Famous People in Japan

Kaneshiro Takeshi

Date of Birth 11 October 1973
Place of Birth Taiwan

At first, I write his profile. His nickname is "Aniki". His height is 178 cm. His weight is 70 kg. Ther are 5 people and a dog in his family, Parents, grandmother, two brothers. And they live in Taipei, Taiwan. He went to Taipei American School when he was high school student. He likes "The Big Four" (Hong Kong), Beyond, Michael Jackson. His hobby is swimming and playing basketball. And his favorite color is black, white, blue, red.

At 23 years of age, Japanese screen actor Kaneshiro Takeshi is a natural at what he does. Born in Taiwan, Kaneshiro graduated from the American School in Taipei and speaks fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese. He enjoys a strong following throughout much of Asia, especially in Hong Kong, and his stardom is clearly rising.

Kaneshiro's career began with a television commercial while he was still a student in Taipei. His record debut came in 1992 and he got his first movie role in Taiwan the following year. He then appeared in a number of Hong Kong films directed by Wang Jia Wei, one of which, Chungking Express opened in 1994 . "If you get a role in a Hong Kong movie," says Kaneshiro, "your face is seen all over Asia. Hong Kong makes a lot of movies and I was lucky enough to be chosen for one." It is not necessary for him to given the movie industly's borderless appeal. it is a world he has adapted to very well.

"My father is Japanese, and my mother is from Taiwan," he says. "When I was a kid, my dad kept telling me, don't forget that you're Japanese. But I don't think of myself as belonging to any particular country. I'd go anywhere I was offered an interesting job." Kaneshiro says that some of the best places to live are Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, but notes that "for a fun time, Tokyo is great."

References: http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Garden/3003/Takeshi.html

Reported by: Sano Tomoka
Data verified by: Tomari Seiko
Date of Report: July 1998

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