Rinko Kikuchi

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Rinko Kikuchi
Rinko Kikuchi cropped.jpg
Kikuchi at the 2010 Venice Film Festival
Native name菊地 凛子
BornYuriko Kikuchi
(1981-01-06) January 6, 1981 (age 34)
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Shōta Sometani
Website
www.rinkokikuchi.com
 
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Rinko Kikuchi
Rinko Kikuchi cropped.jpg
Kikuchi at the 2010 Venice Film Festival
Native name菊地 凛子
BornYuriko Kikuchi
(1981-01-06) January 6, 1981 (age 34)
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Shōta Sometani
Website
www.rinkokikuchi.com

Rinko Kikuchi (菊地 凛子 Kikuchi Rinko?), born Yuriko Kikuchi (菊地 百合子 Kikuchi Yuriko?) January 6, 1981 in Hadano, Kanagawa) is a Japanese film actress. She is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years, for her work in Babel (2006). She also starred in Guillermo del Toro's 2013 science fiction action film Pacific Rim. She is a household name in her native Japan.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Hadano, Kanagawa and was discovered by a talent agent on the street at 15.[1]

Career[edit]

She made her debut in 1999, under her birth name, Yuriko Kikuchi, with the Kaneto Shindo film Will to Live. Soon after, in 2001, she starred in the celebrated Kazuyoshi Komuri film Sora no Ana (空の穴?), which was featured at several international film festivals, including the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2004, she appeared in the well-received Katsuhito Ishii film The Taste of Tea, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.[2]

In 2006, she was chosen by Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi for the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Babel,[3] where she played Chieko Wataya, a deaf-mute teenage girl, for which she received international attention[2] including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[4] She won several awards, such as the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance (tying with Jennifer Hudson) and the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor.

She is the fifth actress in Academy Award history to be nominated for an award for a role in which she does not speak. She has appeared in two Mamoru Oshii movies: The Sky Crawlers (2008) and Assault Girls (2009). She starred in Rian Johnson's second film, The Brothers Bloom (2009), which was her first full English-language feature. Though she plays a main character, she only speaks three words in the film; her character is said to only know three words of English.

In 2010, she was cast as Naoko in Tran Anh Hung's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood. In March 2011, Kikuchi was added to the cast of 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge.[5] She described her villain character to US Glamour as "a real bitch."[1] In 2013, she starred in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, fine-tuning her English by watching the US TV seriesThe Voice.[1] In 2014, she starred in the David Zellner film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.

Personal Life[edit]

Kikuchi married Shōta Sometani on December 31 2014 [6][7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999Will to Live
2000By Player
2000Akai Shibafu
2001Paradise
2001Hole in the SkyTaeko
2001DrugMai
2002Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No NameNumber 51
2002Hachigatsu no Maboroshi
2003Age 17 : 17-saiHitomi
2004Tori
2004The Taste of Tea
200469 sixty nine
2004Survive Style 5+
2004Riyū
2005Tagatameni : Portrait of the Wind
2006Funky Forest The First Contact
2006Arch AngelsNobuko Sakurai
2006BabelChieko WatayaAustin Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Capri Exploit Award
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance (tied with Shareeka Epps)
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance - Female
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Francisco Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006Umi de no hanashiKaori
2007Zukan ni Nottenai Mushi[9]Sayoko
2007Genius PartyVoice
2007Tokyo SerendipityJunda Atsuko
2008The Brothers Bloom[10]Bang Bang
2008The Sky Crawlers[11]Suito KusanagiVoice
2008Kiru - KILL
2009Map of the Sounds of TokyoRyu
2009Strawberry Seminar
2009SidewaysMina Parker
2009Assault GirlsLucifer
2010ShanghaiSumikoUncredited
2010Norwegian WoodNaokoNominated—Asian Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Asian Film People Choice Award for Favorite Actress
2011At River's EdgeTazu
2011Love Strikes!Naoko Hayashida
2011The Warped Forest
2013Pacific RimMako Mori
201347 RoninWitch
2014Kumiko, the Treasure HunterKumikoPending—Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress
2014Last Summer[12]Naomi
2015Nobody Wants the Night

Television[edit]

YearTitleRole
1999Bakayaro! Special 2
1999Kawaii dakeja Dame kashira
2001Chura-san
2002The Private Detective Mike Hama
2003Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho
2003Ai to Shihonshugi
2004Ryu
2009–2010Liar Game 2Ryo Katsuragi
2010MotekiNaoko Hayashida
2014Gu-Gu Datte Neko de AruChikako

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearGroupAwardResultFilm
2006Gotham AwardsBreakthrough AwardWonBabel
Best Ensemble CastWon
National Board of ReviewBest Breakthrough Performance - FemaleWon
Austin Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActressWon
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressWon
Most Promising PerformerNominated
2007Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
Online Film Critics Society AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
Best Supporting ActressNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
Golden GlobesBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureNominated
Academy AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role[4]Nominated
2011Asian Film AwardsBest ActressNominatedNorwegian Wood

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