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Sonny Chiba 
Written by: on April 1st, 2004

Sadao Maeda AKA Sonny Chiba (He earned the nickname “Sonny” while working on an ad campaign for Toyota) was born on January 23rd, 1939 in Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan. In 1960 Sonny would enter and win Toei studio’s new faces contest. There was a big push on the part of Toei to exploit Chiba as a star to the fullest by placing Chiba in roles that would showcase Chiba’s fourth-degree black belt in karate.

In 1967 with the T.V. series Key Hunter (Toei’s fuel injected variation on Mission Impossible) would give Chiba the boost his career needed and make him a bankable action star. Key Hunter would remain on the air for 5 years resulting in over 250 hour long episodes. In 1969 Chiba would form the Japan action club which was created to provide able-bodied stuntman and martial artists for any studio who was able to hire them.

The 1970’s would see Chiba at his peek in popularity with the Street Fighter films. The Street Fighter would become the first film the MPAA ever gave an X rating based on Violence. In 1979 Chiba would return to T.V. with the series Hanzo Hattori AKA Shadow Warriors. Over the next twenty years Chiba would make films in Hollywood and Hong Kong as well as continue to make films in Japan.

Part of Chiba’s resurgence in America must also be credited to writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay which features Christian Slater going to a Sonny Chiba festival. With the advent of DVD North America Has been flooded with widely uneven print quality, edited, and cropped versions of many of Chiba’s films. Sonny Chiba has enjoyed a successful film career that has spanned over 40 years. With his recent role in the blockbuster Kill Bill volume 1. He is now more popular then ever.

Through all of his ups and downs Chiba will always be remembered for his signature role Takuma “Terry” Tsurugi a vicious assassin in the series of Street Fighter Films which has earned him his cult following around the world.

Filmography:

Bond: Kizuna (2016)
Take a Chance (2015)
April Fools (2015)
Buzz (2014)
Kabukichô High School (2014)
Ninja Theory (2013)
Sushi Girl (2012)
Sennen no matsu (2009)
Oyaji (2007)
Jitsuroku Kyushu Yakuza Koso Makoto Eno Michi (2006)
The Winds of God: Kamikaze (2006)
Legend of Seven Monks (2006)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Sarutobi Sasuke and the Army of Darkness 4: Fire Chapter (2005)
Sarutobi Sasuke and the Army of Darkness 3: Wind Chapter (2005)
New Shadow Warriors: The Final Chapter (2005)
Okami-Tachi No Densetsu: Ashu Kuroshakai Senso (2005)
New Shadow Warriors V (2005)
Zenido 6: Jigoku No Saiken Kaishu Saishu-Sho (2005)
Zenido 5: Mugen Rensako (2004)
Explosive City (2004)
Survive Style 5+ (2004)

