18 Movie Reviews in 18 Days #14: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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If flashy car races in Japanese cars is the only thing you enjoy about The Fast & The Furious franchise, then I suppose Tokyo Drift would work for you because it’s the only thing they chose to keep for this particular sequel.

Gone are the cops. Gone is Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel, or any other actor you might recognize from the first two movies. In its place is Lucas Black playing a 17-year-old who has trouble saying three syllable words and doing his best Paul Walker impression. After getting in trouble yet again, he’s shipped off to Japan where his father is stationed.

He soon makes an enemy named DK who is connected to the Yakuza and falls in love with his girlfriend of course. DK has a partner named Han who is amused by all of this and decides to become Lucas’ teacher. I’d tell you more about the plot but there really isn’t anything much to tell.

This installment centers around a phenomenon called drifting that I’ve never really been a fan of or understood. Unfortunately this movie does practically nothing to help. What we get instead is a LOT of footage of cars casually drifting around corners and burning rubber while doing so. It does look cool, but about the 3,000th time you get a little sick of it.

Tokyo Drift had last minute reshoots to add Vin Diesel at the very end, but it’s not enough to save the movie. Instead it just reminds you of what Tokyo Drift wasn’t.

The one redeeming thing I can say is that the car scenes look better. They no longer have the feel of being in some sort of blurry fantasy world. Instead you’re in a fantasy world where someone would put a Nissan engine in a classic Ford Mustang.

This is easily the worst so far in the franchise. It’s a little unexpected that the franchise actually continued after this.

The Fast and the Furious is available to purchase at this link.

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