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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 71

Critics Consensus: Eye-popping driving sequences coupled with a limp story and flat performances make this Drift an adequate follow-up to the previous Fast and Furious installments. Strictly for the racing crowd and fans of the first two films.

43%
Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Eye-popping driving sequences coupled with a limp story and flat performances make this Drift an adequate follow-up to the previous Fast and Furious installments. Strictly for the racing crowd and fans of the first two films.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 532,202

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Movie Info

Better Luck Tomorrow director Justin Lin picks up where John Singleton left off to offer a high-octane look at the world of underground Japanese drift-racing in the latest installment of the super-charged Fast and the Furious film series. A frustrated teen from a broken home, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is an outsider looking to make a name for himself on the illegal street racing circuit. When Sean is busted by the police for his high-speed exploits and given the option of either spending time … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for reckless and illegal behavior involving teens, violence, language and sexual content)
Genre:
Action & Adventure
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In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 26, 2006
Box Office:
$62.5M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (71) | DVD (22)

Look out for a star cameo -- it's the only surprise you'll get from this heap.

November 24, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The racing sequences are the series' meat and potatoes, but in terms of story, Tokyo Drift barely offers a stalk of asparagus.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

True, it tries to be tongue-in-cheek, but really it's just cheek.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A number of questions spring to mind when considering The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Can the movies possibly get any faster or more furious? What exactly is the Tokyo Drift? And does Al Gore know what we can do to stop it?

June 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Tokyo Drift is a subculture in search of a compelling story line, and Black's leaden performance makes you pine for the days of Paul Walker.

Full Review… | June 20, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

The whole thing is preposterous. The acting is so awful, some of the worst performances I've seen in a long, long time.

Full Review… | June 19, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A neon-lit western where the steeds are cast in steel and the drifter's gunfight for the town and the girl is fought on four wheels; it's a movie proudly committed to noise, colour and motion.



Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

A perfunctory and unintentionally goofy attempt to keep the series running without its stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

Full Review… | May 31, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is an uninspired, unoriginal entry in what was already an unoriginal franchise. It's fun to look at, but its narcissistic message is unappealing in the extreme.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Tediously testosterone-filled

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

It reaches a level of mediocrity that leaves the previous entries in the dust ....

Full Review… | May 12, 2009
DVD Review

...the movie's striking setting and compelling lead performance ensure that it remains a slight cut above its immediate predecessor.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

it's craptacular

Full Review… | May 27, 2007

Just remember that the hot rods burning rubber are the real stars of this spectacular, high-octane tribute to testosterone.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
Upstage Magazine

The third entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise burrows culture shock in dishonesty.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

The third time around for The Fast and the Furious finds the franchise spinning its tires.

Full Review… | July 14, 2006
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

This piece of junk is so bad that even Paul Walker turned it down.

Full Review… | July 6, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

A nod to the old "new kid in town" formula film... it's better than you might expect.

Full Review… | July 6, 2006
MovieCrypt.com

In Stunt Drivers Gone Wild 3, the plot stays the same although the style of driving differs slightly.

Full Review… | July 5, 2006
Internet Reviews

Lin's enjoyably stupid action flick keeps the thrills coming thick and, er, fast.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
BBC.com

I found myself responding to its fenderheaded foolishness... and I suspect that those of you with a healthy taste for the absurd may find themselves reacting in the same way.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
eFilmCritic.com

It's a weak sequel, to a weak series.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
Film Threat

Unlike its two previous incarnations though, this one doesn't necessarily have to be seen on the big screen, as its story is lacking quite some, and its stars, second-rate.

Full Review… | June 30, 2006
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Another vapid actioner involving smoking wheels and women...Tokyo Drift doesn't burn its rubber very convincingly.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
Movie Eye

Both exhilarating and laughable -- a noisy neon mash-up of 'Blade Runner' and 'Eat My Dust.'

June 26, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is, as our American friends would say, an auto wreck. Do Americans say that or am I making it up? Is it Car Crash rather than Auto Wreck these days? I'm afraid I don't know, I'm not down with the kids and nor do I intend to be. So I'll stop trying. Maybe that's why I didn't like it? Maybe it's far to cool for my slightly awkward white middles class self to handle. I don't think it is though, I think I didn't like it because of how smug all of the kids are. I'm also not that awkward or middle class but I digress. They're all rich, they give cars away for free, they go to school but don't do any homework and go out on school nights and still pass exams. Probably. Girls aren't allowed to speak, they are there to wiggle and dress erotically (if a pencil with lips dancing in a florescent tea-towel is erotic that is, again I'm not down with the kids so I don't know). Where are the parents I hear you cry?? In fact the only two grown ups in the film (apart from the actors who are playing children 10 years younger than themselves) are a washed up heavy drinking sailor and a Yakuza boss. You can't blame them then really, I guess with parents like that these things happen. In that sense it is totally realistic, bad parenting does generally lead to Street racing. It's a global issue. If only there was something we could do, donate money or something. Anyway, the reason why I didn't like it was because I couldn't tell who was real and who was a cardboard cutout. The editing gave me a headache and I just didn't care.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

I've said it before and I'll say it again...this is the best darn Fast n Furious chapter on the track by miles (puns away!). No big names and no massive overblown stunts, this is just pure driving at its finest, real driving, drift driving. The film works because there is no pressure on its shoulders, the sequel was terrible so there were no expectations here. Now I know this has been long forgotten by the recent tidal wave of cookie cutter sequels and merely because Vin Diesel came back, but none of them hold a candle to this.

