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Initial D (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
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First created by Shigeno Shuichi in comic form in 1996, and then adapted into a smash hit anime, Initial D has finally been adapted into a live-action motion picture! Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (the Infernal Affairs trilogy), the film stars Jay Chou as an 18-year old boy who awakens to the thrill of illegal street racing. Popular Hong Kong actors Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, and Jordan Chan co-star as fellow street racers, and multiple Best Actor award winner Anthony Wong and singer Kenny Bee shore up the cast. Initial D opened in June in Hong Kong to instant blockbuster status, grossing over HK$37 million in just 4 weeks time to become the 2005's top-grossing movie thus far.

Taiwanese pop icon Jay Chou makes his acting debut as Takumi Fuijiwara, a high-school kid who delivers tofu every morning for his father Bunta (Anthony Wong). During his daily delivery, Takumi unknowingly sharpens up his racing skills by speeding through notorious racing spot Mt. Akina, where some of Japan's greatest street racers venture for glory. After Takumi accidentally bests Night Kids leader Takeshi Nakazato (Shawn Yue) on Akina's downhill, he begins to attract the attention of other street racers. But Takumi is more than just another wannabe racer. Years of delivering tofu in his father's Toyota AE86 Trueno have made him an incredibly skilled driver, and not even Takumi really knows just how good he is! With breathtaking car-racing scenes, a hip soundtrack, and an all-star cast, Initial D is the Hong Kong Cinema blockbuster fans have been waiting for!

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Product Title: Initial D (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version) 頭文字D (DVD) (期間限定生產) (日本版) 头文字D (DVD) (期间限定生产) (日本版) 頭文字D THE MOVIE <今だけ!1500円(税込)> THE MOVIE(期間限定生産) Initial D (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Suzuki Anne 鈴木杏 铃木杏 鈴木杏 | アンソニー・ウ ォン Suzuki Anne
Release Date: 2009-12-02
Publisher Product Code: AVBF-29504
Language: Original Soundtrack
Subtitles: Japanese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Avex Marketing
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021312496

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
ジェイ・チョウ[周杰倫] / 鈴木杏 / アンドリュー・ラウ (監督、製作、撮影) / アラン・マック (監督) / コンフォート・チャン (音楽)

リバーシブルジャケット

[特典情報]
映像特典収録/テキスト特典:キャスト&スタッフ プロフィール

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
期間限定生産廉価版(2010年1月29日まで)/初廉価版/本編109分+特典3分
製作国 : 香港 (Hong Kong)
公開年 : 2005

[ストーリー]
家業である豆腐屋の配達をすることで、知らぬ間にドライビング・テクニックを自分のモノにした藤原拓海。幼なじみの茂木なつきとの交際を始めたばかりの普通の高校生である彼の前に次々と現れる、スピードの魔力にとり付かれた峠のスペシャリストたち。愛車ハチロク(トヨタ/AE86/トレノ)と父親・文太から受け継いだ天性の才能を武器に、「赤城レッドサンズ」の高橋涼介や「砂義山ナイトキッズ」の中里毅らの挑戦に立ち向かう拓海。秋名山の峠を舞台にドリフト・テクニックを競い合う、この熾烈なカーバトルを制するのは誰だ!?

[解説]
コミックスの金字塔「頭文字D」が、遂に完全実写化!CGを一切使わない生ドリフト・カーバトルで原作の世界を忠実に描き出す、爽快&ド迫力のアクション・エンタテインメント!

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Professional Review of "Initial D (DVD) (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)"

August 4, 2005

This professional review refers to Initial D
Surprisingly straightforward and a little underwhelming considering the prodigious advance buzz that preceded it, Initial D is acceptable fare, which may really be all it had the potential to be. A thoroughly commercial enterprise from the word "Go," Initial D stars untrained Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, who gets able assist from Hong Kong cinema king Anthony Wong and a cast that will be familiar to Hong Kong cinephiles. The film has an impressive pedigree, being directed by the duo of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, and written by Felix Chong, the trio having worked together previously on the mega hit Infernal Affairs trilogy.

