Chiaki Kuriyama

Chiaki Kuriyama


10/10/1984, Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Birth Name

Chiaki Kuriyama


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Chiaki Kuriyama began her career at the age of 11, already acting in movies and television shows in her native Japan. Not becoming known in America until her appearance as 'Gogo Yubari' in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 in 2003, Chiaki was already a household name in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Chiaki modeled for the Japanese magazine Nicola from 1997 until 2001.

    • Chiaki is often called by her nicknames: Queen Chiaki and Chiakisama.

    • Her height is 5' 4" (1.63 m).

    • During production of the film Kill Bill, Chiaki was called by her character name Gogo off-screen by nearly everyone on set.

    • In the film Battle Royale, Chiaki's character wears a yellow tracksuit similar to the one worn by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, another film starring Chiaki Kuriyama.

    • Chiaki was the same age as her character Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill during the shooting of the film; she was 17.

    • Quentin Tarantino has on many occasions referred to Chiaki Kuriyama as his "Japanese Uma". This is in reference to how high in regard Quentin holds actress Uma Thurman.

    • Chiaki would call herself Chaki when she was younger.

    • Translated from Japanese, Chiaki Kuriyama's name roughly translates to Chestnut Mountain with Full Brightness.

    • Chiaki had her 19th birthday on the same day her film Kill Bill opened in theatres.

    • Despite not being a main character in the first Kill Bill and not being at all present in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Chiaki has the most face time in the end credits of Vol. 2 as well as having the most elaborate credit sequence.

    • Began her career in the mid-90's during the child model boom in Japan.

    • Chiaki Kuriyama has portrayed a schoolgirl in nearly all of the films she has starred in.

  • Quotes

    • Chiaki Kuriyama: Japan is very much a TV-centered entertainment industry. So when you talk about big stars in Japan, generally they are people who are on television. I work mostly in movies.

    • Chiaki Kuriyama: I loved playing Gogo (her character from the film Kill Bill) because the character's so extreme. And she's pretty close to my real character. Especially the fact that she liked her sword with a lot of accessories (in reference to Chiaki's accessorizing of several portable items).

    • Chiaki Kuriyama: I've been playing these schoolgirl roles in all my movies. Every time I went to the set, it felt like I was going to school.