Sonny Chiba, legendary martial arts star and known to MST3k fans for his very first acting role as Space Chief in Invasion of the Neptune Men, has passed away from COVID complications at age 82. I have to admit, I haven’t yet seen most of his work, so I’ll leave it to others to discuss the various merits of them. But his scene in Kill Bill is a real treasure, bringing a rare level of gravitas to the deliberately campy movie.
Oh no. That’s awful. I’m a fan, having first run across him in Message From Space (wherein he co-starred with Vic Morrow…and come to think of it, would probably make a good MST3K candidate) and made his bit in Kill Bill legendary.