Rinko Kikuchi Biography

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Score: 7.2 / 10
Released: July 12, 2013
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Producer: Mary Parent, Guillermo del Toro, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, Ron Perlman, Heather Doerksen
Genre: Action
Length: 131 minutes
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Rinko Kikuchi Biography


Date of Birth: January 6, 1981

Born in Kanagawa, Japan, Rinko Kikuchi began her career at the age of 15 with modeling and television commercials, but she soon moved on to feature films, making her debut in Ikitai (1999).

In 2002, Kukuchi made her stage debut in 2002 in the play Suigin directed by Hidehisa Tachibana.

By 2004, she was such a hot commodity that she appeared in four feature films. Kukuchi made her international debut in Babel (2006), starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Playing a deaf teenager dealing with the guilt of her mother's suicide, she received a Best Supporting Actress award from the Chicago Film Critics Association; a Best Breakthrough Performance award from the National Board of Review; a Golden Globe nomination and an Academy Award nomination.

In 2013, she starred alongside Charlie Hunnam in Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim and then reprised her role in the sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising (2018).

Amongst her skills, Kukuchi lists motorcycle driving, horseback riding and sword-fighting.


Pacific Rim Uprising(2018)
Endless Night (2015)
Last Summer (2014)
Pacific Rim (2013)
Shanghai (2009)
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)
Sideways (2009)
Kiru (2008)
Sukai kurora (2008) (voice)
Koi suru madori (2007)
Zukan ni nottenai mushi (2007)
Warau Mika eru (2006)
Naisu no mori: The First Contact (2006)
Tagatameni (2005)
69 (2004)
Survive Style5+ (2004)
Riyuu (2004)
Cha no Aji/The Taste of Tea (2004)
Jyunanasai aka Seventeen (2003)
Hachigatsu no Maboroshi (2002)
Paradice (2001)
Sora no Ana/Hole of Sky (2001)
Drug (2001)
Sanmon Yakusha (2000)
Akai Shibafu (2000)
Ikitai (1999)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor 47 Ronin (2013)
Actor 47 Ronin 3D (2013)
Actor Pacific Rim 3D (2013)
Actor Norwegian Wood (2012)
Actor Babel (2006) Actress in a Supporting Role Nominee