Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, who amazed the world with his martial arts skills in more than 100 films including Kill Bill, has died. He was 82. Chiba, also known as Shinichi Chiba in Japan, died Thursday night at a hospital near Tokyo, where he has been receiving treatment for Kovid-19 since Aug. 8, his management office in Tokyo said in a statement Friday. Told him he had not been vaccinated.
Chiba rose to prominence in Japan in the 1960s, portraying samurai, warriors and police detectives as so-called “anti-heroes” trying to survive in a violent world. He did many stunt scenes himself.
His foreign career began in the 1970s with the popularity of the Japanese film The Street Fighter in the US.
American director Quentin Tarantino The work was listed as one of his “Grindhouse” or low budget kitsch movies, favorites.
Tarantino Chiba as Hattori Hanjo, the master swordsman in Kiran Bill.
Chiba has appeared in the 1991 Hollywood film Aces, directed by John Glenn, as well as Hong Kong films.
Chiba’s career also resurfaced from the global boom in kung fu films, set by Chinese legend Bruce Lee, but critics say he exhibits a dirtier, more aggressive fighting style than Chiba Lee.
“True action legend. Your movies are eternal and your energy is an inspiration. #Sonichiba #RIP,” American actor Louis Tan said on Twitter.
– Louis Tan (@TheLewisTan) August 19, 2021
New York-based writer and director Ted Geoghegan called him “the great Sony Chiba.”
“Check out one of his movies today,” Geoghegan tweeted, followed by pictures of fists and a broken heart.
Great Sonny Chiba died today at the age of 82, another victim of Kovid-19. The martial arts legend with six black belts, who started on Tokusatsu TV, has made over 120 films for Chiba Toi and has been the most popular action star in Japan for decades. Check out one of his movies today. I. pic.twitter.com/sIIqS1Gf5A
– Ted Geoghegan August 19, 2021
Other fans filled Twitter threads with mourning with clips of his movies and photos.
Born in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, Chiba Nippon trained in various martial arts at the University of Sport Science and earned a fourth-degree black belt in karate.
Chiba founded the Japan Action Club in 1980, landing roles in The Last Samurai and Rush Hour 3 to develop a younger generation of actors, Hiroyuki Sanada, one of the most prestigious Japanese actors in Hollywood.
Chiba is survived by his three children, Jury Manase, Mackenzie Arata and Gordon Meda, all actors. His office said the wake was canceled as a pandemic and funeral arrangements had not yet been made.