No catalog of
Japanese Samurai films would be complete
without one of the greatest martial arts stars to come out of that
country, Sonny Chiba is represented by some of his finest performances
on both the silver screen as well as the small screen.A genuine martial
artist who studied under karate master Oyama Masasatsu, creator of the
Oyama style of karate, Sonny Chiba started the Japan Action Club, a
group of martial artist/actors who studied together for adding realistic
fighting techniques to Japanese movies and television show.
UPDATED:10 Jan 2010
YAGYU JUBEI ABARETABI
Starring: Sonny Chiba, Sue Shiomi
The sequel to The Yagyu Conspiracy picks up when Yagyu Jubei (Sonny Chiba) has a falling out with the Shogun, and sets out on his own as a wanted man. Featuring the martial art skills of Sue Shiomi (Sister Streetfighter) as she is on official patrol with Jubei watching over her, making sure that he gets to fight in each episode as well. This is one of the best and most exciting television series to ever hit the airwaves.
with English subtitles
YAGYU JUBEI ABARETABI All 14 volumes on DVD-R Price: $400.00 per set or $35.00 apiece
(Yagyu Ichizoku no Inbo) Toei-Asahi TV 39 episodes Starring: Sonny Chiba, Sue Shiomi, Narita Mikio
One of the most memorable roles for Chiba was his portrayal of Yagyu Jubei, the one-eyed master swordsman who helped protect Shogun Iemitsu during the early days of Japanís 17th Century. The Yagyu Clan under Jubeiís father Yagyu Tajima, must protect young Shogun Iemitsu from the plots of those seeking to overthrow him. This show consists of 39 hour-long episodes which feature awesome fighting from the Japan Action Club.
TV with English subtitles
THE KILLING MACHINE
Starring Sonny Chiba as Doshin So
One of Japanís leading martial arts experts in this exciting biography. Similar in some ways to Chibaís other bio-pics about Mas Oyama, this details the rise of
Shorinji Kenpo in Japan.
THE KILLING MACHINE
Presented in full frame English dubbed version only
In this ultra-violent film Sonny Chiba plays the last descendent of the Koga Ninja clan. A bit of humor pervades this film as the modern day Ninja tries to stop a corrupt Yakuza leader from taking over Japanís underworld. Presented in full length English dubbed version only. (Some sections of fighting and nudity are in Japanese only).
Letterbox edition with English subtitles
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