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Rinko Kikuchi dating director Spike Jonze

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Actress Rinko Kikuchi, 29, has a new boyfriend, media report. The star of Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung's movie adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel "Norwegian Wood" (to be released in Japan Dec 11), which is now wowing crowds at the 67th Venice Film Festival, is dating celebrated American director Spike Jonze.

The pair made no effort to conceal their affection from the gaze of festival-goers and were seen kissing and holding hands in front of the cream of the movie industry.

According to one source, the couple met in December of last year when Jonze was in Japan publicizing "Where the Wild Things Are." They are said to have hit it off from the word go. Kikuchi's agency has acknowledged the relationship, stating, "It appears they started seeing each other recently."

It is believed the pair arrived at the festival together having flown from New York, where Kikuchi has a base of operations. The couple are reported to be planning to leave the festival together when it draws to a close and return to New York. Jonze, 40, was formerly married to Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and actress Sofia Coppola, 39. The couple divorced in 2004.

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Whoa, now that is interesting, good luck to them, love Spike!

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Wow. So we have Kikuchi's age (29), Coppola's age (39) and, er, Jonze is...?

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Jonze is 40, according to the article. What's your point? Love as a Use-by Date?

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So we have Kikuchi's age (29), Coppola's age (39) and, er, Jonze is...?

According to the imdb, Jonze was born in October of 1969, so that makes him almost 41.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005069/

Not that I care.

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Not a fan of the blonde. Asian blondes look like nasty porn stars.

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MeanRingo, I don't see anything bad in that, quite the contrary :)

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She was pretty funny in "Brothers Bloom" althought she only had 1 line with two words. Didn't need the singing part.

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Good for both of them. And who cares about the age difference? It's not our problem.

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Way to move up in the movie world. Dig the Hillary Clinton look.

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Asian blondes look like nasty porn stars

Yes! Doesn't she look great?!

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I was genuinely surprised that she's 29. She looks more like 39!

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who cares

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I bet 1,000 yen they don't make it past Xmas. Any takers? ;)

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she looks really old to be the same actress of Babel... partying is not good...

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agree, this one is not made to last.....

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Dating I think is the wrong term. I think the term we are looking for here is young sex buddy!

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Spike Jonze is handsomu. I think he looks comfortable!

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The lost in translation photographer was based on jonze. He didn't seem the most ideal boyfriend/husband...

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My point about the age omission (now corrected, thank you JT) is that the media will often mention the age of a famous woman, but not that of a male celebrity. Which is sexist.

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My point about the age omission (now corrected, thank you JT) is that the media will often mention the age of a famous woman, but not that of a male celebrity. Which is sexist.

Thanks for pointing that out, Maria. I had never ever noticed that before.

Are the omissions because men don't obsess about their stage in life the way women do?

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Maria: That's not true. In the media the man's age, in relation to celebrity couples, is usually also mentioned, particularly when there's a gap such as this. Why it's not mentioned here is probably because it's really not much of a story, and no one in Japan (Japanese, sorry) likely knows who Jonze is anyway. Beyond that, they do quite often mention the man's age unless he is not at all famous.

I do agree that there IS more emphasis on the woman's age, but while I may agree it's a kind of mild sexism, it's not going to change any time soon, if at all.

As for Kikuchi and Jonze, good on them. Not a huge fan of either, but I'm happy they're happy. As for Norwegian Wood, I am SO looking forward to it! Tran Anh Hung is an AMAZING director.

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Spike jonzes age is actually unknown... Like a vampire :0

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I like her. Rinko Kikuchi is an amazing actress. And kinda hot, too.

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I was genuinely surprised that she's 29. She looks more like 39!

Thanks for that gem. Nothing like JT negativity.

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Glad to hear about a couple getting together and no paparazzi or tabloid scum were needed to find out.

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Only 29 and she already has grey hair.... Or are we looking at a photo negative?....

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