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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
Part 3 of ONE LAST RIDE
Woah. What was I thinking a few years back when I first saw this one? I used to hate this movie and I was completely dreading to rewatch this one, but color me surprised. No, VERY surprised. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is easily the best film so far in the franchise, blowing the first two out of the water. There's an actual plot with understandable motives, a much better sense of pacing, some sick car races and a somewhat memorable villain.
However, I still had some issues with it. Lucas Black might possibly be the worst actor to grace the big screen in quite some time. His acting always garners some…
(Contains some small spoilers)
Part 3 of One Last Ride
"You’re like the Justin Timberlake of Japan, right?"
When I originally saw Tokyo Drift a few years ago, Ihated it because it didn't include any of the original cast (except for…) and I also didn't dig the transition from America to Japan.
Younger me is a fucking idiot.
Not only is Tokyo Drift my favorite out of the first three installments, but it is also super cool and super entertaining.
Lucas Black is Sean “Doesn't Give a Fuck” Boswell this time around, replacing Paul Walker’s O’Conner as the lead (white) dude. The one big thing I remembered about this character, from the first time…
Easily the weakest installment in the franchise and the only one that I truly dislike. The racing sequences are fun to watch and the film does have nice cinematography but other than that this movie is pretty terrible. Lucas Black is awful here and it doesn't help that his character is incredibly flat and emotionless. The music is also very distracting and the dialogue is cringe worthy. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a boring, dull and completely unnecessary addition to this franchise.
The one with the inspired vehicular mating ritual.
I've got to respect "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" at least attempting to kind of take the series in a new direction even if the final product ultimately feels hollow and in 2015, pretty dated. I think this movie would've worked better with a much better lead. Sure, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Tyrese Gibson aren't "world class" actors, but at least they were able to bring life and personailty where as our lead here, Lewis Black gives a pretty lifeless and at times even cring worthy performance making Sean a pretty boring character to follow. The rest of the cast doesn't faire much better (Bow Wow is tolerable, but nothing worth noting as "Twinkie", yes that's his…
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…
Good film. Very enjoyable. Excellent cinematography and screenplay. Anyone who claims to like movies and does not recognize that about this film, or the series of films, is absolutely ridiculous. Just because a film is glamorous does not mean it is terrible. This film was very good in how it portrayed the action sequences in the mis-en-scene. The action sequences were completely thrilling. Unfortunately, Paul Walker was not in this film at all. And that is the film's biggest flaw. Forever second wheel to 2 Fast 2 Furious.
RIP Paul Walker. Even in a film where he did not star, I cannot leave that out of the review. You are sorely missed.
A seemingly one-off film that, on paper, is somehow even more explicitly cash-grabby than a movie called 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, TOKYO DRIFT is the series’ greatest success story, its most overlooked entry, or the most unnecessary film with the least to offer, depending on who you ask and what their proclivities are. That about sums up the legacy of TOKYO DRIFT, easily the most intensely debated film in all of (the surprisingly complex) The Fast & The Furious lineage.
Factions generally break into two sides: For those here for pure racing (which was growing harder to differentiate even by the time it peaks in this entry) this is the worst film in the series, one that overloads its plot on…
Sí, bueno, incluso siendo permisivo hay por lo menos dos problemas imperdonables. Tal vez por eso nunca podremos tomar esta película (y en cierta extensión, la saga) en serio.
Lin, sin embargo, es una mejora considerable a lo que hicieron Cohen y Singleton en sus respectivas entregas. Hay menos de un cash grab obvio y un poco más de un director aprovechando el genero para su propia fantasía.
Oh y el drift es una solución muy practica para mantener las secuencias de acción en carros por el tiempo que sea necesario sin tener que caer en el problema de la extensión de tiempo que es constante en la saga. No importa que tan pequeño sea el espacio, ni que tan rápido vaya el carro siempre hay un truco que se puede realizar sin romper el ridículo y caer en lo imperdonable, o peor aún, en lo repetitivo.
Tokyo Drift is the first film in the Fast & Furious franchise to feature director Justin Lin. Lin really shows his skill in directing the driving sequences here, but the film lacks the fun of the later films, and the crime elements of the earlier films. While Tokyo Dirft has been something of a black sheep within the franchise, it's still a decent entry in the series. I myself prefer the absurd mayhem of Lin's later films, but the fish out of water/rebel teenager story here is interesting enough.
Lucas Black's performance nearly torpedoes what is otherwise the best film in the series up to this point. As it stands, I think I'll still give a slight edge to the first film just for its loopy idiosyncrasies (and a certain nostalgia for it on my part, I must admit), but this is a much stronger, more satisfying effort both narratively and cinematically.
It has the best sense of place of any of the films so far, builds one of the strongest characters in the entire franchise in Sung Kang's Han (Seoul-Oh), and features a whole bunch of great action sequences that actually have clear emotional stakes for our characters. Where the first two films were essentially Point Break riffs,…
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The only blind spot in my Fast and Furious filmography has officially been corrected. Replacing the sun bleached race worlds of Los Angeles and South Florida with the neon-drenched night racing of Tokyo sounds like an interesting lateral shift, but the poster is the most evocative image that this film's Japan has to offer. Lin drains Tokyo of any vibrancy and color, embracing ice blue and spray-tan orange color correction to make Tokyo look like every other boring metropolis.
The film also doubles down on the racing, as if Lin pitched his bid to take over the series with phrases like "I want to take Fast and Furious…
Friendly reminder that this film is a masterpiece.
This was WAY better than I thought it would be. Insanely surprised.
Lucas Black is maybe history's least charismatic human being.
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