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Initial D

 

aka: Tau Man Jid
Hong Kong 2005, 95 minutes
Dir. Wai Keung Lau
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Action/Adventure

Topics: Petrolheads.

 

Aroview: Sleak and light, this adaptation of the Shuichi Shigeno's famous 'manga' comic by the makers of INFERNAL AFFAIRS, concerns a boy-racer (played by pop-star Chou) who gains considerable skills behind the wheel delivering tofu for his father.

Eventually he is persuaded by friends and family to partake in a three-way race down a winding mountain road, resulting in the film's most eye-popping, CGI-assisted action scenes. Although the technical talk will only appeal to experts, this is rather accessible overall with plenty of humour from the seasoned support cast.

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