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This entry in the series isn't technically a third movie, because the movie is set after the events of the last two movies, "Fast and Furious" and "Fast Five". So you can probably say that this is more like the fifth movie, in some way. As a fan of the first "Fast and the Furious", and a believer that the second movie was alright, the third installment of this exciting series is the only movie in the series where I was left thinking: "When will the torture end?". Out of all the ideas to make a third movie in the series, they had to make this one. This movie in the series now takes place in Tokyo, where all the race car driving involves drifting. The only enjoying moments in this movie were Sung Kang's awesome performance as Hang, the cool drift scenes, the cute girlfriend, and Vin Diesel's amazing cameo at the end. That was it. Everything else was disappointing and unfaithful. Lucas Black is the new kid in Japan, and he plays one of the worst leading performances by a young actor in cinema history. He's a total, annoying idiot, with no idea of drifting, and he will never get the babes. I felt asleep throughout, and decided to ditch the movie at some parts, to do more better things than watching this. Now, I understand that the movie couldn't have Paul Walker and Vin Diesel throughout the movie, because of what the movie had to be. But I'm just saying that if Walker and Diesel were in the movie, and it was their storyline, then this movie would have been better. This can be action-packed, but it's instead unintentionally funny. I thought that this would be a bigger, better version of the series, but all it gave me was a super headache. This movie is not favorable to true cinema lovers, and disappointing for the fans of the "Fast and the Furious" series. "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift", in my review, "the most disappointing entry in the series".
Even though at the time of the release of the first two movies I was
part of the targeted audience group, I never have been impressed with
any of the 'The Fast and the Furious' movies and that while I actually
do enjoy cars and racing.
Again, they attempted to make things a bit different again, by setting the movie in a different country and by starring new different actors in the leading roles. But really, it's just the same stuff all over again. They pretend as if the movie is all about drifting but in the end it's still a movie about street racing. A bunch of tough talking macho men hanging around with their pimped cars, not realizing what complete losers they actually are. They act as if racing and cool looking cars is all that matters in life and are even willing to put their lives at risk for it. What's even more disturbing is that in these movies always the lives of dozens of innocent bystanders also get threatened but the movie makes it seem like that's a cool thing.
The whole scene like it gets portrayed in these movies is so totally ridicules and unrealistic. Why are all these nice looking girls hanging around with these guys every night in their party outfits? How do these hipsters who look like they never worked a day in their lives got all that money from for all those expensive looking cars? And why do they think that racing a car is the answer to every problem in life? Sorry, I just can't take the whole vibe of the scene and its atmosphere that the movie sends out.
But no, that really isn't the biggest problem of these movies. I mean they still could really work out as hip and fun entertaining movies but yet so far the first three movies completely failed at this. It's not hard to see why; the stories are so disturbingly lacking.
I think this movie even had the worst story out of three movies so far. Why even let the story take place in Tokyo in the first place? Seriously, this movie could had just as easily been set at any random American city. Just a marketing trick to make it seem as if this movie is being renewing and different from the other ones. But there also really isn't much good happening in the movie. Once you start analyzing it you see that all it is is some racing, than some hot girls again (I can't believe the amount of ass-shots in this movie. You should make a drinking game out of it) and then some more racing. This goes on and on, till the movie its end. I seriously wish there was some more substance to it and there actually was plenty of room and opportunity for that, with some of the movie its characters (the dad, the girlfriend, perhaps even with the Sonny Chiba character).
The characters in this movie also form one major problem. There just isn't really likable enough and the movie is really lacking some star power behind it. Yes, believe it or not but this movie really could had uses some Vin Diesel or Paul Walker in it, as one of the main leads. I would had even gone for Tyrese but that's just because I wasn't that happy with Lucas Black, who talks like Jodie Foster and all he does is looking tough, without any acting behind it.
The race sequence, what these movies are all about in the first place, just also didn't impressed me all that much. I often had a hard time figuring out what was going on because of the way it got shot and edited. I also kept on forgetting why they were racing in the first place, which was all because of its lacking and very uninteresting and unrealistic story.
Really the worst out of the series so far. At least I think, cause I don't remember that much about the weak previous two.
