden (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Kii Hantâ (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Kawachi yûkyôden
Komakichi Sugimoto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Gyangu no teiô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 The Private Police (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Abashiri Bangaichi: Nangoku no Taiketsu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Ôgon batto
Dr. Yamatone (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 The Terror Beneath the Sea
Ken Abe (as Sonny Chiba)
 1966 Kamikaze yarô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Game of Chance (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Kurayami go-dan (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Buraikan jingi
Soichi Jinnai (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Nippon dorobô monogatari
Lawyer Ohki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga ita
Makoto Yabuki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1964 Zoku Tokyo antachaburu (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Yakuza no uta (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Gyangu chûshingura (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Jirocho shacho to Ishimatsu shacho (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 JNR Inspector No. 36 (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Ôsho
Mouri (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Gyangu tai G-men (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Keishichô monogatari: jûni-nin no keiji
Detective Nakagawa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Man with the Funky Hat
Ichiro (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Fûraibô tantei: Akai tani no sangeki
Gorô Saionji (as Sonny Chiba)
 1960 Arâ no shisha (TV Series) (as Sonny Chiba)
 1959 Nana-iro kamen (TV Series)
Kotarô Ran / Spectrum Mask (Chapters 5-7; Episodes 32-57) (as Sonny Chiba)
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Alternate Names:

J.J. Sonny Chiba | JJ Sonny Chiba | Sonny J. J. Chiba | Sonny Chiba | Sony Chiba | Rindo Wachinaga

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

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 ... See more »

Trivia:

4th-Dan Blackbelt in Ninjutsu See more »

Trademark:

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).

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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