Peter Chan reveals the secret to Takeshi Kaneshiro's success

Taiwan-born heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro is one of the biggest stars in Asia and has melted the hearts of countless movie-goers throughout the world.

But why is he so successful?

Hong Kong director Peter Chan has worked with Kaneshiro on "Perhaps Love", "Warlords" as well as his latest flick, the martial arts film "Wu Xia", and the 48-year-old director believes he has it all figured out.

Chan told that Kaneshiro is a very special sort of star whom people found naturally appealing, regardless of gender.

Women love him while men could identify with him without feeling threatened.

"Kaneshiro is handsome of course. There are a lot of handsome men around but there are few [like Kaneshiro] who are handsome and yet not annoying to other men.

"You need to be handsome and give off this introverted 'feeling' so men will let their guard down, plainly put - so men won't think you will snatch their girlfriends," Chan said with a chuckle.

Chan likened Kaneshiro's appeal to American actor Robert Redford's universal likeability.

Even though a lot of people said Brad Pitt looked like Redford, Pitt lacked a certain humility that make Redford look less threatening to male audiences, so Redford's charm still gave him an edge over his look-alike.

"Takeshi Kaneshiro is a rare talent who is so handsome yet you don't feel he is threatening."

"This could be the result of him being very introverted and very concerned about what people think of him."

"He gives people the feeling he is insecure and has a certain kind of disarming vulnerability about him," said Chan pensively.

The director went on to reveal that Kaneshiro was very much like himself – both men were "insecure" and "perfectionists".

Chan added it was these similarities and Kaneshiro's broad appeal that made him repeatedly cast Kaneshiro in his films.


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