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Was this supposed to be a comedy?

  • Jul 16, 2007
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What can I say? The original "Fast and the Furious" was sort of ridiculous, but did make a mark in the modern genre of action movies that involve decked/tricked out cars. "2 Fast, 2 Furious" was a lackluster sequel, but at least there was a conduit from the first movie with Paul Walker starring in it. But this movie, "Tokyo Drift" was the most holistic form of cinematic crap I have seen in a long, long time.

The plot is that an American teenager Sean, played by Lucas Black (who has a southern accent that sounds so fake, yet in reality it isn't) is sent to live with his father in Tokyo. This happens after he again breaks the law for racing and wrecking cars after a languid day of high school. So he moves to Tokyo so he can be reformed, have a better attitude, bring his grades up and stay away from fast cars. Nevertheless, this instigator of plot never really seems to be addressed or resolved. The fact that Sean had no friends or family anywhere else closer than Tokyo still seems dubious. Any who, Sean is up to his old tricks again with cars faster than you can say "Goodyear" once he moves in with daddy.

As for this 105 minute (which felt much longer) bowel movement in still life had many interesting elements. For instance, I found it so interesting that all the Japanese students pretty much treat their native tongue like a second language and English as a first. Also every Japanese teenage girl that has an interest in cars is unbelievably sexy and hot. The only fashion and music in Tokyo is hip hop. It appears that none of these Japanese teenagers work, but their cars cost more that some of the projects NASA funds. Japanese mob members seem to have too much interest in teenage activities. Also the technique of "drifting" displayed in this movie is physically impossible to perform with a car, unless your car is created by Q (from the James Bond films). It is also pretty safe to say there is more computer graphics in this movie than a Pixar/Disney film.

Bow Wow? Bow Wow? Bow Wow? Bow Wow? Bow Why? What in the world was the point of him in this movie? All he did was produce comic relief, that wasn't funny at all and sell knockoff/bootleg sneakers and iPods. His presence could have been removed and it wouldn't have influenced the frail plot that was sadly placed. Also why did Vin Diesel agree to be in this movie, but refused to be in "2 Fast 2 Furious"? Not that "2 Fast 2 Furious" was great, but it was an Oscar winner compared to "Tokyo Drift". It isn't like Vin Diesel is some true thespian actor, just watch XXX, so why didn't he include himself in these movies some more. After all didn't the "Fast and the Furious" really introduce Vin to mainstream American audiences? I guess being in a sequel is beneath Vin. As for Vin Diesel's cameo, he looked like the make-up crew got a little jiggy with the Max Factor or something, because Vin looked like a woman.

In conclusion, if you want to laugh at a poor attempt to cash in to this franchise, watch "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". It really is entertaining, but not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. In contrast, there is one of the most creative but ridiculous plug ins/product placements I have ever seen in a movie. The item is Tabasco sauce and it is thrown in the most outrageous, idiotic, and lame and "you have got to be kidding me" situations I have ever seen in a movie. You have been warned.

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review by . December 05, 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 …
review by . October 18, 2006
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The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift is about a 17 year old kid named Sean played by Lucas Black. Sean loves cars and he loves to race them but it's too bad he can't get away from the police like Brian O'conner (Paul Walker) because he's already been caught twice and is on his way to a third strike. Sean ends up wrecking his car in a race against a high school jock who was racing to keep his girlfriend. Sean gets caught and instead of going to jail he goes to Tokyo to live with his father.     W …
review by . November 05, 2006
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 …
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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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