The Best Sonny Chiba Movies

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List of the best Sonny Chiba movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Sonny Chiba's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Sonny Chiba movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Sonny Chiba movies will be at the top of the list. Sonny Chiba has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Sonny Chiba movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Sonny Chiba films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Sonny Chiba role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Sonny Chiba performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List is made up of a variety of films, including Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread and Terror Beneath the Sea.

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  • The Street Fighter, literally Clash, Killer Fist!, is a Japanese martial arts film released in 1974 and produced by Toei Company Ltd. It was released in the US by New Line Cinema and became one of ...more
  • Return of the Street Fighter is a 1974 martial arts film and the second in a series starting with The Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba. In this sequel, Martial artist Takuma Tsurugi returns to ...more
  • Sister Street Fighter is a spin-off of The Street Fighter. The plot revolves around Lǐ Hóng-Lóng, the female martial artist of the title. When her brother Lǐ Wàn-Qīng is kidnapped by drug lords, she ...more
  • Samurai Reincarnation is a 1981 film starring Sonny Chiba and directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film was based on the novel Makai Tensho. The film was nominated for three 'Awards of the Japanese ...more
  • Shogun's Samurai, also known as "The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy" and "Intrigue of the Yagyu Clan", is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is the first ...more
  • Legend of the Eight Samurai is a 1983 Japanese historical martial arts fantasy film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The script is adapted from a 1982 novel Shin Satomi Hakkenden by Toshio Kamata, a ...more
  • Shogun's Ninja is an action adventure drama film directed by Noribumi Suzuki.
  • Terry Tsugury (Sonny Chiba) is a street-wise thief who agrees to help an underworld crime boss (Akira Shioji). For a fee, Tsugury will steal back a set of cassette tapes that contain precise ...more
  • Golgo 13: Assignment Kowloon is a 1977 action movie starring Sonny Chiba as the international assassin Golgo 13. It was the second live-action movie based on the Golgo 13 manga.
  • Ninja Wars is a 1982 action adventure fantasy film, written by Ei Ogawa and Futaro Yamada and directed by Kosei Saito.
  • Champion Of Death, also known as Karate Bullfighter, is a Japanese martial arts film made by the Toei Company in 1975. It was the first in a trilogy of films based on the manga Karate Baka Ichidai, a ...more
  • G.I. Samurai is a 1979 Japanese feature length film focusing on the adventures of a modern day Japan Ground Self-Defense Force team that accidentally travels in time to the Warring States period. The ...more
  • The Bushido Blade is a 1981 film, directed by Tom Kotani. Sonny Chiba, Toshiro Mifune, Mako, Laura Gemser and James Earl Jones appear in this movie. This was Richard Boone's last film appearance.
  • Karate Kiba or Bodyguard Kiba is a martial-arts film starring Sonny Chiba, released in 1973 and based on an action manga by Ikki Kajiwara. A recut version was released in the U.S. in 1976 as The ...more
  • The Storm Riders is a 1998 Hong Kong film based on the manhua series Fung Wan by artist Ma Wing-shing. Directed by Andrew Lau, it starred Ekin Cheng as Wind and Aaron Kwok as Cloud. The plot involves ...more
  • Karate for Life is a 1977 Japanese martial arts film about the martial arts master Mas Oyama starring Sonny Chiba.
  • Immortal Combat is a 1994 buddy action film. The plot involves an East-meets-West buddy scenario similar to what the Rush Hour franchise became, starring martial artist Sonny Chiba, wrestler Roddy ...more
  • A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an ...more
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima is a 1973 Japanese yakuza film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It is the second film in a five-part series that Fukasaku made in a span of ...more
  • The Fall of Ako Castle is a 1978 Japanese historical martial arts period film, directed by Kinji Fukasaku. It depicts the story of the Forty-seven Ronin. The film is one of a series of period films ...more
  • Karate Bearfighter is a Japanese martial arts film made by Toei Company in 1975 and directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi. It is the second installment of a trilogy of films based on the manga Karate Baka ...more
  • Doberman Deka is a hardboiled manga series written by Buronson and drawn by Shinji Hiramatsu. It was serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump manga anthology from 1975 throughout 1979 and was originally ...more
  • Deadly Outlaw: Rekka is a 2002 Japanese yakuza film directed by Takashi Miike starring Riki Takeuchi and Sonny Chiba.