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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
On the streets of Tokyo, speed needs no translation...
In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military father. In a low-rent section of the city, Shaun gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing
These movies wouldn't normally be my sort of thing but with Sky Movies constantly streaming film after film, the odd one seems to get a watch. This one set in Tokyo is just that little bit different from the other couple I've seen, no Vin Diesel (almost)for a start which is very refreshing.
Justin Lin directs this full throttle film with a lot of rather fit young Asian ladies and the customary bad boy with a past. Lucas Black takes on the mantle of the street racer this time around who's shipped off the Japan after trouble back in the States. An army brat, he struggles to fit in and is soon out on a limb with more outsiders. This…
I think Justin Lin, the Director of this movie had the editor on a drip feed of skittles & coke during working hours.
It's an incomprehensible little spasm of a film featuring some teeth dryingly awful camera 'techniques'.
Tokyo Drift is a departure from the rest of the series in that it doesn't feature any of the previous cast. I kind of see it as the Temple of Doom of the Fast and Furious series given that its story is set out of sequence. The events seen in the film technically take place after the events of fourth and fifth movies, which make Tokyo Drift even more of a departure from the rest of series. This is a third time watch for me, and I would say that it is my favorite of the F&F series.
The second half of the film is bit stale I admit, but the first half of the movie is really solid. The…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Contains spoilers for 3 and 6, and so the series as a whole.
Not so long ago I watched the whole series for the first time in release order. On first viewing I wasn't that keen on this. The switch of countries with a whole new cast was a bit jarring and the lead was amusingly bad.
This time around, having seen all the films, it's still the silliest entry in the franchise, but it's fun, and the most intriguing thanks to the chronology.
Watching it after 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 it becomes a fascinating character study of Han. He's got the money from Fast & Furious 6 but lost his girlfriend, Gisele.
So he's gone to Tokyo as planned…
Two exiled men on a rooftop in Tokyo:
American: "So how'd you end up over here anyway?"
North Korean: "You know those old westerns, where the cowboys make a run for the border? This is my Mexico."
Justin Lin's first F&F film is the black sheep of the franchise, but also the origin of its near-utopian multiculturalism. The way he depicts Japan is not too far removed from Coppola's approach in LOST IN TRANSLATION - shooting on location renders Tokyo as a fully realized entity while our protagonist, the stranger in a strange land, is a blank. Sean connects most strongly with fellow outsiders (or "gaijin," to use the Japanese term employed here as the gravest of insults) who have…
I do have somewhat of a soft spot for the `Fast` franchise and although this is by no means my favourite, quite possibly my least in fact, it's still something I am able to watch. This probably being my close to tenth viewing after flicking through Sky Movies.
The first concern with the film is Lucas Black, his voice becomes abrasive as the film goes on and the Southern accent does not seem to fit within the film itself. On the acting side of things he's fairly wooden and bland, and the supporting cast don't really lend themselves much to improving the film either. I honestly couldn't pick a stand out performance from the bunch. In the wider perspective of…
Directed by Justin Lin, who would go on to direct the 4th, 5th and 6th instalments of the Fast & Furious franchise, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift takes the series in a completely new direction. Abandoning every character from previous films and changing the setting, Lin aims to make a stylish race-car thriller set in the streets of Tokyo. However, due to an absurd disregard for logic and an incoherent screenplay, this doesn't show any promise for the rest of the franchise.
In Arizona, high school student, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) gets into trouble with the police after a reckless street race he has with another student. His mother (Lynda Boyd) has no choice but to send Sean to…
Falls flat on its face coming out with a gross dick measuring contest in the states somewhere that just kinda bathes in its own testosterone for a while. Once it hits Tokyo it perks up becoming a facsimile of a yakuza film for high-schoolers, but it retains that taste of misogyny throughout the picture. (This despite the lead female being the most interesting in the series so far) Lin directs this mess admirably making this the first in the series that actually feels like it could've been great as opposed to novelty fun.
I've recently decided to get caught up on this franchise. Having watched this, I've now seen the first four films in the series. They're kind of a guilty pleasure, I don't know. I know they're not great films but they're fun to watch and I've always really liked cars. It wasn't great but it was entertaining.
I don't know if I've ever seen a movie that I otherwise would have enjoyed that was so torpedoed by an unlikable protagonist as this.
I loved the Tokyo culture stuff, the racing was pretty great and the secondary cast members are all pretty compelling.
But then you've got a Lucas Black hole of charisma as your lead. In the opening credits along, you see his character laugh at a racist pinata getting torn apart in anger, ignore a kid getting bullied and then treat a woman as a prize to be won.
This movie is exactly what I imagined when I skipped out on this franchise for so many years.
However, as long as Lucas Black keeps his mouth…
Let's make it clear. The Fast And The Furious: Tokio Drift has nothing but the title and an extra part of a character (which is not Han, because he was introduced by this title in the franchise) in common with the other entries of the serie.
This movie is a Justin Lin movie, not a Fast and Furious movie. After this film the two thing will be conciliated, but Tokyo Drift is clearly a follow-up of Better Luck Tomorrow. It is a tale of growth, of finding an own place in the world. And it's only marginal that the cars and the races are the way to find it.
And the message of the movie ("who you choose to be…
I'm gonna leave all of the "rebuild and remodel" quasi-puns at the doorstep and say up front that this is the first Fast and Furious movie that is not merely passable but good, despite a leading performance from Lucas Black that is not only not charismatic but in fact one that sucks the vitality out from those around him, not unlike a Dementor from the Harry Potter series. Whoooeeee, we went on a heck-of-a tangent there. Indeed, Tokyo Drift is slick, fun, and surprisingly self-aware. (The last scene left me giddy. Let the mythologizing begin!)
Justin Lin didn't need The Fast and the Furious, The Fast and the Furious needed him.
I have neither the hardware fetish nor sufficient testosterone to properly assess this motion picture.
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