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Kill Bill actor Sonny Chiba dies of Covid-19


May 16, 2023 , , , , , ,

Kill Bill actor Sonny Chiba dies of Covid-19

The Japanese martial arts master and actor, Sonny Chiba, has died of the complications of Covid-19 at the age of 82, his agent said on Thursday.

Sonny Chiba is known for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

“Sonny died yesterday from Covid-19,” his agent Timothy Beal said. “Such tragic news. He was a great friend and an awesome client. Such a humble, caring and friendly man.”

Born in the southwest of Japan in 1939, Sadaho Maeda became a martial arts student and kept learning it throughout the 1960s, ending up becoming a specialist in karate.

His unique martial arts capabilities won him several roles in Japanese films and the television series, notably at the very well-known Toei Studio that found him out in a competition meant to search for new talent.

In the wake of the worldwide fame of Bruce Lee, Chiba established himself as a martial arts expert-cum-actor in the trilogy of “The Street Fighter” outside Japan.

This performance impressed a young Tarantino who later would cast him into playing samurai-turned chief Hattori Hanzo,  who forges a sword to help Uma Thurman get retribution in the Hollywood hit flick, “Kill Bill.”

Also in 2006, Chiba played a role in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”.

“Outbreak Z,” the zombie movie with Wesley Snipes, was his next project to work on, said Beal.

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