Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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Director: Justin Lin

Cast: Justin Lin, Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Nathalie Kelley

     
 

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Better Luck Tomorrow director Justin Lin picks up where John Singleton left off to offer a high-octane look at the world of underground Japanese drift-racing in the latest installment of the super-charged Fast and the Furious film series. A frustrated teenSee more details below

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Better Luck Tomorrow director Justin Lin picks up where John Singleton left off to offer a high-octane look at the world of underground Japanese drift-racing in the latest installment of the super-charged Fast and the Furious film series. A frustrated teen from a broken home, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is an outsider looking to make a name for himself on the illegal street racing circuit. When Sean is busted by the police for his high-speed exploits and given the option of either spending time behind bars or moving overseas to live with his no-nonsense, military man father who's currently stationed in Tokyo, the young rebel packs his bags and sets his sights on Nippon. Though at first reluctant to adapt to the unfamiliar customs and foreign code of honor of his new home, Sean soon strikes up a friendship with American speed freak Twinkie (Bow Wow), a like-minded race fan who schools the inexperienced newcomer in the pulse-pounding world of drift-racing. Inadvertently challenging local champion and yakuza associate D.K. (The Drift King) his first time on the road, Sean is subsequently forced to work under expatriate Han (Sung Kang) to pay off his debt after failing to cross the finish line first. Taking note of the young American's affinity for racing as he warmly welcomes him into his merry band of misfit drift-fanatics, Han slowly introduces Sean to the key principles of the popular new racing style. When Sean makes the potentially deadly mistake of falling for D.K.'s girlfriend Neela (Nathalie Kelley), he'll need all the help he can get to face his most challenging race to date and take on the most notorious driver on the Tokyo drift scene in a hair-raising, hairpin-turn race where the winner truly takes all.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The third film in this popular franchise introduces a new protagonist and exports the drama’s setting to Japan, but Tokyo Drift provides the same adrenaline rush as its predecessors. In lieu of incarceration, troubled teen and drag racer Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) opts to live with his father, a military man stationed in Tokyo. Depressed by the crowded city, Sean falls in with a wild young crowd. Before long he’s racing cars again, attempting to master the “Tokyo Drift”: turning sideways while simultaneously braking and accelerating. Director Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow) does his best to present a coherent story and flesh out the rather perfunctory characters, but he knows what fans of this series crave -- lots of squealing, smoking tires, and as many wrecks per reel as are logically possible. And he delivers. While a supercharged chase-and-crash movie like Fast hardly demands top-quality acting, Black nonetheless turns in a solid portrayal as the rebellious, white-trash American operating on the fringes of Tokyo’s underworld. Among the other humans that appear onscreen, Nathalie Kelley distinguishes herself in the undemanding role of Sean’s eye candy, and erstwhile martial-arts star Sonny Chiba impresses as a ruthless Yakuza boss.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Third films are rarely a charm, though this explosive entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise is a loud and lively exception. Taking its cues quite liberally from Andrew Lau's Asian box-office smash Initial D, Tokyo Drift slams on the gas and slides sideways across the screen in a flurry of color and speed that delivers a rousing rush of fun at the movies. The new change in location helps, as the neon nightlife of Tokyo is a far cry from the doldrums of the American shores. Aesthetically, the action pic is also helped by a slamming soundtrack that ranges from Japanese punk to Brooklyn hipsters Fannypack, as the hero of the flick (good ol' boy Lucas Black) is thrown headfirst into a wild culture shock made even more ridiculous thanks to his Gomer Pile accent. Of course, this being an American movie, the filmmakers couldn't possibly surround the lead with actual Japanese actors -- thus the dubious inclusion of Bow Wow and a Paula Abdul lookalike, Peruvian actress Nathalie Kelley. What really helps the picture are its bad guys, headed by the truly venomous Brian Tee and his yakuza uncle, the legendary Sonny Chiba. Their brief scenes together hold a weight that director Justin Lin controls assuredly, thereby adding a dramatic depth to the series that was sorely needed. Of course, it all comes down to the races and there are plenty for audiences to sink their teeth into. Surprisingly, none of Rob Cohen's outlandish trick camera shots are used to hype up the action as they were in the first two films; rather, the speed and agility of the drivers end up giving the scenes the accelerated kick they need. The whole flick is certainly more than a little silly -- what teenager gets sentenced to go live in Tokyo for three counts of reckless driving? Still, the movie is fun fluff that is pleasing to the eyes and ears -- and more importantly, it's just different enough than what came before to put its own personal stamp on the franchise.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
UPC:
0025192100307
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
3,223

Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional commentary from director Justin Lin; Drifiting school; Tricked out to drift; The real drift king; The Japanese way

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lucas Black Sean Boswell
Bow Wow Twinkie
Nathalie Kelley Neela
Brian Tee D.K.,DK
Sung Kang Han
Leonardo Nam Morimoto
Brian Goodman Major Boswell
Sonny Chiba Uncle Kamata,Uncle Kamuta
Trula M. Marcus American Math Teacher
Zachery Ty Bryan Clay
David Thomas Clay's Buddy
Nikki Griffin Cindy (Clay's girlfriend)
Vincent Laresca Case Worker
Joseph 'Bama' Crumpton Police Officer
Lynda Boyd Ms. Boswell
Yoko Maki Woman At The Boswells' Apartment
Toshi Hayama Toshi At Underground Garage
Jason Tobin Earl
Keiko Kitagawa Reiko
Kaila Yu Cowgirl At Starting Line
Satoshi Tsumabuki Exceedingly Handsome Guy
Silvia Suvadora Russian Model
Kazutoshi Wadakura Old Fisherman
Jimmy Lin Jimmy
Shoko Nakagawa Bo-Peep Girl
Koji Kataoka Pinkie, Yakuza
Tak Kubota Yakuza Man
Stuart W. Yee Yakuza Man
Mitsuki Koga Yakuza Man
Vin Diesel Dominic Toretto

Technical Credits
Justin Lin Director
Yoshihito Akatsuka Set Decoration/Design
Kimberly Ayers Makeup
Peter A. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Cohen Co-producer
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Randi Hiller Casting
A. Todd Holland Set Decoration/Design
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
C. Nobuhisa Ito Camera Operator
Ray "Shotyme" Johnston Choreography
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Gregory Lundsgaard Camera Operator
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Kelly Matsumoto Editor
Chris Morgan Screenwriter
Grace Morita Associate Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Dallas Puett Editor
Ida Random Production Designer
Fred Raskin Editor
Tom Reta Art Director
Lynwood Spinks Executive Producer
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Stoker Special Effects
Tsuyoshi Sugino Casting
Mike Sweeney Special Effects Supervisor
Masayuki Taniguchi Asst. Director
Clayton Townsend Executive Producer
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Viva Wang Set Decoration/Design
Stephen F. Windon Cinematographer
Chaki Yamase Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
1. Main Titles [:00]
2. Winner Take All [:00]
3. Off the Streets [:00]
4. Stick to the Rules [:00]
5. First Day in Class [3:04]
6. My Ride [6:39]
7. DK Challenge [2:27]
8. No Choice [4:04]
9. Represent [4:01]
10. Trust & Character [6:18]
11. Feel It! [6:20]
12. Drifitng Date [8:17]
13. Gaijin [5:19]
14. For Want [6:20]
15. It's What We Do [5:25]
16. My Mess [3:25]
17. Peaceful Resolution [4:04]
18. To the Finish [3:05]
19. An Old Friend [7:18]
20. End Titles [:08]

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