Chiaki Kuriyama (栗山 千明 Kuriyama Chiaki, born October 10, 1984) is a Japanese actress, singer, and model. She is best known in the West for her roles as Takako Chigusa in Kinji Fukasaku's 2000 film Battle Royale and Gogo Yubari in Quentin Tarantino's 2003 film Kill Bill: Volume 1.
Kuriyama at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival
|Born||October 10, 1984|
Tsuchiura, Ibaraki, Japan
|Occupation||Actress, model, singer|
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
Life and career
She was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki. Kuriyama was a popular model during Japan's child model boom in the mid-1990s. In 1997, she appeared in the photobooks Shinwa-Shōjo (Girl of Myth) and Shōjokan (Girl's Residence), photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. Shinwa-Shōjo became a best-seller but, as it contained some nudity, was discontinued by the publisher in 1999 after the institution of new anti–child pornography laws. She also posed as a model for the child fashion magazines Nicola (1997–2001) and Pichi Lemon (1996–2001).
She first achieved widespread recognition as an actress in Japan for her starring roles in the horror films Shikoku (1999) and Ju-on (2000). Chiaki also appeared in the 2000 action film Battle Royale as Takako Chigusa.
Following feature appearances on several notable Japanese television programs (including Rokubanme no Sayoko), Kuriyama made her Hollywood debut in director Quentin Tarantino's 2004 film Kill Bill: Volume 1 as Gogo Yubari, the schoolgirl bodyguard of yakuza boss O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). Kuriyama's other film appearances include major roles in the ninja drama Azumi 2: Death or Love and Takashi Miike's Yōkai Daisensō.
In 2010, she released the CD single "Ryūsei no Namida" on DefStar Records under the artist name "CHiAKi KURiYAMA". The song was used as the first ending theme for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. This single was followed by three others under her name as traditionally written in Japanese: "Kanōsei Girl", "Cold Finger Girl", and "Oishii Kisetsu" / "Ketteiteki Sanpunkan"; "Kanōsei Girl" was used as the third opening theme for Yorinuki Gin Tama-san and "Cold Finger Girl" was used as the opening for the anime adaptation of Level E. She followed the singles with an album, Circus, in 2011.
|Title||Album details||Peak positions||Sales (JPN)|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales (JPN)||Album|
|Oricon Singles Charts
||Billboard Japan Hot 100|
|"Ryūsei no Namida" (流星のナミダ, "Meteor Tears")||2010||11||24||21,000||Non-album single|
|"Kanōsei Girl" (可能性ガール Kanōsei Gāru, "Possibility Girl")||30||41||8,000||Circus|
|"Cold Finger Girl" (コールドフィンガーガール Kōrudo Fingā Gāru)||2011||39||88||5,000|
|"Tsukiyo no Shōzō"||62||—||2,000||Circus Deluxe Edition|
|"Toyosu Luciferin" (とよす☆ルシフェリン Toyosu Rushiferin)||2013||109||—||900||Non-album single|
- Nacchan Ka (1998)
- Kowai Dowa - Oyayubihime (1999) as Sayako
- Rokubanme no Sayoko (2000) as Sayoko Tsumura
- MPD Psycho as Mao Tōju (2000)
- Himitsu Kurabu o-daiba.com (2000) as Kazumi Naruse
- Kabushiki Kaisha o-daiba.com (2000) as Kazumi Naruse
- R-17 (2001) as Saori Maruyama
- Jyooubachi (2006) as Tomoko/Kotoe Daidoji
- Woman's Island (2006) as Rei Fujishima
- Haru, Barneys de (2006) as Sakurai Sae
- Kakure Karakuri (2006) as Karin Hanayama
- Hagetaka (2007) (TV) as Yuka Mishima
- Tokkyu Tanaka 3 Go (2007) as Terumi Meguro
- Ashita no Kita Yoshio (2008) as Rika Hasegawa
- Loss Time Life (2008) as Ayaka Kurosaki
- Sirius no Michi (2008) as Yuka Hirano
- Atami no Sosakan (2010) as Sae Kitajima
- Rebound (2011) as Hitomi Mimura
- Tsukahara Bokuden (2010) as Mahiro
- Himitsu Chohoin Erika (2011) as Erika Takahashi
- Carnation (2011–2012) as Natsu Yoshida
- Ataru (2012) as Maiko Ebina
- Jikken Keiji Totori (2012) as Makorin
- Ataru Special: New York kara no Chōsenjō (2013) as Maiko Ebina
- Haitatsu Saretai Watashitachi (2013) as Yu Okue
- Kaibutsu (2013) as Emi Ishikawa
- Jikken Keiji Totori 2 (2013) as Makorin
- Shikeidai no 72 Jikan (2013) as Tōko Natsuki
- Team Batista 4: Rasen Meikyū (2014) as Sumire Sakuranomiya
- Alice no Toge (2014) as Miwa Hoshino
- Satsujin Hensachi 70 (2014) as Sana Nishiura
- Dr. Nâsu eido (2014) as Kotomi Hayashi
- Time Taxi (2014) as Misora Shibayama
- Algernon ni Hanataba wo (2015) as Haruka Mochizuki
- HEAT (2015) as Sakura Azumi
- Nobunaga Moyu (2016) as Kajūji Haruko
- Fukigen na Kajitsu (2016) as Mayako Mizukoshi
- Copy Face (2016)
- Toire no Hanako-san (1995) as Little Child
- Gonin (1995) as Ogiwara's daughter
- Shikoku (1999) as Sayori Hiura
- Kamen Gakuen (2000) as Reika Dojima
- Ju-on: The Curse (2000) as Mizuho Tamura
- Battle Royale (2000) as Takako Chigusa - Girl #13
- Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) as Gogo Yubari
- Itsuka 'A' Torein ni Notte (2003) as Yuki Noguchi
- Kagen no Tsuki (2004) as Mizuki Mochizuki
