The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Poster


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The only Fast and the Furious film not to star Paul Walker.
After poor test screenings, Universal Pictures asked Vin Diesel to make a cameo appearance to boost its box-office potential. Diesel agreed to appear if Universal would relinquish the rights to the "Riddick" franchise to him. Diesel was then able to make _Riddick (2013) independently.
Over 100 cars were destroyed/wrecked during the filming of this movie.
The drifting in the movie was not CGI; it was performed by professional drivers. As reported in a recent Sport Compact Car, Rhys Millen, his father Rod, and a handful of other famous rally and drift racers consistently performed amazing drift sequences for the movie.
The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII, and 2 of the VW R32s, were converted from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive so they could drift properly.
When Sean races DK in the parking garage, an AE86 Panda Trueno, Keiichi Tsuchiya's (Drift King of Japan) car of fame, is parked conspicuously at a corner.
Toyo donated 4000 tires for the movie. Roughly half were used. Rays Engineering donated its 170 Volk Racing wheels as well.
Paul Walker wasn't asked to return as the studio felt he was too old. The first draft of the script featured the return of Vin Diesel's character Domonic Torreto.
Han's VeilSide RX-7 driven by Han was a special show car crowned "Best of Show 2005" at Tokyo Auto Salon. It was reportedly worth $150,000; the custom leather interior alone cost $20,000. Universal bought the car for $50,000, then repainted the inside and outside.
600 Asian extras were used during the LA filming days for the street scenes.
Volkswagen donated 4 prototype R32s and 4 Touran minivans to fulfill its pledge with Universal to plug each other's products.
The movie crew went to Japan and bought as many JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles as they needed. JDM vehicles have the steering wheel on the right.
Neela's IM Chat username is "Drift_Girl" written in Japanese katakana.
This film is the first (and only) film in the "Fast & Furious" franchise to have a full opening credits sequence, whereas all the other installments only show the title.
Sean's car is an Mitsubishi Evolution 8, disguised to look like an Evolution 9.
The song "The Barracuda" by The's was featured in the movie. They have also been featured in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), in which Shin'ichi Chiba appeared as well.
One featured car is the Toyota Chaser, a Camry-sized sedan powered by a 2.5 liter in-line six twin turbo. The same engine powers the Toyota Soarer (the Japanese version of the Lexus SC300/400), the Toyota Aristo (the Japanese version of the Lexus GS300/400), and the 1987-92 Toyota Supra.
The Porsche Boxster in the same garage Twinkie's car has 987 on its license plate. That number is Porsche's internal designation for the second generation Boxster.
During the last chase sequence, a helicopter shot shows a rooftop football ground. That ground is not of football but futsal, a Brazilian originated cousin of football.
Although Sean and Neela are meant to have feelings for each other, they show very few signs of affection.


Vin Diesel:  as Dominic Toretto, driving "Hammer," a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner built by Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design in Simi Valley, California. Construction of the car was followed on the TLC series "Rides", and the car was featured in Hot Rod Magazine. The cameo was a last minute re-shoot after primary filming was completed, and cast at the suggestion of Hot Rod Magazine's editor.
Keiichi Tsuchiya:  Appears as a fisherman.
Rhys Millen:  A passenger on the plane that takes Sean Boswell to Tokyo.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The events in the film take place AFTER the events of Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Vin Diesel shows up in a cameo in the final scene, saying he "rolled with" Han. The opening scene of Fast & Furious (2009) shows the two working side by side, until Han has to go his own way and go to Tokyo.

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