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Sonny Chiba
Birthday: January 23, 1939

Birth Place: Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan
Height: 5' 1"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Sonny Chiba. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



Sonny Chiba was one of the first actors to achieve stardom through his skills in martial arts, initially in Japan and later before an international audience. Born Sadao Maeda in Fukuoka, Japan, he was the second of five children in the family of a military test pilot. As a boy he manifested an interest in both theater and gymnastics, and he was serious enough about the latter to earn a place on the Japanese Olympic team in his late teens, until he was sidelined by a back injury. While he was a university student, he began studying martial arts with the renowned World Karate Grand Master Masatatsu "Mas" Oyama, leading to his becoming a first degree judo black belt. Sometime around 1960 — the dates are uncertain, because it is possible that he had television appearances to his credit as early as 1959 — he was discovered in a talent search by the Toei film studio, and he began his screen career soon after, under the name Shinichi Chiba. It was under that name that he gave perhaps his most dubious screen performance, in the role of the mysterious hero Space Chief (as he is called by his youthful admirers in the English-dubbed version — in Japanese his name translated as "Ironsharp") in the delightfully inept, low-budget science fiction film Invasion of the Neptune Men. That film, which was shown on American television throughout the 1960s and even given the Mystery Science Theater 3000 "treatment" in the 1990s, was easily Chiba's most widely distributed film internationally for the first 14 years of his career. Over the next decade, he was cast primarily in crime thrillers (and one more science fiction effort, Terror Beneath the Sea). He also changed his name to Sonny Chiba, initially because of his association with a Toyota advertising campaign for a car called the Sunny-S. By 1969, he had started his own training school for actors aspiring to work in martial arts films, and in 1973, in the wake of the international craze for such films started by Bruce Lee, he returned to the screen himself as an actor. Chiba's breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter (1974), which established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema for the next two decades. His subsequent hits included such pictures as Bullet Train (1975), Karate Warriors (1976), Doberman Cop (1977), and The Assassin (1977). He also occasionally returned to the science fiction genre, in movies such as Message From Space (1978). Chiba was even busier in the 1980s, doing dozens of movies as well as making forays into television, and with roles in such high profile adventures as The Storm Riders (1998) his fame in Japan remained unabated into the 1990s. In his fifties, the actor resumed working under the name Shinichi Chiba when he served as a choreographer of martial arts sequences. At the dawn of the 21st century, Chiba was as busy as ever in feature films and also starring in his own series in Japan. Roles in Takashi Miike's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka and directors Kenta and Kenji Fukusaku's Battle Royale II effectively bridged the gap between modern day and yesteryear cinematic cult legend, Chiba's enduring onscreen career recieved a fitting tribute when the ageing but still formidable talent appeared in a key role in director Quentin Tarantino's bloody revenge epic Kill Bill in 2003.

