Following in the wake of Bruce Lee, Chiba became one of the first Asian cinematic martial arts stars to achieve international success when his 1974 movie "Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken" was released overseas under the title "The Street Fighter." The success of the film lead to two sequels and made Chiba a cult favorite. Among his admirers was Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino who cast Chiba in "Kill Bill: Volume 1." Chiba would also influence the action movie genre throughout Japan with his formation of a popular school for martial arts stuntmen, the Japan Action Club (later called Japan Action Enterprise).
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