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

Goofs

Continuity 

In the final moments of the last race between D.K. and Sean, the Fairlady Z sideswipes the Mustang and loses its passenger side light. D.K. drives up the side of the hill, where small trees and shrubs knock out the driver's headlight. In subsequent scenes, the driver's headlight is attached and working.
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Anachronisms 

The sign at the sheriff's department says Oro Valley was founded in 1919. It was actually founded in 1974.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Han and Sean are in the RX-7 and talking, the engine tone shifts at least 7 times, as if the car has 7 or 8 gears, most of which have the same ratio and thus engine tone. Sean's hands remain on the steering wheel throughout the drive, yet the shifts still occur. In addition, they do not have the pitch a manual car would have (revs dropping from engaging the clutch, then shifting into the next gear). The two transmission choices for the car were a 4 speed automatic and a 5 speed manual. This is a recurring mistake in the Fast and Furious movie line.
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Various boosted cars (such as the RX-7) do not make the signature sounds of upgraded turbocharged cars throughout the film, such as the turbo spooling and the blow-off valve, until they "hit the nitrous." Nitrous does not change the car's sound.
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When Lucas Boswell hits the nitrous in the Veilside RX-7, the rev counter shows the revs continually rising, but the engine sounds like the revs are maxing out.
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Character error 

When Sean and Han escape Han's shop, they drift while trying to evade D.K. and his crew. They would have much better chance if they drove in a clean line, instead of drifting, which makes the car much slower.

Continuity 

When Han's car blows up, a character in the driver seat disappears when the flames rise.
In the beginning of the movie, when the baseball is thrown at Sean's car, it goes past him and lands on the passenger floorboard. In the next shot, the ball falls to the ground, with glass landing behind the rear tire, as if the ball had been thrown from inside the car.
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During the first race between the Monte Carlo and Viper, the starter pulls off her bra and throws it in the air. It lands about 10 feet in front of the two cars. Both drivers shift gears, accelerate for a few seconds, then drive past the bra, which is now 100 to 200 feet from where it landed.
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During the Tokyo street chase, D.K. rams and bumps Shawn's EVO, damaging his Nissan Fairlady Z. After Han's RX-7 is destroyed, the Z has very few scratches or dents.
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When Sean is first given the red Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, his numerous collisions while practicing around the harbor tear off the rear spoiler. When he starts practicing on the hills, the EVO has no spoiler, but when he first drives uphill, the spoiler is on the trunk. Subsequent shots show the EVO without the spoiler.
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During Sean and D.K.'s first race in the garage, the cars' lights are alternately on and off throughout the race.
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FLIPPED SHOT: When the Viper hits the concrete pipe, the interior shot of the airbags deploying shows the passenger seat empty, and the film is flipped so it looks like a right-hand drive.
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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.
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When Sean leaves Han's shop, the half-closed garage door hits Sean's car just above the windshield, and scrapes along the roof of the car. In the next shot, the car is not damaged.
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In the final race with D.K., the spoiler on his car falls off. It reappears in the next shot.
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In the beginning, when a baseball is thrown through the back window of Sean's car. In the next shot, from a higher viewpoint, the car stops, and the window is intact. In the next shot, it is broken again.
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Shortly after Twinkie's Volkswagen Touran "Hulkmobile" minivan is introduced, Shawn and Twinkie drive off. In the next scene, when the Touran enters the car park, a set of tires appear on its roof. In a deleted scene, Reiko and Earl steal tires from a gas station.
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When Sean is putting the turbo in the mustang the engine is mounted sideways, a few moments later it has turned 90 degrees.
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When Twinkie tries to sell Sean a laptop and phone when they first meet in the school canteen, Sean has some food between his chopsticks. It disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Sean is walking past the cars before speaking with Neela in the parking garage, you see a golden Toyota Supra behind him on his right. He then looks to the left, and it shows a close-up of the girl sitting on the Supra, which is to the right of the camera. Additionally, in the next shot, he looks left, and the Toyota Supra is well behind him.
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When Sean first drives with Han to get money from the "Paw" to collect money, the RX7 they drive in originally shows it being a "left hand drive" car. When he is thrown out of the building and then they decide to drive, the car then becomes a right hand drive and seems to be the case through out the rest of the movie.
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When Sean races with Cray, just before he turns to the dirt path, the Viper is in the shade of a house. From the air, the Viper is in a sunny spot.
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During the first race, in America, the Viper drives through a shadow of the house before Sean takes the shortcut between the houses. When the camera moves out and shows both cars from above, the shadow is gone.
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When Clay, driving the Viper in the opening race, swerves to ram Shaun's car, his car is slightly in front of Shaun's. In the next shot, from what would be Shaun's perspective, the Viper is clearly behind the other car.
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When Han drives donuts around the two women in the Mitsubishi, his car stops such that if the women drive forward, they'll hit the rear/side of his RX-7, but in the next shot, his car is parallel to the women's.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Han teaches Sean to drive his Evo on the pier, the camera zooms in on the right left tire. Sparks appear on the right of the screen, from the camera boom hitting the pavement.
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When Sean races Cray, and parallels with the black truck, the camera and cameraman riding on his car are reflected in the truck's paint.
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When Sean, Neela, D.K., and Sean's dad meet after Han's accident, the camera is near the headlight of the Fairlady Z. Light circles appear for a few seconds, in the bottom right of the screen, where the lens of the camera caused distortion from the headlights.
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Errors in geography 

