Rinko Kikuchi

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Rinko Kikuchi
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Kikuchi at the 2010 Venice Film Festival
Native name 菊地 凛子
Born Yuriko Kikuchi
(1981-01-06) January 6, 1981 (age 33)
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–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]

Year Title Director Notes
1999 Will to Live Kaneto Shindo
2000 By Player Kaneto Shindo
Akai Shibafu Mieko Umeuchi
2001 Paradice Tatsuya Moriyama
Sora no Ana Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Drug Hiroshi Sugawara
2002 Hachigatsu no Maboroshi Kosuke Suzuki
2003 Jyunanasai Hoka Kinoshita
2004 Tori Tadanobu Asano
The Taste of Tea Katsuhito Ishii
69 sixty nine Sang-il Lee
Survive Style 5+ Gen Sekiguchi, Taku Tada
Riyū Nobuhiko Obayashi
2005 Tagatameni Taro Hyugaji
2006 Naisu no Mori: The First Contact Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki, Hajime Ishimine (ANIKI)
Warau Michael Issei Oda
Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu Austin 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
2007 Zukan ni Nottenai Mushi[5] Satoshi Miki
2008 The Brothers Bloom[6] Rian Johnson
The Sky Crawlers[7] Mamoru Oshii voice only
2009 Map of the Sounds of Tokyo Isabel Coixet
Sideways Cellin Gluck
Assault Girls Mamoru Oshii
2010 Shanghai Mikael Håfström uncredited
Norwegian Wood Tran Anh Hung Nominated—Asian Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Asian Film People Choice Award for Favorite Actress
2013 Pacific Rim Guillermo del Toro
47 Ronin Carl Rinsch

Television[edit]

Year Title Channel
1999 Bakayaro! Special 2
Kawaii dakeja Dame kashira ANB
2001 Chura-san NHK
2002 The private detective Mike Hama YTV #1
2003 Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho
Ai to Shihonshugi WOWOW
2004 Ryu WOWOW
2009–10 Liar Game 2 Fuji TV
2010 Moteki TV Tokyo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Result Film
2006 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Award Won Babel
Best Ensemble Cast Won
National Board of Review Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Won
Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Most Promising Performer Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
Academy Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role[3] Nominated
2011 Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated Norwegian 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. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Morris, Jerome C. "Exposed! Interview with Riko Kikuchi", in Asian Cult Cinema, #55.

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