May 11, 2010
Wangan Midnight Movie
I have to start out by saying that I have been on a driving movie kick lately, which has made it hard to come by good movies. I normally shy away from subbed shows and movies (mostly due to my laziness), but this movie looked good enough that I decided I would endure the subs. Needless to say I am extremely happy I decided to take the time and watch Wangan Midnight The Movie. This live action adaptation to the anime resonates very much with that of Initial D (which I also loved). Wangan took a different approach which made for an excellent story. The entire movie was based around a main character who wanted a 1970 Nissan S30Z (or 300Z for those who don't know Japanese car models). The Z that he found at a wrecker was the same Z that a boy who died racing it prior had owned and coincidently they share the same name.
The whole movie is predicated around the idea of fate and this haunted car. The character and story development was very well done and kept me wanting to watch more. I liked how this film didn't glorify the whole street racing scene like Fast and the Furious did. The film made real the fact that people can and do get hurt and even die racing. As a person who loves cars, it was nice to see for a change the characters who own these amazing machines show respect and appreciation for them.
I was impressed enough with the movie that I am planning to watch the series (subbed) in the near future. I definitely recommend this film for any car enthusiast. You won't be disappointed. Stay tuned for my review on the Wangan Midnight anime.