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May 29th, 2013

Rinko plays the heroine "Mako Mori" in the movie "Pacific Rim", an untested pilot trainee, which is a very important role for this movie.
It is an upcoming science fiction, monster movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. Del Toro has directed a wide variety of films such as "Hellboy", "Pan's Labyrinth", and so on.
In theaters July 12, 2013 i the US and August 9, 2013 in Japan.
Check the official website for more details Here. Check the official website for more details Here.

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June 10th , 2012

Rinko attended the exhibition opening in New York for Chanel/Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld's photography book, "The Little Black Jacket". Exhibition details can be found on Chanel's homepage. Rinko wore a teal chiffon pre-Fall 2012 dress to the event. Check out Rinko in the book and in the event's photos.

She was recently spotted in a fashion editorial in i-D Magazine's "The Royalty Issue", both in print and online, with styling by Nicola Formichetti. Check out Rinko in the Spring 2012 issue here.

May 26th, 2012

Rinko just completed filming of Guillermo del Toro's next epic monster film, Pacific Rim, which is currently in post production and slated for release next summer. Stay tuned!

January 6th, 2012

Hello everyone!

Rinko's new film Norwegian Wood is now playing in New York and DC with national rollout to follow across the theaters in the US. Please take a look at the website for theaters near you!

October 10th, 2011

Rinko Kikuchi's official site has launched! Stay a while and discover the many faces of Rinko Kikuchi.

Rinko has wrapped up the production of 47 Ronin --opposite Keanu Reeves. You can check out the official press conference here.

More recently, Rinko is preparing for the lead role in Guillermo del Toro's action packed alien fighting film, Pacific Rim. For more information on the film, please take a look at the Indiewire article, here.

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Rinko Kikuchi landed her first professional role in the Japanese film Ikitai (To Live) in 1999.

Since then, she began displaying her talent as an actress starring in critically acclaimed Japanese films such as Hole In The Sky (2002) and The Taste of Tea (2004) and gaining popularity within Japan’s film industry.

It was not long before she was catapulted onto the international scene with her Academy Award nominated role for Best Supporting Actress in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel (2006).

Playing the role of a young deaf high school girl Chieko with fervent energy and commitment, Rinko achieved an outstanding reputation around the world for her dramatic performance and the film garnered seven Academy Award nominations, securing her status as one of Hollywood’s leading young actresses.

Rinko followed up her success with a number of highly acclaimed international films such as Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom (2008) with Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz, Isabel Coixet’s Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009) with Serge Lopez, Mikael Håfström’s Shanghai (2010) with John Cusack and Ken Watanabe, and Anh Hung Tran’s Norwegian Wood (2010), a highly anticipated adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international best selling novel of the same name.


Currently, Rinko is finishing shooting 47 Ronin, a Hollywood adaptation of an old Japanese samurai legend combining elements of a historic epic and fantasy, starring Keanu Reeves.

Throughout her career, Rinko has inspired directors and actors all over the world with her unique ability to translate the director’s vision into complex and realistic characters and she continues to do so with intensity and sincerity that reach the audience all over the world.


Pacific Rim (2013)

directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Travis Beacham.

The film is set in a near future where soldiers pilot giant robots into battle against invading giant monsters who have risen from beneath the ocean.

Shanghai (2010)

directed by Mikael Håfström with John Cusack, Ken Watanabe, Li Gong and Yun-Fat Chow

A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor to find out who killed his friend.

Rinko joined the production in London and Bangkok for 3 weeks to play the role of Sumiko, a Japanese woman who holds the key to the mystery.

Ogawa no hotori (2011)

Directed by Tetsuo Shinohara with Noriyuki Higashiyama

Based on a story by the late Shuhei Fujisawa (The Twilight Samurai), the film revolves around a samurai named Inui Sakunosuke (Noriyuki Higashiyama) who is given a mission of vengeance from his clan.

However, his assassination target is a man named Sakuma Morie, the husband of his younger sister, Tazu (Rinko Kikuchi).

Norwegian Wood (2010)

Directed by Anh Hung Tran with Kenichi Matsuyama

A highly anticipated adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s international best selling novel of the same name comes to life by Anh Hung Tran, the director of critically acclaimed Cyclo and A Scent of Green Papaya with a musical score by Jonny Greenwood.

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (2009)

Directed by Isabel Coixet With Sergi López and Min Tanaka

A hired killer who leads a double life in Tokyo makes the fatal mistake of falling for her quarry in this stylish thriller from Spanish writer and director Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me).

Babel (2006)

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
With Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael García Bernal

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Rinko was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for her fierce portrayal of the deaf-mute schoolgirl, Chieko.


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