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05 August 2005 @ 12:52 pm
IniD Live Action Movie: Early Thoughts  
I haven't actually had the time to sit down and watch all of it yet, but here are my initial impressions, based off of randomly jumping around the movie while watching in a restaurant:



- When the heck did Akina acquire a tunnel??

- I only got to watch a couple of lines, but the subtitles alone look like they are going to provide hours' worth of entertainment. I can only assume that the original Chinese is better. Though, given some of the other changes, maybe I'm not too sure about that...

- Ryousuke, oh Ryousuke. T-shirts? And smoking? Ah, how the character interpretations have fallen. (Yes, I know Ryousuke smokes in the anime; neither of those scenes were in the manga. Thus, I am a cannon snob and maintain that he does not smoke.)

- While on the subject of character interpretations, I am going to have to time how long it takes before I whimper in pain every time Bunta comes on screen. He is now some drunk, abusive old guy. Most uncool. (Though if he gets to drive the Impreza, maybe I'll ignore minor character problems <-- Is unrepentant car whore!)

- I'm gonna have a lot of fun digging up my Haruna pics and comparing. 'Cause just off-hand, I gotta say that most of it, while filmed on location, was filmed on the wrong location. (I'm beginning to suspect that it was filmned on Happougahara, though I'll have to look at the backgrounds more to be sure.)

- Pardon me while I exhibit extreme geekiness, but 1) it's obvious that they did at least film the summit of Akina on location, and 2) they did in the past three years and no earlier. Why? The summit is obviously the real location, but it is missing a building that was in the original manga and has subsequently been torn down.

- I'm pretty sure the cars are done with a combination of CG and stunt drivers, with emphasis on the CG. IT's rather odd, since the bits I've seen haven't included anything that wouldn't be commonly seen on a rally stage, so I wonder why they bothered to CG it, rather than just filming. OTOH, it may be difficult to find extras who are as bugnuts as your average rally fan. Particularly since...

- These guys can't drive. Or at least, none of the ones I saw could. Except for the stunt driver for Itsuki. It takes active talent to be able to drive that pathetically.


In short: It's IniD, Jim, but not as you know it. I look forward to huge amounts of entertaining pain watching through it. I'm hoping that it has gone through bad and come out the other end. (Unlike TokyoPoop's IniD, which just wallows in the bad.)



On a slightly related note, I now have an IniD LJ icon. It's from Myougi, on the uphill section, just before the downhill section at the finish. (I also have a MoB icon, since I realized that my pics of Matsumoto Castle are still on the laptop. (Good thing, since I now can't seem to find the backups, grr.) I just don't have anything MoB-ish to post at the moment. *sigh* Alas, shiny new icon.)
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Steffan Thomasrhylar on August 5th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
I must indulge in nitpicking.

you are a canon snob. (snobbish about being true to the original)

you may also be a cannon snob or a Kannon snob, but I don't think those are involved in IniD movies. Except possibly hoping that a goddess of mercy will come along & stop the pain of that driving...
etoile.noiretoilenoir959 on August 6th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
I absolutely hated what they did with Bunta, too. They turned him into a real first-class jerk that specializes in being a druken, lazy bum.
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Sandpanthersandpanther on August 8th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess I can't entirely fault them for not getting that exact Impreza, since Bunta's is fairly rare. Though I would have been happy for any old Impreza.

Oh, is that what was going on with the CG stuff? I couldn't entirely tell, but it looked weird. m And most definitely CG'ed.

Still haven't actually watched the whole thing yet. Argh. Must do so soon, as it is gnawing on my brain.
StrypGiastrypgia on August 7th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
You are _such_ an IniD geek. :-) Its pretty funny, really.

<-- Is unrepentant car whore!)

Hee hee hee! I'd say you are bad, but I'm the same way with Lancers...Ooh, Lancer VII rally type....Wai!
Sandpanthersandpanther on August 8th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee! I'd say you are bad, but I'm the same way with Lancers...Ooh, Lancer VII rally type....Wai!

Did I know that you are a rally fan and just forgot it?

The Evo I drool over is only made in the UK and I forget the exact designation for it, though I think it's the Evo VR400. It's "only" 90,000 British pounds, and it can spank Murcielagos with ease.

I'm still more of a Subaru fan. Though if I were buying a new car I'd certainly consider an Evo MR.
StrypGiastrypgia on August 10th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Lancers...Ooh, Lancer VII rally type....Wai!

Did I know that you are a rally fan and just forgot it?

The Evo I drool over is only made in the UK and I forget the exact designation for it, though I think it's the Evo VR400. It's "only" 90,000 British pounds, and it can spank Murcielagos with ease.


I like rallys (rallies?) but out here it is just impossible to watch anything, much less track stuff. Besides IEDs, anyhow. I don't think you ever asked if I was a rally fan. ^.^

And oooh, that special Lancer sounds pretty....'only' 90,000 pounds....right. I'll buy that right after the Vanquish V12...
lurker nowayatsujik on August 8th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, your icon. *_* I want to raid your stash of genba pics and make one tooo.

Re: IniD movie - have said before and will say again that it is a crack HK AU from the music to their interpretations of the characters. Not meant to appeal to racecar fans or fans of the original series. Nonetheless, it is still fun, and was beautiful to watch on the big screen (yes, the English subs are such crack in some parts, like 'Is he gay?' and 'He is kissing my car's ass!')

Plus, d/led the interview with Shigeno-sensei where he said he likes Jay Chou as Takumi. XD (I did too. Can't think of any other artiste who spaces out so. damn. easily.)
Sandpanther: IniD Roadsandpanther on August 8th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
I'm going to work on digging through my pics and putting some up where someone other than me can access them.


Interview with Shigeno-sensei? Eeeee! Doko? Doko? Dooo~~~~~ko??????? Mitaimitaimitaiii~~~~!

*ahem* Sorry. I collect Shigeno interviews. <-- I have weird hobbies. (Ya probably figured that out by now.)
lurker nowayatsujik on August 8th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Ack, the Jap site seems to have taken down the vid file already. ;_; The transcript is here though: http://avex.jp/initial-d/special.html