The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Making of the Fast franchise with a sneak peek of the new Fast & Furious; Drift: A sideways craze; Custom made drifter; Picture in picture; Feature commentary with director Justin Lin; Deleted scenes; Drifting school; D-Box motion enabled
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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: 7/28/2009
  • UPC: 025195055567
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve / Subtitled
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 35,860

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 Jr. 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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  • Posted April 21, 2011

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    this movie stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No difference from its predecessors except for its location.

    Before I start I would like to say that it breaks my heart to see all these gorgeous cars get wasted like that. I never heard of drifting till this movie came across my path and I was intrigued by what it entails. Anyway, I rather enjoyed the first one, the second one was decent but could have been better, and “Tokyo Drift” was…….interesting (?). If one thing's for certain, every installment of "The Fast & The Furious" is known for several things: cardboard acting, bare-bones plot, and tense racing scenes. For the first two movies, Paul Walker was the lead, and in every movie, he had to go undercover as a gangsta street racer taking down a syndicate. Sure, those movies weren't really deep, but with a good sense of humor to back up the implausibility, no one cared. Those movies made buck. Well, now that Paul Walker has left, along with Tyrese Gibson and Vin, the latest installment switches gears for a new type of ball game. Instead of an undercover cop, we got Brian O'Conner, as Lucas Black, (who almost ruined the movie for me due to his terrible accent and unconvincing age) as the trouble maker going hand to hand against the Yakuza. Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow") is, of course, leading the franchise to a new direction trying to add some bones to the franchise, but with the original producers of the franchise - Amanda Cohen (sister of director Rob Cohen, or so I think) and Neal H. Moritz - involved, it's pretty much the same deal. But that does NOT mean there's some fun to be had. They did a great job choreographing the cars and street scenes which kept my adrenaline pumping. They've done away with the "hyperspace" graphics when someone presses the nitrous button. There are a few scenes where the "hero", whilst learning to drift, thwacks a wall and the car doesn't show the damage in the next scene, but does at the end, but that is just down to bad editing. You'd think it'd be easy enough these days to CGI a few dents in for effect. Obviously, as soon as the intro and credits (for the first time) kick in, you get that feeling that you're not seeing an Oscar-winning hit here. For this installment of "F&F," the budgets has gone smaller, but the ingredients are still there: CG-rendered cars racing across twisty highways, sexy girls populating clubs, minimal use of plot, and basically the worst acting you ever seen. Personally I didn't like Bow Wow's character too much. He seemed out of place in Tokyo and I'm not saying that just because he is not Asian. Bow Wow's character, Twinkie, seemed a little too...American for Japan. He had been living there longer than Sean, yet Sean some how managed to learn more Japanese than him. The only man that I feel saves the acting, possibly the whole movie, is Sung Kang. His character, Han, is so slick, cool, that you can even believe an actor this good signed on to this production. Other then “Tokyo Drift” is fairly decent but not as strong as the other two installments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good one

    This movie is far better than the 2nd installation in this trilogy.

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