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Some actors can transcend whatever crappy movie they happen to be in. Christopher Walken, for example, was notorious for appearing in straight-to-video sludge but also for making his scenes watchable in that weird, cool Walken way. He created a world oblivious to the depressing reality around him.

Riko Narumi, though not a weird teenager, has some of that same ability. Now 17, with nearly a decade of acting experience behind her, she has long been proclaimed a prodigy — Japan’s own underage answer to Meryl Streep.

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