Takeshi Kaneshiro

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Takeshi Kaneshiro
Takeshi Kaneshiro2.jpg
Chinese name金城武
PinyinJīnchéng Wǔ (Mandarin)
JyutpingGam1sing4 Mou5 (Cantonese)
Birth nameKaneshiro Takeshi
AncestryOkinawan, Taiwanese
Born(1973-10-11) October 11, 1973 (age 40)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s)Aniki
OccupationActor, singer
Genre(s)Mandopop, Cantopop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
 
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Takeshi Kaneshiro
Takeshi Kaneshiro2.jpg
Chinese name金城武
PinyinJīnchéng Wǔ (Mandarin)
JyutpingGam1sing4 Mou5 (Cantonese)
Birth nameKaneshiro Takeshi
AncestryOkinawan, Taiwanese
Born(1973-10-11) October 11, 1973 (age 40)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s)Aniki
OccupationActor, singer
Genre(s)Mandopop, Cantopop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1992–present

Takeshi Kaneshiro (Japanese and Chinese: 金城 武, romaji: Kaneshiro Takeshi, Pinyin: Jīnchéng Wǔ, pronounced [tɕíntʂ͡ʰə̌ŋ ù], born October 11, 1973) is a Japanese actor and singer of mixed heritage - his father is Okinawan Japanese and his mother is Taiwanese.

Name[edit]

Kaneshiro is a common Okinawan name.[1] In kanji, 金城 is Kaneshiro and is Takeshi (given name), with Japanese readings. He appears as 金城 武 (Kaneshiro Takeshi) in Japanese media.

Since personal names are commonly written in Chinese characters in both Chinese and Japanese naming conventions, with surnames before given names, this gives Kaneshiro the freedom whether to distinguish himself as a Japanese or not when working in Chinese-speaking countries by preserving or removing the space between his surname and given name.

Biography[edit]

Kaneshiro's mother is Taiwanese and his father is from Okinawa, Japan.[2][3][unreliable source?] He was born and raised in Taipei but holds Japanese citizenship as well.[4][5]

The son of a Japanese businessman and a Taiwanese homemaker,[6] he has two elder brothers, one is his senior by seven years, the other just by one.[7] After graduating from Taipei Japanese Junior High School, he enrolled at English-based Taipei American School, which enabled him to converse in English. While he was studying there, he began doing television commercials and decided to quit school to pursue a singing and acting career. He is multilingual, fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien and Japanese, and to lesser degrees in English and Cantonese.

Career[edit]

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 no longer produces any commercial music.

His film debut was Executioners (1993) and this was followed by Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express (1994) and a string of other Hong Kong films. Later, Kaneshiro starred in the Japanese television mini-series God, Please Give Me More Time (1998), allowing him to branch into Japanese films such as Returner (2002).

Kaneshiro's work, however, is more heavily concentrated in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In 2008 and 2009 he starred in Red Cliff, a high budget film by Hong Kong director John Woo. He has also played the romantic lead in Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers, and starred alongside Jet Li and Andy Lau in The Warlords. Kaneshiro has also become well known in the video game industry portraying the samurai warrior Samanosuke in Capcom's Onimusha. In a June 2007 article on the film site Ain't It Cool News, it was revealed that Kaneshiro was going to be in the Onimusha film, reprising his role as Samanosuke and for a 2011 release, but that project was derailed.[8][9][10] The producer Samuel Hadida had to delay the filming of Onimusha, which has resulted in the film's Japanese cast working on other film projects during the delay, and being unavailable to start filming. These factors were enough that French director Christophe Gans will now direct an adaptation of Leo Perutz's novel The Swedish Cavalier first, taking over the reins from Gilles Mimouni. Satomi Ishihara and Tsuyoshi Ihara remain attached to the project.

In 2003, Kaneshiro was featured in the magazine Time and was coined as becoming the Asian film industry's Johnny Depp.[6] Moreover, Kaneshiro was interviewed by CNN in the TalkAsia segment in 2006.[11]

Outside of the entertainment business, Kaneshiro has acted as a spokesperson and model for Emporio Armani (2008) as well as, Prada (1998), Lifecard credit card company, VAIO personal computer, Honda, Lipice lips moisturizer, SonyEricsson, Pocari Sweat soft drink, Morinaga chocolate, Volvic, GEOS (eikaiwa) (language school), Petronas oil company, Japan Asia Airways, Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota MarkX ZiO, Mitsubishi Galant, NTT docomo the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan, NTT Yellow Pages, Shiseido, Lycos, UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Kadokawa Shoten a well-known Japanese publisher based in Tokyo, Rice Burger, Roasted barley tea, One2Free (HK), and Kiwi cold drink, and the most recent Biotherm Homme since 2005.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kaneshiro is a practicing Buddhist, having converted in 1997, and has said his mother is also a devout Buddhist.[13] Kaneshiro is known for trying to avoid the media spotlight. He has been quoted as saying “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.”[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Voice Acting[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Japan[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Video games[edit]

Awards[edit]

