She made her acting debut in 1951. Kishi married the French director Yves Ciampi in 1957, and commuted for a while between Paris and Japan to continue her acting career. In 1963 a daughter, Delphine Ciampi, a musician and composer, was born. She divorced her husband in 1975.
Since 1996 she was a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNFPA.