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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sonny Chiba movies?" and "What are the greatest Sonny Chiba roles of all time?"

Movie fans who love Sonny Chiba have also been known to enjoy films starring Toshiro Mifune and Shintaro Katsu.

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Sonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera

Released: 1974

Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa

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Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

Released: 1978

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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 ...more
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Sonny Chiba, Kenzo Karawasaki, Asao Koike

Released: 1979

Directed by: Mitsumasa Saito

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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino

Released: 2003

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Sonny Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro, Masafumi Suzuki

Released: 1974

Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa

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 ...more

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Sonny Chiba, Reiko Ike, Bruce Li

Released: 1974

Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa

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Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ken Ogata

Released: 1981

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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

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Sonny Chiba, Hiroshi Miyauchi, Etsuko Shihomi

Released: 1974

Directed by: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

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 ...more

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Shogun's Ninja Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tetsurō Tamba

Released: 1980

Directed by: Norifumi Suzuki

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Executioner Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Yasuaki Kurata

Released: 1974

Directed by: Teruo Ishii

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Sonny Chiba, Mikio Narita, Yumi Takigawa

Released: 1975

Directed by: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

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 ...more

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Sonny Chiba, Asao Koike, Kei Sato

Released: 1975

Directed by: Norifumi Suzuki

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Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Akira Nakao

Released: 1982

Directed by: Mitsumasa Saito

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Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hiroko Yakushimaru

Released: 1983

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi

Released: 1976

Directed by: Yutaka Kohira

Karate master Kazuma gets severely beaten and crippled by nefarious rival Nikaido. Kazuma trains his loyal daughter Yumi in the martial arts so she can exact a harsh revenge on Nikaido and his ...more
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Shu Qi, Sonny Chiba, Anthony Wong

Released: 1998

Directed by: Andrew Lau

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James Earl Jones, Toshiro Mifune, Sonny Chiba

Released: 1981

Directed by: Tsugunobu Kotani

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
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Sonny Chiba, Tetsurō Tamba, Etsuko Shihomi

Released: 1977

Directed by: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

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 ...more
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Roddy Piper, Sonny Chiba, Tommy Lister

Released: 1994

Directed by: Dan Neira

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 ...more
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Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada

Released: 1978

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Message from Space is a film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, one of the co-directors of Tora! Tora! Tora!. The film stars Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, and in a rare foreign film appearance, Vic ...more
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Karate Kiba Sonny Chiba, Adolph Caesar, Etsuko Shihomi

Released: 1976

Directed by: Ryuichi Takamori, Simon Nuchtern

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
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Sonny Chiba, Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka

Released: 1973

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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 ...more
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Vin Diesel, Bow Wow, Amber West

Released: 2006

Directed by: Justin Lin

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Chris Morgan. It is the third installment of The Fast and ...more

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The Legend of the Flying Swordsman Sonny Chiba, Dave Wong, Gigi Lai

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boscom Lam

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Sonny Chiba, Jerry Ito, Etsuko Shihomi

Released: 1977

Directed by: Yukio Noda

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.