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Takeshi Kaneshiro Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Taipei, Taiwan
Nickname Aniki
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The 1/2 Taiwanese 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 Chungking Express (1994) or awkward in his role in Misty (1996), 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 (2000) and the leader of a trio of robbers in Space Travelers (2000). 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 (21)

Spokesmodel for Sony Ericsson (mobile R250, R310, R380, T18, T28, T29, T65, T68 etc.) and Sony's brand VAIO (laptops and comp.).
Spokesmodel of Onimusha: Warlords (2001) (video game). The main character Samanosuke is modeled after him.
Spokesmodel for Prada's international men's campaign 1998 and Emporio Armani Advertising Campaign 2008 and 2012.
Family: Father (half Japanese,half Chinese born in Okinawa), Mother (Taiwanese).
Capable of speaking Mandarin, Japanese, Cantonese, English, Taiwanese.
Attended Taipei American School during grades 10-12, but did not graduate.
Current Resident of Tokyo, Japan (hometown Tien Mu, Tapei, Taiwan).
Has 2 brothers (7 years and 1 year older than him).
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 Pinyin (but spelled Chin-cheng in Taiwan Pinyin, and read Gam-sing in Cantonese). His Japanese first name Takeshi is read as Wu in Mandarin (spelled the same way using Taiwan pinyin, and read Mo in Cantonese).
He is referred to as Jincheng Wu in China, Chin-cheng Wu in Taiwan and Gam-sing Mo in Hong Kong.
Onimusha is a series of video games by developer Capcom. The main character (Samanosuke Akechi) was modeled after him and utilizes his voice in both Japanese versions: Onimusha: Warlords (2001 ) and Onimusha 3: Demon Siege (2004).
Discography: 8 albums, 1 best songs collection, his songs are on 11 various compilations.
Kaneshiro is practising Buddhism.
List of his studio albums: Heartbreaking Nights (1992), Just You And Me (1993), Tender Superman(1994), Ideal Lover (1994), Missed Date(1994), Dear My Beloved (1995), Secretly Drunk(1995), No Matter How Hard(1996), Best Collection: Takeshi Kaneshiro's Best Songs (1998).
Kaneshiro made his singing debut with album "Heartbreaking Night" 1992.
He was one of 10 recipients of the 2010 Green Planet Film Award for Ten Best International Actors of the Decade (Asia).
He lend his voice for Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese versions for original animated movie Tarzan (1999).

Personal Quotes (2)

"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.
If one day I get married and have kids, I will probably be one of those men who really care for the family. I will eat at home every day, and help with the chores and take care of the children.

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