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

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The drifting in the movie 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 drift sequences for the movie.
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Over 100 cars were destroyed or wrecked during the filming of this movie.
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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.
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The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII, and two of the Nissan R32s, were converted from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive so they could drift properly.
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This is Sung Kang's first movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, and also, chronologically, his last.
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Toyo donated 4,000 tires for the movie. Roughly half were used. Rays Engineering donated its 170 Volk Racing wheels as well.
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This is only Fast and the Furious film not to star Paul Walker (prior to his death).
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Paul Walker wasn't asked to return because the studio felt he was too old. The first draft of the script featured the return of Diesel's character, Dominic Toretto.
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The muscle car that Sean drives in the opening scenes is a highly modified 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
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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.
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The film takes place in 2013.
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During filming in Los Angeles, 600 Asian extras were used for the street scenes.
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Volkswagen donated four prototype R32s and four Touran minivans, to fulfill its pledge with Universal to plug each other's products.
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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 dollars; the custom leather interior alone cost 20,000 dollars. Universal bought the car for 50,000 dollars, then repainted the inside and outside.
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The first film in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise to have a full opening credits sequence.
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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.
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Neela's IM Chat username is "Drift_Girl" written in Japanese katakana.
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The song "The Barracuda" by The 5.6.7.8'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.
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Channing Tatum auditioned for a role in this movie.
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Sean's car is a Mitsubishi Evolution 8 with JDM front headlamps and rear taillamps to authenticate the setting of Tokyo, Japan.
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During the last chase sequence, a helicopter shot shows a rooftop futsal field. Futsal is a Brazilian cousin of football.
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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.
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This was the first Fast and Furious movie not written by Gary Scott Thompson. All the sequels are written by others, based on characters created by Thompson.
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Twinkie tries to sell Sean Jordan shoes, and says he loves Michael Jordan. Shad Moss starred in Like Mike (2002).
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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.
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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.
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During Sean's third race, a Toyota AE86 is visible in one shot. Takumi drives the same make and model in Initial D (1998), and anime series set in Japan, with a heavy focus on Drifting.
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When Sean first arrives in Tokyo and is riding on the escalator, Director Justin Lin and Executive Producer Clayton Townsend can be seen dressed as pilots in the lower right corner of the screen. There is also an M.C. Hammer ad visible on the wall in the background. Lin credits Hammer for providing crucial funding to his film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002).
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In the vending machine cafeteria scene (at around 59 mins) Sean and Neela use chopsticks to eat "meat spaghetti", according to the katakana (the Japanese phonetic alphabet) on the side of the box.
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This is the lowest grossing film in the franchise.
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Although his character is supposed to be 17, Lucas Black was 24 when he made the film.
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Justin Lin was chosen as the director after producer Neal H. Moritz saw his film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002).
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Released in Japan under the title "Wild Speed 3".
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First film in the franchise for both director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan.
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Sean's screen name is "bama_boy" (short for Alabama Boy). Lucas Black was born and raised in Alabama.
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In the 2005 film Dukes Of Hazzard, there is a scene where Bo Duke (Seann William Scott) drifts the General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger) around a traffic circle in what is supposed to be Atlanta, Georgia.
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Cameo 

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.
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Kazutoshi Wadakura: a fisherman, with Keiichi Tsuchiya.
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Keiichi Tsuchiya: A fisherman.
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Rhys Millen: A passenger on the plane that takes Sean Boswell to Tokyo.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The events in the film were later retconned to chronologically take place AFTER the events of the later films 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 (Sung Kang)". Han leaves to return to Tokyo at the end of Fast & Furious 6 (2013), which takes place some time before Tokyo Drift; in fact, Furious 7 (2015) occurs almost simultaneously with Tokyo Drift and re-uses some archive material.
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Furious 7 (2015) would later reveal that the race between Dom (Vin Diesel) and Sean (Lucas Black) was won by Dom.
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Han (Sung Kang) apparently dies when his car explodes due to a fuel leak. However, in Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015), it is revealed that the accident itself had not caused the explosion; Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) blew up Han's car in retaliation for his brother's near-death.
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