Chiaki Kuriyama Biography
Chiaki Kuriyama made her film debut in 1995 with Toire no Hanako-san, which was followed by the horror movie Shikoku (Dead Country) in 1999. She was on of the stars that graced the genre of Japanese horror films in the entertainment industry. Chiaki Kuriyama recalls, A cameraman I had worked with on a shoot asked me if I wanted to act in Shikoku. I had never really liked horror films and had never even gone to see one. But it was a big opportunity and I wanted to give it a shot. I had never acted before and was a bit nervous. Since it was my first try, it was only natural that I couldn't act. So when I looked at it like that, I was fine. When we finished shooting, it hit me that I actually enjoyed acting! You work hard and it pays. It's really satisfying.
The following year she appeared in Kamen Gakuen and the TV series Multiple Personality Detective Psycho. Chiaki Kuriyama soon starred in the action film Battle Royale playing the role of Takako Chigusa. In 2003, Chiaki Kuriyama stepped on the world of Hollywood when she was cast by director Quentin Tarantino in the 2003 action film, Kill Bill, Volume I in the character of Gogo Yubari, bodyguard of mob mistress O-Ren Ishii, played by Lucy Liu. All her lines in the movie were in Japanese, except for the question So youre black mamba? and the words bingo and hi.
Chiaki Kuriyama recently starred in the drama Azumi 2: Death or Love and Yokai Daisenso. She is currently learning more of the English language and hopes to play more English-language roles in film and television.