Chiaki Kuriyama

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Chiaki Kuriyama
栗山 千明
26th Tokyo International Film Festival Kuriyama Chiaki.jpg
Born (1984-10-10) October 10, 1984 (age 36)
NationalityJapanese
OccupationActress, model, singer
Years active1995–present
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Websitechiakikuriyama.net

Chiaki Kuriyama (栗山 千明, Kuriyama Chiaki, born October 10, 1984) is a Japanese actress, singer, and model. She is best known in the West for her roles as Takako Chigusa in Kinji Fukasaku's 2000 film Battle Royale and Gogo Yubari in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill: Volume 1.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki. Kuriyama was a popular model during Japan's child model boom in the mid-1990s. In 1997, she appeared in the photobooks Shinwa-Shōjo (Girl of Myth) and Shōjokan (Girl's Residence), photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. Shinwa-Shōjo became a best-seller but, as it contained some nudity, was discontinued by the publisher in 1999 after the institution of new anti–child pornography laws.[citation needed] She also posed as a model for the child fashion magazines Nicola (1997–2001) and Pichi Lemon (1996–2001).[citation needed]

She first achieved widespread recognition as an actress in Japan for her starring roles in the horror films Shikoku (1999) and Ju-on (2000). Chiaki also appeared in the 2000 action film Battle Royale as Takako Chigusa.

Following feature appearances on several notable Japanese television programs (including Rokubanme no Sayoko), Kuriyama made her Hollywood debut in director Quentin Tarantino's 2004 film Kill Bill: Volume 1 as Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl bodyguard of yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). Kuriyama's other film appearances include major roles in the ninja drama Azumi 2: Death or Love and Takashi Miike's Yōkai Daisensō.

In 2010, she released the CD single "Ryūsei no Namida" on DefStar Records under the artist name "CHiAKi KURiYAMA". The song was used as the first ending theme for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. This single was followed by three others under her name as traditionally written in Japanese: "Kanōsei Girl", "Cold Finger Girl", and "Oishii Kisetsu" / "Ketteiteki Sanpunkan"; "Kanōsei Girl" was used as the third opening theme for Yorinuki Gin Tama-san and "Cold Finger Girl" was used as the opening for the anime adaptation of Level E. She followed the singles with an album, Circus, in 2011.[1]

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak positions Sales (JPN)[2]
JPN
[3]
Circus
  • Released: March 16, 2011
  • Re-released: January 11, 2012
  • Label: Defstar Records
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, digital download
19 12,000

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales (JPN)[2] Album
Oricon Singles Charts
[3]
Billboard Japan Hot 100
[4][A][B]
"Ryūsei no Namida" (流星のナミダ, "Meteor Tears")[C] 2010 11 24 21,000 Non-album single
"Kanōsei Girl" (可能性ガール, Kanōsei Gāru, "Possibility Girl") 30 41 8,000 Circus
"Cold Finger Girl" (コールドフィンガーガール, Kōrudo Fingā Gāru) 2011 39 88 5,000
"Oishii Kisetsu" 37 100 4,000
"Ketteiteki Sanpunkan"
"Tsukiyo no Shōzō" 62 [D] 2,000 Circus Deluxe Edition
"Toyosu Luciferin" (とよす☆ルシフェリン, Toyosu Rushiferin) 2013 109 900 Non-album single
"0" 111 500
"Dilemma" 2014

Filmography[edit]

