Kirin Kiki at the 2015 Odessa International Film Festival
Keiko Nakatani (中谷 啓子 Nakatani Keiko)
January 15, 1943
|Died||September 15, 2018 (aged 75)|
|Other names||Chiho Yūki (悠木千帆 Yūki Chiho) first stage name;|
Keiko Uchida (内田 啓子 Uchida Keiko) current legal name
|Spouse(s)||Shin Kishida (1964–1968), Yūya Uchida (current)|
Kiki was born in the Kanda area of Tokyo as the daughter of a master of the biwa lute. After graduating from high school, she started her acting career in the early 1960s as a member of the Bungakuza theater troupe using the stage name Chiho Yūki (悠木千帆). She eventually gained fame for performing uniquely comedic and eccentric roles on such television shows as Jikan desu yo and Terauchi Kantarō ikka and in television commercials. She changed her name to "Kirin Kiki" when, after being asked on a television show to auction off something of hers, she ended up selling her first stage name, claiming she had "nothing else to sell."
While battling various ailments, including a detached retina in 2003 and breast cancer in 2005, Kiki continued to act and won several awards, including the best actress Japan Academy Prize for Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad in 2008, the best supporting actress award from the Yokohama Film Festival for her work in Kamikaze Girls and Half a Confession in 2004, and the best supporting actress Blue Ribbon Award for Still Walking in 2008.
Kiki married fellow Bungakuza actor Shin Kishida, but they divorced in 1968. She wed musician Yuya Uchida in 1973, and remained legally married to him though they separated in 1975. Their daughter, Yayako Uchida, is an essayist and musician, and portrayed the younger self of Kiki's character in the film Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad. Yayako Uchida is married to the actor Masahiro Motoki, who was adopted into the Uchida family as a mukoyōshi. Kirin's granddaughter Kyara Uchida has appeared with her in two films, I Wish and Sweet Bean.
- Tora-san, His Tender Love (1970)
- Ballad of Orin (1977)
- Zigeunerweisen (1980)
- Tenkōsei (1982)
- Hometown (1983)
- Capone Cries a Lot (1985)
- Lonely Heart (1985)
- Rainbow Kids (1991) as Kura Nakamura
- The Triple Cross (1992)
- Rintaro (輝け！隣太郎, Kagayake! Rintaro) (1995) – she also sang the title song (with Toshiaki Karasawa)
- Pistol Opera (2001)
- Returner (2002)
- Kamikaze Girls (2004)
- Half a Confession (2004)
- Still Walking (2008)
- Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2008)
- The Borrower Arrietty (2010)
- Ghost: In Your Arms Again (2010)
- Villain (2010)
- Chronicle of My Mother (2011)
- I Wish (2011)
- Like Father, Like Son (2013)
- Our Little Sister (2015)
- Sweet Bean (2015) ; Best Performance by an Actress, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2015
- After the Storm (2016) – Yoshiko
- Mori, The Artist's Habitat (2018)
- Every Day A Good Day (2018), Ms. Takeda
- Shoplifters (2018), Hatsue Shibata
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