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Seeing as i cant rate it zero i will rate it 1. The movie is shoddy at
best. It doesn't even consider the fact that the movie has no place in
the quadrilogy. This 3rd installment is an embarrassment to the series.
Its just a story they tried to get people to like just because the
title has fast and furious in it. I was wondering even from the title
what connection this movie had with the other 2. It didn't. It was a
pathetic excuse of a movie. Don't bother wasting money on this move.
Buy 1,2 and 4 but not 3. It makes no sense.
However Laurel, I disagree. Drifting is really cool. The sideways driving is awesome to say the least.
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So, after two crappy movies the film execs whipped out their
calculators and did the math 100 hired bimbos + souped up kit cars =
$50 and a bag of cheese Thousands of horny teens + flashing lights =
£100 million gross.
So, a third movie then, only with a twist. This time our erstwhile middle-aged teen hero is off to Japan, where Tokyons drive their car sideways it seems. You can't shake the impression that if they just braked going into the bend and accelerated out of it they would get round them quicker, but oh well.
Anyway, on with the plot. The story starts with a race between clapped out banger (driven by the 30 year old teen protagonist) and some meat head given the stupidest ultimatum ever by his bimbo girlfriend ever. "Race him for me" to paraphrase. Rather than give his fickle bird the bird , hoiking her out of the car and driving off into the sunset he acquiesces and so ensues a pointless race around an estate, where much property is destroyed.
As our main man begins to overhaul the expensive sports car in his fred flinstone vehicle, the blonde bimbo whines "I thought you loved me". Not for her the more traditional displays of affection, oh no. Her boyfriend does his best to demonstrate his love, smashing her and car face first into a cement pillar.
Such criminal violations by all are duly punished by the exile or our hero to Japan where he meets his 40 year old dad (damn gina, he was a real mover in the creche). After this our teen idol is enrolled into a Japanese class. Mercifully, all the Japanese jpop stars and av models speak passable English, but as luck would have it a 50 cent knock off and an ozzie supermodel are also in attendance, bringing great relief to the the focus group no doubt.
Surrounded by hot totty in short skirts our main man does what any other teen would do, quickly ignoring them and instead driving his car sideways, at first badly, but after a week or so better than anyone else in Japan, particularly those who have been driving their cars sideways for years.
I kind of lost interest after this (as well as the will to live) to be honest. There was a pretty cool party at one point (three guys, 50 hot girls in zero tolerance clothing - arranged by Carlsberg no doubt) but since teenman seemed more interested in going to the basement to look at a crappy bike, my eyes glazed over and my brain disengaged.
After a while a Japanese Al Capone makes an appearance and by the time I stopped laughing it was the final race. I won't ruin it for you (if you have a brain cell I don't think it would be possible to anyway) but I would just say that the symbolism of a crappy mustang racing a Japanese car was not lost on me (Go USA eh?) but the middle-aged teens hooting and hollering at their mobile phones was bewildering. Beyond product placement what the hell was that about.
To sum up, stupid, garish, unbelievable, pointless, too much stupid sideways car-driving, and not nearly enough hot Japanese teens in minimal clothing. GAh!
Given the target audience I can understand the decision to cast Asian
actors with American accents as Japanese characters, but there is a
depressing number of supporting actors and extras that have clearly
never been west of Orange County.
The hero looks utterly gormless and spends the running time grinning like an idiot and staring wide-eyed in amazement at newfangled alien technology like chopsticks and sandals. Watching him act is like watching a retarded child struggle with his shoelaces - tragic yet cruelly hilarious. His father's in the Navy - we know this because all his clothes have "NAVY" written on them - and even though judging by his apartment he's dirt poor he can still afford an endless stream of plane tickets to back up his threats to send the poor retarded boy home. The lead actress is a bizarre-looking, hideously unattractive creature, and one of the strangest choices for a female lead in a teen movie in recent memory. No one in the entire cast has a shred of talent between them.
A hotshot racer at home, to make the grade on the streets of Tokyo our hero must first learn to master the "Tokyo drift" - an awesome, almost mythical driving technique that turns out to be, um, skidding.
