HR: We're speaking with Takeshi Kaneshiro. When we return to Talk Asia, we'll be talking about his new movie,
the musical Perhaps Love.
HR: Welcome back to Talk Asia, I'm Hugh Riminton, we're here with Takeshi Kaneshiro, talking about his film career.
And we're going to talk now about your latest film, Perhaps Love, a musical, tell me about it.
TK: It's a very very cute love story, this movie including musical. It's very fantasy, I think very special.
HR: It looks fantastic, it's a big budget musical, something people don't see very often these days.
TK: Yeah, 'cause we... I think in China, they said this- many many years they haven't had anything like this! All the people in
the movie are the most great workers in Asia. And for the musical, they invite the great dancing coaches from Bollywood,
from India, which is really great. I think they add many,many colors in this movie.
HR: It's true isn't it because its not only something which isn't being done as a genre, that as a musical being made out of Asia.
But also it is really, as you say, across Asia- Bollywood style choreography, and so on. Is that exciting to work on something
that you've never seen before?
TK: It is exciting; it is exciting because...I didn't dance this time. I sang- but I didn't dance. But when you watch the dance
in front of you, while you're taking the movie, you feel like, wow! Because it's something that you never saw before.
The people from India they are really different, they have the power that you feel. I couldn't close my mouth because I
was like, ooh, oh my god!
HR: You are now the star of this film, the star of a film which is a risky film to make, that has a lot of money at stake. It's trying
something different. How does that feel, to have that expectation on you?
TK: Every movie you do will have the pressure, but the only thing I can do is really try to do the best I can do, in the role I play.
Try to understand the story, try to talk to directors or the actors, to hope the story that we're playing- if it's something that
you want to make audience to cry, you want they to get some messages- that we will try to do our part to make it better,
HR: What do you think lies at the heart of your role in this film that people really relate to?
TK: My character was trying to remember something, keep something in his heart all the time, but the one I loved, she tried to for
get everything that she had. Somehow, I remember she forget, but at the end, I... it's not forget, but I let it go- then she
remembers it, but let it go too. And I think Peter would like the audience to get some messages about their lives, their way,
the way they feel about what is love.
HR: You mentioned directors earlier. Would you agree that there are great directors working in Asia, that some of the most
beautiful films being made in all sorts of genres in Asia- and you've been lucky enough to work with the best?
TK: Yes, (laughs) I think that I have been lucky. From the very beginning!
HR: Because you worked with Wong Karwai when you were just starting out. What was that, as an experience, like?
TK: It was something new, very fresh, and he gave lots of space to let everyone try to do something by themselves- because
there was no script! It was very, very new for me, and I think that's the reason that I feel like, woah! acting's so interesting,
making movies is so interesting! Because we could do a shot, maybe of anger or crying, 20 or 30 times, but each time was
different, because we didn't follow any script.
HR: I also think of a scene like Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers, in that climactic scene where you're fighting Andy Lau's
character, and the seasons change around you so that you're still in the same fight and it starts to snow, and it strikes me
that that is one of the most extraordinary scenes in movies that will be played by movie historians again and again in years
TK: When I got the message that Zhang Yimou was looking for me for his new movie, I was- I couldn't believe that! I told people
in the company that I think he misunderstand- I mean, I think he didn't mention me, that it was the other actors- like he
didn't say the name correctly, because I didn't know that I could be able to have the opportunity to work with him! It was
great, and from the very first time we met, from the handshaking- was great. I mean, I love his movies a lot. And for me,
it was a really great honor to even have a handshake with him. And after, right after we shake hands- we didn't even finish
handshaking- and he said: "Okay, the movie I'm going to do is..." and the next 30 minutes, he was only talking, but you feel
like you're watching the movie in front of you! Great storyteller, and the passion he had was something, I was moved by his
talking, and his, you know, his face was great!
HR: With Takeshi Kaneshiro, we'll be back in just a moment when we explore what's next with him in his career.
HR: Welcome Back to Talk Asia. Our guest is the actor Takeshi Kaneshiro.
Takeshi, where now for you? You are young in your career still. What ambitions do you have in mind at the moment?
TK: Keep acting. Whenever there's chance and opportunity, because I think the situation is... I think something is changing around
us. For example, this movie, there were calls for cooperation between countries, and great stuff from other countries.
Many people gather from many different countries to do great art work, and maybe this is because of China. Because China
is a big market for every country, and other countries. And so for us- actors or actress, or the photographers and directors-
we might have more chances to work with different people, different countries' people. Which would be very interesting,
something that... there will be more and more movies that we've never seen before, and that's exciting I think.