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 33)
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
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 33)
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
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, is a Japanese actress. Kikuchi is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years, for the 2006 movie Babel. She also starred in Guillermo del Toro's 2013 science fiction action film Pacific Rim.

Life and career[edit]

Kikuchi was born in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. She debuted in 1999, under her birth name, Yuriko Kikuchi, with the Kaneto Shindo–directed film Will to Live. Soon after, in 2001, she starred in the celebrated Kazuyoshi Komuri–directed 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 much-commended Katsuhito Ishii–directed film The Taste of Tea, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.[1]

In 2006, she was cast by Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi[2] in the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Babel, where she played Chieko Wataya, a deaf-mute teenage girl, in a role for which she received international attention [1] and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.[3] She won several, such as the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance (tying with Jennifer Hudson) and the Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough. Kikuchi is also the fifth actress in Academy Award history to be nominated for an award for a role in which she does not speak a word. (The others were Jane Wyman, Patty Duke, Holly Hunter, and Samantha Morton.) Kikuchi has appeared in two Mamoru Oshii movies: 2008's The Sky Crawlers and Assault Girls (2009).

She starred in Rian Johnson's second film, 2009's The Brothers Bloom, which was her first fully 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 March 2011, she was named to the Keanu Reeves-led cast of 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge.[4]

In 2013, Kikuchi starred alongside Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba in Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro. In 2014, Kikuchi starred in the David Zellner film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleDirectorNotes
1999Will to LiveKaneto Shindo
2000By PlayerKaneto Shindo
Akai ShibafuMieko Umeuchi
2001ParadiceTatsuya Moriyama
Sora no AnaKazuyoshi Kumakiri
DrugHiroshi Sugawara
2002Hachigatsu no MaboroshiKosuke Suzuki
2003JyunanasaiHoka Kinoshita
2004ToriTadanobu Asano
The Taste of TeaKatsuhito Ishii
69 sixty nineSang-il Lee
Survive Style 5+Gen Sekiguchi, Taku Tada
RiyūNobuhiko Obayashi
2005TagatameniTaro Hyugaji
2006Naisu no Mori: The First ContactKatsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki, Hajime Ishimine (ANIKI)
Warau MichaelIssei Oda
BabelAlejandro González IñárrituAustin 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
2007Zukan ni Nottenai Mushi[5]Satoshi Miki
2008The Brothers Bloom[6]Rian JohnsonNominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Sky Crawlers[7]Mamoru Oshiivoice only
2009Map of the Sounds of TokyoIsabel Coixet
SidewaysCellin Gluck
Assault GirlsMamoru Oshii
2010ShanghaiMikael Håfströmuncredited
Norwegian WoodTran Anh HungNominated—Asian Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Asian Film People Choice Award for Favorite Actress
2013Pacific RimGuillermo del Toro
47 RoninCarl Erik Rinsch

Television[edit]

YearTitleChannel
1999Bakayaro! Special 2
Kawaii dakeja Dame kashiraANB
2001Chura-sanNHK
2002The private detective Mike HamaYTV #1
2003Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho
Ai to ShihonshugiWOWOW
2004RyuWOWOW
2009–10Liar Game 2Fuji TV
2010MotekiTV Tokyo

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[3]Nominated
2009Chlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominatedThe Brothers Bloom
2011Asian Film AwardsBest ActressNominatedNorwegian Wood

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Midnight Eye interview: Rinko Kikuchi". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  2. ^ Corkill, Edan. "From Hollywood to Hirohito". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  3. ^ a b "OSCAR.com - 79th Annual Academy Awards - Nomination". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Keanu's "47 Ronin" has A-List Japanese Cast". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ "ANORE INC.". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Brody and Kikuchi in Bloom - ComingSoon.net". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Oshii Casts Oscar-Nominated Kikuchi for Sky Crawlers - Anime News Network". Retrieved 2008-07-05. 

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