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Initial D (2005)

Tau man ji D (original title)
TV-PG | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 23 June 2005 (China)
After winning his first competition, Takumi focuses his attention on drift racing, a sport he has unknowingly perfected while delivering tofu in his father's Toyota AE86.

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(as Andrew Lau), | 1 more credit »

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(comic books), (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Takeshi Nakazato
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Ryousuke Takahashi
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Takumi Fujiwara
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Bunta 'Tofuman' Fujiwara (as Anthony Wong)
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Tsuyoshi Abe ...
Kenji
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Yuuichi 'Gasman' Tachibana
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Seiji Iwaki
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Kyouichi Sudou
Kiyohiko Ueki ...
Iketani
Kazuo Yashiro ...
SpeedStars Member
Miki Kuroiwa ...
Natsuki Mogi's Classmate
Megumi Seitone ...
Natsuki Mogi's Classmate
Sayaka Takizawa ...
Natsuki Mogi's Classmate
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Storyline

Two mountain road racers, Nakazato and Takahashi, challenged each other to find the best racers, and defeat them in "battles". Nakazato was surprisingly defeated by an old Toyota Trueno AE86 (Corolla in the US) one night, and he searched for the person who defeated him, which lead him to the Speedstars, a local team. But the car who beat him was actually driven by a local Tofu shop owner's son, Takumi Fujiwara, who had unknowingly perfected the art of mountain racing through daily deliveries of tofu. Takumi was able to defeat Nakazato again, showing that he is no fluke. However, winning hasn't helped him home life, as his father, Bunta Fujiwara, was a drunkard (and a racing genius). His girlfriend Natsuki Mogi wants his attention even though she's got a dark and shameful secret, and his best friend Itsuki (who has no talent in driving) wants Takumi to teach him road racing... after buying the WRONG car. In a mountain road encounter, they ran into Team Emperor's Mitsubishi Evo, and ... Written by K. Chang

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23 June 2005 (China)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$931,946 (Hong Kong), 1 July 2005, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

HKD 55,000,000, 26 June 2005
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Trivia

Tsui Hark was originally set to direct Initial D, but there were "creative differences." After he left, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak signed on instead. See more »

Goofs

A few times in the movie before Takumi blows the engine in the AE86 Trueno you get a shot of the dashboard with the new Tachometer, other times it isn't there. See more »

Quotes

Bunta Fujiwara: You've been driving by yourself all these years. You've never competed with anyone. Remember, don't pay attention to the competition itself. Ignore other racers. The one you need to beat is yourself.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #37.5 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

God's Hands On The Wheel
Performed by Ghost Style
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Great car racing and drifts, cute actors, who wants more?
7 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I haven't read any Initial D manga, and frankly, hadn't heard of it until a friend asked to watch this movie, thus cannot comment on the accuracy of the story.

But after watching the movie for the 10th time, I can freely say the movie is a must-see for car lovers, and goes beyond Hollywood fake races, which makes speed and fancy cars seem more important than the driver's ability. The actors did a great job, too, specially Bunta Fujiwara (Takumi's father), who plays hilarious scenes.

Not to mention the Soundtrack, which is great add to the competition scenes.


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