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Sonny Chiba 1961
Sonny Chiba, 1961
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Shinichi Chiba (千葉 真一 , Chiba Shin'ichi, 23 January 1939 – 19 August 2021), also known as Sonny Chiba (サニー 千葉 , Sanī Chiba), was a Japanese actor, singer, movie producer and director, and martial artist. He was from Fukuoka, Kyūshū. He was possibly the most famous Japanese movie actor of all time.

Chiba died on 19 August 2021 at a hospital in Kimitsu, Japan from pneumonia caused by COVID-19, aged 82.


  • The Street Fighter (1974) as Takuma Tsurugi
  • Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) as Hattori Hanzō
  • Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) as Hattori Hanzō
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) as Kamata
  • Sushi Girl (2012) as Sushi chef
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Chiba in Invasion of the Neptune Men, 1961
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