Rinko Kikuchi (菊地 凛子, Kikuchi Rinko), born Yuriko Kikuchi (菊地 百合子, Kikuchi Yuriko), January 6, 1981, in Kanagawa Prefecture, is a Japanese actress. She has been nominated for the Academy Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Golden Globe, and won the NBR Award and the CFCA Award. Rinko Kikuchi is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years.
She is Japan's only living female Academy Award nominee, since Miyoshi Umeki, who won for in 1957 for Sayonara, died on August 27, 2007. She debuted in 1999 under her birth name, Yuriko Kikuchi, with the Kaneto Shindo-directed film Ikitai (生きたい, Ikitai). Soon after, in 2001, she starred in the acclaimed Kazuyoshi Komuri-directed film Sora no Ana (空の穴, 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 (茶の味, 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 they do not speak a word. (The others were Jane Wyman, Patty Duke, Holly Hunter, and Samantha Morton.) Her hypnotic, emotionally intense role in Babel has led to her being noticed by many international directors, such as Rian Johnson, auteur director of Brick. She will star in his next film, The Brothers Bloom, which will be her first fully English-language feature.
Here is video from the critically acclaimed and award winning movie Babel.
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