Kikuchi at the 2010 Venice Film Festival
|Native name||菊地 凛子|
January 6, 1981
Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
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
Kikuchi 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.
In 2006, she was cast by Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi 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  and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 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.
|1999||Bakayaro! Special 2|
|Kawaii dakeja Dame kashira||ANB|
|2002||The private detective Mike Hama||YTV #1|
|2003||Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho|
|Ai to Shihonshugi||WOWOW|
|2009–10||Liar Game 2||Fuji TV|
Awards and nominations
|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||Nominated|
|2009||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated||The Brothers Bloom|
|2011||Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated||Norwegian Wood|
- "Midnight Eye interview: Rinko Kikuchi". Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "OSCAR.com - 79th Annual Academy Awards - Nomination". Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "Keanu's "47 Ronin" has A-List Japanese Cast". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- "ANORE INC.". Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "Brody and Kikuchi in Bloom - ComingSoon.net". Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- "Oshii Casts Oscar-Nominated Kikuchi for Sky Crawlers - Anime News Network". Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- Morris, Jerome C. "Exposed! Interview with Riko Kikuchi", in Asian Cult Cinema, #55.
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