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  Posted: Nov 12 2003, 05:52 PM


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read in the newspapers recently that chinese singer Jay Chou is going to star in Initial D. they say he has the lead role, which means he'll be playing Takumi...... pinch2.gif pinch2.gif
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Posted: Nov 12 2003, 06:35 PM


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initial d movie?
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LOL, i actually havent heard of him... but has the movie started production yet?
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Posted: Nov 13 2003, 10:46 AM


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if this is true then it flips my logic..i always thought of him as a pop singer pretty boy...if he really is goin to play takumi...then it will change my whole view of him. jays cool though i enjoy his music alot
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Posted: Nov 13 2003, 01:40 PM


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jay chow rules..........music. iono how he'll be as takumi tho....
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well he does come off looking lazy and sleepy all the time >.< and he does have that hair takumi has cuz wit a ton of gel and hes young enough i dont see why he wouldnt b picked for takumi...idk bout his driving skillz >.<
hope he gets it though...it'll be kool
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man..you think they gonna let actors try and drive themselves? They're prolly gonna get professional drivers driving instead.
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ya his life is worth more then the car hes goin 2 drive >.< anyways on screen it'll look like hes driving so i dont mater to me anyways. and one more thing...not wanting to sound sceptical but where did turbo get this info from? a newspaper..? seems vague to me, lets have some evidence buddy! >.< post the artical in the newspaper.let me read it for my self then ill believe you!...that was a really seceptial statement... o well
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just hope tp dont make it american and dub it with ricer exhaust like they did to the anime!
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Posted: Nov 13 2003, 09:45 PM


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yea i hope so too. very very much.
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easy....get tsuchiya to drive and photoshop jay chous head in
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lolz, jay chou's koo, he has that ordinary look of takumi, except wen he's being koo and looks at u hella cocky...overalll i really enjoy jay chou's music, he's one of the better chinese singers out there...beautiful voice..
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QUOTE (Phantom @ Nov 13 2003, 05:42 PM)
ya his life is worth more then the car hes goin 2 drive >.< anyways on screen it'll look like hes driving so i dont mater to me anyways. and one more thing...not wanting to sound sceptical but where did turbo get this info from? a newspaper..? seems vague to me, lets have some evidence buddy! >.< post the artical in the newspaper.let me read it for my self then ill believe you!...that was a really seceptial statement... o well

personaly I just might take that car over his life....
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it is said that the sho will be shown/made next year. they may be just talking cock(means trash talking in my local language) but if it does come out, i'm gonna watch it. one line from the article read:'based on a popular japanese comic, it features fast car like Jaguars.' UGHHHH! Jaguars?! I thought it'was Honda, Mazda and Nissan... sheesh! pinch2.gif
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it is... there are alot of others that i cant be bothered going through now though...
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Interesting...... I have heard of Jay Chou before.


Still a popular C-pop singer eh? I don't know how he would fit in the role of Takumi, assuming that the live action movie is going to be made in the next year or so.


Either way, we'll see how it turns out then. Obviously, they would probably get a stunt driver or extra to do most of the drifting sequences, providing that they value Jay's life, lol. laugh.gif


On-screen it may seem he is driving, probably going to do some technical elements behind it. Meh..... I dunno.


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well, i imagine we'll see soon enough!
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i think they where keeping the same voice cast not changing it
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Take a look at this thread 11/10 Jay to be Male Lead in the film "Initial D"; shooting starts March 2004

They have the article and translation

11/10 Jay appears on-screen for the first time in Initial D

2003/11/10 Hong Kong Apple Daily
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Used little cut and paste... I just couldn't help it smile.gif


Jay appears on-screen for the first time in ¡°Initial D¡±
Translation: wackycashew - www.jay-chou.net

2003/11/10 Hong Kong Apple Daily

Car-racing with Edison Chen, competing to be hip and cool
Jay appears on-screen for the first time in ¡°Initial D¡±

Reporters: Chan Yuet Mei, Lok Wah Ling


Jay is a standard car lover. Usually, he loves to drive his Jaguar sports car in place of walking.

Jay, who usually likes to drive his sports car, should be familiar with the car-racing shots when filming.

The long wait of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan fans is finally over. They¡¯ve been looking forward to enjoying Jay to be in his first movie in a debut role. This dream will finally come true next year. This is because in March of next year, Tsui Hark will start shooting the movie version of ¡°Initial D¡±. The male lead, Takumi Fujiwara, will be played by Jay. The role of Takumi¡¯s opponent, Ryosuke Takahashi, will be filled by Edison Chen.

