not to be confused with Tokyo Drifter 2006 film directed by Justin Lin

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 american carry through movie directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the standalone sequel to The Fast and the Furious ( 2001 ) and 2 Fast 2 Furious ( 2003 ) and is the third base installation in the Fast & Furious franchise. The film stars Lucas Black and Bow Wow and follows high school car fancier Sean Boswell ( Black ) who is sent to live in Tokyo with his estranged father and finds comfort exploring the city ‘s drifting residential district.

A third Fast & Furious film was confirmed in June 2005, when Lin was selected as conductor. Morgan was hired after an loose call soon after, thus marking the first film in the franchise ‘s longtime association with Lin, Morgan, and composer Brian Tyler, who would all return for subsequent installments. [ 6 ] ineffective to secure the returns of any of the original form, exploitation rather increased focus on car culture and street rush. [ 7 ] Principal photography began in August 2005 and lasted until that November, with film locations including Los Angeles and Tokyo, making Tokyo Drift the first film in the franchise to feature an external filming location. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift premiered at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 4, 2006 and was theatrically released in the United States on June 16. The film received mix reviews from critics, with some praise for Lin ‘s direction, but criticism for its screenplay, characterization, and acting performances ( namely Black ‘s ). Tokyo Drift grossed $ 158.9 million cosmopolitan, making it the lowest-grossing film in the franchise. Its trace up, Fast & Furious, was released in 2009 ; its release made Tokyo Drift retroactively serve as a soft lengthiness of Lin ‘s Better Luck Tomorrow ( 2002 ), and changed the chronological order of the Fast & Furious franchise .

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trouble Oro Valley gamey school student Sean Boswell and athlete Clay race their cars, a 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and a 2003 Dodge Viper, to win the affections of Clay ‘s girlfriend Cindy. When Sean cuts through a structure and catches up to Clay, Clay, desperate to win, hits Sean ‘s car repeatedly until they reach a high-speed plow, which causes both cars to crash ; Clay ‘s Viper hits a cement pipe, and Sean ‘s Monte Carlo rolls. Clay and Cindy ‘s affluent families help them escape punishment, but because Sean is a recidivist, he is sent to live in Japan with his forefather, a U.S. Navy officer stationed in Tokyo, in order to avoid juvenile detention or imprison. While in Tokyo, Sean befriends Twinkie, a military terror who introduces him to the global of drift rush in Japan. After driving to an clandestine car show in Twinkie ‘s 2005 Volkswagen Touran, Sean has a confrontation with Takashi—the Drift King ( DK ) who drives a 2003 Nissan 350Z —over Sean talking to Takashi ‘s girlfriend, Neela. Though barred from driving, Sean decides to race against Takashi, who has ties to the Yakuza, in a 2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S loaned by a racer named Han, but loses his first race with Takashi due to his unfamiliarity with freewheel. To repay his debt for the car he destroyed, Sean agrees to work for Han, who drives a 1997 Veilside Fortune Mazda RX-7. This leads to the couple becoming friends, with Han agreeing to teach Sean how to drift, explaining that he is helping him as Sean is the only person will to stand up to Takashi. Sean moves in with Han and soon masters drifting by practicing in a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, gaining respect after defeating DK ‘s right-hand man, Morimoto. Sean soon asks Neela out on a date, and learns that after her beget died, she moved in with Takashi ‘s grandma, which resulted in their relationship. An enrage Takashi beats Sean up the future day, telling him to stay away from Neela ; Neela subsequently leaves Takashi and moves in with Sean and Han. Takashi ‘s uncle Kamata, the head of the Yakuza, reprimands Takashi for allowing Han to steal from him. Takashi and Morimoto confront Han, Sean, and Neela about the thefts. Twinkie causes a distraction, allowing Han, Sean, and Neela to flee, who are then pursued by Takashi and Morimoto. During the chase, Morimoto crashes, leaving Takashi to pursue the trio on his own. Han allows Sean to overtake him in order to hold Takashi off, but the chase ends when Sean and Neela crash. meanwhile, moments after escaping from Takashi, Han ‘s car is t-boned and the car explodes before Sean has a luck to save Han. Takashi, Sean, and his beget become involved in an armed repulsion which is resolved by Neela agreeing to leave with Takashi. Sean ‘s church father prepares to send him back but Sean pleads him to let him fix his own mess. His forefather then agrees and makes amends with him. twinkie gives his money to Sean to replace the money Han steal from Takashi, which Sean then returns to Kamata. Sean proposes a raceway against Takashi, with the loser having to leave Tokyo. Kamata agrees to the challenge, but on the stipulate that the race take place on a batch, revealed to be the mountain where Takashi himself is the only person to make it down successfully. Sean and Han ‘s crowd restore a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback that Sean ‘s father was working on to drift specification, using several components of the previously wrecked Silvia, including the locomotive. That night, on the mountain, crowds gather to see the rush ; Takashi takes the precede initially, but Sean ‘s discipline allows him to catch up. Determined to win, Takashi resorts to ramming Sean ‘s cable car, finally missing and driving off the mountain while Sean crosses the finish line, with Takashi ‘s car about falling on him in the process. Kamata keeps his word, and lets Sean persist in Tokyo and is now christened the newly Drift King. Some time late, Neela, Twinkie, and Sean, now driving another Nissan Silvia S15 Spec R, are enjoying themselves in their newfound homeplace and freedom. Dominic Toretto shows up to challenge Sean in a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, and he accepts after the american proclaims himself as Han ‘s family .

