[quote]Sonny Chiba has iconic value, to be sure, but does anybody else think that, if Toshiro Mifune were still alive, he’d been among QT’s first choices for Hattori Hanzo?
ive only watched Chiba in the old Street Fighter movies long ago.
what i could see was Chiba trying to imitate Bruce Lee’s expressions.
it turned out to be the best comedy and sidesplitting scenes my friends and i ever watched. the funniest stances and poses and the look on his face made me laugh more than the Three Stooges ever could.
Toshiro was the best on screen samurai i have ever seen.
it was a shame when he passed away, and the next year we lost Kurosawa.
i have yet to see an american movie represent Samurai concisely, Cruise is working on the last Samurai but who knows without seeing the script how good it will be.
Toshiro, i think would have eclipsed the other actors with his presence.
Toshiro was a GREAT actor. He was brilliant in Kurosawas films and he was great in one of my favorite films called “Hell in the Pacific” with Lee Marvin.
I think one of the the reasons QT chose Sonny Chiba is because he fits in with the whole “Exploitation” theme of the film. Plus, hes one of QTs favorite Japanese actors as we all know.
The Streetfighter films are so much fun. I have them all and I really enjoy them. From the crazy fighting poses and over the top violence to the screechy breathing noises that Chiba makes. Its Exploitation at its finest. Great stuff.
The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise might be cool. We’ll see.