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At a glance

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening (2014) is a racing drama anime film directed by Masamitsu Hidaka. The first of three parts movie, it is the latest film adaptation of the popular manga series, Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno.

Thanks to a certain Mr. Producer for the invitation and Japanese Foundation Kuala Lumpur & GSC Movies for organizing the 11th Japanese Film Festival! <3

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening Trailer

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening Synopsis

High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening Review

New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening (2014) is quite hilarious to watch. However, it could be a disappointment to Initial D fans and racing enthusiasts. After all, the film lasts only one hour; despite there are some memorable scenes, most of the details or moments are quite brief and there are plenty of aspects of the movie that could have done been better.

Nonetheless, this animated feature is still refreshing to watch. It does have its shortcomings but it also could make as an introduction movie to those who are new or have not exposed to the Initial D series.

I'd certainly watch the part 2 & 3 of this movie, can't wait!! Release soon please!! :<

For more about the 11th Japanese Film Festival, check out their official website!

Who will like this?

Anime fans~

Details of the movie

Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
Producer: Not sure.
Story: Shuichi Shigeno
Screenplay: Mayori Sekijima
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Akio Dobashi
Studio: Sanzigen, Liden Films
Starring: Mamoru Miyano, Yuichi Nakamura, Daisuke Ono, Hiroaki Hirata
Full Credit: [no link yet]
Distributor: Avex Entertainment, GSC Movies
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama Racing
Running time: 60 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not available as of writing.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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