The plot is basic and involves a young tearaway who seems to be getting into trouble where ever he and his mother move to. One stunt too many causing major damage to property and writing off his car means he's being sent away to his father...in Japan. His father was in the military so this is why he's based in the land of the rising sun, and because of his bad record (and to avoid jail) this young lad gets shipped to Japan to live with his dad. That's a punishment!!? sounds pretty cool to me.

Of course the entire plot is predictable and hokey as hell, its virtually bordering on 'The Karate Kid' with cars. New kid in town, makes a close friend who helps him, makes enemies with the local bully cos he falls for his girlfriend, gets into all sorts of scrapes in the meantime, his father can't control him...blah blah blah, yeah its damn unoriginal sure, but that's not why we watch these films is it. It is a shame the main lead in this is totally miscast, he looks like a doofus and sounds it too with that hick southern accent of his, but mainly he's just not much of a good looking lead, strange choice.

You like Japanese super saloons? more specifically you like Nissan 350Z's? you're at home here my friend. The first car sequence in this film is set within a multi-storey car park, a damn tight one!. The skills on show in this one sequence alone are breathtaking, the 350 drifts around the ultra tights bends inches from the walls, people and other parked cars. You gotta see it to believe it and its clearly real.

The visuals in this film are a real treat, Japan is an extremely photogenic city and always looks good, especially at night. The sight of these glistening hyper cars purring along the highways and small streets of Tokyo, cruising part the neon lights, bustling crowds, old town areas and towering lit up skyscrapers is simply gorgeous. Most super cars/heavily modded cars look good anywhere, but set them in Japan and they just look even better, some lovely eastern car graphics and mod kits in this film too.

Most of the car sequences in this film are stunning in all honesty, even the training sequences where our US lead learns to drift, its all filmed perfectly. The guys behind the camera knew how to get the best angles and shots for these sequences, the cars just look awesome. 350's, EVO's, a Mazda and a highly modded Silvia make up the roster this time but come the big finale race naturally the Yank tunes up his dads old Mustang to challenge the bad guy. Its kinda silly really because I really don't think there would be any way an old Mustang could beat a Nissan 350Z, especially at drifting, the Mustang couldn't handle it.

But I can't deny the final race is pretty cool, its quite tense and does get your adrenaline going slightly...even though we know who's gonna win. The whole reason behind the race is daft anyway, why would a mafia kingpin allow a race to decide who leaves town. And why would the loser simply leave town? what is this a western!? doesn't the Yank and his friends owe money? wouldn't they cut his fingers off or something haha.

Anyway this is hands down the best actual racing film in the franchise if you ask me, a very highly professional and realistic street racing flick which deserves respect. The location simply enhances the experience, the only thing I don't like about these films (including the first two) is watching these awesome Jap cars get bashed up, its painful to watch because they're amazing cars and damn expensive to run!. The very end is also fun with a cameo from 'Toretto' (Diesel) but again I gotta laugh, does this guy really think he can beat a Jap drift car in a tight multi-storey car park with a huge brick of a US car like the Plymouth Satellite!? damn thing is wider than a bus!.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

This film, starring an entirely new cast, is actually very, very enjoyable fun; However, even though I am saying that, it is definitely the weakest in the franchise, not because the story sucks, but because the cast is all missing, and I feel that we really needed to see them in order to keep everyone interested. I wish there was more than just a cameo to hold us in. So, there is a senior high school student who breaks the laws at home due to street racing, and eventually has to be shipped off to live with his father in Tokyo, Japan, and it is has a great atmosphere for racing fans. As he continues what he loves while in Tokyo, Sean (lucas Black) meets new characters and races to earn respect. When he loses his first race he must repay him by owing him a car. It seems similar to the original, but hey, it's the fast and the furious, story is not what is meant to be key here. Tokyo Drift is great fun!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Tokyo Drift marks a point in this franchise where the filmmakers have had to broaden their horizons by venturing to other parts of the globe to keep making new movies. Maybe after this, we'll get The Fast and the Furious: London Meltdown, or The Fast and the Furious: Autobahn Speed. Lucas Black plays Sean, an American sent to live with his father in Tokyo to escape a jail sentence for street racing. So what does he do in Tokyo? He finds the street racing circuit. Japanese racers practice a style called drifting, which he quickly finds out is nothing like American street racing and ends up having to work off a debt to Han, who takes Sean under his wing to race for him to pay down the debt as well as beat Han's rival, DK, who happens to be the nephew of the Yakuza boss.
While the story is weaker than the previous installments, director Justin Lin displays a fine attention to detail. He authentically captures Japanese society by emphasizing the intricate differences that separate their culture from ours. He also creates amazing race sequences. The stunts performed in this movie are not only performed with minimal CGI, they are filmed from angles that show the entire thing uncut, which makes the visual effect that much cooler. If you simply turn off your brain and just try to enjoy the film for what it is, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a guilty pleasure that somehow manages to sustain the franchise.

MovieGeek13
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Quotes


Sean Boswell: Can he drive? Twinkie: Can he drive? You know what DK stands for? Sean Boswell: Donkey Kong?
– Submitted by zach s (2 months ago)
Cindy (Clay's Girlfriend): How about me, the one who wins takes me.
– Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)

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