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Takeshi Kaneshiro Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 October 1973Taipei, Taiwan
Nickname Aniki
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The 1/2 Chinese (of Taiwanese nationality) and 1/2 Japanese Takeshi Kaneshiro may have started out as a puerile teen idol in the Chinese entertainment scene, but he's since become a proper film star in his own right. Whether by his own design or not, the boyishness that marked his first steps into showbiz has evolved into a cool, somewhat reticent demeanor that has now become his trademark. Despite being effortlessly good-looking, he chooses to strike a sometimes-uneasy balance between the commercially pleasing and the quirky in his choice of film roles - a move that's unusual for Asian leading men. But whether he's the faithful lover in the Japanese AIDS drama Kamisama mousukoshi dake (1998), the canned pineapple-eating cop in _Chung hing sam lam (1994)_ or awkward in his role in _Misty (1998)_, a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950), Asian audiences love his style. Other memorable roles include his turn as a lovelorn student in Tempting Heart (1999), an angel in Lavender (2001) and the leader of a trio of robbers in Space Travelers (2000). Of course, there hasn't been an Asian actor quite as versatile as Kaneshiro, who is able to straddle the Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japanese film industries because of his proficiency in various languages. Still, one wonders if the reason why he's so sought after is because he is so elusive. No one really knows what he does outside of film commitments, and his reluctance towards being in the spotlight is legendary.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (15)

Spokesmodel of Ericsson handsets.
Spokesmodel of Onimusha: Warlords (video game). The character Samanosuke is modeled after him.
Spokesmodel of PRADA.
Father is Japanese, mother is Taiwanese.
Capable of speaking Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese, English, Taiwanese.
Attended Taipei American School during grades 10-12, but did not graduate.
Spokesmodel for Mitsubishi Galant model (car).
Resides in Tokyo
Has 2 brothers
Considered by Time Magazine to be the "Asian film industry's Johnny Depp."
Enrolled in a film class at New York University but never completed it.
Chinese name is Jincheng Wu. His surname means Gold City in Chinese and Gold Castle in Japanese.
Nominated the 8th Changchun Film Festival Best Actor for his performance in "Perhaps Love".
His Japanese family name Kaneshiro is read as Jincheng in Mandarin (Chin-cheng in Taiwan, Gam-sing in Cantonese). His Japanese first name Takeshi is read as Wu in Mandarin (Mo in Cantonese).
He is referred to as Jincheng Wu in Mandarin, Chin-cheng Wu in Taiwan and Gam-sing Mo in Cantonese.

Personal Quotes (1)

"Just forget me... No reason. When it ends, it ends." - When asked how he would like to be remembered at the end of his career.

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