Place of Birth: Taipei, Taiwan
Date of Birth: October 11, 1973
*Okinawan Japanese (father)
Takeshi Kaneshiro is a Taiwanese-Japanese actor and singer. His father is Japanese (Okinawan) and his mother is Taiwanese.
His first name, “Takeshi”, is a common Japanese name. His surname, “Kaneshiro”, is Okinawan. He holds Japanese citizenship.
Okinawan people, also known as Ryukyuan people, are considered to be indigenous to the southern islands of Japan, and have a different ancestry and culture than the Japanese people from the main island of Honshu. However, there has since been a lot of mixing between the two people.
Takeshi is well known for starring in Chinese- and Japanese-language films. He is known for starring in the John Woo film Red Cliff. Takeshi is able to speak Mandarin, Japanese, and English.