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“ After I ‘d seen Better Luck Tomorrow, I knew Justin was a director I wanted to do business with. He was the first gear we approached, and he loved the idea of filming it. This movie needed exuberance, and he was the director to do it. ”

Producer Neal H. Moritz [ 8 ] Writer Chris Morgan was a sports fan of the series, and the producers had an clear writing call for the third base film. Morgan primitively pitched Dominic Toretto in Tokyo, learning to drift and solving a murder. [ 9 ] Neal H. Moritz, who had produced the two former installments, began working on the film in 2005. On June 8, 2005, Moritz hired Justin Lin to direct The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. [ 6 ] Lin, who was n’t closely familiar with drifting when he was approached to helm the project, recalled : “ I was in film school when The Fast and the Furious came knocked out, and I saw it along with a sold-out crowd who precisely ate it up. What truly excited me about directing this film was the prospect to harness that energy—create a hale fresh chapter and up the ante by bringing something newly to the table for the audience who loves natural process and speed. ” [ 8 ] Lin was not enthusiastic at foremost and was unimpressed by earlier drafts of the script, saying “ I think it ‘s offensive and dated, and I do n’t have any purpose of doing it. ” [ 10 ] The producers allowed him to develop the film in his own way, although it was a ceaseless challenge and he was always battling the studio to make the film better, he said “ to their credit, they were very fairly and fair. ” [ 10 ] It was impossible to get the necessity film permits in Tokyo, so they went ahead without license. “ I wanted to shoot in Shibuya, which is the most crowded place in Tokyo. The cops, they ‘re all therefore polite, so it takes ten minutes for them to come over and kick you out. ” Unknown to Lin the studio had hired a fall guy, who stepped in when the patrol came to arrest him, and said he was the director and spent the night in jail rather. [ 11 ] Following poor people test screenings of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Vin Diesel agreed to make a cameo in the film, reprising his character as Dominic Toretto, in rally for Universal ‘s ownership to rights of the Riddick series and character, in stead of fiscal requital. [ 7 ]

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A replica of the Mazda RX-7 Veilside Fortune used by Han in the movie. Races and stunts were coordinated by second unit director Terry Leonard, the film used about 250 vehicles, cutting up 25 and destroying more than 80. [ 12 ] The Nissan Silvia which Sean trashes in his first rush in Japan is depicted as having an RB26DETT engine swap which itself is donated to the Ford Mustang. however, the car in the movie was actually powered by the Silvia ‘s original engine. [ 13 ] The Veilside body-kitted Mazda RX-7, ( dubbed “ Fortune ” ), driven by Han was primitively built by Veilside for the 2005 Tokyo Auto Salon, but was late bought by Universal and repainted from iniquity red, to orange and black, for use in the movie. [ 14 ] The car in which Dominic appears in at the end of the film is a highly customize 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, which was built for the SEMA Show. [ 15 ]

