Rinko Kikuchi kicked-off her acting career with ‘Will to Live,’ a Japanese film. She appeared in ‘Sora no Ana,’ the celebrated Kazuyoshi Komuri film which was featured at various international festivals. She also starred in ‘The Taste of Tea,’ which was well-received by the audiences and the film was selected for the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’
She gained global recognition for her portrayal of a deaf-mute teenager in ‘Babel,’ a drama film. She earned various accolades and nominations for the same, including an ‘Academy Award’ nomination (she became the first Japanese actress to earn this feat in 50 years0, a ‘Golden Globe’ nomination, and a ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ nomination.
Some of her other noteworthy works include ‘Norwegian Wood,’ a Japanese romantic film; ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,’ and ‘Pacific Rim,’ a sci-fi monster film.
She has also earned an ‘independent Spirit Award’ nomination in the category of ‘Best Female Lead.’