The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Sequel to: The Fast and the Furious; 2 Fast 2 Furious
Cast: Lucas Black, Nathalie Kelley, Bow Wow, Brian Tee, Sung Kang, Zachery Ty Bryan, Brian Goodman, Vin Diesel
After getting into mostly car-race-related trouble repeatedly, Sean (Lucas Black) is sent to Japan, where his father (Brian Goodman) is stationed. But even in Tokyo, he manages to get in trouble quickly: he falls in love with Neela (Nathalie Kelley) who is dating yakuza D.K. (Brian Tee), he starts racing again, though he doesn’t know how to drift. That’s when Han (Sung Kang) finds him and takes him under his wing.
So far The Fast and the Furious movie have been okay. The first one was fun, the second one not so much anymore. But this one just plain sucked. And its connections to the entire franchise are strenuous at best.
I don’t know where they found Lucas Black, but I do hope that they re-buried him wherever they dug him up after the film was done. Rarely have I seen a more wooden performance. I hesitate to call it a performance at all.
It doesn’t help either that the script was incredibly bad and really didn’t do the first two films of the franchise any justice. And I do mean that, despite the fact that the first two movies weren’t script masterpieces either. It was so bad that I wondered whether anyone involved in the writing of it had ever actually set foot on Japanese soil at all.
And I’m acutely aware that these films aren’t feminist masterpieces – even though at least in the first couple of films they did have strong women as well. But this installment really hits a new low. I mean, it literally starts with a woman selling herself to whoever wins a car race, with such wonderful rhetoric as “I thought you loved me” as her boyfriend loses. Ouch.
But even apart from the movie being offensive and Lucas Black and the script sucking my soul out of my body in small pieces, the movie was just boring. Not even Sung Kang, who was pretty good and who played a likeable character, was enough to make me interested in any of it.
Summarising: Skip it. Skip it with the biggest jumps you can manage.