Kikuchi Rinko

Rinko Kikuchi is a Japanese actress. Kikuchi is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years. She is currently Japan's only living female Academy Award nominee in acting categories. The only other nominee was Miyoshi Umeki, who won the Best Supporting Actress award in 1957 for Sayonara.

Kikuchi was born in Minamigaoka, Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture. She debuted in 1999 under her birth name, Yuriko Kikuchi, with the Kaneto Shindo-directed film Ikitai (?????).[1] Soon after, in 2001, she starred in the acclaimed Kazuyoshi Komuri-directed film Sora no Ana (????), which was featured across several international film festivals, including the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2004, she appeared in the critically acclaimed Katsuhito Ishii-directed film Cha no Aji (????), which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2006, she appeared in the critically acclaimed Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed film Babel, where she played Chieko Wataya, a deaf-mute teenage girl, in a role for which she was critically acclaimed and 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).

Her emotionally intense role in Babel has led to her being noticed by many international directors, such as Rian Johnson, auteur director of Brick. She starred in his 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.
She was mentioned in an episode of the TV show Robot Chicken on the Adult Swim network in a parody of the popular movie-themed Lego play sets.

In March 2011 she was named to the Keanu Reeves-led cast of 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge.

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Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2014
0
Supporting Role
N/A
2010
12
Hayashida Naoko Supporting Role
7.2
2009
9
Katsuragi Ryo Main Role
8.6
2001
156
Unknown Role
7.3

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2011
Naoko Hayashida Supporting Role
7.3
2011
Tazu Supporting Role
N/A
2010
Naoko Main Role
6.9
2010
Supporting Role
8.4
2009
Lucifer Main Role
4.3
2009
Ryu Main Role
6.3
2008
Ch.1 - Assault Girl 2 Main Role
5.0
2007
Junda Atsuko Main Role
5.9
2007
Sayoko Supporting Role
8.0
2006
Kaori Supporting Role
N/A
2006
Nobuko Sakurai Supporting Role
5.9
2004
Unknown Role
7.0
2004
Yuriko Kikuchi Supporting Role
7.3
2003
Hitomi Supporting Role
N/A

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    Cheer 4 days ago

    Amazing actress! It's not only she's very critically aclaimed in Hollywood but she has a very solid on-screen presence.

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    EXOtic-Girl Jan 6, 2014

    Happy Birthday

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    Kealohalani808 Jan 6, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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    realdeal Aug 24, 2013

    just read her biography.....that will prove my comment below is right...

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    realdeal Jul 13, 2013

    LOL just watched pacific rim....she is without a doubt more talented than ayase haruka + satomi ishihara + erika toda + nagasawa masami COMBINED

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    realdeal Jun 13, 2013

    is this girl not famous in japan??? how come in imdb she famous??

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    Ryoshii Jan 6, 2013

    Happy Birthday!! :D :D

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    Aiosamii Jan 6, 2013

    Happy birthday!!!!

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    Geomttakji Oct 26, 2012

    I like her in Liar Game 2 <3 Katsuragi

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    hallohallo Oct 6, 2012

    She was amazing in Babel!! i thought she was deaf for real!! I'll watch other movies where she is playing!!

Details

  • Name:

    Kikuchi Rinko
  • Native name:

    菊地 凛子
  • Given name:

    Kikuchi Yuriko
  • Nationality:

    Japanese
  • Gender:

    Female
  • Born:

    January 6, 1981
  • Age:

    33