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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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Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Hattori Hanzo
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Hattori Hanzo
Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken
Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken Takuma Tsurugi (Terry)
Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha
Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha Lord Conqueror / Hung Baa


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 2017 Bond: Kizuna (filming)
 2015 Take a Chance
Musashi (as Sonny Chiba)
 2012 Sushi Girl
Sushi Chef (as JJ Shin'ichi 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 Bau lit do see
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)
 2001 Akumyô (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Hakata Movie: Chinchiromai (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Sheng zhe wei wang
Isako Kusaraki (as Sonny Chiba)
 2000 Xiao Li fei dao zi Fei dao wai chuan
Dagger (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 Double Cross
Shiba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1992 Aces: Iron Eagle III
Horikoshi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1991 Mine Field (as Sonny Chiba)
 1991 Gokudô sensô: Butôha (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 The School (as Sonny Chiba)
 1989 Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu
Iba Shoemon (as Sonny Chiba)
 1987 Hissatsu 4: Urami harashimasu
Bunshichi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1986 Kyabarê
Yakuza boss (as Sonny Chiba)
 1985 Saigo no bakuto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1984 Kotaro makari-toru! (as Sonny Chiba)
 1983 Kabamaru the Ninja (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 Iga ninpôchô
Shinzaemon Yagyu (uncredited)
 1982 Kamata kôshinkyoku
Actor (as Sonny Chiba)
 1982 Roaring Fire
Mr. Magic / Interpol Inspector (as Sonny Chiba)
 1981 The Bushido Blade
Prince Ido (as Sony Chiba)
 1981 Bôkensha kamikaze
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)
 1979 Sengoku jieitai
Lt. Yoshiaki Iba (as Sonny Chiba)
 1979 Yomigaeru kinrô
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 Akô-jô danzetsu
Kazuemon Fuwa (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 Uchu kara no messeji
Hans (as Sonny Chiba)
 1978 The Shogun's Samurai
Yagyû Jûbê (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Kyokuskin kenka karate burai ken
Mas Oyama (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Torakku yarô: Dokyô ichiban hoshi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Hitomi no naka no houmonsha
Drunk (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon
Duke Togo / Golgo 13 (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Doberuman deka
Joji Kano (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Nihon no jingi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1977 Karate baka ichidai
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 Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess
Kazuma Higaki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Gekitotsu! Aikidô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Bakuhatsu! Boso zoku
Tsugami (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Shinkansen daibakuha
 1975 Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Wakai kizoku-tachi: 13-kaidan no Maki
Kenichi Hyuga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1975 Shôrinji kenpô
Doshin So (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten
Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Gyakushû! Satsujin ken
Takuma Tsurugi (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Onna hissatsu ken
Seiichi Hibiki (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken
Ryuichi Koga (as Sonny Chiba)
 1974 Satsujin ken 2
Takuma Tsurugi (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 Death Match
Katsutoshi Otomo (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 Gincho nagaremono mesuneko bakuchi
Ryûji (as Sonny Chiba)
 1972 Mayaku baishun G-Men
 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 Nihon ansatsu hiroku
Tadashi Onuma (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 Kawachi yûkyôden
Komakichi Sugimoto (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Gyangu no teiô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1967 Soshiki bôryoku (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, Shin-Ichi Chiba)
 1966 Kamikaze yarô (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Abashiri bangaichi: Hokkai hen (as Sonny Chiba)
 1965 Rokyoku komori-uta (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 Jigoku meirei
 1963 Yakuza no uta (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Gyangu Chûshingura (as Sonny Chiba)
 1963 Jirocho shacho to Ishimatsu shacho (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Ôsho
Mouri (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Gyangu tai G-men (as Sonny Chiba)
 1962 Koi to Taiyo to Gang
Helicopter Pilot
 1961 Keishichô monogatari: jûni-nin no keiji
Detective Nakagawa
 1961 Funky Hat no kaidanji
Ichiro (as Sonny Chiba)
 1961 Fûraibô tantei: Akai tani no sangeki
Gorô Saionji (as Sonny Chiba)
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Alternate Names:

J.J. Sonny Chiba | JJ Shin'ichi Chiba | JJ Sonny Chiba | Shin-Ichi Chiba | Sonny J. J. Chiba | Sonny Chiba | Sony Chiba | Rindo Wachinaga


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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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 »


2nd-Dan Blackbelt in Jûdô See more »


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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