SCC magazine tested the cars of the film, and noted that the cars in Tokyo Drift were slenderly faster in an acceleration match up with the cars from 2 Fast 2 Furious. [ 16 ] celebrated drifting personalities Keiichi Tsuchiya, Rhys Millen, and Samuel Hübinette were consulted and employed by the movie to provide and execute the drift and driving stunts in the film. [ 17 ] Nobushige Kumakubo, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Tanner Foust, Rich Rutherford, Calvin Wan and Alex Pfeiffer were besides brought in as none of Universal ‘s own stunt drivers could drift. [ 18 ] Some race events were filmed within the Hawthorne Mall park set in Los Angeles, as filming in Tokyo required permits the studio was unable to obtain. [ 19 ] They alternatively used street lights and multiple props to help recreate Tokyo. Toshi Hayama was besides brought in to keep elements of the film portrayed correctly, who was contacted by Roger Fan, an erstwhile high school acquaintance who starred in Lin ‘s Better Luck Tomorrow. Hayama ensured certain references were deployed correctly, such as the habit of azotic oxide in straights but not in turns, and keeping the use of references to sponsors to a minimum. [ 20 ] One of Kamata ‘s confederate has missing fingers, a punishment typically deployed by the Yakuza. He had to have the missing fingers digitally added in to appease cultural concerns. [ 18 ]

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, composed of 12 songs, was released on June 20, 2006 through Universal Motown. It features contributions from Don Omar, Teriyaki Boyz, Atari Teenage Riot, Brian Tyler, DJ Shadow, Dragon Ash, Evil Nine, Far East Movement, Mos Def, N⋆E⋆R⋆D, Tego Calderón and The ‘s. Brian Tyler ‘s Original Score was released on June 27 via Varèse Sarabande, a week after Original Motion Picture Soundtrack .

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Tokyo Drift brought in over $ 23 million on its opening weekend, placing at # 3 behind Cars ( $ 33.7 million ) and Nacho Libre ( $ 28.3 million ). [ 21 ] [ 22 ] The film itself was in limit release in Japan ( released under the name Wild Speed 3 ). The US box office was $ 62,514,415, and it grossed another $ 96,450,195 internationally, resulting in sum receipts of $ 158,964,610. [ 5 ] According to opening weekend poll by Universal the audience was 58 % male and 60 % under 25. [ 22 ]