Quite a number of film companies have had their eye on the Taiwan popular artist, Jay, for quite a while now. They all want to successfully invite him to act in a debut role. It¡¯s a pity that they have not been successful. According to reliable sources in Taiwan, recently Jay was finally moved by the sincerity of the director of Media Asia Films Ltd., Lam Kin Ngok, and director Tsui Hark. He has promised to star in the new film ¡°Initial D¡±, which will start shooting in March of next year and his salary for this film will be $4,000,000 HKD. ¡°Initial D¡± is adapted from the Japanese manga with the same name. Due to the fact that that manga is highly popular in Hong Kong and Japan, therefore, there are quite a number of dedicated fans. And Tsui Hark is also one of these fans. About a year ago, the plans for doing the film adaptation had already begun. But they hadn¡¯t been able to find a suitable person for the role. Only until Tsui Hark noticed that Jay has a unique character did he decide that the male lead of Takumi Fujiwara must be played by him.

Step on the gas pedal! Dedicated car lover, excellent skills

Jay is a car lover himself. Usually he likes to drive his Jaguar sports car in place of walking. Whenever there are new cars on the market, he¡¯d go to the dealer to test-drive the new cars. Since Jay¡¯s driving skills are superb, the Taiwan paparazzi rarely can follow him. Surely, he will not be unfamiliar with the manga character of Takumi Fujiwara. Starring in ¡°Initial D¡± this time, Jay will certainly satisfy the craving for car-racing.

Getting ahead! Costs too high, Media Asia takes over

As for the other male lead in the manga, Ryosuke Takahashi, Media Asia would like Edison to play that role. The on-screen time of both male leads are fairly equal. As for the role of Takumi¡¯s girlfriend, Natsuki Mogi, they¡¯re planning on asking a Japanese or Korean actress to star in that role. In addition, Stephen Fung will play the role of another car-racer, Seiji Iwaki.

A few years ago, Andy Lau¡¯s film company, Teamwork Motion Pictures Ltd., had wanted to start the filming for ¡°Initial D¡±. The male lead of Takumi Fujiwara was supposed to by played by Edison, with Andy playing the role of his father, Bunta Fujiwara. However, because the cost was too high for the film, in the end, the project had to be terminated. Thereafter, Media Asia Films Ltd. had an interest in that film and invited Tsui Hark to be the director. Currently, Tsui Hark is arranging the movie script and the stars for the roles are being reconsidered.

The film, ¡°Initial D¡±, illustrates the story of the male lead, Takumi, who, starting from high school, was awoken early in the morning every day by his father -- Bunta, who is highly skilled in car-racing -- to drive and deliver tofu come wind or rain. Over time, Takumi¡¯s driving skills have been trained by his father, reaching an extraordinary level. Thereafter, Takumi even drove the Toyota AE 86 Trueno sports car to challenge car-racing experts, Ryosuke Takahashi, Seiji Iwaki, etc.

Taking over! First be a guest star to satisfy a bit of craving for acting

In ¡°Initial D¡±, there are plenty of exciting car-racing scenes. Tsui Hark had gone to Japan earlier to choose the filming sites. Other than actually filming car-racing scenes, there will also be special effects added to heighten the ¡°car-flying¡± effect. According to the costs calculated, the production of the film will be approximately $6,000,000 USD ($47,000,000 HKD). Besides Media Asia, there will also be a collaboration with a Japanese film company for the filming.

Edison, who is currently in England for the shooting of a new film by China director, A Gan, said yesterday over a long-distance phone call, ¡°The company had informed me earlier that I will be starring in this film. I know that the film has two male leads and the on-screen time is about the same. But I¡¯m not sure which role I¡¯m playing. When I get back on the 12th (day after tomorrow), I¡¯ll find out from the company. Being able to star in a big production, I¡¯m already very happy. As for the role, it¡¯s up to the director to arrange! Actually, I¡¯ve never seen this anime. I¡¯ll have to wait till I get back before I can find some time to watch it.¡±

This film, where Jay will star in a leading role, won¡¯t be in the theatres till next summer. But recently, he guest starred in the film ¡°Hidden Track¡± with Shawn Yue for a few scenes. Yesterday, he even specially came from Taiwan to Hong Kong to assist in the movie promotions. He arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport around 4:00p.m. There were 50 odd fans who went to greet him. Since there were only 5 security guards there, it led to some chaos.

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Posted: Nov 27 2003, 05:15 PM


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F**k yea!

what language is the movie going to be in??




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Posted: Nov 28 2003, 05:01 AM


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QUOTE (aznriceownz @ Nov 27 2003, 05:13 PM)
what language is the movie going to be in??

im guess cantonese? (being with hk actors and all)
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sorry to ask why don't they just get a japanese actor?
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it's gonna flop
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i dont care who is gonna drive as long as the look like takumi and drives good.....

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