While I was interviewing Chiaki for an upcoming book I'm doing on Japanese schoolgirls (second book — hooray!), I brought up gaming at the end of the interview while making chitchat. Best known in the West for her work in Kill Bill and Battle Royale, Chiaki appeared in Resident Evil 5 TV ads in Japan, so I thought it was suitable small talk.
"I like Zelda," she told me. "I also like role-playing games. Hrm, what else... I like Gyakuten Saiban. Do you know Gyakuten Saiban?"
Yes, yes I do.
She went on to say that she really likes puzzle games as well. When I brought up her rumored role as Ling Xiaoyu in the Tekken movie, she told me, "I'm not in the Tekken. Everyone's been saying to me, 'Hey, Tekken! You're in Tekken?' And I'm like 'bwah?' People have been saying this to me for a while — is the movie done yet? I don't know where this rumor is from."
Wherever it's from, it's not true, she said. No Chiaki Kuriyama in the Tekken movie — according to Chiaki Kuriyama, that is.