Takeshi Kaneshiro was born in Taiwan in 1973. He has both Chinese and Japanese parentage, and he was educated and brought up in Taiwan. Advertising agents discovered Kaneshiro when he was just fifteen, and he proceeded to make a number of commercials. Seeing potential in Kaneshiro, a record company took him under its wing, and he recorded his first solo album in 1992. He began to make appearances in Hong Kong films in 1993, and his first film role was in The Executioners directed by Johnnie To Kei-fung. Creative collaborations with director Wong Kar-wai followed in Chungking Express and Fallen Angels, and with director Lee Chi-ngai in Lost and Found brought him to the attention of the Japanese media as he enjoyed enormous popularity in Japan.
Subsequently, he was invited to participate in a number of Japanese television dramas including Miracle on a Holy Night, Tunnel, God! Please Give Me More Time! and many others. In 2000, he made the hit television series Love 2000 with renowned Japanese actress Nakayama Miho. He then collaborated with actress Kuroki Hitomi in the popular series Golden Bowl. Kaneshiro appeared in his first Japanese film Misty in 1996, and was followed by Japanese-produced The Sleepless Town directed by Lee Chi-ngai. Other Japanese productions include Space Travelers and Returner. Kaneshiro divides his time between Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, and his numerous film credits include Wrath of Silence, Dr. Wai in the Scripture with No Words, The Feeling of Love, The Odd One Dies, Hero, Downtown Torpedoes, Anna Magdalena, Tempting Heart, Lavender and an American film Too Tired To Die and others. His latest film is Turn left, Turn right, directed by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai. In spite of being a bona-fide film star, Kaneshiro has also made progress in the music industry with the release of five albums including "Ideal Lover", "Missed Date", "Secretly Drunk", "To My Beloved" and "Always Willing" respectively.