The highest-grossing Asian film of 2005, Initial D is the live action adaptation of the wildly popular Japanese anime and manga series, which delves into the world of underground street racing. The film follows the adventures of a tofu delivery boy named Takumi, played by Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou in his cinematic debut.
Every morning for five years, 18-year-old Takumi has delivered tofu in his father's old Toyota AE86. During this time, he has honed his driving skills to complete deliveries as fast as possible up a mountain. In the process, he has unwittingly perfected the art of drifting, a technique where drivers take hairpin turns at dangerous speeds.
Takumi never takes an interest in the street racing scene until he one day defeats a GTR in a David versus Goliath race. This glorious but unexpected victory stokes Takumi’s competitive fire and gains him much notoriety. Despite this overnight success, Takumi still faces many hurdles as he must deal with issues with his father, a budding romance, and the reigning racing kings who challenge him with their sleeker, more powerful cars.
Initial D was directed by Alan Mak and Andrew Lau, the award-winning team responsible for the critically acclaimed Infernal Affairs, now being remade into a major Hollywood movie by Martin Scorsese. In Initial D, this duo of Hong Kong filmmakers succeeds in mixing youthful talent with high speed racing footage that will leave you breathless.