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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 June 2006 (USA)
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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.

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American Math Teacher (as Trula Marcus)
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Clay (as Zachery Bryan)
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Christian Salazar ...
Chubby Hispanic Kid
Kevin Caira ...
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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

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On the streets of Tokyo, speed needs no translation... See more »


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Rated PG-13 for reckless and illegal behavior involving teens, violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$286,387 (Hong Kong) (8 September 2006)

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$286,387 (Hong Kong) (8 September 2006)
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When Sean and Neela eat Japanese food on their first date, Neela puts the chopsticks in the box. When the camera focuses on Sean with Neela in the foreground, she is holding the chopsticks again. When the camera cuts back to Neela, the chopsticks are back in the box. See more »

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Twinkie: You know that famous painting? The one with the woman smiling all the time?
Shawn Boswell: The Mona Lisa?
Twinkie: Right, right, right the Mona Lisa. Well look man, this car right here is like the Mona Lisa of the drift world. Han rebuilt this bad-boy from ground up. We talkin forged pistons, bigger turbo, new rise, new crankshaft. Hey man, Han's labour ain't cheap, you feel me?
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Twinkie: All right look man there lots of ways you can do this all right. Handbraking is the ...
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A love letter to import fans everywhere
6 July 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

In my honest opinion, this movie was probably the best movie of the first Fast and Furious trilogy.

It took you to Japan (a place the Otaku inside of me always wanted to go), exposed you to the flashy streets of Tokyo, showed you the mountain highways, and taught you how to drift.

When I first watched this movie, I was in 9th grade, and it was absolutely brilliant, the colors were vibrant, the soundtrack was awesome, and there was this one great character called 'Han' played by Sung Kang. He was, and still is the definition of suave/cool, this guy was like the big brother you never had. He demonstrated a lot of talent, making his heartbroken character believable, and also acted as a guide to the audience, showing them the underground of drifting in Nippon.

The main character in Sean (Lucas Black) was by far one of the worst actors I have ever seen. Definitely not a believable 17 year-old, not curious, and his wonky accent really tore the movie up, incredibly.

Instead, I used the character Sean as a metaphor for ignorance (which the character excelled at greatly). Of course, when one goes to a different country with or without research, there is a learning curve, but it was hard for Sean to adjust because he was so set in his ways, and ultimately wound-up disrespecting many people, leading to the death of xxxxxxxxx.

You could say Sean is your link, or avatar in Tokyo Drift, and just pretend you're very ignorant, and don't know how to use the internet.

The actor who played Drift King Takashi did a stellar job, right up there with Han, and Morimoto was great. Lil Bow Wow gets a lot of unwarranted criticism for his character in Twinks, but he was really good at taking the pressure off of things, as a comedy relief character. Neela was a believable character, you'll love her, no doubt.

The cars were absolutely amazing, my personal favorite was the Mazda RX-7 Veilside Fortune S6 13B that belonged to Han. I loved how they made areference to Initial D, by mentioning the Toyota Corolla AE86.

The women are pretty in Tokyo Drift, cue some lewd joke.

-.5 My only knocks on this movie were the facts that Sean Boswell was poorly written, and the actor was more wooden that a hollow oak cabinet.

-.5 Although the pacing was great, keeping you interested all the way, I feel like this movie was way too short, it could have been elaborated upon, and someone shouldn't have died.

FAST FURIOUS 7: The story from Tokyo Drift, the last chronological entry of the FAST series goes full-circle when the 7th movie pick-off where Tokyo Drift ended.

Hopefully someone will be resurrected.

Justin Lin is an absolute treat to have as director.

Hopefully, James Wan (new director for F7) can provide the same level of storytelling, and explosiveness the series had with Justin Lin.

Although, he is coming to a party, where everyone is already drunk.


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Han dies ? and yet he is in Fast 4 and 5? mamy321

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