Kuriyama at an event in 2010

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Nacchan Ka
1999 Kowai Dowa - Oyayubihime Sayako
2000 Rokubanme no Sayoko Sayoko Tsumura
2000 MPD Psycho Mao Tōju
2000 Himitsu Kurabu o-daiba.com Kazumi Naruse
2000 Kabushiki Kaisha o-daiba.com Kazumi Naruse
2001 R-17 Saori Maruyama
2006 Jyooubachi Tomoko/Kotoe Daidoji
2006 Woman's Island Rei Fujishima
2006 Haru, Barneys de Sakurai Sae
2006 Kakure Karakuri Karin Hanayama
2007 Hagetaka Yuka Mishima
2007 Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go Terumi Meguro
2008 Ashita no Kita Yoshio Rika Hasegawa
2008 Loss Time Life Ayaka Kurosaki
2008 Sirius no Michi Yuka Hirano
2010 Atami no Sosakan Sae Kitajima
2011 Rebound Hitomi Mimura
2011 Tsukahara Bokuden Mahiro
2011 Himitsu Chohoin Erika Erika Takahashi
2011–12 Carnation Natsu Yoshida
2012 Ataru Maiko Ebina
2012 Jikken Keiji Totori Makorin
2013 Ataru Special: New York kara no Chōsenjō Maiko Ebina
2013 Haitatsu Saretai Watashitachi Yu Okue
2013 Kaibutsu Emi Ishikawa
2013 Jikken Keiji Totori 2 Makorin
2013 Shikeidai no 72 Jikan Tōko Natsuki
2014 Team Batista 4: Rasen Meikyū Sumire Sakuranomiya
2014 Alice no Toge Miwa Hoshino
2014 Satsujin Hensachi 70 Sana Nishiura
2014 Dr. Nâsu eido Kotomi Hayashi
2014 Time Taxi Misora Shibayama
2015 Algernon ni Hanataba wo Haruka Mochizuki
2015 HEAT Sakura Azumi
2016 Nobunaga Moyu Kajūji Haruko
2016 Fukigen na Kajitsu Mayako Mizukoshi
2016 Copy Face Nodoka Hirosawa, Fuyuko Asakura
2017–18 CSI: Crime Scene Talks Rio Kanzaki
2017 Wedding Bells For The Otaku? Haruko Fujita Television film
2020–present 24 Japan Itsuki Mizuishi [10]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Toire no Hanako-san Little Child
1995 Gonin Ogiwara's daughter
1999 Shikoku Sayori Hiura
2000 Kamen Gakuen Reika Dojima
2000 Ju-on: The Curse Mizuho Tamura
2000 Battle Royale Takako Chigusa - Girl #13
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Gogo Yubari
2003 Itsuka 'A' Torein ni Notte Yuki Noguchi
2004 Kagen no Tsuki Mizuki Mochizuki
2005 Mail Mikoto
2005 Azumi 2: Death or Love Kozue
2005 Into the Sun Ayako
2005 The Great Yokai War Agi
2005 Scrap Heaven Saki Fujimura
2006 Kisarazu Cats Eye: World Series Ayako Sugimoto
2007 Exte (エクステ, Ekusute) Yuko Mizushima
2007 Tengu Gaiden Amaya
2008 Kids Shiho
2008 GS Wonderland Miku Ono
2008 Komori Seikatsu Kojo Club Shizue
2009 Kamogawa Horumo Fumi Kusunoki
2009 Hagetaka: The Movie Yuka Mishima
2010 Neck Eiko Akasaka
2012 Ghostwriter Hotel Naoko Utsumi
2012 SPEC: Ten Satoko Aoike
2013 Toshokan Sensō Asako Shibasaki [11]
2013 SPEC: Close: Incarnation Satoko Aoike
2013 SPEC: Close: Reincarnation Satoko Aoike
2013 Ataru the First Love & the Last Kill Maiko Ebina
2014 Team Batista Final: Kerberos no Shōzō Sumire Sakuranomiya
2015 A Sower of Seeds 2 Keiko Kanno
2016 Himitsu – Top Secret Yukiko Miyoshi
2017 Blade of the Immortal Hyakurin
2019 Chiwawa Yūko
2021 A Sower of Seeds 4 Keiko Jinno [12]

