The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

2006

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Critics Consensus

Eye-popping driving sequences coupled with a limp story and flat performances make this Drift a disappointing follow-up to previous Fast and Furious installments.

38%

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69%

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User Ratings: 535,755
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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 behind bars or moving overseas to live with his no-nonsense, military man father who's currently stationed in Tokyo, the young rebel packs his bags and sets his sights on Nippon. Though at first reluctant to adapt to the unfamiliar customs and foreign code of honor of his new home, Sean soon strikes up a friendship with American speed freak Twinkie (Bow Wow), a like-minded race fan who schools the inexperienced newcomer in the pulse-pounding world of drift-racing. Inadvertently challenging local champion and yakuza associate D.K. (The Drift King) his first time on the road, Sean is subsequently forced to work under expatriate Han (Sung Kang) to pay off his debt after failing to cross the finish line first. Taking note of the young American's affinity for racing as he warmly welcomes him into his merry band of misfit drift-fanatics, Han slowly introduces Sean to the key principles of the popular new racing style. When Sean makes the potentially deadly mistake of falling for D.K.'s girlfriend Neela (Nathalie Kelley), he'll need all the help he can get to face his most challenging race to date and take on the most notorious driver on the Tokyo drift scene in a hair-raising, hairpin-turn race where the winner truly takes all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Lucas Black
as Sean Boswell
Bow Wow
as Twinkie
Brandon Brendel
as Clay's Buddy
Damien Marzett
as High School Security Guard
Lynda Boyd
as Ms. Boswell
Leonardo Nam
as Morimoto
Brian Goodman
as Major Boswell
David Thomas
as Clay's Buddy
Sonny Chiba
as Uncle Kamata
Vincent Laresca
as Case Worker
David V. Thomas
as Clay's Buddy
Christian Salazar
as Chubby Hispanic Kid
Daniel Booko
as Clay's Buddy
Kevin Caira
as Auto Shop Bully
Julius Trey Sanford
as Auto Shop Bully
Amber Stevens
as Cheerleader
Danny Ray McDonald III
as Auto Shop Bully
Ashika Gogna
as Cheerleader
Danny Ray McDonald II
as Auto Shop Bully
Joseph 'Bama' Crumpton
as Police Officer
Caroline de Souza Correa
as Brazilian Model
Mari Jaramillo
as Beautiful Girl In Skyline
Rie Shibata
as Math Teacher
Toshi Hayama
as Toshi At Underground Garage
Atley Siauw
as DJ Atley
Konishiki
as Paw Man
Tak Kubota
as Yakuza
Yoko Maki
as Woman at Apartment
Jimmy Lin
as Jimmy
Trula M. Marcus
as American Math Teacher
Kaila Yu
as Cowgirl At Starting Line
Damien Marzette
as High School Security Guard
Satoshi Tsumabuki
as Exceedingly Handsome Guy
Aiko Tanaka
as Cowgirl At Starting Line
Verena Mei
as Beautiful Girl In Skyline
Carole De Souza Correa
as Sexy Brazilian Model
Vin Diesel
as Dominic Toretto
Silvia Suvadora
as Russian Model
Keiichi Tsuchiya
as Old Fisherman
Kazutoshi Wadakura
as Old Fisherman
Shoko Nakagawa
as Bo-Peep Girl
Mikiko Yano
as Bo-Peep Girl
Wendy Watanabe
as Neela's Friend
Tina Tsunoda
as Neela's Friend
Mitsuki Koga
as Yakuza Man
Hidesuke Motoki
as Yakuza Man
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  • Apr 10, 2017
    It's been well documented how the F&F franchise was pretty much garbage before The Rock came on to the series, and Tokyo Drift is more of the same. I had never sat through the entire runtime until now, and just as I thought, it's definitely not one of the better ones. In fact, Tokyo Drift is the second worst of the series, just in front of its predecessor, 2 Fast 2 Furious. This installment takes the series abroad, as we watch Sean Boswell played by Lucas Black, get brought back into the dangerous game of street racing and become acquainted with the technique of drifting. Boswell is supposed to be a teenager who gets sent away to live with his father in Tokyo after getting into trouble one too many times back home in Arizona. Black doesn't look young enough to be in high school, nor do I really see the need for the writers to make him in high school. Why not just make him a high school drop-out, a few years removed from a structured life, and someone looking for a place to call home. Perhaps, even refer to him as a constant "drifter". Poor Pun? Probably. With no sign of Paul Walker or Vin Diesel, Tokyo Drift is forced to carry on with actors who are better off served in supporting roles. Surprisingly, there isn't that one character or performance that's distractingly over-the-top like in the previous two adventures. At the same time, there's nothing all that special about any of the characters to begin with. There's certainly more of an attempt to add depth to the characters, with both the protagonist and antagonist having some serious family issues, but it's not fleshed out in an interesting way. Instead, most of it is addressed in a disappointingly cliché manner. You can tell there's something refreshing about Justin Lin's direction. He isn't repeating the same beats as the first two films in the same way that 2 Fast 2 Furious did. The decision to take it outside America and bring new cars and new characters was probably the correct choice, but it could have handled better. In the same vein, the lack of creativity in the plot is puzzling. Introducing an antagonistic uncle to Takashi who I think runs some sort of shady business was unnecessary. Not only did they refuse to really address the nature of his work but I'm not sure he added anything of value to the story, at all. Does it matter that the second and third F&F movies are poor? Not really. With where the series is now, it doesn't really matter to me that the first few films struggled to find the right tone. What's important is that they have found the right speed now. See what I did there? +New locations, cars, and action -Characters are as generic as they come -Weak villain 5.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    Completely scrapped everyone in the cast of the first two movies to try something new in this one. Too bad it fell flat on its face. The one thing about a lot of these F&F films is that they rely much more heavily on the car scenes and leave the acting and script to flutter in the wind. This was no different. Story was just not good and acting wasn't much better. Only cool thing about the film is the very end's cameo appearance.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    This is my roommate's favourite film of the franchise. It's my least favourite (ie. Most hated). When I wasn't bored, it was only because my senses were too offended by the lead character.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2016
    I actually really enjoyed this movie. I love the location, cool race scenes, surprisingly interesting plot and overall a lot of fun. If you are a fan of the franchise you might be disappointed cause of its lack of characters we know and love but you'll still be entertained.
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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