Rinko's Oscar nomination for Babel was the first time a Japanese actress was nominated in almost 50 years.
Rinko was chosen as one of People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People in the World", in May 2007.
It's in May of 2004, that she changed her screen name to Rinko Kikuchi.
Before learning about her nomination for a Golden Globe she had never heard of the Golden Globes.
The dress she was wearing at the The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards was rated as one of the worst of the night by People magazine.
She would like to work with:
Directors: Tim Burton, Sean Penn, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen.
Thesps: Gena Rowlands, Cate Blanchett, Benicio Del Toro, Johnny Depp.
She began her career at the age of 15.
She used to be a model.
She prefers the East Coast of the US to the West Coast.
She travels with an interpreter, but doesn't have many difficulties when it's time to speak English.
She enjoys Ridinghorse, Sign-language, Japanese dance "Nihonbuyo", Japanese Archery "Kyudo", Japanese Sword skill "Iai", Driving and Motorcycling.
She has black hairs and brown eyes.
In 2006, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for her work on the movie Babel (2006).
In 2006, her name was in Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" list.
Her height is 5' 6½" (1.69m).
(on her nude scene in "Babel")
Rinko Kikuchi: I like the naked body. It's beautiful. An actress can't avoid using her body as a tool and nudity is one form of expression that you have available to you. I didn't mind doing that scene.
Rinko Kikuchi: I'd sincerely like to work on Japanese films as well, but at the moment I receive more offers from abroad. As long as there's a role I can be passionate about... I would take on any role from any country.
Rinko Kikuchi: In my opinion there is nothing an actor should never do or be. I think everything is a wonderful experience
(on director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Rinko Kikuchi: He's a very passionate man. He is actually very detailed oriented as far as the emotional arc of the character. He knows every single thing about the character that I was playing; every single emotion. He knew what worked best on screen. Basically, knowing that he trusted me on the set that was an incredible experience. It was really great working with him.
(on her many awards nominations in 2006)
Rinko Kikuchi: I'm really thankful for it. I never expected it at all. In Japan we normally don't spend so much time promoting one film. My work on Babel, as an actress I mean, happened so long ago already.
Rinko Kikuchi: I don't like the red carpet, too much pressure.
(on the audition for the movie "Babel" (2006))
Rinko Kikuchi: The audition process actually took about a year. I had seen "21 grams" and "Amores Perros," and I was very much aware of Alejandro [González Iñarritu] as a director. I respected him very much from these two movies, and I very much wanted to get involved.
I heard about the audition through my agent in Japan, and I immediately applied for it. They actually sent me a videotape of a deaf-mute person telling me that this was the kind of thing they were expecting.