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Chiaki Kuriyama



Possessing what may perhaps be the most chilling gaze in recent memory, Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama burst onto the international film scene with her aggressive yet oddly sympathetic portrayal of a young girl forced to participate in a state-sponsored fight to the death with her classmates in director Kinji Fukasaku's controversial Battle Royale. A native of Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan, who formed a successful career as a model early on, it was around the age of 11 that the classically trained dancer and gymnast began her segue into film and television. Following her feature debut in the 1995 thriller School Mystery, Kuriyama sent chills down audience's spines with her role as a Ringu-inspired ghost in the popular 1999 horror film Shikoku -- her otherworldly eyes peering from the world of the dead into the realm of the living to heart-stopping effect. A strong follow-up in the form of the following year's Ju-on (aka The Grudge -- soon to be remade in America with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi producing) cemented Kuriyama as an actress to watch for, and the subsequent Battle Royale found her propelled to superstardom in her native Japan. In addition to her feature work, a fleeting appearance in the successful television miniseries Multiple Personality Detective Psycho preceded a more hearty role in the supernatural flavored television series Rokubanme no Sayoko - a role which gained her a considerable amount of attention from fans and critics. Of course, it was only a matter of time before Kuriyama's popularity outgrew the boundaries of Japan, and after seeing her impressive performance in Battle Royale, American director Quentin Tarantino immediately cast her as the villainous Go Go Yubari in his grindhouse revenge epic Kill Bill (even going so far as to re-enact a wrenching key moment from Battle Royale in the film). Her "Go Go ball"-wielding baddie made quite an impression on stateside audiences as well, and one could only speculate that international audiences would soon be seeing quite a bit more of the fearsomely attractive young actress.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Library Wars: The Last Mission (Toshokan sensô: The Last Mission)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Murder Standard Score 70 (Satsujin Hensachi 70)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet SPEC: Closed - Kô no hen
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Haru, Bânîzu de
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Kamogawa Horumo: Battle League in Kyoto
  • Fumi Kusunoki
2009
78% Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers)
  • Midori Mitsuya
2008
No Score Yet Kids
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Ekusute (Exte: Hair Extensions)
  • Yuko
2007
No Score Yet Kisarazu Cat's Eye: The Movie 2
  • Actor
2006
50% Scrap Heaven
  • Saki Fujimura
2005
71% The Great Yokai War
  • Agi
2005
No Score Yet Into the Sun
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Mail
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Azumi 2: Death or Love
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Kagen No Tsuki
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Mail
  • Actor
2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Gogo Yubari
2003
No Score Yet Ju-On
  • Mizuho Tamura
2003
64% Ju-on: The Curse (Curse Grudge)
  • Actor
2000
87% Battle Royale
  • Chigusa
2000
No Score Yet Shikoku
  • Sayori
1999
No Score Yet Toire no Hanako-san (School Mystery)
  • Actor
1995

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