- Mail (2005) as Mikoto
- Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005) as Kozue
- Into the Sun (2005) as Ayako
- The Great Yokai War (2005) as Agi
- Scrap Heaven (2005) as Saki Fujimura
- Kisarazu Cats Eye: World Series (2006) as Ayako Sugimoto
- Exte (エクステ Ekusute) (2007) as Yuko Mizushima
- Tengu Gaiden (2007) as Amaya
- Kids (2008) as Shiho
- GS Wonderland (2008) as Miku Ono
- Komori Seikatsu Kojo Club (2008) as Shizue
- Kamogawa Horumo (2009) as Fumi Kusunoki
- Hagetaka: The Movie (2009) as Yuka Mishima
- Neck (2010) as Eiko Akasaka
- Ghostwriter Hotel (2012) as Naoko Utsumi
- Gekijouban SPEC: Ten (2012) as Satoko Aoike
- Toshokan Sensō (2013) as Asako Shibasaki
- Gekijouban SPEC: Kurôzu - Zen no hen (2013) as Satoko Aoike
- Gekijouban SPEC: Kurôzu - Kou no hen (2013) as Satoko Aoike
- Ataru the First Love & the Last Kill (2013) as Maiko Ebina
- Team Batista Final: Kerberos no Shōzō (2014) as Sumire Sakuranomiya
- Tanemaku tabibito: Kuni umi no sato (2015) as Keiko Kanno
- Himitsu – Top Secret (2016) as Yukiko Miyoshi
- Blade of the Immortal (2017) as Hyakurin
- Chiwawa-chan (2019) as Yūko
- Eden's Bowy (1999) as Konyako Persia
- The Sky Crawlers (2008) (voice) as Midori Mitsuya
- Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (2012) as Cassandra Pentaghast
- The Expendables 2 (Japanese dub) (2012) as Maggie Chan (Yu Nan)
- Star Trek Into Darkness (Japanese dub) (2013) as Uhura (Zoe Saldana)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Japanese dub) (2017) as Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario)
- Namaiki! Photo: Kishin Shinoyama.Text:Akio Nakamori. (ISBN 4-10-326205-2,1996)
- Tenshi/angel (天使) Photo: Mitsuo Kawamoto. (ISBN 4-09-680821-0,1996).
- Sinwa-Shoujo (神話少女）Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. Text:Akio Nakamori.(ISBN 4-10-326207-9,1997)
- Shoujokan (少女館)Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. (ISBN 4-10-326209-5,1997)
- Shikoku nite (死国にて)(ISBN 4-04-904318-1,1999)
- Kuriyama Chiaki ACCESS BOOK (栗山千明ACCESS BOOK)(ISBN 4-04-853047-X,1999)
- Princess (プリンセス 栗山千明×蜷川実花）Photo: Mika Ninagawa. (ISBN 4-06-352725-5,2004)
- digi+KISHIN DVD:Chiaki Kuriyama. Image Film by Kishin Shinoyama. (ASIN B0001LNO7O,2004)
- digi+Girls kishin NO.4 Kuriyama Chiaki (digi+Girls kishin NO.4 栗山 千明) Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. (ASIN: 4255002797, 2004)
- Car girl Photo: Kishin Shinoyama. (ISBN 4-584-17094-0,2004)
- Emergence Uka (羽化) Photo: Chikashi Kasai. (ISBN 4-02-331332-7,2014)
Awards and nominations
|2004||2004 MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||Kill Bill: Vol. 1||Won|
|2004||30th Saturn Awards||Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award||Kill Bill: Vol. 1||Nominated|
|2009||Fantastic Fest||Best Fantastic Actress||Kamogawa Horumo||Won|
- The Japan Hot 100 was established in February 2008.
- Sources for chart positions are as follows: "Ryūsei no Namida", "Kanōsei Girl", "Cold Finger Girl", "Oishii Kisetsu".
- Under the name CHiAKi KURiYAMA.
- Charted at number 61 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart.
- Daniel Robson (2011-03-04). "Kuriyama trades her blades for a song". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" [Oricon Ranking Information Service 'You Big Tree']. Oricon. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "栗山千明のリリース一覧" [List of at Chiaki Kuriyama's Releases]. Oricon. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Hot 100｜JAPAN Charts｜Billboard JAPAN". Billboard (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/03/08". Billboard (in Japanese). 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2010/11/29". Billboard (in Japanese). 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/02/07". Billboard (in Japanese). 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Japan Billboard Hot 100 2011/03/14". Billboard (in Japanese). 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Hot Single Sales 2011/12/05". Billboard (in Japanese). 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Library War Live-Action Film's Promo Aired (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "Battle Royale/Kill Bill's Kuriyama, Gackt Star in Dragon Age". Anime News Network. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- "パイレーツ・オブ・カリビアン／最後の海賊". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
- "グラスホッパー・マニファクチュアの須田剛一氏とTango Gameworksの三上真司氏が手掛ける『SHADOW OF THE DAMNED（シャドウ オブ ザ ダムド）』のジャパンプレミアが行われ、発売日とともに浅野忠信、栗山千明ら豪華キャストが発表された。". Famitsu. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
- Romano, Sal (December 13, 2019). "Death Come True introduces police investigator Akane Sachimura". Gematsu. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
- "栗山千明、溝端淳平が9月上演の「ミッドナイト・イン・バリ」で7年ぶり共演". スポーツ報知. 報知新聞社. 2017-02-13. Archived from the original on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
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