#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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 normally the old junker don’t stand a chance, but when controlled by Takumi they were able to defeat the Evo… And attract the wrath of Sudou, Team Emperor’s leader. In another chance encounter, Sudou ran the AE86 and Takumi to the limit… and beyond… Forcing the AE86 out with a busted engine. However, Takahashi is there to lend a hand. With Bunta’s help, they repaired the AE86, this time with a true racing engine, and a three-way showdown between Takahashi, Fujiwara, and Sudou is on… Who will be the winner at the end?
Plot: 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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Chinese adaptation of a Japanese comic is not you typical race film. Probably will play better if you don’t know the source and are open to different take in a race film
Takumi is a high schooler who often delivers his fathers tofu late at night. His late night trips have made him adept at the winding down hill run of Mt. Akina, which is a course used by the street racers of the area as the ultimate test of skill. When an unintentional race brings him to the notice of the racers, his life changes as he has to field numerous offers to actually see who is the best driver.
Based on a Japanese comic and cartoon, Initial D is a live action Chinese film thats broken box office records across Asia. Despite being a huge animation fan I’ve never seen the animation nor have a I read the comic. I’m not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing, but seeing how many fans of the source material are unhappy with the film I would say its a good thing.
Flat out I liked this movie. It did take a while to warm up to, but once I began to take it for what it is I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Is it a great film? In someways yes and in others no. As I said this takes a bit to get going. The lead is a bit too closed mouth for my taste, barely uttering a word for the entire two hours. Its a bit too teen angsty. Still you have great characters and great performances by pretty much everyone in the cast (even if everyone was speaking three or four different languages when this was filmed.
The racing is excellent. Its mostly seems to have been done with out CGI enhancement. I like that there are no horrific crashes, police chases or other clichéd events that are so rampant in American movies. And while I was initially apprehensive by the fact the racing is always on the same stretch of road, I warmed to the idea since by doing that we really got to see who was best. (If you want American style racing in many different environments stay away)
Definitely worth a look see, especially if you want to see a race film that is not like all of the rest. 7.5 out of 10 rounded up to 8 out of 10 for IMDb purposes.
Bad for Initial D fans!
Of course I had to watch this movie since I was a big Initial D fan. I had high hopes when watching the opening scene where Jay Chou’s character is effortlessly gliding down the mountain pass in his Trueno. That was the best part of the movie unfortunately.
Let’s talk about the good first. The car scenes are pretty fun to watch sometimes. In many of the scenes they’ll hug a turn on the inside and let the rear slide out and overtake the opponent. It’s pretty fun to watch and you just have to wonder who the stunt men are or if they brought in Japanese drift legend, Tsuchiya on to the set for some of these shots.
Unfortunately that’s the only thing that is good about this movie. Let’s talk about the bad now. The characters are two dimensional. If you are a fan of the anime you will not find your beloved characters here. Jay Chou does a pretty bad job as the protagonist. I feel like he’s always mumbling out his lines or is just wondering why he isn’t doing the music video yet. Also, let’s talk about his friends. They’re morons. His best friend Itsuki is more of a raving idiot than his anime counterpart would ever hope to be. In the anime, this character talks about trying to get better and having Takumi as his inspiration. In the movie, this character talks about how he’s a racing god and when he loses and wrecks he asks his poor father to buy him an even faster car (GTR) so that he can rematch and wreck that one too. Takumi’s father is also a drunk and a bum. Also he is abusive. He beats his son and Jay Chou has scars on his back from all the beatings. I don’t know what they were thinking by making him an abusive drunkard since obviously from the original material he was never one. Obviously, you can tell from what I’m writing here that the director probably never watched an episode of Initial D in his life.
I find the camera work to be also crappy and low budget. There are lots of scenes where they freeze the frame and you are left thinking “did something happen to my DVD player?” Nope. That’s their creative take on racing. To freeze the scene even when it’s a person’s face talking. Then there’s the music. Nothing in the movie was good except for Jay Chou’s song. The racing scenes have music that sounds like a background track for a rap battle without the rapping. If you’re a fan of the anime don’t expect to hear your favorite eurobeat tracks or Move songs.
Overall I was bored, only paid attention during the races and got utterly perplexed by the ridiculous ending sequence where the people are celebrating. The other team and even his abusive father who has his arms around two young girls start cheering. Also I’d like to point out that not only is a 3 car race unfair, I’ve never seen a race with 3 cars in Initial D or any mountain race scene in any movie!
Next time try not to squeeze so much crap in.
Original Language cn
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min), 1 hr 44 min (104 min) (DVD) (Spain)
Genre Action, Comedy, Drama
Director Andrew Lau, Alan Mak, Ralph Rieckermann
Writer Shuichi Shigeno, Felix Chong
Actors Jay Chou, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Edison Chen
Country China, Hong Kong
Awards 12 wins & 18 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435 Advanced, Zeiss and Angenieux Lenses, Moviecam Compact, Zeiss and Angenieux Lenses
Laboratory Kantana, Bangkok, Thailand (digital intermediate output), Mandarin Laboratory (International) Ltd., Hong Kong (prints), Tokyo Laboratory Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218, Vision 320T 5277)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)