by Chris MaGee
Fresh off attending the world premiere of the Japanese-language remake of Alexander Payne's "Sideways" (I still don't get it) at the Napa-Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival news comes via Japan Zone that Rinko Kikuchi will be going from her international big screen success and returning to Japanese TV for the first time in 8 years.
One of the 28-year-old star's earliest roles was on the NHK morning drama "Churasan", but of course went on to international success in her Oscar-nominated role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 2006 film "Babel". Since then Kikuchi has focused on feature films both in Japan and abroad, but now she will be taking on a role in Fuji TV's "Liar Game". The series, which also stars Erika Toda and Shota Matsuda about a super high stakes card game where the players are tasked with tricking their opponents out of hundreds of millions of yen.
Now, "Liar Game" is set to make the leap from TV to its own feature film next year, so is Kikuchi's appearance on the show just a detour before "Liar Game" hits the big screen? I'd bet hundreds of millions of yen on it.