Speed Racer


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After completing their R-rated Matrix trilogy the Wachowski Brothers sought to make a film suitable for a wider audience. They choose to make the big screen adaptation of the Japanese anime show Speed Racer. The film had broken down in development hell for over a decade, but with the Wachowskis in the driver’s seat the film went on the fast-track. But the film stalled right out of the gate. Did this movie deserve its fate, or should it get a jump start on home video? The answer is found in this bonus podcast for Now Playing donors! So to hear it, as well as our Matrix reviews, Donate to Now Playing to find out! Go, Now Playing, go!

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Movie Details

Individual Movie Reviews
Original Title
Speed Racer
Speed Racer
Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Tatsuo Yoshida
Joel Silver, Grant Hill, Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Benno Fürmann, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rain, Richard Roundtree, Karl Yune, Ariel Winter, Roger Allam, Paulie Litt, Kick Gurry, John Benfield, Christian Oliver, Ralph Herforth, Scott Porter, Nan Yu, Nayo Wallace, Melvil Poupaud, Ramon Tikaram, Ben Miles, Peter Fernandez, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Moritz Bleibtreu, Joon Park, Nicholas Elia, Melissa Holroyd, Gian Ganziano, Harvey Friedman, Sadao Ueda, Valery Tscheplanowa, Sami Loris, Olivier Marlo, Sean McDonagh, Vinzenz Kiefer, Mark Zak, Willy, Kenzie, Julia Joyce, Clayton Nemrow, Ricky Watson, Brandon Robinson, L. Trey Wilson, Lauren Blake, Waldemar Kobus, Max Hopp, Julie T. Wallace, Matthias Redlhammer, Eckehard Hoffmann, Art LaFleur, Peter Navy Tuiasosopo, Paul Sirr, Kadý Taylor, Junior Sone Enang, Jana Pallaske, Dari Maximova, Werner Daehn, Komi Togbonou, Leila Rozario, Steven Wilson, Togo Igawa, Jonathan Kinsler, Anatole Taubman, Frank Witter, Megan Gay, Corinne Orr, Joe Mazza, Ludmilla Ismailow, Milka Duno, Amira Osman, Ashley Walters, Jens Neuhaus, Sesede Terziyan, Ill-Young Kim, Yuriri Naka, Oscar Ortega Sánchez, Fang Yu, Narges Rashidi, Andrés Cantor
2 h 15 min
Release Date
7 May 2008
Family, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Speed Racer is the tale of a young and brilliant racing driver. When corruption in the racing leagues costs his brother his life, he must team up with the police and the mysterious Racer X to bring an end to the corruption and criminal activities. Inspired by the cartoon series.

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