Movie Credits
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
[ Vin Diesel ][ Bow Wow ][ Lucas Black ][ Zachery Ty Bryan ][ Leonardo Nam ]
Baau lit diy shut (2004)
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
[ Vinnie Jones ]
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
[ Michael Madsen ][ David Carradine ][ Robert Ri'chard ]
Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka (2003)
[ Takeshi Kitano ]
Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka (2002)
[ Takashi Miike ]
Akumyô (2001)
Hakata Movie: Chinchiromai (2000)
Sheng zhe wei wang (2000)
Siu lei fei do ji fei do ngoi chuen (2000)
Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha (1998)
Codename: Silencer (1995)
[ Steven Bauer ][ Jan-Michael Vincent ]
Immortal Combat (1994)
[ Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ]
Ba dao zong heng (1992)
Itsuka giragirasuruhi (1992)
Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992)
[ Rob Estes ][ Louis Gossett Jr. ][ Fred Dalton Thompson ][ Tom Bower ][ Phill Lewis ]
Gokudô sensô: Butôha (1991)
Mine Field (1991)
Jushichinin no ninja (1990)
Sensei (1989)
Tanba Tetsuro no daireikai shindara dounaru (1989)
Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu (1989)
Hissatsu 4: Urami harashimasu (1987)
Tomorrow's Snow (1987)
Kyabare (1986)
Space Cop Shaider: Pursuit! Shigi Shigi Abduction Plan (1985)
Saigo no bakuto (1985)
Hurricane Sword (1985)
Kotaro makari-toru! (1984)
Satomi hakken-den (1983)
Iga-no Kabamaru (1983)
Iga ninpûchô (1982)
Kamata koshin-kyoku (1982)
Hoero! Tekken (1982)
The Bushido Blade (1981)
[ James Earl Jones ][ Mako ][ Toshirô Mifune ][ Mike Starr ]
Bôkensha kamikaze (1981)
Makai tenshô (1981)
Ryu no oujo (1981)
Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu (1980)
Fukkatsu no hi (1980)
[ Edward James Olmos ][ Glenn Ford ][ Robert Vaughn ][ George Kennedy ][ Chuck Connors ]
Sengoku jieitai (1979)
Yomigaeru kinrô (1979)
Yami no karyudo (1979)
Hakuchyu no shikaku (1979)
Yokohama ankokugai mashingan no ryu (1978)
Okinawa jû-nen sensô (1978)
Ako-Jo danzetsu (1978)
[ Toshirô Mifune ]
Uchu kara no messeji (1978)
[ Vic Morrow ]
Yagyû ichizoku no inbô (1978)
[ Toshirô Mifune ]
Doberuman deka (1977)
Nihon no jingi (1977)
Sora-te baka ichidai (1977)
Hokuriku dairi senso (1977)
Golgo 13: Kûron no kubi (1977)
Kyokuskin kenka karate burai ken (1977)
Yakuza senso: Nihon no Don (1977)
Torakku yarô: Dokyô ichiban hoshi (1977)
Gekisatsu! Judo ken (1977)
[ Bolo Yeung ]
Karate Kiba (1976)
Dasso yugi (1976)
Kozure satsujin ken (1976)
Onna hissatsu kenshi (1976)
Okinawa Yakuza sensô (1976)
Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)
Wolfguy: Moero ôkami-otoko (1975)
Wakai kizoku-tachi: 13-kaidan no Maki (1975)
Gekitotsu! Aikidô (1975)
Shôrinji kenpô (1975)
Bakuhatsu! Boso zoku (1975)
Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten (1974)
Gyakushû! Satsujin ken (1974)
Onna hissatsu ken (1974)
Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (1974)
Rupangu-to no ritsugun Nakano gakko (1974)
Satsujin ken 2 (1974)
Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken (1974)
Bodigaado Kiba: Hissatsu sankaku tobi (1973)
Tokyo-Seoul-Bangkok (1973)
Jingi naki tatakai: Hiroshima shito hen (1973)
Bodigaado Kiba (1973)
Marijuana mitsubai soshiki (1970)
Yakuza deka (1970)
Saigo no tokkôtai (1970)
Yakuza deka, marihuana mitsubai soshiki (1970)
Nihon ansatsu hiroku (1969)
Rikugun chôhô 33 (1968)
Kawachi yûkyôden (1967)
Gyangu no teiô (1967)
Soshiki bôryoku (1967)
Hokkai yûkyôden (1967)
Ôgon batto (1966)
Kaitei daisensô (1966)
Kamikaze yarô (1966)
Rokyoku komori-uta (1965)
Buraikan jingi (1965)
Nippon dorobô monogatari (1965)
Zoku Tokyo antachaburu (1964)
Gyangu chuushingura (1963)
Jirocho shacho to Ishimatsu shacho (1963)
Yakuza no uta (1963)
Ôsho (1962)
Gyangu tai G-men (1962)
Keishichô monogatari: jûni-nin no keiji (1961)
Fûraibô tantei: Misaki o wataru kuroi kaze (1961)
Funky Hat no kaidanji: Nisenman-en no ude (1961)
Fûraibô tantei: Akai tani no sangeki (1961)
Uchu Kaisoku-sen (1961)
Funky Hat no kaidanji (1961)


  • Father of Juri Manase.
  • Older brother of Jirô Chiba
  • 2nd-Dan Blackbelt in Jûdô
  • 4th-Dan Blackbelt in Ninjutsu
  • 1st-Dan Blackbelt in Kendô
  • 1st-Dan Blackbelt in Shôrinji Kenpô
  • As a college student at Nippon Taiiku University, Chiba trained extensively for the 1964 Japanese Olympic Gymnastics Team, but a hip injury from a part-time construction work cost him his gymnastics career. It was then that he decided to devote most of his time and energy into martial arts, training under the renowned World Karate Grand Master Mas Oyama Koncho, receiving his first degree judo black belt. He later portrayed Mas Oyama in the martial arts bio-pic "Kenka karate kyokushinken" (Champion of Death, 1975).
  • Best known in international cult-cinema circles for starring as Terry Tsurugi, the hitman for hire in "The Street Fighter" (1974) film series, which produced 3 sequels. Chiba currently resides in Los Angeles with his second wife.
  • Chiba has starred in more than 125 films at Toei Studios and has won numerous acting awards in Japan for his dramatic film roles.
  • Director Quention Tarantino is a huge fan of Sonny Chiba. Tarantino has included references to Chiba's 70's films "The Street Fighter," "Return of the Street Fighter," and "Sister Street Figher" in the opening act of "True Romance" (1993). The opening monologue of Chiba's "Karate Kiba" (1974) is quoted word-for-word by Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) as his trademark "Ezekiel 25:17 Speech" in "Pulp Fiction" (1994).
  • Founder of the Japanese Action Club (JAC), a group of martial artist/actors who train together in promoting realistic fighting techniques in Japanese movies and television shows.
  • Frequent co-star of Etsuko Shihomi, the star of the "Sister Street Fighter" series.
  • In the early 70s, Chiba was set to co-star in a feature film production with Bruce Lee and George Lazenby. Unfortunately, the moment Chiba's plane landed in Hong Kong to start production, the news of Lee's untimely death forced the producers to shut-down the ill-fated project.
  • Student of Choi Bae-dal, the founder of Kyokushin Karate.

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