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Rinko Kikuchi

She’s one of the two little-known “it” girls of Babel and she landed in Los Angeles ever so briefly..
A quick QT look…

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15 Responses to “Rinko Kikuchi”

  1. Crow T Robot says:

    Michelle Dessler from “24” just called… she wants her adorableness back.

  2. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    What are her chances for Oscar?
    I know it’s annoying bringing it all back to that, but really…

  3. mutinyco says:

    That Quicktime is so big you could smack somebody in the head with it.

  4. Aladdin Sane says:

    Definitely cute. I wanna bring her home to meet my mom.

  5. The Carpetmuncher says:

    She was AMAZING in Babel, a movie full of great performances (see Brad Pitt) and if there is any justice a film that will receive multiple nominations (director, original script, cinematography). I have trouble seeing Pitt not getting a supporting actor nom. And yes, I think she has a great shot at a supporting actress nod as well, though not as good as Pitt, who has that star power thing going.
    Of the three stories in Babel, the Rinko story was to me the most original, surprising, moving, and redemptive, and raised the level of the film from very good to possibly great. Hopefully the public finds time for this type of serious filmmaking.

  6. Cadavra says:

    I’d rather bring her home when Mom’s not there!

  7. Nice get! Her performance is stunning.

  8. Wait, I thought it was an interview before I actually watched it. Interesting nontheless.

  9. T.H.Ung says:

    You can’t just got into a hotel suite video camera blazing! There’s so much interesting stuff going on. People do things for lots of different reasons and there’s lots of explaining answering and rebutting. But the really important thing is, where did Rinko get the long textured footless tights? I’m dead serious. If the designer/manufacturer posts a mechant link, they will sell out.

  10. Aladdin Sane says:

    Cadavra, are you still living with your mom?

  11. Lota says:

    She looks like Nancy Kawn in her Suzie Wong/Flower drum song years, except Kwan was likely even more adorable.
    TH Ung…”footless tights” as you call them have been around for years and wax and wane in popularity. Those type she’s wearing used to be called fitted leg warmers and I’ve bought those type for years from hosiery outlets like WOods that sell hold up stockings and foot-free stockings. and Bloomingdales are the cheap and more expensive end, respectively, right now.

  12. SJRubinstein says:

    Saw her last night at the “Babel” screening on the old Warners Hollywood lot. Doesn’t look a thing like she does in the film. Most Surreal Moment of the Night: Watching Paul Haggis talk up Inarritu a mere few moments after hearing some elderly woman explain to a friend in the sushi line why she thinks that “Babel” “makes ‘Crash’ look pedestrian.” I want to see that on the poster.

  13. T.H.Ung says:

    Hope Paul heard her. I’v passed along my question to Kim Hastreiter (she’s always loved Japanese fashion) along with a link to here.

  14. Cadavra says:

    Aladdin: Unfortunately, my mother passed away many years ago. My post was what we in show business call a humorous response.

  15. T.H.Ung says:

    Thanks for all the support, it kind of makes me sorry I didn’t become a catalog copywriter. Of course, they’re no where to be found, just these imitations (for your entertainment):
    Fresh and slightly mod, Knit Footless Tights are an all-grown-up update of a parochial school staple: knee socks! Made of a soft and stretchy nylon and Lycra blend, these hit at the ankle and feature a comfy elastic waistband. Pay homage to their old-school inspiration

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