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Battle Royale II (2003)
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Bad Reputation (2001)
“Shotgun Wedding” (2001) TV Series
The Legend of the Flying Swordsman (2000)
Hakata Movie: Chinchiromai (2000)
Born to Be King (2000)
The Storm Riders (1998)
“Terayoka yume shinan” (1997) TV Series
“Seiryû densetsu” (1996) TV Series
Body Count (1995)
Immortal Combat (1994)
Fighting Fist (1992)
“History of Women Torture” (1992) TV Series
Triple Cross (1992)
Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992)
Mine Field (1991)
Gokudo Wars (1991)
Jushichinin no ninja (1990)
Shogun’s Shadow(1989)
Tetsuro Tanba’s Large Spiritual World (1989)
Sensei (Teacher) (1989)
“The Traveling Girl ” (1987) TV Series
Tomorrow’s Snow (1987)
Sure-Fire Death 4: We Will Avenge You (1987)
Cabaret (1986)
“Kage no Gundan: Bakumatsu hen” (1985) TV Series
The Last Gambler (1985)
Space Cop Shaider: Pursuit! Shigi Shigi Abduction Plan (1985)
Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)
Roaring Fire (1982)
“Kage no gundan III” (1982) TV Series
Ninja Wars (1982)
Fall Guy (1982)
“Space Sheriff Gavan” (1982) TV Series
The Bushido Blade (1981)
The Kamikaze Adventurers (1981)
Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
“Hattori Hanzô: Kage no Gundan aka Shadow Warriors” (1980) TV Series
Shogun’s Ninja (1980)
Virus (1980)
“Yagyuu Conspiracy” (1979) TV Series
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
G.I. Samurai (1979)
The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)
Hakuchyu no shikaku (1979)
Okinawa: The Ten-Year War (1978)
The Shogun’s Samurai (1978)
Yokohama Underworld: The Machine-Gun Dragon (1978)
Message from Space (1978)
Swords of Vengeance (The Fall of Ako Castle) (1978)
Soul of Chiba (1977)
Golgo 13 Kowloon Assignment (1977)
Truckstar of Guts (1977)
Yakuza War: The Japanese Don (1977)
Doberman Cop (1977)
Japanese Honor (1977)
Karate For Life (1977)
Proxy War in Hokuriku (1977)
Okinawa Yakuza War (1976)
Karate Warriors (1976)
Dragon Princess (1976)
Explosive! Speed Tribes (1975)
The Defensive Power of Aikido (1975)
“The Gorilla Seven” (1975) TV Series
Karate Bearfighter (1975)
Karate Bullfighter (1975)
Champion of Death (1975)
The Killing Machine (1975)
Bullet Train (1975)
Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)
13 steps of Maki: the young aristocrats (1975)
The Bodyguard (1974)
The Executioner 2: Karate Inferno (1974)
The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge (1974)
Sister Street Fighter (1974)
The Executioner (1974)
The Legends of The Army Intelligence School (1974)
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
The Street Fighter (1974)
Bodyguard Kiba (1973)
Bodigaado Kiba: Hissatsu sankaku tobi (1973)
Tokyo-Seoul-Bangkok (1973)
Vice G-Men 2 (1972)
Yakuza Wolf 2 (1972)
Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler (1972)
Vice G-Men (1972)
The Yakuza Papers: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973)
Wandering Ginza: She-Cat Gambler (1972)
Yakuza Wolf: I Perform Murder
“Keiji kun” (1971) TV Series
Yakuza Deka: Graves (1971)
Yakuza Deka: Poison Gas Terror (1971)
Yakuza Deka: The Assassin (1970)
Yakuza Deka: Gangster Cop (1970)
The Last Suicide Squad (1970)
Memoir of Japanese Assassins (1969)
“Jûdô itchokusen” (1969) TV Series
Delinquent Boss: Inoshita Ocho (1969)
Army Intelligence 33 (1968)
The Young Eagles of the Kamikaze (1968)
Human Torpedoes (1968)
Kawachi yûkyôden (1967)
Gang Emperor (1967)
Game of Chance 3 (1967)
Organized Violence (1967)
Yoru no mesuinu (1967)
Diaries of the Kamikaze (1967)
The North Sea Chivalry (1967)
Game of Chance 2 (1967)
“Key Hunter” (1967) TV Series
The Golden Bat (1966)
Terror Beneath the Sea (1966)
Kamikaze Guy: Duel in Broad Daylight (1966)
Abashiri Prison: Duel in the South (1966)
Abashiri Prison: Hokkai Territory (1965)
A Villain’s Code Of Honor (1965)
Yakuza G-Men: Meiji Underworld (1965)
Tale of Japanese Burglars (1965)
Ano kumo ni utaô (1965)
Game of Chance (1965)
“5th Level in Darkness” (1965) TV Series
Here Because of You (1964)
Tokyo Untouchable: Prostitution Underground Organization (1964)
Kansei Underworld Gang (1964)
The Judo Generation: The Devil of Kodokan (1964)
On Hell’s Command (1964)
Dragon’s Life (1964)
Gang Chushingura (1963)
Asakusa no kyôkaku (1963)
Special Tactical Police Pt.2 (1963)
Special Tactical Police (1963)
Jirocho shacho to Ishimatsu shacho (1963)
The Judo Generation: The Devil of Kodokan (1963)
Yakuza’s Song (1963)
Orders from Hell (1963)
The Gambler (1962)
Gang vs G-Men (1962)
For Love, the Sun, and the Gang (1962)
The Kamikaze (1962)
“JNR Inspector No. 36” (1962) TV Series
Metropolitan Police Department Story: Twelve Detectives (1961)
Hepcat in the Funky Hat: The 200,000 Yen Arm (1961)
Hepcat in the Funky Hat (1961)
Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)
Drifting Detective: Black Wind in Harbor (1961)
Drifting Detective: Tragedy in the Red Valley (1961)
Metropolitan Police Department Story: The Woman of 15 Abilities (1961)
Metropolitan Police Department Story: Absence of Proof (1961)
“Messenger of Allah” (1960) TV Series
“Spectrum Mask” (1959) TV Series

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