Rinko Kikuchi born Yuriko Kikuchi , January 6, 1981, is a Japanese actress. Kikuchi is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years, for the 2006 movie Babel. She also starred in Guillermo del Toro's science fiction action film Pacific Rim.Yes, she has a long-term boyfriend. However, he lives alllll the way in Tokyo, which means we can ogle at this exotic beauty anytime we like. Plus we got to see all of Rinko Kikuchi in Babel and we've gotta say.
Her breakout role in Babel was an impressive way to enter the Tinseltown scene. Starring alongside big-screen giants like Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, Rinko Kikuchi made a huge impression on North Americans after her stint on the flick. Her next attention-getter? Acting with Rachel Weisz and Adrien Brody in The Brothers Bloom (2008). Kikuchi debuted in 1999, under her birth name, Yuriko Kikuchi, with the Kaneto Shindo–directed film Ikitai . Soon after, in 2001, she starred in the celebrated Kazuyoshi Komuri–directed film Sora no Ana , which was featured at several international film festivals, including the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2004, she appeared in the much-commended Katsuhito Ishii–directed film Cha no Aji , which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2006, she was cast by Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi in the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Babel, where she played Chieko Wataya, a deaf-mute teenage girl, in a role for which she received international attention and was 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).
She starred in Rian Johnson's 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.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.In 2013, Kikuchi starred alongside Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba in Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film in general and Kikuchi's performance in particular were well-received by critics.