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Rinko Kikuchi (born Yuriko Kikuchi) is a Japanese actress who is most known for portraying Chieko Wataya in the film Babel and Naoko in the film Norwegian Wood. ‘Will to Live,’ ‘By Player,’ ‘The Taste of Tea,’ ‘At River’s Edge,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,’ ‘Nobody Wants the Night,’ and ‘Terra Formars’ are among her other credits. Kikuchi has also appeared in the drama series ‘Liar Game 2’, ‘Moteki’, and ‘Gu-Gu Datte Neko de Aru.’ She is the first Japanese actress to receive an Academy Award nomination in 50 years. She has done voice work in the films “Genius Party” and “The Sky Crawlers.” Kikuchi is one of the few actresses in Japan’s entertainment industry who has shown her quality. Apart from an Academy Award nomination, her outstanding performances in many films have gained her numerous honors. At the Gotham Awards, the Japanese beauty received the ‘Breakthrough Award’ for her contribution to ‘Babel.’ Her performance in the film received her honors from the Austin Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress.

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Career of Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi made her film debut in 1999 with the film ‘Will to Live.’ After that, she starred in the film ‘By Player.’ She appeared in a number of films between 2002 and 2004, including ‘Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No Name,’ ‘The Taste of Tea,’ ’69,’ and ‘Survive Style 5+.’ Kikuchi also appeared in a number of TV shows around this period, including ‘The Private Detective Mike Hama,’ ‘Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho,’ ‘Ai to Shihonshugi,’ and ‘Ryu.’

Then, in 2006, she landed the role of Chieko Wataya in the film “Babel.” Soon after, the actress was offered a role as a voice actress in the film ‘Genius Party.’ In 2008, Kikuchi was cast in the film ‘The Brothers Bloom.’ She joined the cast of the drama ‘Liar Game 2’ a year later. She also appeared in the films ‘Map of the Sounds of Tokyo’ and ‘Assault Girls’ that year.

In 2010, the Japanese actress starred as Naoko in the film “Norwegian Wood.” In the same year, she starred in the drama ‘Moteki.’ She was then cast as Tazu in the film ‘At River’s Edge.’ In 2013, Kikuchi directed the films ‘Pacific Rim’ and ’47 Ronin.’ She starred as Chikako in the anime series ‘Gu-Gu Datte Neko de Aru’ and Kumiko in the film ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ the following year. She went on to work in the films ‘Nobody Wants the Night’ and ‘Terra Formars’ after that.

Personal Experiences of Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi was born Yuriko Kikuchi in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan, on January 6, 1981. She has two older brothers and sisters. She married actor Shta Sometani on December 31, 2014. The couple has one child together. Aside from that, the media is unaware about Kikuchi’s education, family background, parents, and other details.

Estimated Net Worth

Rinko Kikuchi is a Japanese actress with a $10 million dollar net worth. Rinko Kikuchi was born Yuriko Kikuchi in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan, in 1981. She made her cinematic debut in 1999 with “Will to Live.” Before winning a role as Chieko Wataya in the 2006 smash “Babel,” she appeared in “Sora no Ana” and “The Taste of Tea.”