Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute: Sonny Chiba
Join us at the Bigfoot Crest Theater to celebrate the Lifetime Achievements of Sonny Chiba. Presented in association with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
With over 140 film and television appearances to his credit, Sonny Chiba is – alongside the equally legendary Bruce Lee – arguably the greatest martial arts star in film history. Best known to U.S. audiences for his career-making performance as bone-crunching anti-hero “Terry Tsurugi” in the 1974 Asian action classic THE STREETFIGHTER directed by Shigehiro Ozawa, Chiba gained a whole new generation of fans with his delightful performance as sushi chef and master swordmaker “Hattori Hanzo” in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 KILL BILL: VOL. 1.
Please join us in celebrating the career of this legendary actor, featuring a screening of Chiba’s action-packed 1981 film SAMURAI REINCARNATION (MAKAI TENSHO), where Chiba stars as the one-eyed master samurai Jubei Yagyu going up against a demonic undead swordsman and his legions of evil followers. (Jubei Yagyu was a role Chiba played in the long-running late 1970’s Japanese TV series “Yagyu Ichizoku No Inbo,” as well as the feature SHOGUN’S SAMURAI.)
One of Chiba’s personal favorites, SAMURAI REINCARNATION was directed by his longtime friend, legendary BATTLE ROYALE director Kinji Fukasaku; their collaboration stretched back to Fukasaku’s very first film as director in 1961 in which a young Chiba co-starred!
Discussion and martial arts demonstration following with Sonny Chiba and his daughter, actress Juri Manase.
Special Thanks to Akiko Agishi for her enormous help in arranging this special Tribute to Sonny Chiba.