Takeshi Kaneshiro

Takeshi Kaneshiro
金城?

BornSeptember 11 1973 (1973--) (age 34)
Taipei, Taiwan
Spouse(s)none
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Takeshi Kaneshiro (Japanese and Chinese: 金城武, Hepburn: Kaneshiro Takeshi, Pinyin: Jīnchéng Wǔ), (born October 11, 1973) is a male actor and model. Takeshi Kaneshiro's Chinese name, written with the same characters, is pronounced as Jīnchéng Wǔ.

With a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Kaneshiro was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. He has two brothers. After being bullied at a regular Taiwanese high school, the Gaoxong Preparatory School, over his mixed heritage, he enrolled at English-based Taipei American School, which enabled him to converse in English, making him effectively trilingual considering his fluency in Mandarin, Taiwanese (Min Nan) (his first-spoken language) and Japanese. As a result of his varied background, Kaneshiro can speak with varying degrees of fluency in English, Taiwanese (Min Nan), Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese. It was while he was studying there that he began doing TV commercials, and he decided to quit school in order to pursue a singing and acting career.

In 1992, Kaneshiro made his singing debut, entering the business with the nickname Aniki, meaning 'older brother' in Japanese. His debut album was Heartbreaking Night (1992). Contracted to EMI, he wrote many of his own Mandarin and Cantonese songs. The following year, his popularity propelled him into acting and he now no longer produces any commercial music.

His first movie was Executioners (1993) and this was followed by the critically acclaimed Wong Kar-Wai film Chungking Express (1994) and a string of other Hong Kong movies. Later, Kaneshiro starred in the highly successful Japanese TV mini-series God, Please Give Me More Time (1998), allowing him to branch into Japanese movies such as Returner (2002). He also became well known in the video game industry portraying the samurai warrior, Samanosuke, in the Capcom hit, Onimusha. In a June Article by movie site Ain't It Cool News, it was revealed that Takeshi Kaneshiro will be in the Onimusha movie, reprising his role as Samanosuke. [2]

Outside of the entertainment business, Kaneshiro has acted as a spokesperson and model for Prada in Asia as well as Lifecard Creditcard Company, Honda, Sundiro Motorcycles, Lipice lips moisturizer, SonyEricsson, Pocari Sweat Soft drink, Morinaga Chocolate, Volvic, GEOS Language school, Petronas Oil company, Mitsubishi, Rice Burger,and Kiwi cold drink.

Filmography

Drama

Japan

  • The Golden Bowl (2002) (Japanese: ゴールデンボウル)
  • Love 2000 (2000) (Japanese: 二千年の恋)
  • God, Please Give Me More Time (1998) (Japanese: 神様、もう少しだけ)
  • The Miracle on a Christmas Night (1995) (Japanese: 聖夜の奇跡)

Hong Kong

  • Colour Of Armour (1995)

Taiwan

  • Grass Scholar (1992)

Discography[1][2]

Albums

Year Title Label Notes
1992Heartbreaking Night
(分手的夜裡)
Philips, PolygramMandarin album (Release date: September 1992)
1993Just You and Me
(只要你和我)
Philips, PolygramMandarin album (Release date: June 1993)
1993Reliable Best Friend
(可依靠的好朋友)
UnknownMandarin album (Best of 1992-1993) (Release date: 1993)
1994Tender Superman
(溫柔超人)
Philips, PolygramMandarin album (Release date: February 1994)
1994Ideal Lover
(標準情人)
EMIMandarin album (Release date: December 1994)
1994Missed Date
(失約)
EMICantonese album (Release date: December 1994)
1995For My Beloved
(給我心愛的人)
EMICantonese album (Release date: June 1995)
1995Secretly Drunk
(偷偷的醉)
EMIMandarin album (Release date: October 1995)
1996No Mattter How Hard
(多苦都願意)
EMIMandarin album (Release date: October 1996)
1996Memories
(精選集 Memories)
UnknownMandarin album (Release date: 1996)
1998Best Collection
(金城武的精選歌集)
UnknownMandarin album (Release date: 1998)

Movie Soundtracks

Year Title Track Featuring Takeshi Notes
2005Perhaps Love (如果愛)No.4 Forgot Who I am (忘了我是誰)
(duet with Zhou Xun 周迅),
No.6 Beautiful Story (美麗故事)
(duet with Ji Jin Hee 池珍熙),
No.10 Crossroad (十字街頭)
(duet with Zhou Xun 周迅),
No.11 What If (假如)
(Solo)
Mandarin album (Release date: 2005)

Videogames

  • Onimusha (2001) (VG)
  • Onimusha 3 (2004) (VG)

Misc

  • Smap X Smap September (2002) TV Episode
  • Smap X Smap October (2002) TV Episode

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