Rinko Kikuchi (菊地 凛子) was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching to Rinko. She appeared in the cult film The Taste Of Tea, but came to mainstream audiences' attention for her role in Babel, for which she had learned sign language. She played a deaf-mute. She was the first Japanese actress to be nominated for the Oscars in 50 years, since Umeki Miyoshi. Other than that she had appeared in commercials, including ads for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as Japanese soap operas. As a result, her popularity rose outside her native country. She moved to New York City and lived for a time with director Spike Jonze, whom she had met in Tokyo at a film festival in 2009. That's when she began taking English lessons. While she had appeared in the acclaimed film version of Norwegian Wood, her later American were mostly popcorn flicks like 47 Ronin and Pacific Rim. Her success and foray into American entertainment continued with her castings in Kumiko, and Westworld. Rinko married Japanese actor Sometani Shota in 2014 and gave birth to a son in October 2016. She is a capable rider of horses and motorcycles and grew up watching samurai films.
Rinko Kikuchi made her debut in the year 1999 with the movie ‘Will to Live’. She then appeared in the flick ‘By Player’. From 2002 to 2004, she acted in a number of films including ‘Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No Name’, ‘The Taste of Tea’, ‘69’ and ‘Survive Style 5+’. Around this time, Kikuchi also appeared in a number of TV programs such as ‘The Private Detective Mike Hama’, ‘Uchu ni Ichiban Chikai basho’, ‘Ai to Shihonshugi’ and ‘Ryu’.
Then in 2006, she was cast as Chieko Wataya in the flick ‘Babel’. Soon after this, the actress got the opportunity to do voice work for the film ‘Genius Party’. Kikuchi then got featured in the flick ‘The Brothers Bloom’ in 2008. A year later, she joined the cast of the drama ‘Liar Game 2’. That year, she also acted in the movies ‘Map of the Sounds of Tokyo’ and ‘Assault Girls’.
In 2010, the Japanese beauty played the role of Naoko in the flick ‘Norwegian Wood’. She also appeared in the drama ‘Moteki’ that year. After this, she was cast as Tazu in the movie ‘At River's Edge’. Then Kikuchi did the films ‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘47 Ronin’ in 2013. The following year, she played Chikako in the series ‘Gu-Gu Datte Neko de Aru’ as well as Kumiko in the film ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’. After this, she worked in the films ‘Nobody Wants the Night’ and ‘Terra Formars’.
Rinko Kikuchi was born as Yuriko Kikuchi on January 6, 1981, in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. She has two elder siblings. On December 31, 2014, she got married to actor Shōta Sometani. Together, the couple has one child. Besides this, information regarding Kikuchi’s education, family background, parents, etc. is unknown to the media.