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March 29, 2017

F&F 3: Tokyo Drift (2006) --- "An Alabama Teen With A Heavy Southern Accent Stands Out Among Tokyo's Drifting Elite."

Plot Summary
Sean Boswell, an Alabama teenager with a record for street racing, moves to his father's resident city of Tokyo, Japan to avoid a prison sentence in America. Boswell quickly falls in love with the world of drift racing in Tokyo's underground and a Japanese girl named Neela. However, Boswell's presence and growing talent for drifting unsettle the Japanese Mafia, which makes thousands of dollars from the sport. Confrontations arise, and Sean is faced with a simple decision: drift or die.(1)

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     The Fast and the Furious franchise has opened a door to a whole new way of making car movies. Tokyo Drift is a great movie, even without featuring any of the original cast members and it's better than the second installment, (2 Fast 2 Furious) with well-developed characters throughout the movie. Although at times, it seems that the movie goes a bit too fast or moments happen a little too early, Tokyo Drift has one of the best point of views out of the first three films. Out of the three films, I would have to say the Tokyo Drift is my favorite so far.
     While pure racing is awesome and does require some measure of experience, we learn in the film that drifting is harder than it looks; you can’t simply slam your foot on the gas the moment you hear go and I enjoyed that the main character had to undergo a lot of training before being allowed to compete. The creators of The Fast and the Furious franchise are creative and smart when deciding on a location for this movie because Tokyo was the perfect place to film a drifting movie, introducing us to a different way of racing. Director Justin Lin has done a great job in capturing the art of drifting and keeping a good sense of speed and focus on character development.
     Lucas Black portrays Sean Boswell, an Alabama street racer who moves to Tokyo to live with his father where he is introduced to the underground world of Tokyo street racing. He is an okay character in the beginning but over time his quick temper and deep southern accent start to overstay his welcome. Sean’s mentor Han (Sung Kang) quickly becomes the unspoken lead protagonist with his smooth and laid-back demeanor, making for an interesting character. Brian Tee as D.K. is kind of a predictable character; he’s the son of a wealthy mob family who becomes pissed off that someone new is threatening his status and stealing his girl Neela (Nathalie Kelley). The altercation between Sean and D.K. heats up leading to the climax of the film.

     Overall, Tokyo Drift is an infinitely better film than 2 Fast 2 Furious and is in some ways better than the first installment, despite not having Vin Diesel or Paul Walker. If you had doubts about seeing this film due to the lack of ties to the first two films then you will be surely mistaken and impressed.

“I have money, it's trust and character I need around me. You know, who you choose to be around you lets you know who you are. One car in exchange for knowing what a man's made of? That's a price I can live with.”

- Han

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.9 of 5 stars
Worth Buying:  3.9 of 5 stars

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F&F 7: Furious 7 (2015)
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Justin Lin


Writing Credits:

   (Written by) Chris Morgan


Produced by 

   Ryan Kavanaugh        ---    executive producer
   Amanda Lewis           ---    co-producer (as Amanda Cohen)
   Grace Morita              ---    associate producer: Tokyo
   Neal H. Moritz           ---    producer
   Lynwood Spinks        ---    executive producer
   Clayton Townsend    ---    executive producer
   Kazutoshi Wadakura         ---     line producer: Tokyo
   Chiaki Yamase           ---    associate producer: Tokyo



Lucas Black --- Sean Boswell
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
Nikki Griffin --- Cindy - Clay's Girlfriend
Lynda Boyd --- Ms. Boswell
Brian Goodman --- Major Boswell
Nathalie Kelley --- Neela
Shad Moss --- Twinkie
Toshi Hayama --- Toshi at Underground Garage
Atley Siauw --- DJ Atley
Leonardo Nam --- Morimoto
Jason Tobin --- Earl
Keiko Kitagawa --- Reiko
Brian Tee --- D.K.
Sung Kang --- Han
Alden Ray --- Alden
Konishiki --- Paw Man
Jimmy Lin --- Jimmy

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