|Kikuchi was born in Minamigaoka, Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture.|
In 2006, she appeared in the critically-acclaimed Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed film Babel, where she played Chieko Wataya, a deaf-mute teenage girl, in a role for which she was critically acclaimed and nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She won several, such as the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance (tying with Jennifer Hudson) and the Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough. Kikuchi is also the fifth actress in Academy Award history to be nominated for an award for a role in which she does not speak a word. (The others were Jane Wyman, Patty Duke, Holly Hunter, andSamantha Morton). Kikuchi has appeared in two Mamoru Oshii movies: 2008's The Sky Crawlers and Assault Girls (2009).
Her emotionally intense role in Babel has led to her being noticed by many international directors, such as Rian Johnson, auteur director of Brick. She starred in his second film, 2009's The Brothers Bloom, which was her first fully English-language feature. Though she plays a main character, she only speaks three words in the film; her character is said to only know three words of English.
|Made her stage debut in the play "Suigin" directed by Hidehisa Tachibana.|
One of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category.
Is an accomplished motorcyclist and horseback rider.
Is skilled in sword-fighting.
|filmography: norwegian wood 2010, the brothers bloom 2008, 69sixty nine 2004.|