Based on the Japanese manga by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial D follows the (literally) downhill adventures of tofu delivery teen Takumi (Chou), who spends his days in a daze about the flirty Natsuki (Anne Suzuki, Returner), his afternoons working at the gas station of best bud Itsuki (Chapman To), and his nights delivering tofu for his hard drinking (and narcoleptic, one presumes) dad Bunta (Anthony Wong). After Takumi zips past a drift racer (Shawn Yue, Jiang Hu) on a curvaceous hill one night, he becomes known as the racer god of that particular hill. His secret identity blown, Takumi becomes the target of challengers, including Edison Chen and, later, Jordan Chan.

At over 100 minutes, Initial D is an easy and brisk sit-through that is mostly entertaining, if ultimately vacant. The film's races are entirely set along the hillside that Takumi traverses on a regular basis, and as a result, once you see Takumi defeat an opponent along the hills for the first time, you've basically seen them all. Different opponents, same hero, and same track. There are new obstacles with each new race, of course, but they're nothing a quick and well-placed musical montage couldn't skip over in a few minutes. To offset the repetitive nature of the races, the script delves into the more cerebral, theoretical side of racing -- that is, if you were interested in such things.

Of course my underwhelmed reaction to the film's racing may be due to a general indifference on my part to racing movies and racing in general, so I'll take it at face value that more racing-inclined viewers will get more out of the film's downhill zooms and vrooms. The film certainly has a lot of vehicular action to keep viewers distracted, and directors Lau and Mak use enough visual tricks (a ton of freeze frames, wipes, and gimmicky edits) to keep even the casual audience member like myself from becoming bored.

In-between the film's many downhill races, the script busies itself with the idyllic romance of Takumi and Natsuki. The romance is standard stuff, with Nasuki acting a bit more flirtatious than one is used to seeing in a Japanese film. Suzuki does fine, as does Chou in his first starring turn, although it should be said that the script really doesn't require all that much of either young actor. Suzuki in particular has little to do, and the script's insistence on giving her character a dark secret comes across as superfluous. Do we really care? I didn't.

As the star, Chou doesn't carry the film, which isn't a knock on the young man, because the film is crafted in such a way that it smartly doesn't require him to. To give him credit, Chou plays the unflappable racer convincingly, and the film's best moments involve Takumi nonchalantly racing downhill, treating the races as another night delivering tofu as fast as he can, or risk another beating from good 'ol dad, who was himself a former racing king. The script provides a clever background for Takumi's superior driving skills, most of it funny exposition courtesy of Anthony Wong, who seems to be literally sleepwalking through the film.

Ultimately, Initial D is serviceable PG entertainment for the masses -- the younger, the better. No one dies, there are no serious injuries in any of the races, and the film, like its leading man, was primed and aimed squarely at the squirming little girls and the young guys who like racing movies. The lack of a true villain in the film is not altogether a bad thing, as the presence of one would only muddle up the film's squeaky-clean image. The visuals are interesting and the soundtrack is filled with appropriate tracks, most of them in English, surprisingly, with some Chinese songs toward the end. For Hong Kong cinema, Initial D doesn't represent any major improvement over, say, the last 200 films starring the Twins, but for such a manufactured product, it's probably a lot better than it should have been.

Movie Grade: 3 out of 5 stars

By Nix - BeyondHollywood.com

August 4, 2005

This professional review refers to Initial D (2005) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
In the opening minutes of Initial D, we watch as a street legal sports car "drifts" down a narrow mountain road - the driver accelerating into the tight corners, then gliding around the glasslike hairpin bends. All shot under moonlight, this short sequence captures the sublime and surreal beauty of pure auto power.

Initial D was originally slated for Tsui Hark to direct, but early in the production he left the project and was replaced by Infernal Affairs directing duo Andrew Lau (A Man Called Hero) and Alan Mak (A War Named Desire). Good choices, as both know their way around fantasy-action flicks, especially Lau with The Storm Riders foremost on his CV.

Filmed on location in Japan, it's slightly off-putting to see a cast of Hong Kong actors taking Japanese roles with everyone speaking Cantonese.

Taiwanese pop superstar Jay Chou makes his silver screen debut in the lead role of Takumi, the Mt. Akina racing god: a title that promises more than this limited actor can provide. But the reality of manga to film roles is that the audience doesn't expect much more than a live-action comic book performance. In contrast, Chapman To (Golden Chicken) ridiculously overacts as the wannabe street king Itsuki. It's Japanese starlet Anne Suzuki who gives the movie's best performance as the likeable and vulnerable Natsuki.