Voice roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Eden's Bowy Konyako Persia
2008 The Sky Crawlers Midori Mitsuya
2012 Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker Cassandra Pentaghast [13]
2012 The Expendables 2 Maggie Chan Voice dub for Yu Nan
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Uhura Voice dub for Zoe Saldana
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Carina Smyth Voice dub for Kaya Scodelario[14]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Ryū ga Gotoku of the End Misuzu Asagi
2011 Shadows of the Damned Paula [15]
2020 Death Come True Akane Sachimura [16]

Stage[edit]

  • Dogen's adventure (2008)
  • Coast of Utopia (2009)
  • Midnight in Bali (2017)[17]

Photobooks[edit]

  • Namaiki! Photo: Kishin Shinoyama.Text:Akio Nakamori. (ISBN 4-10-326205-2,1996)
  • Tenshi/angel (天使) Photo: Mitsuo Kawamoto. (ISBN 4-09-680821-0,1996).
  • Sinwa-Shoujo (神話少女)Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. Text:Akio Nakamori.(ISBN 4-10-326207-9,1997)
  • Shoujokan (少女館)Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. (ISBN 4-10-326209-5,1997)
  • Shikoku nite (死国にて)(ISBN 4-04-904318-1,1999)
  • Kuriyama Chiaki ACCESS BOOK (栗山千明ACCESS BOOK)(ISBN 4-04-853047-X,1999)
  • Princess (プリンセス 栗山千明×蜷川実花)Photo: Mika Ninagawa. (ISBN 4-06-352725-5,2004)
  • digi+KISHIN DVD:Chiaki Kuriyama. Image Film by Kishin Shinoyama. (ASIN B0001LNO7O,2004)
  • digi+Girls kishin NO.4 Kuriyama Chiaki (digi+Girls kishin NO.4 栗山 千明) Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. (ASIN: 4255002797, 2004)
  • Car girl Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. (ISBN 4-584-17094-0,2004)
  • Emergence Uka (羽化) Photo: Chikashi Kasai. (ISBN 4-02-331332-7,2014)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Won
2004 30th Saturn Awards Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Nominated
2009 Fantastic Fest Best Fantastic Actress Kamogawa Horumo Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Japan Hot 100 was established in February 2008.
  2. ^ Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Ryūsei no Namida",[5] "Kanōsei Girl",[6] "Cold Finger Girl",[7] "Oishii Kisetsu".[8]
  3. ^ Under the name CHiAKi KURiYAMA.
  4. ^ Charted at number 61 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel Robson (2011-03-04). "Kuriyama trades her blades for a song". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  3. ^ a b "栗山千明のリリース一覧" [List of at Chiaki Kuriyama's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  4. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/03/08". Billboard (in Japanese). 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  6. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/11/29". Billboard (in Japanese). 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  7. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/02/07". Billboard (in Japanese). 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  8. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/03/14". Billboard (in Japanese). 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  9. ^ "Hot Single Sales 2011/12/05". Billboard (in Japanese). 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  10. ^ "『24 JAPAN』CTUメンバー発表 栗山千明、池内博之、朝倉あき、村上弘明、佐野史郎". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2020-10-13.
  11. ^ "Library War Live-Action Film's Promo Aired (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  12. ^ "栗山千明の主演作「種まく旅人」第4弾が来年春公開、平岡祐太も写したポスター到着". Natalie. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  13. ^ "Battle Royale/Kill Bill's Kuriyama, Gackt Star in Dragon Age". Anime News Network. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  14. ^ "パイレーツ・オブ・カリビアン/最後の海賊". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "グラスホッパー・マニファクチュアの須田剛一氏とTango Gameworksの三上真司氏が手掛ける『SHADOW OF THE DAMNED(シャドウ オブ ザ ダムド)』のジャパンプレミアが行われ、発売日とともに浅野忠信、栗山千明ら豪華キャストが発表された。". Famitsu. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  16. ^ Romano, Sal (December 13, 2019). "Death Come True introduces police investigator Akane Sachimura". Gematsu. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "栗山千明、溝端淳平が9月上演の「ミッドナイト・イン・バリ」で7年ぶり共演". スポーツ報知. 報知新聞社. 2017-02-13. Archived from the original on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-13.

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