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 - and it's now available on DVD! 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!