It fails completely to make any decent use of a city that is as cinematic and beautiful as they come, it's filled with loud, obnoxious rap and rock music, it doesn't have an original bone in it's body and about the only thing to recommend it is that in the first half at least there is a pleasing number of very attractive young women in very tiny skirts.
To those who've seen the previous installments of the Fast and the
Furious series...welcome to the best of the bunch. Tokyo Drift actually
takes what we remember from the previous two...and dumps it on its
ears. The scenery, the acting...the overall story is a true step up
compared to the previous movies.
The story starts out in a typical American High school and introduces us to the films hero Sean. He has a lack of respect for authority and a love for speed, as shown in the accident that gets him sent to live w'his military father in Tokyo, Japan (hence the movie's name Tokyo Drift). Sean quickly learns of drift racing...or drifting as its come to be known, falls in w'the local racers and after a few learning experiences starts to gain the respect of the Japanese underground race scene. It all builds up to a great ending that outdoes anything in the previous two movies...and leaves the viewer wanting more.
I am a fan of the series....I liked the original...absolutely hated the sequel(i wont even dignify it by saying its name)....and I truly loved pt. 3. Tokyo Drift is truly a shot in the arm of a dead and stale series. The locations and cars are a step up from the tired locals we've grown accustomed to in the previous installments. The storyline was a lot better done....the acting...well some people call this film the stand alone movie of the series...and it does stand alone..it can be viewed by itself or as a part of the trilogy w/very little loss to the story line, its the only film of the series to actually have some actors w'some acting chops..its the only film of the three that wasn't thrown together at the last min...and actually makes the viewer want to watch again.
In short...if you haven't seen it...watch it...if u have seen it..re-watch it, Tokyo Drift actually makes you enjoy the sport of street racing...and puts back together very nicely what the previous film destroyed.
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I've now finally seen all three FAST AND THE FURIOUS movies. I actually
own them all on DVD. I saw TOKYO DRIFT a couple of months ago. I meant
to submit a user comment ages ago, but I never got around to it. But
now I finally have. TOKYO DRIFT is an excellent movie, featuring the
great automotive action and wonderful cars we've come to expect from
It took me a while to realise that Lucas Black, who plays our hero Sean Boswell, was the same guy who played young Caleb in the short-lived supernatural show American Gothic. Here, he's all grown up and is very good in his role as the American fish out of water army brat who has to go live with his father in Tokyo after his latest street race in the States lands him in trouble with the law. Rapper Bow Wow is also good as his new best friend Twinkie. Sean's dad is a bit of a stereotypical 'my way or the highway' parent, but helps Sean save his hide in the end.
Sean still loves street racing but is new to the culture of 'drifting' in Tokyo. After losing his first race, he is taken under the wing of drift guru Han who helps him greatly. He also falls in love with Neela, who is the girlfriend of the Yakuza connected D.K. (Drift King). KILL BILL's Sonny Chiba is excellent in a cameo as D.K.'s Yakuza uncle and steals the scenes he is in. D.K. himself is a truly hateful villain and you just hope that Sean gives him his comeuppance.
Sean eventually learns to be a master drifter and finds another reason to hate D.K. after his mentor Han is wasted after a major car chase. The car action in TOKYO DRIFT is just as good as it was in the first two FATF movies, with some impressive rides on display. The final drift race between D.K. and Sean, with Sean driving a modified Mustang, is a real edge-of-your-seat moment.
The acting is generally very good, but I wonder why so many people complained about Lucas Black's accent. The guy can't help the way he talks for God's sake, he happens to be southern. The series is also given proper closure with a cameo from Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto from the first FATF at the very end.
TOKYO DRIFT is a brilliant film. I know it's probably going to be the last in the series, but I hope a fourth film may be in the works, as this film proved when it was released last summer that the FATF franchise is box office gold. Enjoy this one! I certainly did.
