Rinko Kikuchi is a popular Japanese actress and she has gained a lot of prominence in her career. She is the first Japanese actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 50 years. Most of her work has been appreciated but Babel is one of the most popular ones. Other notable films in her career include Norwegian Wood that got screened in competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival. Guillermo Del Toro’s science fiction action film Pacific Rim is also an impressive film of her. For her brilliant roles in the drama film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.
Bio and Early Life
Rinko was born on January 6, 1981, in Hadano, Kanagawa. She is the youngest sibling and has got two other siblings. She was not very much into acting but surprisingly luck has something good for her. At her early age, she was discovered by a talent agent on the streets. She is not from a good financial background but her parents raised all the children very well. Her height is five feet and six inches while she is 42 years old currently.
Rinko made her acting debut in 1999 and her first role was in the film Will to Live. Soon after, she starred in the film Sora no Ana that became very popular. The film was featured at several international festivals including the Rotterdam Film Festival. She kept getting good roles and Katsuhito Ishii’s film The Taste of Tea became another popular one. It was selected for the Cannes Film Festival that further increased her popularity as an actress. The year 2006 was special as Japanese film producer Yoko Narahashi caught her eyes. She was selected for the Alejandro González Iñárritu film Babel. In the film, she played Chieko Wataya who was a troubled and deaf teenage girl. Her role received international attention from fans and critics.
Rinko has won many awards in her career. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also the fourth person in Academy Award history to be nominated for such an innovative role. Rinko has won the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance and the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor. Her acting talent is evident and many critics have appreciated it too.
- The Sky Crawlers (2008)
- Assault Girls (2009
- The Brothers Bloom (2009)
- The Voice
- The Treasure Hunter
Personal Life and Net Worth
Rinko got married to the Japanese actor Shōta Sometani on December 31, 2014. They have been going strong since then and have been an inspirational couple for others. In October 2016, she gave birth to their first child while their second child was born in 2018. The total net worth of Rinko is around $1-$5 million and she has gained all this amount from her career. She has a good personal and professional life as she knows how to deal with both.