Review - The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift


Lucas Black

Pulling a catalogue model pose: Lucas Black in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift

 

 

Is there an actor more forgettable than Paul Walker? Don’t write in, I know he’s not in this second follow-up. Instead Lucas Black has been drafted in to show Mr Walker that he’s not the sine qua non of the franchise. And though he’s marginally less handsome than Walker, Black has the edge when it comes to charisma and he’s got a swagger that goes all the way back to The Wild One. Black is, of course, playing a hot-rodding rebel born to burn rubber in the illegal street-racing face-offs around which F&F is built. Except this time the action includes learning how to drift a car round the bends. And this time everything is set out in Japan. So that’s the title explained. And the movie, to be frank. As with Walker versus Black, “marginally less” about sums up the whole thing – the race action is just ok, and the bodacious babes are not as much in evidence as you might expect, new director Justin Lin seeming impatient to get back to those cars, those drifts, those long smears of burnt rubber on the tarmac. At an hour long this might have been something – the races look as if done for real and give off plenty of grunt and squeal – but the movie runs an hour and 40 minutes and that’s more nitrous than seems strictly necessary.

© Steve Morrissey 2006

 

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Run time: 104 min
Rating: 5.7
Genres: Action | Crime | Drama
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Lucas Black, Damien Marzette, Zachery Ty Bryan
Trivia: Alabama teenager Sean Boswell becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.
Storyline An American teenager named Sean Boswell is a loner in school, however he challenges his rival for an illegal street racing, and he totals his car in the end of the race. To avoid time in prison he is sent to Tokyo to live with his father who is in the military. As soon as he arrives he discovers a new, fun but dangerous way of street racing in the underworld of the streets of Tokyo, Japan. Written by Emphinix
Plot Keywords: drift racing, tokyo japan, car, illegal street racing, drifting
Box Office Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $286,387 (Hong Kong) (8 September 2006)
Gross: $286,387 (Hong Kong) (8 September 2006)