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift gained a 37 % approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 137 critics ; the average evaluation is 4.91/10. The site ‘s consensus reads : “ dazzling driving sequences coupled with a limp story and flat performances make this Drift a disappointing follow-up to previous Fast and Furious installments. ” [ 23 ] On Metacritic, which determines a normalize rat out of 100 from mainstream critics, the film received a score of 46 out of 100 based on reviews from 31 critics meaning “ mix or average reviews. ” [ 24 ] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A− on scale of A to F. [ 25 ] [ 22 ] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film, giving it three out of four stars, saying that conductor Justin Lin “ takes an established franchise and makes it amazingly bracing and challenging, ” adding that Tokyo Drift is “ more law-abiding than we expect ” and that “ the fib [ is ] about something more than fast cars ”. [ 26 ] Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun felt that “ the opening half-hour may prove to be a disreputable authoritative of pedal-to-the-metal filmmaking ” and “ the last downhill subspecies is a doozy. ” [ 27 ] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter said that “ it ‘s not much of a movie, but a hell of a depend on ”. [ 28 ] [ better source needed ] Todd McCarthy of Variety gave the film a positivist recapitulation and wrote, praising the “ good, antique music genre filmmaking done in a no-nonsense, understated style ” and saying “ third entrance stays in high gear most of the way with respective exhilarating racing sequences, and benefits greatly from the evocative japanese set. ” McCarthy particularly praised the shape of stunt coordinator Terry J. Leonard. [ 29 ] Michael Medved gave Tokyo Drift matchless and a one-half stars out of four, saying : “ There ‘s no discernible plot [ … ] or emotion or wit. ” Medved concluded “ The chief accomplishment of this vapid time-waster involves its forwarding of newly appreciation for the first two movies in the series. ” [ 30 ] James Berardinelli from ReelViews gave it one and a half stars out of four, saying : “ I expect a race film to be derivative instrument. That goes with the district. No one is seeing a Fast and the Furious movie for the plot. When it comes to eye candy, the movie is on solid ground—it offers plenty of babes and cars ( with the latter being more fondly photographed than the former ). however, it is unacceptable that the movie ‘s action scenes ( races and chases ) are boring and incoherent. If the movie ca n’t deliver on its most important asset, what ‘s the period ? ” [ 31 ] Richard Roeper strongly criticized the film, saying, “ The whole thing is absurd. The acting is then amazing, some of the worst performances I ‘ve seen in a long, long time. ” [ 32 ] Ethan Alter of Premiere cartridge holder was besides critical of the acting particularly Black ‘s performance : “ The problems with Tokyo Drift start with its apparent hero ; during the course of this movie, Sean makes thus many speechless decisions it ‘s a wonder that anyone wants to be associated with him. ” [ 33 ] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said that Tokyo Drift “ suffers from blurred vision, motor drag and a plot that ‘s running on fumes. Look out for a star cameo—it ‘s the entirely surprise you ‘ll get from this pile. ” [ 34 ] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle criticized the film saying : “ It promptly tanks, thanks to a head character with no goals, focus, solicitation or intelligence and a lead actor who ‘s equitable a little besides convincing at playing a dunce ” and “ As for the race scenes, who cares about the delicacy move of drift, compared to going fast ? And who wants to watch guys race in a park set ? For that matter, who wants to watch guys race down a batch, with lots of turns ? ” [ 35 ] Matt Singer of Village Voice wrote : “ Like 2 Fast 2 Furious before it, Tokyo Drift is a subculture in search of a compelling report line, and Black ‘s leaden operation makes you pine for the days of Paul Walker. ” [ 36 ] Rob Cohen, who directed the foremost film of the series, was identical critical of this film, saying : “ If you were to just watch Tokyo Drift, you ‘d say ‘ I never want to see anything related to Fast & Furious again. ‘ ” [ 37 ] [ 38 ] In a 2020 interview, Christopher Nolan said that although the first base film was his favorite, he had a “ soft spot ” for Tokyo Drift. [ 39 ] [ 40 ] When critics rank the movies against each other, Tokyo Drift has often appeared on the bottom of the list. Over prison term, it has become a favored with some fans, and it has been placed in with the lead four by some critic rankings, and even at the number one and two positions by others. [ 41 ] Critics and fans have come to appreciate it for introducing Sung Kang and Justin Lin to the franchise, and enjoyed the simple floor, fashionable guidance, and that the film never takes itself besides badly. [ 42 ] Furthermore, with the film series becoming more action subject, and incorporating less realistic storylines, the simplicity of Tokyo Drift has become more appreciate by critics. [ 42 ] [ 43 ] [ 44 ] [ 45 ]

Accolades [edit ]

Award Category Nominee Result
Teen Choice Awards[ citation needed] Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star Lucas Black Nominated
Choice Summer Movie: Action/Drama The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Nominated

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Following Tokyo Drift, three films were released : Fast & Furious ( 2009 ), Fast Five ( 2011 ), and Fast & Furious 6 ( 2013 ), each of which are set prior to Tokyo Drift and contain Han Lue. Lue ‘s car clang in Tokyo Drift was revisited in Fast & Furious 6 as a murder, which led to Black briefly reprising his function in Furious 7 ( 2015 ). [ 46 ] Kang, Black, Wow and Tobin then return in F9 ( 2021 ) after it is revealed that Han faked his death in the original crash .

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