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 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Will to Live
2000 By Player
2000 Akai Shibafu
2001 Paradise
2001 Sora no Ana
2001 Drug Mai
2002 Hachigatsu no Maboroshi
2003 Jyunanasai
2004 Tori
2004 The Taste of Tea
2004 69 sixty nine
2004 Survive Style 5+
2004 Riyū
2005 Tagatameni
2006 Funky Forest
2006 Warau Michael
2006 Babel Chieko Wataya 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[6] Sayoko
2008 The Brothers Bloom[7] Bang Bang
2008 The Sky Crawlers[8] Suito Kusanagi Voice
2009 Map of the Sounds of Tokyo Ryu
2009 Sideways Mina Parker
2009 Assault Girls Lucifer
2010 Shanghai Sumiko Uncredited
2010 Norwegian Wood Naoko Nominated—Asian Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Asian Film People Choice Award for Favorite Actress
2013 Pacific Rim Mako Mori
2013 47 Ronin Witch
2014 Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Kumiko
2014 Last Summer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Bakayaro! Special 2
1999 Kawaii dakeja Dame kashira
2001 Chura-san
2002 The Private Detective Mike Hama
2003 Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho
2003 Ai to Shihonshugi
2004 Ryu
2009–2010 Liar Game 2
2010 Moteki

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[4] Nominated
2011 Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated Norwegian Wood

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Carlson, Erin, "We ♥ Rinko," Glamour, Sept. 2013, p.363
  2. ^ a b "Midnight Eye interview: Rinko Kikuchi". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  3. ^ Corkill, Edan. "From Hollywood to Hirohito". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b "OSCAR.com - 79th Annual Academy Awards - Nomination". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Keanu's "47 Ronin" has A-List Japanese Cast". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  6. ^ "ANORE INC.". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Brody and Kikuchi in Bloom - ComingSoon.net". Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  8. ^ "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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