Breakout Roles: “Unforgiven,” “While the Women Are Sleeping”
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Shioli (sometimes written as Shiori) Kutsuna came to attention in the West with her 2016 role in Wayne Wang’s “While the Women Are Sleeping,” which played in the Berlin festival’s Panorama Special section. She is the object of desire for Beat Takeshi, an elderly novelist who confesses that he has been filming her every night for 10 years. She doesn’t need to say much, and what she says is in Japanese. Following the film’s screening, Kutsuna unexpectedly blasted the Berlin press conference with her colloquial English repartee. Her upbringing, it turned out, was in Sydney, Australia, where she lived until she was 14. Her career, however, was all Japanese as an actress-model. Starting back when she was in school, she did a ton of films, TV dramas, commercials and promos, with roles in such projects as 2010’s “Beck” and a pair of “Shinichi Kudo” movies in 2011 and 2012. Most prestigious was a key, minimalist, supporting role in Warner Bros.’ brutally harsh Japanese remake of “Unforgiven.” Since “Sleeping” her path has broadened and became more international. Kutsuna has got to use her English-language abilities opposite Josh Hartnett in “Oh Lucy,” which played the Toronto and Singapore festivals before arriving in Macau. She also stars in Netflix’s upcoming crime thriller “The Outsider” with Jared Leto.