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Initial D: Third Stage (2001)

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More races and challenges for soon-to-be-graduate/drift racer Takumi Fujiwara. Of course, with all the bells and whistles of a big screen production.


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Credited cast:
Miki (voice)
Greg Ayres ...
Kenta Nakamura (voice)
Christopher Bevins ...
Kenji (voice)
K.T. Takahashi (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)
Terri Doty ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Josh Grelle ...
Itsuki Takeuchi (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ...
Stephen Hoff ...
Additional voices (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
Bunta Fujiwara (voice)
Mitsuo Iwata ...
Itsuki Takeuchi (voice)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
Natsuki Mogi (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ...
Joel McDonald ...
Takumi Fujiwara (voice)


With high school graduation right around the corner, Takumi Fujiwara has a lot on his mind and a lot to prepare for. Everything becomes even more complicated when Takumi is offered a spot on Ryosuke Takahashi's elite Kengai Racing Team, which seeks to assemble the greatest racers in the Gunma area for a tour of Japan's mountain passes. Before he can accept however, Takumi feels the need to settle the score with the Lancer Evo driving Emperor team, defend his downhill-racer crown against the son of his father's greatest rival, and finally settle things with his unfaithful girlfriend Natsuki. Written by Nathan J. Rossberg

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Given the advancements in CGI technology since the release of Initial D's First and Second Stages in 1998 and 1999, all of the flashback scenes shown in the movie were re-animated with the same high-quality animation used in the movie, as opposed to simply editing in the older, 'rougher' scenes from the TV series. See more »


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Great movie
8 June 2004 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Basically you can consider it as the last longer episode of stage 2 or the 1st long episode of Stage 4. It doesn't stand alone like the extra stage with its own story. In this 'movie' version, you will see that Takumi is facing the wind of change. He will need to decide how move on to improvise his driving skills, technique and his knowledge in car.

In this movie, he is graduating from his high school(?), and due to his by far unmatched downhill drifting driving skills, he need to decide on how to move on. In the meanwhile, he was invited to join the Project D, initiated by the two Takahashi brothers to challenge all others skilled drivers from other areas in Japan and re-set the fasted driving time in all those areas, then the team dismissed. Before he came to his decision, he had raced the leader of the lancer evolution team, Emperor team and the son of Takumi's father's old time challenger (who had lost to Takumi's father last time). And at the end, he had also raced with Keisuke for his decision making of joining the Project D or not. Not to forget also, this movie also had showed more development of Takumi's love life. In short, its a very good movie with this time more emphasis on the emotion of the main characters. A must match for the Initial D die hard fans.

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