New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening will be drifting on the roads of Singapore exclusively in Cathay Cinemas on this 04th December 2014. Special thanks to ODEX PTE LTD and CATHAY for the invitation to the movie preview.
New Initial D the Movie is a retelling of the early stages and planned to be split into three parts with the first part, Legend 1: – Awakening.
The film trilogy will retell the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno’s original car-racing manga. Shigeno’s original manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways.
The manga debuted in Kodansha’s Young Magazine in 1995, and Shigeno ended the manga last July. It has over 48 million copies in circulation. The manga inspired several television anime series (including the Fifth Stage that ran in 2012), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line.The manga’s final battles will also be adapted into anew anime series called Final Stage.
The movie is like a recreated of the original “Initial D: First stage” anime featuring with today’s technology on visual effects, 3D and graphics compared to the ones back in 1998. Fans of the series will definitely welcome the remake of this movie with original plot of the anime series being shown once again, with new rearranged scenes of the story and the new added ones.
However, the movie could be a disappointment to Initial D fans as it only lasts an hour. They could have definitely do better then that despite flow of the story was pretty well-paced and smooth. But nonetheless, the movie is still refreshing to watch.
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
新劇場版「頭文字D」: Legend 1 -覚醒- (Japanese)
Release Date: Opens on 04 December 2014 (Thursday)
Runtime: 83 mins
Language: Japanese Dub with English & Mandarin Subtitles
Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
Cast (Voice Cast):
Mamoru Miyano as Takumi Fujiwara
Daisuke Ono as Ryousuke Takahashi
Hiroaki Hirata as Bunta Fujiwara
Maaya Uchida as Natsuki Mogi
Minoru Shiraishi as Itsuki Takeuchi
Yuuichi Nakamura as Keisuke Takahashi
Advance booking for the official release will open on Cathay website from : 27 November 2014 (Thursday)
Premiums will be given away with every purchase of New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening tickets.
Week 1: New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening A2 sized Poster
(4 Dec – 10 Dec)
Week 2: New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening A4 Plastic Folder
(11 Dec – 17 Dec)