Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi

Highest Rated: 94% We Are Little Zombies (2020)

Lowest Rated: 8% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) (2015)

Birthday: Jan 6, 1981

Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan

Actress Rinko Kikuchi has been bewitching the camera with her enigmatic presence since she was a teenager, working as a model and appearing in commercials in her native Japan. Despite the demands of her education and blossoming career, Kikuchi developed tremendous skills in the arts of traditional Japanese dance and archery, as well as horseback riding and motorcycling. The well-roundedness of her life seemed to imbue her with a realness and believability, and she landed her first film role in 1999's Ikitai. Directed by veteran filmmaker Kaneto Shindo, the film followed two Japanese families along different timelines, exploring the way Japan's changing traditional values have effected family life. Kikuchi was just 18, but Shindo was so pleased with her performance that he had her return for the next year's Sanmon Yakusha, a biopic about character actor Taiji Tonoyama. The exposure was dynamite for Kikuchi, who next found a starring role in 2001's romantic drama Sora no Ana, playing a street-smart waif who unexpectedly falls in star-crossed love with a fast-food worker. Set against the backdrop of the Japanese countryside, the poignant film was a hit, garnering her a slew of supporting roles in films like 2004's Cha no Aji and 2005's Taga Tameni. In 2004, Kikuchi found herself faced with a serious challenge as a performer. Her agent told her about the role of Chieko, a deaf, mute, and emotionally disturbed character in Alejandro González Iñárritu's upcoming film Babel. As the star of one of the film's three interconnected storylines, Kikuchi would be tackling teenage Chieko's emotional turmoil over her mother's recent suicide, her emerging sexuality, and her place in the film's overall message -- all without the use of her voice. Kikuchi was determined to win the role, and so she enrolled in a sign-language school. A year-long audition process followed, and though the film's casting agents had planned to cast an actual deaf actress, she was given the part. The young actress was placed on the Hollywood radar as soon as the film hit theaters, and she was praised for delivering compellingly raw emotions through a subtle performance, and for submerging herself completely into the role. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, but despite the free pass this bought her into American film, Kikuchi remained interested in both American and Japanese film, considering projects from both nations.In 2008 she joined the cast of The Brothers Bloom to play the character of Bang Bang, and starred in Norwegian Wood (2010), celebrated Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung's critically acclaimed adaptation of Haruki Murakami's nostalgic 1987 novel following a new relationship plagued by memories of a death from years before.


Highest Rated Movies



94% We Are Little Zombies Actor 2020
43% Pacific Rim Uprising Mako Mori 2018
88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Kumiko 2015
8% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) Allaka 2015
No Score Yet Last Summer Naomi 2014
16% 47 Ronin Witch $20.6M 2013
72% Pacific Rim Mako Mori $101.8M 2013
74% Norwegian Wood Naoko $13.5K 2012
No Score Yet The Warped Forest Actor 2011
No Score Yet Genius Party Actor 2011
No Score Yet Saidoweizu Actor 2010
No Score Yet Assault Girls (Asaruto gâruzu) Actor 2009
No Score Yet Map of the Sounds of Tokyo Ryu 2009
68% The Brothers Bloom Bang Bang $3.5M 2009
No Score Yet Kill (Kiru) (Rebellion: The Killing Isle) Actor 2008
80% Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers) Suito Kusanagi 2008
No Score Yet Zukan ni nottenai mushi (The Insects Unlisted in the Encyclopedia) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Koi suru madori Actor 2007
69% Babel Chieko $34.3M 2006
20% Funky Forest: The First Contact (Naisu no Mori: The First Contact) Actor 2005
No Score Yet 69 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Survive Style 5+ Actor 2004


Mika says: Rivers of blood and mountains of corpses will not stand in our way.

Witch says: Rivers of blood and mountains of corpses will not stand in our way.

Mako Mori says: For my family.

Mako Mori says: Sensei, aishitemasu.

Mako Mori says: "It's not obedience, Mr. Becket. It's respect."

Mako Mori says: It's not obedience, Mr. Becket. It's respect.