Title: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Director: Justin Lin Year: 2006 Run time: 1hr 44m
“From the makers of The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious comes the highest-octane installment of the hit movie franchise built for speed! When convicted street racer Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) tries to start a new life on the other side of the world, his obsession with racing sets him on a collision course with the Japanese underworld. To survive, he will have to master drifting—a new style of racing where tricked-out cars slide through hairpin turns, defying gravity and death for the ultimate road rush. With more mind-blowing stunts and heart-pounding racing sequences than ever, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift puts you in the driver’s seat.”
2:03 – Don’t really get piñatas. Feel like I could do myself an injury trying to hit one of those. 4:14.- That’s actual criminal damage, throwing a ball through the window! Crikey. 5:53 – Secretly loving that this is the kid from Home Improvement. 10:12 – Ew the teeth. 16:21 – Gawd, that’s close to the neighbours. Would not work for podcasting! 20:42 – Rotating garage is amazing. 25:10 – Bow Wow is fun. 29:22 – He broke Mona! 30:41 – Bow Wow just winked at us. Break the fourth wall much! 35:07 – I’m jealous of how he handles being a new kid in a totally foreign school. 42:29 – “Because you’re DK’s kryptonite.” 46:41 – Hyundai, rhymes with Sunday. 47:07 – Who would practice drifting next to open water? 54:18 – “There’s no wax on, wax off with drifting, just do it.” 59:01 – The variety of vending machines on offer is brilliant! 1:00:33 – Night time drifting ballet. 1:12:43 – Flashbacks from the beginning, side by side bashing cars. 1:26:51 – That can’t be the same hunk of junk his dad was working on. Wowser! 1:36:50 – Yay!
On the one hand, this film suffers from not having any of the original cast members in it. (Except that cameo, the amazing cameo, more on that later!) It’s not the first time a series has shed all its stars, but perhaps it is knowing they are back in the later ones that makes this one feel quite so jarring.
On the other hand, it just really is a terrible film. The acting is pretty bad, particularly from the leading man. I liked Bow Wow and really enjoyed getting to know the character Han, but otherwise it was some poor performances. The drifting sequences were amazing, some of them mindblowing, particularly around that crazy road and the intense race at the end, but sadly that couldn’t sustain an hour and a half of one of the worst films we’ve seen in a long while. We would definitely have used the twenty minute rule here if we weren’t in the middle of a series and not half convinced these characters would pop up again in other movies.