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Rinko Kikuchi Biography

Birth Name:
Yuriko Kikuchi
Birth Place:
Kanagawa, Japan
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • In her youth, learned horse back riding and Japanese sword-fighting
  • At age 15, started modeling and acting in Japan
  • In 1999, made film debut in the movie Ikitai, directed by the well-known Kaneto Shindo
  • He cast her again immediately in Sanmon Yakusha (2000)
  • Her first American film role as a deaf-mute teenager in Babel (2006) required a year-long audition process, during which she enrolled in a school for deaf students in Japan and learned sign language

Awards

  • 2015Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Online Film Critics Association-Breakthrough Performer: nominated
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2006Utah Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006National Board of Review-Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: winner
  • 2006Austin Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Performer: nominated

Relationships

  • Shôta Sometani -- Husband