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 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.
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.
In 2006, she was chosen by Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi for the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Babel, where she played Chieko Wataya, a deaf-mute teenage girl, for which she received international attention including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 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. She described her villain character to US Glamour as "a real bitch." In 2013, she starred in the Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim, fine-tuning her English by watching the US TV seriesThe Voice. In 2014, she starred in the David Zellner film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.
|1999||Bakayaro! Special 2|
|1999||Kawaii dakeja Dame kashira|
|2002||The Private Detective Mike Hama|
|2003||Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho|
|2003||Ai to Shihonshugi|
|2009–2010||Liar Game 2|
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|
|2011||Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated||Norwegian Wood|
- Carlson, Erin, "We ♥ Rinko," Glamour, Sept. 2013, p.363
- "Midnight Eye interview: Rinko Kikuchi". Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- Corkill, Edan. "From Hollywood to Hirohito". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "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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