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Wangan Midnight: The Movie (2009)

Wangan middonaito the movie (original title)
| Action, Drama | 2009 (Japan)
"Wangan Midnight The Movie" based on hit manga written by Michiharu Kusunoki, the film stars Yuichi Nakamura of D-BOYS, Kazuki Kato, and Ryoko Kobayashi. The story centers on a young man ... See full summary »


Atsushi Muroga


Michiharu Kusunoki (manga), Atsushi Muroga (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Ryôko Kobayashi ... Eriko Asakura
Kazuki Katô Kazuki Katô ... Tatsuya Shima (as Kazuki Alex Kato)
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Yoshiaki Ishida
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinichiro Ishikawa Shinichiro Ishikawa ... Ma
Rio Matsumoto Rio Matsumoto ... Reina Akikawa
Yuichi Nakamura Yuichi Nakamura ... Akio Asakura
Masaki Sata Masaki Sata ... Shinji Ogishima
Shun Sugata
Hikaru Yamamoto Hikaru Yamamoto
Kôsuke Yonehara Kôsuke Yonehara
Maimi Ôkuwa Maimi Ôkuwa


"Wangan Midnight The Movie" based on hit manga written by Michiharu Kusunoki, the film stars Yuichi Nakamura of D-BOYS, Kazuki Kato, and Ryoko Kobayashi. The story centers on a young man named Akio Asakura, a 3rd-year high school student who salvages "Devil Z", a custom-tuned Datsun Fairlady S30Z car with a supposedly cursed history despite not having a driver's license and having no idea how to operate a manual transmission. . .

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When Kou-chan is looking over the S30 at the wrecking yard, he says the car has slotted rotors, however, the car actually has solid faced rotors. See more »

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Could have been better
5 September 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

This movie failed to capture the excitement of the car race scenes which should have been the focus of this movie.

Based on a long running comic series by Michiharu Kusunoki, "Wangan Midnight" is about a high school student Akio Asakura who one day finds a decrepit 240Z at a junk yard (The Z at this point has already been modified to a twin turbo machine with 280Z's engine in it). He finds strange attraction to this Z and decides to buy it. Coincidentally, the previous owner's name was also Akio Asakura. Feeling the hand of fate, he puts his entire energy into restoring this Z back to its pristine condition. The Z was infamously known as the "Devil's Z", and was rumored to be "cursed" and would kill its driver eventually. After full restoration, Akio goes out to Tokyo's expressway that runs along the perimeter of Tokyo bay, known to the locals as "Wangan". He meets many people through interaction with his car, and theirs. One of them was Tatsuya Shima who drives a black Porsche Turbo nick named the "Black Bird". His girlfriend happens to be the sister of the original owner of the "Devil's Z". The movie revolves primarily around these three individuals with supporting casts that makes up Akio's high school life, and the people who works on his Z.

The actions in this movie were very average. The only thing the "Devil's Z" did throughout this movie was to be involved in one sort of accident after another, never showing its true performance. It would have been more appropriate to have the "Black Bird" Porsche as the main character rather than the Z. There're bunch of talks about the curse of the Z, how exotic its performance, what a wonderful talent Akio is and all that, but none of those materialized in this movie.

Sadly, they've left all these good parts out of the movie.

There's an anime version of this story with stunningly beautiful artwork, and a story that's exciting. That series is recommended over this movie for dramatic car action.

On the brighter side, the cinematography was superb on this movie. The color coordination of the characters showing up is carefully coordinated with the scenery to highlight the beauty.

This movie is not recommended for its lack of car action. If you're looking for a lively car action, and true to the original story, the animated version is recommended over this one.

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Release Date:

2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Burnout See more »

Filming Locations:

San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS-Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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