This movie was horrible. The acting was laughable. The story was completely unbelievable. I can't stop watching. I don't know why. First off, I liked the first one even though it was a remake of Point Break. Maybe because I think Vin is cool. So I will say that the best part of the movie is the last five minutes. I think it's a Road Runner that he's driving. Anyway it's beautiful. But......., why are there so many car collisions without any damage to the cars. You shouldn't have to watch closely to see it. Also, "DK" keeps walking around with his chin down looking up at everyone giving them the evil eye almost like he's auditioning for a Manson video. Good way to get that big nose broken. Most of all, I'm assuming that both cars in the final race down the mountain have at least similar qualities under the hood. How much more does that mustang weigh than that little rice rocket. Also, DK keeps trying to force him off the road. That mustang would rip through that other car like it was tin foil. One thing this movie does have is enough eye candy to pacify anyone who has the yellow fever. It's actually almost enough to make me move to Japan. In summary, I don't like this movie but I can't stop watching it.
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If you're looking for an entertaining film with a little skin, a LOT of
flash and burning rubber and actors who don't let actual acting ruin a
good movie, this is something to watch, but if you want to know what I
really think, read on.
I watched "The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift" tonight. I might disgust myself in writing about such a lousy movie, except I feel compelled to write about it because of the social message it advertises to the world's youth. I believe that what the world sees of America it sees through television and cinema, and that the America they see through those outlets is the America they hate, and though some parts of the movie were filmed in Japen, the film is distinctly American.
"Tokyo Drift" was, to a greater extent, a music video rather than a movie. There were prolonged periods of images set to music, which lacked dialogue of any kind to give the story forward motion. They showed the cars, beautiful cars, out-there cars you mightn't assemble for less than $100,000, if that. There were parking garages full of cars (most of these filmed in L. A., by the way), hundreds of them, and all accompanied by women clad in flash and tinsel, clothes that hid a minuscule amount of flesh, and yet probably cost more than your average head-to-toe overcoat. The film cameras gave no glance at any of their faces, filming solely from bust to mid-thigh. Do people notice this while they're watching, this type of socialization through homogeneity of setting? We're not surprised to see women in bikinis at a beach, but a like-clad woman standing on a crowded street corner will stop traffic. In this way, a movie-screen depicting dozens of women with few clothes becomes a type of visual background noise; it becomes normal. You don't see women dressed like this often, even in the swankiest clubs, yet, in "Tokyo Drift," the only woman's face you see long enough to memorize is the featured supporting actress, who, like everyone else, is beautiful. Everyone is good looking, fit and trim, and without ever lifting a weight or stepping into a gym. They party, sit and drive around, going through set after set of expensive tires they never seem to work to pay for. Who doesn't want this life? People watch this life, and they want to either replicate it or burn it down.
One scene in particular exemplifies the hyper-reality of such a movie. A man, Han, drives donuts around a woman's car (both of which, the woman and the car, are gorgeous,) and does so in such a fashion that the woman gives Han her phone number without exchanging a single word with him. In this scene we've now reverted to the Cro-Magnon mating ritual. The ape pounds his chest to show his masculinity, and the female immediately gives in. This is fine for entertainment, except we're ignorant enough to believe that no one is ignorant enough to believe this. Advertising works, images empower actions, and the world watches, engendered to purpose.
And what's with the drug dealers and racketeers all having friends? As if drug dealers and schemers can trust anyone enough to be their friend. Hyper-reality, which much of the outside world might take as truth, and which many of the world's youth (in Japan, India, Asia, and the Middle East) see as the way things ought to be, has some wonderful uses, but, at least in this case, has been used to display a reality sifted through a world of easy luxuriance that harms only those who abuse their luxuries.
And if you're looking for an hour or more of cheap entertainment without having to lift a finger, it's there for you, but don't ever be tempted to take it as more than that.
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What can I say, this movie was just about everything I expected from
it, totally predictable, not very good, and with some nice driving
scenes but not enough to save this flick.
The script is very typical indeed. New kid moves to the hood, gets into trouble with a gang, is interested in the gang leaders girlfriend, battles gang leader, wins, gets the girl. The same plot as all the other movies out there, but the implementation of that basic plot is not as good as other movies out there.
The lead actor is annoyingly redneck American type, too stiff to be any good. Some parts of the racing scenes look fast-forwarded like 60's Batman or something. And why in the world do they have to drift all over the road when trying to drive as fast as possible?! That's just plain stupid.
If you really like cars and street racing etc, check out the racing scenes and fast-forward through everything else.
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