Takeshi Kaneshiro is one of 10 recipients of the Green Planet Film Award (23 March 2010) in the category "10 Best International Actors of the Decade (Asia)".[18]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album No.Album informationTrack listingNotes
1stHeartbreaking Nights
分手的夜裡
  • Released: September 1992
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. A Summer Affair
  2. Heartbreaking Night
  3. The unlicensed youth
  4. Still Love You
  5. Classmate
  6. Comfortable life away
  7. Tokyo Blues
  8. 108 Call Me
  9. I do not
  10. Distant cherry rain
2ndJust You And Me
只要你和我
  • Released: June 1993
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. Just You And Me
  2. Because love you
  3. Looking back at you
  4. I etc.
  5. Be My Girl ...... Be My Girl....
  6. Love was not sure
  7. Kikuko girl
  8. Lying eyes
  9. Friends
  10. Good night to You
3rdTender Superman
溫柔超人
  • Released: February 1994
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. Tender Superman
  2. Let's Fall In Love
  3. Love Me Once Again
  4. It is not known
  5. You Sweetheart
  6. Valentine's Day gift of flowers
  7. A Thousand Temptations
  8. The gray sky
  9. You
  10. Heart Pain Inside
*Love Me Once Again was also sung in Japanese
4thIdeal Lover
標準情人
  • Released: December 1994
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. Standard lover
  2. The trouble is you do not want to
  3. Let me say to you
  4. Blue smile
  5. Deciduous season
  6. Pure tears
  7. I really treasure
  8. Courageous say goodbye
  9. No love pm
  10. Tell Laura I Love Her (remake)
5thMissed Date
失約
  • Released: December 1994
  • Language: Cantonese
  1. Scam
  2. Will love return
  3. Lonely and others
  4. Paranoia
  5. You want to ever
  6. Loving Heart
  7. Love Me Once Again
  8. I see the paradise
  9. Love
  10. Cover Girl
6thDear My Beloved
給我心愛的人
  • Released: June 1995
  • Language: Cantonese
  1. Who can
  2. The occasion
  3. Love me!
  4. Still love you like before
  5. Burning Passion
  6. Dear My Beloved
  7. Sunshine Lover
  8. I do not want to cry
  9. With your life
  10. Or are you lucky
7thSecretly Drunk
偷偷的醉
  • Released: October 1995
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. I cried to stop carrying
  2. Love You Deeply
  3. Don't want to leave
  4. And I miss not meet
  5. Road Of The Heart
  6. Secretly Drunk
  7. In the summer of love burning
  8. Lonely people fear most crying
  9. That love
  10. Love Rhapsody
Track 10 was used in Troublemaker
8thNo Matter How Hard
多苦都願意
  • Released: October 1996
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. No Matter How Hard
  2. I love her with your shadow
  3. Green space
  4. Capricorn
  5. Happier
  6. A love so much
  7. Because of your
  8. My tears
  9. New Day Of The City
  10. Taipei Aniki
9thBest Collection: Takeshi Kaneshiro's Best Songs
金城武的精選歌集
  • Released: June 1998
  • Language: Mandarin
  1. Ideal Lover
  2. No Matter How Hard
  3. Don't Gry Behind My Back
  4. Don't Wanna Be In Trouble
  5. Crazy Love Song
  6. Secretly Drunk
  7. Route To South
  8. Taipei Aniki
  9. Say Goodbye
  10. Love You Deeply
  11. Love Me
  12. Sunshine Lover
  13. Tender Superman
  14. Only You And Me
  15. Road Of The Heart
  16. Heartbreaking Night

Movie soundtracks[edit]

YearTitleTrack Featuring KaneshiroNotes
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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ George H. Kerr. Okinawa, the History of an Island People. Books.google.com. p. xvii; "the character , very commonly found in surnames and place names *snip* Thus Kaneshiro can also be read Kinjo.". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Takeshi Kaneshiro An An Magazine - Gaki n Me - 無名小站". Wretch.cc. 1998-07-07. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  3. ^ "mikomijade |". Freewebs.com. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "yam蕃薯藤 NEWS". N.yam.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  6. ^ a b Drake, Kate (2003-09-29). "Movies: The versatile Takeshi Kaneshiro". TIME. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Aintitcool.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ [4][dead link]
  11. ^ "CNN.com - Takeshi Kaneshiro Talkasia Transcript - Feb 10, 2006". Edition.cnn.com. 2006-02-10. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Biotherm". Biotherm. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  13. ^ "组图:娱乐圈明星信佛知多少". QQ News. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  14. ^ in TOUCH magazine (Hong Kong) Issue 46 Nov, 05
  15. ^ "映画「K-20 怪人二十面相・伝」アウトラインと全体概要|今、よみがえる〜映画「K-20 怪人二十面相・伝」". K-20.jp. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  16. ^ "Takeshi Kaneshiro". imdb.com. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Takeshi Kaneshiro". chinesemov.com. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Green Planet Movie Awards Award Categories". Movie-voters.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 

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