The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
On the streets of Tokyo, speed needs no translation...
Tokyo Drift: The Fast and Furious. This 2006 action film was directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the standalone sequel.2 Fast 2 Furious(2003) and is the third instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Starring Nathalie Kelley and Bow Wow as well as Brian Tee, Brian Tee, Sung Kang and Nathalie Kelly. Sean Boswell, a high school car enthusiast, is sent to Tokyo to live with his estranged dad. He finds solace in exploring Tokyo’s drifting community alongside Han Lue.
Lin was chosen to direct the third film, which was confirmed in June 2005. After an open call in the summer, Morgan was hired. The pair had creative differences throughout production, which led to discussions about releasing Tokyo Drift directly to video. Unable to secure the returns of the original cast, developers sought to establish the film as a distinct entry in the franchise, with more emphasis on car culture and street racing. Principal photography began in August 2005 and lasted until that November, with filming locations including Los Angeles and Tokyo, the first film in the franchise to feature an international filming location.
Tokyo Drift is the first film to establish the franchise’s long-term association with Lin, Morgan and composer Brian Tyler. It also features Vin Diesel’s cameo as Dominic Toretto. The film retroactively continues Lin’s debut film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), which also featured Kang.
The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift was released in the United States on June 16, 2006. It received mixed reviews, with praise for its driving sequences and criticism for its screenwriting and acting performances. The film grossed more than $158 million worldwide and was the lowest-grossing in the franchise’s history. However, it received mixed reviews.
- Lucas Black portrays Sean Boswell, a young street racer.
- Bow Wow as Twinkie is Sean’s first friend in Tokyo. He sells various consumer products and introduces Sean drift racing.
- Sung Kang plays Han Lue, DK’s business partner and an old friend of Dominic Toretto. He befriends Sean and teaches him how to drift.
- Takashi is Sean’s enemy, and Brian Tee plays Takashi. He is regarded as the best drifter and has been given the title of “Drift King”, or simply D.K. “.
- Nathalie Kelley portrays Neela Takashi’s girlfriend, who eventually falls for Sean.
- Sonny Chiba is Kamata’s uncle, Takashi’s boss and Yakuza chief.
- Leonardo Nam is Takashi’s right-hand man and close friend, Morimoto.
- Brian Goodman is Sean’s father, Lieutenant Boswell.
- Zachery Ty Bryan portrays Clay, the quarterback at Sean’s school, who Sean races at the start of the film.
- Lynda Boyd plays Ms Boswell. Sean’s mother who is fed up with having to move her and Sean around, so she sends him to Tokyo to live with his dad.
- Jason Tobin plays Earl, Han’s friend.
- Keiko Kitagawa is Earl’s friend, and Reiko Kitagawa is Earl’s.
- Nikki Griffin plays Cindy, Clay’s girlfriend. Clay suggests that Clay and Sean race for Cindy.
- Satoshi Tsumabuki, the Exceedingly Handsome Guy who starts the first race between Sean (cameo) and Takashi (cameo).
- Vin Diesel in Dominic Toretto (uncredited cameo)
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