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


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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.
Over 100 cars were destroyed/wrecked during the filming of this movie.
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.
The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII, and 2 of the Nissan R32s, were converted from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive so they could drift properly.
The only Fast and the Furious film not to star Paul Walker (before his death).
Toyo donated 4000 tires for the movie. Roughly half were used. Rays Engineering donated its 170 Volk Racing wheels as well.
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.
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.
The first film in the "Fast & Furious" franchise to have a full opening credits sequence.
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.
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.
Sung Kang's first movie in Fast & Furious series also chronologically his last.
Neela's IM Chat username is "Drift_Girl" written in Japanese katakana.
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.
The Fast and Furious and X-Men franchises have often released the same installments of a franchise in the same year. X2 and 2 Fast 2 Furious were both released in 2003, X-Men: The Last Stand and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift were both released in 2006, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fast and Furious were both released in 2009, X-Men: First Class and Fast Five were both released in 2011 and The Wolverine and Fast and Furious 6 were released in 2013. Furious 7 was set to be released in 2014, the same year as X-Men: Days of Future Past, however it then was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death.
The film takes place in 2013.
Sean's car is a Mitsubishi Evolution 8 with JDM front headlamps and rear taillamps to authenticate the setting of Tokyo, Japan.
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.
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.
Channing Tatum auditioned for a role in this movie
The muscle car that Sean drives in the opening scenes is a highly modified 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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When Twinkie tries to sell Sean Jordan shoes and says he loves Michael Jordan, this is making a reference to Shad Moss' (Twinkie) film Like Mike (2002)
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.
First Fast & Furious not written by Gary Scott Thompson. All the sequels are written by others, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.
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In the vending machine cafeteria scene (at around 59 mins) Sean and Neela are using chopsticks but they are not eating Japanese noodles. The writing on the boxes says "meat spaghetti" in katakana (the Japanese phonetic alphabet).
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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 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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