A sure sign of time’s relentless passing is when one is forced to examine memories of the past with the reality of the present. In the 2015 issue of GQ Taiwan, the magazine featured one of the most critically acclaimed Taiwanese heartthrob movie actors of the last decade, in a pictorial and interview and addresses his aging head on. The spread is so evocative it’s worth sharing even if I don’t write about Asian cinema as much these days. Takeshi Kaneshiro (Jin Cheng Wu) is the face of GQ Taiwan and discussing his noticeable aging now that he’s all of 42 years old and has plenty of white hairs.
My path towards appreciating Takeshi took the long path, when he started off right out of high school as a Taiwanese boy idol singer is was lulzworthy bad, especially since he spoke Taiwanese and Japanese in real life but had to phonetically sing in Mandarin which is a dialect he didn’t even know back then! I also knew people who went to high school with him, and that makes it hard to fangirl when said idol seems way more boy next door than hottie du jour. All that changed gradually in the twenty plus years he’s developed his career as a bona fide movie star. Singing was never for him, but acting is like breathing the way he approaches it. He’s gotten older but aging has never looked as good as it does on him, at this point he’s basically the Asian equivalent of George Clooney.