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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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Speed Needs No Translation. See more »

Genres:

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 | Portuguese

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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Trivia

This is Sung Kang's first movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, and also, chronologically, his last. See more »

Goofs

When Han's car blows up, a character in the driver seat disappears when the flames rise. See more »

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Shawn Boswell: [Shawn engages the nitrous in Han's RX-7 and zips past a Skyline. He suddenly notices a police car parked on the left side of the road. The cops clock him at 197 km/h. Shawn is surprised when he sees that the police car is not bothering to chase him] What the?
Han: Police cars here are only factory tuned. If you can do better than 180K, they can't catch you. So they don't even try.
Shawn Boswell: [Chuckles] You know what? I'm beginning to like this country already.
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Alternate Versions

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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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Fast Five (2013) See more »

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Written by Dragon Ash, KJ. Hide
Performed by Dragon Ash featuring Hide, 136
Courtesy of Mob Squad / Victor Entertainment, Inc.
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No rats in buckets, no CGI, just an entertaining flick featuring excellent car racing
13 April 2017 | by CinemaCocoaSee all my reviews

Branching away from any original cast members of the first two films, thankfully, Tokyo Drift provides a refreshingly new look to the franchise.

Tokyo Drift is possibly my favourite of the series, or at least its up there with the first film; it only has a few problems that can be swept under the "It's Fast and the Furious, what do you expect" carpet. The story follows American "teenager" Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) whose reckless driving lands him prison time, but to avoid this he moves in with his father in Tokyo. He attempts to move on a dangerous rival's girl, and must become a competitor in the street racing's drifting scene.

I say "teenager" as that's what IMDb says, and he does go to school in the movie… but honestly, he's the oldest teen I've ever seen. Along with every other "teen" in this movie! While I talk negatives, the majority of the film is set in Tokyo yet 95% of the dialogue is English and Sean has a knack of meeting every foreigner in the city. I don't mind this so much, but I fully expect all of the Japanese characters to speak Japanese, especially when Sean isn't present!

But, unlike 2 Fast 2 Furious (choke) this film actually cares for its characters and their personalities (as Sean says early on: "It's not about the ride, it's about the rider") from Sean's fish-out-of- water acceptance, to his mentor Han's closet of skeletons. The villain isn't ridiculous either, his uncle is part of the Yakuza and he has a serious "king of a little hill" problem. Again unlike 2 Fast 2 Furious (gag) the cars have never looked better, sleek and refined and the drifting action is spectacular, especially when synchronized. Plus, no CGI, just skilled professional drivers, making the film worth seeing solely for the racing.

There's no stupid Tyrese Gibson mugging at the camera, no rats in buckets, no CGI, just an entertaining (albeit poorly localized) flick featuring excellent car racing and professional stunts.


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