Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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Pulling a catalogue model pose: Lucas Black in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift



Is there an actor more forgettable than Paul Walker? Don’t write in, I know he’s not in this second follow-up. Instead Lucas Black has been drafted in to show Mr Walker that he’s not the sine qua non of the franchise. And though he’s marginally less handsome than Walker, Black has the edge when it comes to charisma and he’s got a swagger that goes all the way back to The Wild One. Black is, of course, playing a hot-rodding rebel born to burn rubber in the illegal street-racing face-offs around which F&F is built. Except this time the action includes learning how to drift a car round the bends. And this time everything is set out in Japan. So that’s the title explained. And the movie, to be frank. As with Walker versus Black, “marginally less” about sums up the whole thing – the race action is just ok, and the bodacious babes are not as much in evidence as you might expect, new director Justin Lin seeming impatient to get back to those cars, those drifts, those long smears of burnt rubber on the tarmac. At an hour long this might have been something – the races look as if done for real and give off plenty of grunt and squeal – but the movie runs an hour and 40 minutes and that’s more nitrous than seems strictly necessary.

© Steve Morrissey 2006


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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Action, Crime, Thriller | 104min | 16 June 2006 (USA) 6.0
Director: Justin LinWriter: Chris MorganStars: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Shad MossSummary: 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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