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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.

Directors:

Shin Misawa (as Noboru Mitsusawa), Noritsugu Yamaguchi (as Shishi Yamaguchi)

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Nobuaki Kishima, Shuichi Shigeno (comic: Initial D) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Ayres ... Miki (voice)
Greg Ayres ... Kenta Nakamura (voice)
Christopher Bevins ... Kenji (voice)
Steve Blum ... K.T. Takahashi (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)
Terri Doty Terri Doty ... Additional Voices (voice)
Josh Grelle ... Itsuki Takeuchi (voice)
Todd Haberkorn ... Keisuke Takahashi (voice)
Nobuyuki Hiyama ... Takashi Nakazato (voice)
Stephen Hoff Stephen Hoff ... Additional Voices (voice)
Chuck Huber ... Yuichi Tachibana (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Bunta Fujiwara (voice)
Mitsuo Iwata ... Itsuki Takeuchi (voice)
Ayako Kawasumi ... Natsuki Mogi (voice)
Takehito Koyasu ... Ryosuke Takahashi (voice)
Joel McDonald ... Takumi Fujiwara (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

13 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All cars belonging to new characters in Third Stage are Toyotas. The (SW20) MR2, and the Celica GT-Four. They are the first Toyotas to be used in the series that are not AE86 Sprinters (Corollas in the US). See more »

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[While standing amidst a crowded street of people, lights and decorations]
Takumi Fujiwara: [sighs] Christmas is so boring.
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Remade as Initial D (2005) See more »

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animated or not, this is the best racing movie out there.
11 May 2006 | by xtreme_chairsSee all my reviews

For all those fans of drifting, (yes that small population in Australia that I'm apart of) this movie will definitely take the cake. If you are one of the many active fans of the initial d cartoon series then you have more than likely already seen the movie or otherwise keep ready. The movie is about a Young boy (Takumi) who is a delivery boy for his dads tofu store. To complete his deliveries he has to drive this mountain pass everyday at about 4am were no one is actually on the road. His route is a downhill mountain pass which he soon learns how to drift. His expert techniques guide him as he begins to challenge and defeat racers in his local and regional area. However, all that I have just said is recapped at the start of the film to fill anyone in. This film however is rather just tying up all the loss ends that he would like to conquer before he moves on. It shows Takumi graduating from school, and in a way mirrors his graduation from sort of racing school. There are some incredible races within this film that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the very end. There is one particular race between the AE86 and a SW20 (MR2) that is just incredible. This movie is definitely one to see for anyone who has petrol flowing through their veins or a brick for a foot.


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