Riki Takeuchi is a Japanese actor and singer best known for his portrayal of tough guy characters and gangsters in both original videos and theatrically-released films. Due to his prolific career in direct-to-video yakuza films, he’s considered one of the kings of V-cinema along with contemporaries like Show Aikawa and Hitoshi Ozawa.
Takeuchi is known for his intense, hot-headed persona which is fitting for most of his roles in high octane action films, but he’s also not afraid to use this image for comedic effect in television commercials and other media.
In 2007, Takeuchi re-debuted as a flamboyant singer called RIKI, claiming to be his own “twin brother”. In October 2009, he did a cover version of Morning Musume’s 1999 Jpop hit Love Machine. The subsequent music video for the song briefly went viral worldwide for its unabashed absurdity.