But what stands out is one car that will welcome you when you up entering the lobby of the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The car is the Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86) which was driven by Takumi Fujiwara the main character of the Initial D series based from Japanese manga and anime series. It’s originally a tofu deliver car that Fujiwara is driving at night while working in a gas station during the day.
In Japan, the AE86 was also known as the Hachi-Roku (ハチロク?), Japanese for "eight-six" is a small, lightweight coupe introduced by Toyota in 1983 as part of the fifth generation Toyota Corolla lineup.
The Sprinter Trueno was exclusive to Toyota Japan dealerships called Toyota Vista Store. The word "trueno" is Spanish for thunder which makes the car even more popular when the Initial D became one of the most read manga series collecting 47 tankōbon (manga) volumes. The original series known as the “First Stage” was shown in 1998 with 26 episodes and it was one of Animax Asia’s shows dubbed in Taglsih (Tagalog & English) by well-known Filipino celebrities in the early 2000s.
Initial D’s popularity made a live action film released on June 23, 2005 which was jointly produced by Japan’s Avex Inc. and Hong Kong's Media Asia Group.
The movie featured Taiwanese singer Jay Chou as Takumi Fujiwara and Hong Kong stars Edison Chen as Ryosuke Takahashi and Shawn Yue as Takeshi Nakazato. It was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, whose credit includes the 2002 Hong Kong Blockbuster Internal Affairs.
Despite many changes to the original story, the film was garnered critical acclaim and was nominated for multiple awards, including best picture, at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards which they have won.
The iconic sports car will be on display during the World of Toyota event and you can have the chance to see it in person at the lobby.
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