Japanese: Kuriyama Chiaki

Zanlius says, in October 2003, hot new talent Chiaki Kuriyama made her American debut in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 as Go Go Yubari, the school girl with perfect hair, impeccable clothes, and a killer personality. Whereas Chiaki is a full-fledged teen idol in her home country of Japan, her name elicits no recognition from mainstream filmgoers in the West. Nevertheless, she is not a complete stranger to the geeks of international cinema, who can’t easily dismiss her stirring performance in Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale. In addition to Battle Royale and Kill Bill, Chiaki has an excellent body of work behind her with credits in both film and TV. Her most recent film is Kagen no Tsuki (Last Quarter), which opened in Japan on October 9, 2004. Future projects for Chiaki include Azumi 2: Death or Love, a much anticipated sequel to one of the best samurai films and Yôkai Daisensô. Read more.


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