Sonny Chiba, legendary actor and martial artist


He was mentioned in “True Romance” on three of his movies, as he was Hanzo Hattori in the two volumes of “Kill Bill”. He is a legend in his time. He is a martial artist, actor, director, singer and producer.

Born in 1939, he and his family went to a better place in Japan to avoid the warfare in WWII. As he went onto sports and gymnastics, he went onto martial arts. That is when he became good, as he became an actor.

In his movies, he was famous in ‘The Street Fighter’ movies. Not like the video game, but more likely different. A different street fighter but different.

“The Street Fighter”, “Return of the Street Fighter”, “Sister Street Fighter” and “The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge”, four in 1974 in Japan. They made their movies and media fast.

By the time he was in “The Executioner”, “The Bullet Train”, and etc., he was okay and good. However later on in 2003, violent director Quentin Tarantino loved him so much, he had him in his next movie. An epic bloody revenge. “Kill Bill” in volumes 1 and 2.

In “Kill Bill”, he took the role of Hattori Hanzo. A sushi restaurant owner in Okinawa, Japan, and a retired sword craftsman who never made another samurai sword again. However, when Beatrix Kiddo came, and knew about his first student, Bill, he agreed to make her a samurai sword. One month later, the samurai sword he did, was magnificent. As his very last. As they played ‘The Lonely Shepard’ from Gheorghe Zamfir, the way he was dressed, held the sword, and had it in his hut, it was terrific.

He told the truth on his oath, as he agreed, this was his finest sword he ever created. After giving it to Kiddo, she was ready to use it. In the two volumes of that movie, he said that ‘revenge is a never a straight line. It’s like a forest as its easy to lose your way. To get lost. To forget where you came in’.

He is still alive today. And will be remained a legend still on. He is still Quentin’s favorite, but he is still my favorite.

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