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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 16 June 2006 (USA)
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A teenager 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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Justin Lin

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Chris Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucas Black ... Sean Boswell
Damien Marzette Damien Marzette ... High School Security Guard (as Damien Marzett)
Trula M. Marcus Trula M. Marcus ... American Math Teacher (as Trula Marcus)
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Clay (as Zachery Bryan)
Brandon Brendel ... Clay's Buddy #1
Daniel Booko ... Clay's Buddy #2
David V. Thomas ... Clay's Buddy #3
Amber Stevens West ... Cheerleader #1 (as Amber Stevens)
Ashika Gogna Ashika Gogna ... Cheerleader #2
Christian Salazar Christian Salazar ... Chubby Hispanic Kid
Kevin Caira Kevin Caira ... Auto Shop Bully #1
Trey Sanford Trey Sanford ... Auto Shop Bully #2 (as Julius Trey Sanford)
Danny Ray McDonald II Danny Ray McDonald II ... Auto Shop Bully #3
Nikki Griffin ... Cindy - Clay's Girlfriend
Vincent Laresca ... Case Worker
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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Germany | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fast and the Furious 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,973,840, 18 June 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,514,415, 7 September 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$158,468,292, 7 September 2006
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Twinkie tries to sell Sean Jordan shoes, and says he loves Michael Jordan. Shad Moss starred in Like Mike (2002). See more »

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When Sean first arrives in Japan, he carries a guitar gig bag. By time he arrives at his father's house, the bag is gone. See more »

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Han: What'd you expect? You didn't just play with fire, you soaked the matches in gasoline.
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For the Japanese version the scene with the final race is altered. The Yakuza member starting the final race is shown to be having all his fingers instead of missing four. See more »

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The Fast and the Furious reborn in Tokyo
5 May 2008 | by matt19007See all my reviews

When I first heard about Tokyo Drift and realised that it would feature none of the original cast members, I was sure it would be a major let down that was just cashing in, so I ignored it. Eventually, I sat down to watch the movie when it arrived on Sky and I must say that I'm impressed. The film more than exceeded my low expectations and whilst it way a little bit routine in places, I had a great time watching it.

Not only is this film a damn good car/action film in it's own right, it is arguably the best in the series. The new cast is great with Lucas Black heading up the roster as Sean Boswell, an American street racer who moves to Japan and becomes embroiled in the underworld Tokyo street racing scene. Black proves to be better to watch than Paul Walker was in the previous movies in the franchise because he is a better actor (which isn't saying much but still...), whilst the other characters all have chemistry on screen too, creating an authentic Japanese street racing feel. The stand out character in the movie for me though was Sung Kang as Han, easily the coolest character in the film.

Justin Lin does a great job of capturing the art of drifting as well as keeping a good sense of speed and a focus on the character development. Whilst it's never going to win any Oscars, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is infinitely better than 2 Fast 2 Furious and is in some ways better than the original movie too. If Lin can continue this trend into the fourth film in 2009, I will be the first in line at the cinema to see Vin Diesel return to the franchise.

If like me, you were initially put off by the lack of ties to the first two movies, give Tokyo Drift a chance and you'll probably find you'll enjoy it. Car fans should have no problems liking the subject matter (Cars and beautiful girls) and whilst it doesn't make you think a whole lot, you really can't go wrong with the 3rd effort in the popular Fast and Furious franchise. Oh and by the way, the last scene is guaranteed to make fans of the series smile, the movie is worth watching just for that.


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