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Don't let this one drift by you

  • Dec 5, 2011
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After having watched Fast Five recently, i am re-visiting the other movies in the series, mainly because my sister and her boyfriend are totally lost by the timeline of the films. Tokyo drift takes place prior to Fast Five...hence why Han is still alive in the newest movie. This is one of my favorite movies in the Fast and the Furious franchise, it delivers exactly what i expect all of them to but am sometimes disappointed...cars, and racing scenes. This movie starts off in the States with Shawn (Lucas Black from the movie Jarhead) who is a highschool kid with a bad driving record, not 20 minutes into the film we get our first race between Shawns Monte Carlo that he built himself, and some snobby rich kid's daddys Dodge Viper. The head to head between old and new school American muscle sends Shawn on a plane trip to Tokyo to live with his father, a Navel officer who is stationed there. Not long after landing in japan and being banned from racing by his father Shawn hooks up with Twinkie (singer Bow Wow) who introduces him to the world of drift racing. Shawn soon meets Neela (Nathalie Kelley) and oops her boyfriend DK (Brian Tee) who is pretty much on top of the drifting scene in Tokyo. A little testerone driven arguement leads us to our next race between DK in his black Nissan 350Z, and Shawn driving a yellow and blue Nissan Silvia loaned to him by none other than Han (Sung Kang) who is becoming popular in these films. Shawn quickly learns that racing is done differently outside the United States, and not only looses but seriously messes up Han's car. Termoil over Neela continues between Shawn and DK throughout the movie, but its when DK discovers that Han has been skimming money from him that one of the coolest race/chace sequencea in the movie happens. DK still in the 350Z, is chasing down Han, whos now in an orange/black RX7, and Shawn/Neela in a red Evo through the crowded streets of Tokyo in what was, for me anyway, an edge of the seat thrill ride that ends in the unthinkable! After this race the movie kind of slows down and the plot looses alot of its momentum when as a peace offering Shawn goes to DK'S uncle who happens to be a Japanese mobster guy, to ask for a truce to be settled with a race...winner takes all style...is it plausable?? Uhh no, but it was a way for them to shove in one more race scene...so i'll take it! This big race between DK's Nissan and Shawn driving a '67 mustang with the engine of the previously murdered Nissan Silvia (once again...is this possiable, i doubt it..but whatever) was pretty intense even by Fast and the Furious standards...its on a narrow downhill mountain road, its at night, and its got some seriously high stakes...who wins?? Im not telling! So how does this movie measure up to the others in the franchise? Pretty well in my opinion. It has it's downsides like most movies do; some crappy acting in certain parts, and a kind of predictable storyline that has some plot holes, i also noticed one oops on the part of film makers, when Han takes Shawn to his garage after and gives him the red Evo the camera pans over th cars parked in the garage and there is the Nissan Silvia not squished and in perfect condition...editing oops. But this movie had stong points that the others lacked as well. While there is cooler cars and more race scenes as ive pointed out, this movie also brought to film a style of import racing that was little known in the states prior to this movie. Also this movie dosent really have another story going on under the racing like some of the other ones do, the majority of the film is about Shawn learning to drift...making it mostly a racing movie.

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December 05, 2011
the story and chracters in this movie was lame, but one thing I would give it credit for is that it really felt like a movie about import racing, and gives homage to the Initial D anime. Glad you liked it! s where is that review about "seven days" at? LOL
December 05, 2011
Omg i was alone all weekend if you think im brave enough to watch THAT alone you will be gravely disappointed lol
December 05, 2011
you should've seen it....you won't be alone in 'spirit'....LOL!!
December 05, 2011
"Stockton woman is scared to death...7 days after watching popular horror film" is that what you are going for here lol?
 
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drifthas all the elements that spelled success for its predecessors: Speed, sex, and minimal dialogue. The plot doesn't need explication; it's a nonsensical series of confrontations and standoffs that serve to get us from one race to another.Tokyo Driftcan most accurately be described as a visual poem about screeching tires, crunching fiberglass, and sleek female skin, set to a killer soundtrack of Japanese pop and hip-hop. The actors are only needed for tight close-ups of narrowed eyes or sweaty hands tightly gripping gearshifts, though Sung Kang,Better Luck Tomorrow, stands out as a vaguely philosophical hoodlum with deadpan charisma. The curved bodies of the cars and the luscious flesh of the women are both shot with a fetishistic hunger. The "drift" style of racing--in which the cars are allowed to slide in order to take sharp turns at high speeds--grabs your eyes; there's a strange, spectral beauty to rows of cars sliding sideways down a mountain road at night. Also starring Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights) as our wheel-happy hero; Bow Wow (Roll Bounce) as the scam-artist comic relief; and martial arts legend Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill) as a yakuza big shot.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Justin Lin
Screen Writer: Chris Morgan
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
Runtime: 104 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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