Pierre Taki

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Pierre Taki
Pierre Taki - Denki Groove - countdownjapan-dec29-2011b.jpg
Taki on December 29, 2011
Native name
Masanori Taki

(1967-04-08) April 8, 1967 (age 51)
Musical career
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
Years active1986–present
LabelsKi/oon Records
Associated actsDenki Groove

Masanori Taki (瀧 正則, Taki Masanori, born April 8, 1967), better known by his stage name Pierre Taki (ピエール瀧, Piēru Taki), is the front man for Japanese synthpop group Denki Groove, which consists of himself and Takkyu Ishino.[1] As of 2001 he was involved in an exhibit called Prince Tongha with Hideyuki Tanaka in New York City.[2] He also frequently appears as an actor in film and on television.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]



Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Console Source
2006 Siren 2 Takeaki Misawa Playstation 2
2018 Judgement Kyohei Hamura Playstation 4 [4][5]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Olaf Later patched out and replaced PlayStation 4, Xbox One [5]


Title Role Voice dub for Notes Source
Frozen Olaf Josh Gad
Kubo and the Two Strings Beetle/Hanzo Matthew McConaughey [6]


Legal issues[edit]

In March 2019, Taki was arrested on suspicion of cocaine use and his latest video game, Judgment, was withdrawn from sale by the manufacturer, Sega.[3][7] His appearance has been removed in the Western release.[8]

His voice acting roles will also be replaced such as Olaf from Frozen.[9][10] Home video releases of Frozen were removed in Japan.[11]


  1. ^ Gregory Beals. "Kings of Cool; Japan is grooving on DJs--those scruffy vinyl-scratchers whose pulsating 'techno' beats have everybody dancing :[Atlantic Edition]. " Newsweek 11 December 2000: 34. Platinum Periodicals. ProQuest. Accessed 18 September 2007
  2. ^ Jerry Saltz. "Screen savers." The Village Voice [New York] 31 Jul 2001,56. Platinum Periodicals. ProQuest. Accessed 18 September 2007
  3. ^ a b "Denki Groove's Pierre Taki arrested in drug bust and reportedly admits to using cocaine". Japan Times. March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ http://www.siliconera.com/2018/09/10/project-judge-is-a-courtroom-thriller-themed-action-game-set-in-kamurocho/
  5. ^ a b https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Pierre-Taki/
  6. ^ "KUBO/クボ 二本の弦の秘密 – Fukikaeru-Daisakusen". www.fukikaeru.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  7. ^ Cammy Harbison (March 13, 2019). "Sega Pulls 'Yakuza' Spin-Off Game 'Judgment' From Japanese Retailers After Pierre Taki Arrest". Newsweek.
  8. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-22/judgment-game-western-release-removes-pierre-taki-role/.144871
  9. ^ Jennifer Sherman. "Square Enix Replaces Pierre Taki as Voice of Olaf in Kingdom Hearts III in Patch". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  10. ^ https://www.siliconera.com/2019/03/14/kingdom-hearts-iii-is-changing-olafs-japanese-voice-in-an-update-following-arrest-of-pierre-taki/
  11. ^ https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/disney-stops-selling-producing-'frozen'-blu-rays-in-japan-as-pierre-taki-drug-arrest-fallout-continues

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