There's a clever generational twist with the film's two father figures played by veteran HK actors Anthony Wong and Kenny Bee. The former is at times hilarious as the drunken, leering, tofu making, Bunta, while Kenny Bee is believable as the hard working owner of the Mount Akina servo. Jordan Chan is along for the ride, literally, as a professional street car racer who suffers a severe case of gravel rash and wounded pride. Shawn Yu and Edison Chen receive a high billing but it's all PR puff, as both have little screen time as competing drivers.

The visceral highlight of Initial D is flagged early on and is well worth waiting for. The King of the Mountain duel is an absolute eye-popper and worth the ticket price on its own. Just as director Lau did with his previous auto epic, The Legend of Speed, Initial D raises the bar internationally on CGI action-fantasy sequences. You can bet Jerry Bruckheimer's CGI Hollywood will be putting this fantastic passage of film under the microscope in the very near future.

Some will be surprised, maybe even annoyed, with the abrupt ending - it's certainly not subtle - but all it really does is usher in the probable sequel.

Andrew Lau seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to Hong Kong filmmaking, from The Storm Riders through Infernal Affairs to Initial D - may his cinematic "driftings" continue to prosper. All power to him!

8.5 Hairpin turns out of 10

Reviewed by John Snadden - heroic-cinema.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.4 out of 10 (56)

Hajime Mashite
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February 17, 2010

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Zzz... Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
I agree with the former reviewer. This film was boring. The racing scenes were good and quite realistic, but too much time went to waste, nothing special was happening, everyone just seemed to wait for something, though for what, I can`t say, because the dialogue had so many holes in it, it was really hard to figure out what the characters were really thinking. I don`t like Jay Chou, he wears the same expressionless face through every movie I`ve ever seen him in and as this film was mostly about him...nah. I`m not a fan of Anthony Wong either, but he did a good job here and I felt he was well suited for this film. Edison Chen just seemed bored...I was really excited about this movie but I ended up fast-forwarding through it...even through some of the race parts...that`s just no good!
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March 29, 2008

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A REAL SHOCKER Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
The viewing left me in no doubt that this one of of the worst HK films in recent times. Yes the car races were exciting to watch, but does this constitute as making the film great? What of the drab acting from most of the cast (not all), story, and lack of realism and the rest. To read some of the reviews stating that this was a Great movie left me flabbergasted. I love my HK films and a lot of the actors in the film but this was something else. What of having the entire film in Cantonese with no reference to the Japanese language (in Japan) in everyday life, yeh right!
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September 9, 2007

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Drifts past fast & furious.... Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Initial D has a good cast with Jay Chou, Anthony Wong, Edison Chen and Shawn Yue. As it was a anime it had to impress, and the storyline did. A enjoyable racing movie and it focuses on one type of racing: Drifting! Its not a typical movie like fast and furious where it has cops & guns. This movie got on with its racing and shows what drifting is about. A sequel would be good if it had the same cast.
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February 10, 2007

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For girls and guys interests Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
What I liked most about this movie was that it was interesting, even for a girly girl like me. I am not into guy stuff at all and didn't think I would like this movie very much until my sister told me how good it was. Also, because I am in love with Jay Chou, I decided to watch it. It turns out that I actually liked it very much. There is love for the girls and street racing for the guys. So, this movie is perfect for a couple to watch together where one doesn't get bored and leave.

The song "Drifting" was a very good song. Even though I don't understand it, I like it very much because of the beat and of course Jay Chou sings it. This movie is very worth buying and rewatching. I'd watch it again. ^^
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February 7, 2007

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Cool! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
If you are into street racing, then this movie is worth watching. It isn't as colourful and slick as the Fast & Furious movies, but it wasn't meant to be. Intial D captures the feel of street racing culture in one part of Japan (Gunma). The car scenes are top notch and the characters are not too bad. Some might say it is rather odd that they put Chinese actors speaking Chinese in what is a movie based on a Japanese cartoon. But why didn't a Japanese company come and make the movie instead of one from Hong Kong? It isn't that odd when you consider people in HK grew up watching Japanese cartoons all dubbed into Chinese. The story is somewhat different from the original cartoons, but then again, what works in one medium doesn't for another. Enjoy it and the soundtrack isn't bad either...
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