Azoland Pictures announced in partnership with Sentai Filmworks that it will be distributing Initial D Legend trilogy across theaters in North America. Originally written by Shuchi Sigeno, the new feature movies retell the original story of the high adrenaline illegal Japanese street racing. Part 1 and Part 2 of the trilogy, Legend 1: Awakening and Legend 2: Racer will be a double feature on February 23, 2018. Part 3, Legend 3: Dream will be screening on March 9, 2018.
Sanzigen/Liden Films animated the trilogy film. The rich voice cast features many notable voice actors. Takumi Fujiwara is voiced by Mamoru Miyanoa, Ryosuke Takahaski by Daisuke Ono, Keisuke Takahasi by Yuichi Hakamura, Natsuki Mogi by Maaya Uchida, Itsuki Takeuchi by Minoru Shiraishi, Takeshi Nakazato by Junichi Suwabe and Bunta Fujiwara by Hiroaki Hirata.
Aozland Pictures describes Initial D: Legend 1: Awakening as:
The wheels are set in motion as Koichiro Iketani of the Akina Speedstars witnesses a mysterious driver outmaneuver and beat rival, Keisuke Takahashi of Akagi RedSuns. The impromptu race, he later discovers, was won by none other than his very own co-worker at the gas station, Takumi Fujiwara, the son of a legendary racer. In the high-paced world of street racing, Takumi shakes it up with an extraordinary racing style as the Akina Speedstars and the RedSuns go head to head on Mount Akina.
Initial D Legend 2: Racer as:
The leader of rival group Myogi NightKids, Takeshi Nakazato, wants to challenge the now infamous Takumi Fujiwara in a race down Mount Akina. As Takumi questions his identity as a racer, he finds that, there’s more to lose than just a simple race. When another member of the NightKids causes Takumi’s friend to crash his car, Takumi takes on the treacherous twists and turns down Mount Akina in his most challenging race yet.
Initial D Legend 3: Dream as:
Takumi Fujiwara has garnered the attention of the legendary street racer Ryosuke Takahashi, leader of the Akagi RedSuns. As he prepares for the biggest race of his life, Takumi finds himself trying to juggle his passion for racing with his personal life. With his girlfriend Natsuki wondering about their relationship, and his friends conflicting agendas, can Takumi find the answers behind the wheel?
The original TV anime series aired back in 1999. Funimation began distributing the anime series in 2006.