Japan action star Sonny Chiba dies from Covid-19 complications

Sonny Chiba, 82, was best known in the West for his role as sword maker Hattori Hanzo in the Kill Bill series of films
PHOTO: Instagram/Kill Bill movie

TOKYO - Japanese action star Shinichi 'Sonny' Chiba died in hospital from complications related to Covid-19, public broadcaster NHK said late on Thursday (Aug 19). He was 82.

Chiba, a martial artist and imposing actor known for his legendary fight scenes, was best known in the West for his role as sword maker Hattori Hanzo in the Kill Bill series of films.