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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.

Directors:

Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (as Andrew Lau), Alan Mak | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Shuichi Shigeno (comic books), Felix Chong (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shawn Yue ... Takeshi Nakazato
Edison Chen ... Ryousuke Takahashi
Jay Chou ... Takumi Fujiwara
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Bunta 'Tofuman' Fujiwara (as Anthony Wong)
Chapman To ... Itsuki Tachibana
Tsuyoshi Abe Tsuyoshi Abe ... Kenji
Anne Suzuki ... Natsuki Mogi
Kenny Bee ... Yuuichi 'Gasman' Tachibana
Will Liu ... Seiji Iwaki
Jordan Chan ... Kyouichi Sudou
Kiyohiko Ueki Kiyohiko Ueki ... Iketani
Kazuo Yashiro Kazuo Yashiro ... SpeedStars Member
Miki Kuroiwa Miki Kuroiwa ... Natsuki Mogi's Classmate
Megumi Seitone Megumi Seitone ... Natsuki Mogi's Classmate
Sayaka Takizawa 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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It's not what you drive, it's what drives you See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Media Asia [Hong Kong]

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

23 June 2005 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Initial D See more »

Filming Locations:

Mt. Akina, Gunma, Japan

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

For a long period of time, Edison Chen was slated to play Takumi Fujiwara, and Andy Lau was even rumored to be up for the role of Bunta. See more »

Goofs

When Bunta is driving, there is a close-up of the tachometer where we can also see that the speedometer is not functioning at all. Later in the movie, a close-up of the speedometer shows it working again. See more »

Quotes

Bunta Fujiwara: A few years ago, my boy told me he needed glasses, so I took him to an optician. But his eyesight turned out to be 20/20. I told him, "Hey, kid, I'll kick your ass if your kidding me around."
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Connections

Remake of Initial D: Third Stage (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Drifting
Produced by Jay Chou
Composed by Jay Chou
Performed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Wen Shang Fan
Arranged by Michael Lin
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Entertaining...Jay Chow...
27 November 2005 | by sirkevinho1See all my reviews

That's about it. The race scenes were shot pretty decently. They grip the viewers at the edge of their seat. The songs by Jay Chow are pretty good. The movie is funny. It was set and filmed in Japan, yet all the dialogue were in Cantonese. What else is there to say?

Jay Chow was pretty good for his first starring role. He gave a believable performance. Anthony Wong is his same reliable self and Chapman To again provides comic relieve (seems like he is typecast now).

The movie did not follow its inspiration, the manga. Even though Jay Chow's character is low-key and mild-mannered already, in the manga the character is even more mild-mannered and even less intense. In the manga, the dad seemed to be more responsible and nicer. That does not matter though, because the races are entertaining enough. That is one of two reason why people pack the theaters to see it. The other reason? Jay Chow. Do not underestimate his draw power. This guy is an idol in Asia. Whatever he do is gold.

This film is made for entertainment purposes. No depth. No plot. Just watch it and have a good time.

7/10, because it is entertaining. Take that out, a 4.


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