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From the acclaimed director of INFERNAL AFFAIRS and THE STORMRIDERS, Andrew Lau, comes this live-action spectacular about the furious streetcar sport of "Drifting". INITIAL D raced its way to the very top of the Hong Kong's summer box office and is based on one of Japan's most popular manga. For 5 years, 18 year-old Takumi (Taiwan musical phenom Jay Chou in his big screen debut) has delivered tofu orders for his ex-racecar driving father (Anthony Wong). By night, Takumi ups the velocity and screeches his way around the dark slopes and narrow curves of the hills surrounding his home, perfecting the dangerous art of "Drifting". So fasten your seat belt and feel the adrenaline pumping full throttle as INITIAL D unleashes a new generation of racers...where speed alone is just not enough.
An exciting, often funny live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese comic book and anime series, Initial D comes across like Rebel Without a Cause with a slight superhero twist. Starring a largely Chinese cast led by Taiwanese music star Jay Chou, and made by the co-directors of Infernal Affairs, Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak, Initial D (a huge hit in Japan) is the story of Takumi (Chou), the reserved, adolescent son of a former racing champion turned tofu maker (Anthony Wong). Since his mother's recent death, Takumi has been on the receiving end of his father's frustrations, causing him to withdraw and tell no one that in the wee hours, while he's delivering tofu to his dad's sleeping customers, Takumi's secretly mastering the art of "drifting," a form of racing that gives a driver an advantage on curving roads. Pressured into competing with aggressive street racers looking for a bout, Takumi comes out into the open about his skill, leading to a renewal of his relationship with his dad and an unexpected collision with the girl (Anne Suzuki) he loves. A visual treat that keeps finding novel ways of shooting multiple challenges between the same drivers over the same road on pitch-black nights, Initial D is a fine entry in the racing genre, seasoned with snappy comic relief. --Tom Keogh
- "Making of" Featurette.
- Deleted Scenes.
- Behind-the-scenes footage.
- TV spots.
- Promotion Highlights.
- Photo Gallery.
- On/Off English and Chinese subtitles.
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In this story, Takumi gets invited by Ryosuke Takahashi to joint a racing group he is putting together. But before Takumi will agree to join, he has to settle some unfinished business from season 2 (Second Stage), one of which is a rematch with Emperor’s leader, Kyoichi. Another matter that Takumi must come to terms with is his relationship with Natsuki. Takumi has to decided whether or not he will forgive her or not.
Overall I thought the story was pretty satisfying. I thought most of the lose ends from the second season were tied off nicely and enjoyed the character interaction. The race scenes were also pretty cool, as well. One of my favorites was a race between Takumi and the son of someone Bunta had raced against in his old racing days. I thought the animation was pretty good, as well. I was happy to see that the animators fixed Takumi's eye color from the second season to brown as I found the blue kind of weird for a character who's supposed to be Japanese. I also think the English dub voices are pretty good. I feel voices match the characters well and are not annoying as some English voice dubs can be.
Again, overall I really enjoyed Initial D - Stage 3 the Movie and would recommend it anyone who is a fan of the Initial D anime and of racing shows in general.
Also, the animation style is a little closer to the first stage as far as the character drawings which I thought was better. I didn't like the feel as much with the second stage characters.
As far as the video itself, you can probably look up the content review for this in the DVD section. For me it seemed like a bunch of episodes strung together rather than a well put together movie. It's still worth watching if you're a fan.
*originally in japanese but dubbed in english and also includes the option for subtitles
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