Rinko Kikuchi is a recognizable presence to art house film fans in America as well as to moviegoers in her home country of Japan.
She appeared in several Japanese movies before receiving international attention as a deaf-mute girl in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel in 2006, receiving an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She went on to appear in The Brothers Bloom, a Rachel Weisz-Adrien Brody caper in which she played a character that only knows . . . three words of English. :-O
As of this writing , Rinko Kikuchi's most recent film is Norwegian Wood, a coming-of-age movie set in late-'60s Japan.