Thursday 22 August 2013

Movie: Hong Kong-Made Initial D (2005) Movie in English

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Image from Initial D the movie
Can't really say I have something new, but it is new finding for me.

I've got a driving license for more than 10 years, but I haven't driven ever since. No car, no need. Until recently, my dad returned to Hong Kong and bought a second-hand Mercedes Benz, and he's been training me up 2 to 3 times a week.

I have never really liked cars. I never wanted one, I think they are just liabilities that depreciate immediately the moment you write that cheque. In Hong Kong, a city almost completely covered by public transport, you don't really need a car to survive. In fact, you might be faster getting around by the MTR than driving across the harbour tunnels.

But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy looking at them from the web or watching movies about them. Still remember the Fast and Furious series? Those are pretty good. How about the origin of "drifting"? The legendary Keiichi Tsuchiya, the 1st Drift King and the Initial D comic, manga and movie that followed?

The cut from the inside
Image from Initial D the movie
It just happens that when I was searching for something on YouTube that I ran into this Hong Kong production in surprisingly, English!!! I wonder if this movie has ever been sold overseas as an English version, but if you don't mind a little strange in the lip-syncing, it's got quite a bit of casual English and technical terms of driving in it for learning.

The actions can sometimes be quite fake and the soap is lousy, but the movie is great for those who don't often get to see these legendary cars in actions.

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liability -- (n) In financial accounting, a liability is defined as an obligation of an entity arising from past transactions or events, the settlement of which may result in the transfer or use of assets, provision of services or other yielding of economic benefits in the future.
depreciate -- (vb)  [I or T] to (cause something to) lose value, especially over time:
drifting -- (n)[U] a driving technique where the driver intentionally or unintentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner.
legendary -- (adj) very famous and admired or spoken about:

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