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Thread: R.I.P. Sonny Chiba

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    R.I.P. Sonny Chiba

    Terrible news news: Sonny Chiba passed away today. He died from pneumonia caused by COVID-19. He had been hospitalized since August 8. He was 82 years old.
    - https://www.nikkansports.com/enterta...190001057.html
    https://www.iwate-np.co.jp/article/oricon/2204126

    Sonny Chiba and Ken Takakura

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    goddamn it.

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    Fuck no. RIP.
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    Chiba is my favourite actor of all time. I've seen more than 150 of his films. He was much more than just a karate film star, an endlessly inspiring actor who would make almost any film better with his sheer energy. A lot of his work from the 60s as well as TV work (including the incredible Yaguy Clan Conspiracy series which is even better than the Fukasaku film) is waiting to be discovered.

    I was lucky enough to meet him in Cinema Vera's 24 film Chiba retrospective back in 2014. He was energetic like a little boy, and at the same time modest and very grateful to fans. I got to ask him a question about Soul of Chiba (though he ended up asking me several questions in return), and later take a photo with him. But the nicest part was when Chiba was leaving the site and I was loitering in the corridor, he stopped by me to shake my hand and say “thank you for attending”. It only took 10 seconds of his time, but it was a really nice thing of him to do. Most big stars wouldn't have stopped.

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    Awful news. What a legend. RIP
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    Viva Chiba!

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    This is such a bummer…

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