Chiaki Kuriyama

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Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama.jpg
Chiaki Kuriyama at an event in September 2010
Native name栗山 千明
Born(1984-10-10) October 10, 1984 (age 29)
Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan
OccupationActress, singer, model
Website
www.spacecraft.co.jp/chiaki_kuriyama/
 
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Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama.jpg
Chiaki Kuriyama at an event in September 2010
Native name栗山 千明
Born(1984-10-10) October 10, 1984 (age 29)
Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan
OccupationActress, singer, model
Website
www.spacecraft.co.jp/chiaki_kuriyama/

Chiaki Kuriyama (栗山 千明 Kuriyama Chiaki?, born October 10, 1984) is a Japanese actress, singer, and model. She is best known in the West for her roles as Takako Chigusa in Kinji Fukasaku's 2000 film Battle Royale and Gogo Yubari in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill: Volume 1.

Biography[edit]

She was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki. Kuriyama was a popular model during Japan's child model boom in the mid-1990s. In 1997, she appeared in the photobooks Shinwa-Shōjo (Girl of Myth) and Shōjokan (Girl's Residence), photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. Shinwa-Shōjo became a best-seller but, as it contained some nudity, was discontinued by the publisher in 1999 after the institution of new anti–child pornography laws. She also posed as a model for the child fashion magazines Nicola (1997–2001) and Pichi Lemon (1996–2001).

She first achieved widespread recognition as an actress in Japan for her starring roles in the horror films Shikoku (1999) and Ju-on (2000). Chiaki also appeared in the 2000 action film Battle Royale as Takako Chigusa.

Following feature appearances on several notable Japanese television programs (including Rokubanme no Sayoko), Kuriyama made her Hollywood debut in director Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill: Volume 1 as Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl bodyguard of yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). Kuriyama's other film appearances include major roles in the ninja drama Azumi 2: Death or Love and Takashi Miike's Yōkai Daisensō.

In 2010, she released the CD single "Ryūsei no Namida" on DefStar Records under the artist name "CHiAKi KURiYAMA". The song was used as the first ending theme for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. This single was followed by three others under her name as traditionally written in Japanese: "Kanōsei Girl", "Cold Finger Girl", and "Oishii Kisetsu/Ketteiteki Sanpunkan"; "Kanōsei Girl" was used as the third opening theme for Yorinuki Gin Tama-san and "Cold Finger Girl" was used as the opening for the anime adaptation of Level E. She followed the singles with an album, Circus, in 2011.[1]

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak positionsSales (JPN)[2]
JPN
[3]
Circus
  • Released: March 16, 2011
  • Re-released: January 11, 2012
  • Label: Defstar Records
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
1912,000

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsSales (JPN)[2]Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[3]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[4][A][B]
"Ryūsei no Namida" (流星のナミダ?, "Meteor Tears")[C]2010112421,000Non-album single
"Kanōsei Girl" (可能性ガール Kanōsei Gāru?, "Possibility Girl")30418,000Circus
"Cold Finger Girl" (コールドフィンガーガール Kōrudo Fingā Gāru?)201139885,000
"Oishii Kisetsu"371004,000
"Ketteiteki Sanpunkan"
"Tsukiyo no Shōzō"62[D]2,000Circus Deluxe Edition
"Toyosu Luciferin" (とよす☆ルシフェリン Toyosu Rushiferin?)2013109900Non-album single
"0"111500

Filmography[edit]

TV series[edit]

Films[edit]

Voice roles[edit]

Video games[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20042004 MTV Movie AwardsBest FightKill Bill: Vol. 1Won
200430th Saturn AwardsCinescape Genre Face of the Future AwardKill Bill: Vol. 1Nominated
2009Fantastic FestBest Fantastic ActressKamogawa HorumoWon

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Japan Hot 100 was established in February 2008.
  2. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Ryūsei no Namida,"[5] "Kanōsei Girl,"[6] "Cold Finger Girl,"[7] "Oishii Kisetsu."[8]
  3. ^ Under the name CHiAKi KURiYAMA.
  4. ^ Charted at number 61 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robson, Daniel, "Kuriyama trades her blades for a song", The Japan Times, 4 March 2011, p. 22.
  2. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved April 14, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ a b "栗山千明のリリース一覧" [List of at Chiaki Kuriyama's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 
  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/03/08". Billboard (in Japanese). March 8, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/11/29". Billboard (in Japanese). November 29, 2010. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/02/07". Billboard (in Japanese). February 7, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/03/14" (in Japanese). Billboard. March 14, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Hot Single Sales 2011/12/05" (in Japanese). Billboard. December 5, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Library War Live-Action Film's Promo Aired (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  11. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-07/battle-royale/kill-bill-kuriyama-gackt-star-in-dragon-age
  12. ^ http://www.famitsu.com/news/201106/23045661.html

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