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Takeshi Kaneshiro


Chungking ExpressChungking Express (1995)
Dir. Wong Kar-Wai
Feat. Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung (Chiu-wai)
Influential urban style piece that brought its director serious attention in the West. There's no plot to speak of; Kar–Wai's style is an…
Sleepless TownSleepless Town (Fuyajo) (1998)
Dir. Chi-Ngai Lee
Feat. Takeshi Kaneshiro, Sihung Lung, Kathy Chow
Hybridistic pan–Asian thriller set in the 'sleepless' red–light district of Tokyo, where petty crim Kaneshiro must revisit his gangster…
ReturnerReturner (2002) Recommended
Dir. Takashi Yamazaki
Feat. Takeshi Kaneshiro
Kitted out with a charismatic cast, CGI–action that delivers, and tongue–lightly–in–cheek, this slick, big–budget…
House of Flying DaggersHouse of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004) Recommended
Dir. Zhang Yimou
Feat. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau
The dir. of HERO follows up with an equally watchable oriental spectacle, inserting the same cartwheeling martial arts action, complete with torrents…
Confession of PainConfession of Pain (Seung sing) (2006)
Dir. Siu Fai Mak, Wai Keung Lau
Feat. Tony Leung (Chiu-wai), Takeshi Kaneshiro, Shu Qi
The directorial duo behind INFERNAL AFFAIRS eek out this morose and melancholic policier about two troubled detectives tracking down a killer in…
Warlords, TheWarlords, The (Tau ming chong) (2007)
Dir. Peter Chan
Feat. Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Spectacular, if now commonplace amongst a legion of Chinese historical epics, this tale of feuding warlords relays its angst, betrayal, and gory…
K-20 - Legend Of The MaskK-20 - Legend Of The Mask (2008)
Dir. Shimako Sato
Feat. Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Tôru Nakamura
An adventurous Japanese swashbuckler spun around a flamboyant mtaster thief who steals from the rich, and the unassuming acrobat (Kaneshiro) who is…
Red CliffRed Cliff (The Battle of Red Cliff) (2008) Recommended
Dir. John Woo
Feat. Tony Leung (Chiu-wai), Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang
A gargantuan Han Dynasty epic from Hong Kong's action movie grandmaster, John Woo, in which two kingdoms must form an unlikely alliance to stave off…
Wu XiaWu Xia (Swordsmen) (2011)
Dir. Peter Chan
Feat. Donnie Yen, Wei Tang, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Oddball homage to ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN, set on the cusp of China's transition to a republic, with a Yen as a gentle papermaker who's killing of two…

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