Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi is a Japanese film and television actress. She is most famous for her performances in "Babel," "The Brothers Bloom" and "Pacific Rim."

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To call actress Rinko Kikuchi, who was born Yuriko Kikuchi on January 6, 1981 in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan, intense would be an understatement. She certainly spent no time at all breaking her way onto the acting scene, either, as she was discovered by a talent agent at the tender age of 15. After a few years of modeling and eventually graduating into the world of commericials, she was cast in her first feature film role in "Ikitai (To Live)" by 1999. After several more years of honing her craft, gaining critical attention with her roles in films like "Hole in the Sky" and "The Taste of Tea," she gained her first big break in 2006 when she was cast in the U.S. film "Babel."

Going as far as to enroll herself in an actual school for the deaf in order to get her part of a sexually charged mute down, Rinko reaped the benefits of her determination in a big way. Not only did her performance gain her international recognition and countless accoladess such as the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance, but it also won her her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2007. At the time of the actual awards ceremony, she was only 26 years old.

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Since breaking onto the U.S. scene, Rinko's career has only continued to flourish. Of course, her biggest year to date in terms of her acting career was probably 2013 when she starred in the sci-fi monster blockbuster "Pacific Rim." The very same year, she co-starred along with famous actor Keanu Reeves in "47 Ronin" as well. With a career as positively booming as hers, there is no doubt there are even bigger things to come in the years ahead.

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