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Takeshi Kaneshiro

Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武 Kaneshiro Takeshi) is a Japanese-Taiwanese actor/model/singer of mixed heritage – his father is Ryukyuan and his mother is Taiwanese. He speaks Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese Hokkien and English. In 1992 Kaneshiro made his singing debut, entering the business with the nickname Aniki, meaning 'older brother' in Japanese. He made his professional singing debut in 1992. In 1994 he starred in his second film, the critically acclaimed Chungking Express from director Wong Kar-wai.

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  • Name: 金城武
  • Name (romaji): Kaneshiro Takeshi
  • Chinese name: Jin Cheng Wu (Gum Sing Mo)
  • Nickname: Take, Aniki
  • Profession: Actor, singer and model
  • Birth date: October 11, 1973
  • Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Height: 179cm
  • Weight: 70kg
  • Star sign: Libra
  • Blood type: O
  • Family: Two brothers (7 years and 1 year older than him)
  • Talent agency: Fulong

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One of the most sought-after male leads in Asia, half-Taiwanese, half-Japanese Takeshi KANESHIRO (Jin) began his role to stardom at age 15 when he was talent spotted and recruited to be a Taiwanese pop idol. A string of successful music hits followed, from 1992’s “Heart Breaking Night” to 1996’s “Painful Love.” Fluent in five languages, Takeshi Kaneshiro quickly captured the hearts of fans throughout Asia.

Mr. Kaneshiro’s film debut came in Tony CHING and Johnnie TO’s “Executioners” (1993) where his turn as a quasi-religious villain made such a deep impression that it is his only supporting role to date. Takeshi Kaneshiro has since played the male lead in all of his subsequent 27 films, which include the Golden Horse Award and Hong Kong Film Award winning “Chungking Express” (1994), and “Fallen Angels” (1995).

Well known for his quirky character acting, Takeshi Kaneshiro made his mark on world cinema working with Hong Kong directing heavyweights including WONG Kar Wai (“Chungking Express,” 1994, and “Fallen Angels,” 1995), Sylvia CHANG (“Tempting Heart,” 1998), and LEE Chi Ngai (“Lost and Found,” 1996, and “Sleepless Town,” 1997).

Mr. Kaneshiro’s extensive filmography is testament to his versatile acting skills. While he is best known for his high-profile work with Hong Kong directors, he is an even bigger star in his native Taiwan and Japan. He continues to earn accolades there from critics and audiences for his nuanced performances in films including Johnnie To and WAI Ka-Fai’s “Turn Left, Turn Right” (2003) and Takashi YAMAZAKI’s Japanese science fiction hit “The Returner” (2002).

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