The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller


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A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

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Justin Lin

Writer:

Chris Morgan

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8 April 2008 | ma-cortes
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| The drivers, the cars and the Drift races are the real stars of this movie , well directed on Tokyo location
This is an exciting narration of drifting auto racing with exceptionally fine camera work and great car chase sequences and crashes on the metropolitan streets. It deals about a rebel American adolescent named Shawn Boswell(Lucas Black as a determined race-car driver) challenges his contender for a race cars, causing wreak havoc racing 195 mph through streets. To avoid the jail, his mother(Lynda Boyd) sends him Tokyo where is his father(Brian Goodman) as US military. Meanwhile the newcomer Shawn tries to ingratiate with Twinkie(Nathalie Kelley) and the world of racing in Japan, and hoping to join his extended group. In Tokio he discovers the underworld of the Yazuka and competes against Drift kingpin who is niece of mobster chief(Sonny Chiba who does a credible job).

The picture mingles action-packed,drama, exciting pursuits cars, suspense, a little bit of violence and spectacular sequences though won't mean much on little screen TV. Flashy, noisy race-cars set in the Japan by the producers, -the famous Neal Moritz-of first part. Pulse-quickening action but plenty of clichés and lots of dirty driving and heavier on crashes than coherency. All stunts were performed by authentic experts without people damage. Special cameo by Vin Diesel and appearance by Sonny Chiba, a Kung Fu idol of the 70s. Justin Lin's direction(previously made Annapolis and Better Luck tomorrow) is competent though the story eventually run out of gas. Justin Lin is directing the third part with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The movie gives new meaning to the term ¨Tuning¨and ¨Drifting¨. The flick will like to adrenaline lovers and those young people looking for strong emotions. This is the kind of film in which the cars enthusiastic will enjoy immensely, it's a must see for cars fonds.

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Trivia

In the vending machine cafeteria scene (at around 59 mins) Sean and Neela use chopsticks to eat "meat spaghetti", according to the katakana (the Japanese phonetic alphabet) on the side of the box.


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Twinkie: You know that famous painting? The one with the woman smiling all the time?
Shawn Boswell: The Mona Lisa?
Twinkie: Right, right, right the Mona Lisa. Well look man, this car right here is like the Mona Lisa of the drift world. Han rebuilt this bad-boy from ground up. We ...


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It's very unlikely for a Japanese high school student to own a car. Japan's driving age is 18, and the age of majority is 20. A high school student would need an adult signature to buy a car, or at least buy the mandatory insurance. Japanese teens who join motorcycle gangs, which are affiliated with organized crime, are often provided with stolen vehicles, which they generally drive without a license. The students depicted in the movie would appear to fit the bill. However, kids in motorcycle gangs usually leave school after ninth grade, the minimum leaving age in Japan, and rarely advance to high school.


Alternate Versions

For the Japanese version the scene with the final race is altered. The Yakuza member starting the final race is shown to be having all his fingers instead of missing four.


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Six Days
Written by
DJ Shadow (as Josh Paul Davis), Brian Farrell
Performed by DJ Shadow featuring Yasiin Bey
With vocal by Kenneth Parry
Courtesy of Universal - Island Records Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises & Belsize Music Ltd (London)
Sampled from "Six Day War" by Colonel Bagshots
Under license from Splash Records Ltd (London)

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