When they are outside the auto shop in Tokyo, the support columns of the Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles are present in the background.
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After the fiery car crash, Boswell is seen riding a Los Angeles subway train back to his Father's apartment in Tokyo.
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Factual errors 

If Twinkie was a military brat, his license plate would have a Japanese symbol that looks like a "Y" on the left side. Military members and their families with cars in Japan are required to have "Y" plates.
During Sean's first practice run in the Evo IX, a fisherman makes a snide remark in Japanese, translated as "You call that drifting?" The correct translation is "Counter-steer is late, huh?"
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Sean's father is credited as "Major Boswell". In a scene where he is in Naval uniform, his shoulder board clearly displays the two full stripes of a full Lieutenant, and the collar insignia, while improperly gold, also has the two bars of a Lieutenant. The rank of full Lieutenant in the Navy is O-3. Major is used in the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force, but not the Navy. It's O-4; the Naval equivalent is Lieutenant Commander. Major is denoted by a gold oak leaf cluster, not twin silver bars. A Lieutenant Commander in the Navy also carries the gold oak leaf cluster on his collar, and the shoulder board carries two full strips and one half strip between.
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It is extremely uncommon for Japanese high school students to own cars. Like most countries besides the US, residents of Japan can only obtain a license to drive a car at the age of 18. In addition, the age of majority in Japan of 20, meaning that a high school student would need an adult to sign for him/her to purchase a car (or at least purchase the required insurance).

Japanese kids who join motorcycle gangs (which are in turn affiliated with organized crime) are often provided with stolen vehicles, which they generally drive without licenses. The kids depicted in the movie would appear to fit this bill - however, kids in motorcycle gangs usually leave school after finishing the ninth grade (the minimum leaving age in Japan) and rarely advance to high school.
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Twinkie appears to run a smuggling type operation, where he sells a wide range of goods (perhaps obtained cheaply on US bases). This is almost unheard of in Japan, where there is no shortage of legitimate retail outlets to purchase pretty much anything. In one scene, Twinkie appears to approach out of the blue people on the street, to sell shoes. Such approaches would be viewed with extreme suspicion on Japan, and it is almost inconceivable that anybody would actually buy anything in that type of situation.
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Before Sean and Morimoto race, Han makes a bet with DK, putting up his 72 Skyline for the chance to receive DK's 86 Corolla. However, in the 1980s the Corolla was called the Sprinter in Japan, and the 86 Corolla they were referencing is a Sprinter Trueno. Only America and other export countries received Corollas.
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Revealing mistakes 

It is unrealistic that Sean would attend a regular Japanese high school since he does not even speak Japanese. American military families are provided with English schools for "army brats."
When the baseball goes through Sean's car window, the driver puts the car in park. (The shifter could be mounted on the steering wheel, but it's not clear). The car has a clutch during the race, yet the floor shifter is semi-automatic.
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Before the characters swap the Silvia's motor into the Mustang, Sean's dad throws him the keys. There would be no keys to a car that doesn't have an engine yet.
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In the reverse shot of the Viper crashing into the sewer pipe, there is an obvious dummy sitting in the driver's seat.
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During the chase, Han is t-boned at an intersection. The camera will show the car getting hit near the rear end then beginning to slide around but when the angle changes, the car gets hoisted in the air like it was hit by a forklift. Also, when the angle changes, the left side of Han's car comes apart like a paper bag while the car is being hoisted in the air even though he was hit on the right side... That's impossible.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

D.K. punches Sean in the mouth, and his lips are bleeding. Moments later, his eye is black. In the next scene, his eye and lips are fine.
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When Neela breaks up with D.K., her tie suddenly changes from hanging on her left to hanging straight down the middle.
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