Monday, 17 June 2013

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Review

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Release Date: 15th June 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Relativity Media (in association with)
Original Film
MP Munich Pape Filmproductions

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 104 minutes

Budget: $85,000,000

Box Office Gross: $158,468,292

Plot Summary
Sean Boswell is an outsider
who attempts to define
himself as a hotheaded
underdog street racer.
Although racing provides
a temporary escape from
an unhappy home and
the superficial world
around him, it has also
made Sean unpopular
with the local authorities.
To avoid jail time, Sean
is sent to live with his
gruff estranged father, a
career military man
stationed in Tokyo.

Now officially a gaijin
(outsider), Sean feels more
shut out in a land of
foreign customs and codes
of honour. But it doesn't
take long for him to find
some action when a fellow
American buddy, Twinkie
introduces him to the
underground world of
drift racing. Sean's simple
drag racing gets replaced
by a rubber-burning
automotive art form -
with an exhilarating
balance of speeding and
gliding through a heart-
stopping course of hairpin
turns and switchbacks.

On the first time out
drifting, Sean unknowningly
takes on DK, the "drift king",
a local champ with ties to
the Japanese crime machine,
Yakuza. Sean's loss comes
at a high price tag when
he's forced to work off the
debt under the thumb of
ex-pat, Han. Han soon
welcomes Sean into this
family of misfits and
introduces him to the
real principles of drifting.
But when Sean falls in
love with DK's girlfriend,
Neela, and explosive series
of events is set into motion,
climaxing with an ultimate
high stakes face-off.

Lucas Black - Sean Boswell
Bow Wow - Twinkie
Brian Tee - Takashi
Natalie Kelly - Neela
Sung Kang - Han Seoul-Oh
Sonny Chiba - Kamata
Brian Goodman - Lieutenant

Director - Justin Lin
Writer - Chris Morgan
Producer - Neal H. Moritz
Production Designer - Ida Random
Costume Designer - Sanja Milkovic Hays
Director of Photography - Stephen F. Windon
Action Coordinator (Uncredited)/Stunt Player -
Thomas Robinson Harper
Stunt Coordinator - Terry Leonard
Precision Driving Coordinator - Scotty Richards
Visual Effects Supervisor - Mike Wassel
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Edward Hirsh
Film Editors - Kelly Matsumoto, Dallas Puett
& Fred Raskin
Music - Brian Tyler

Quite different to the other instalments, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT while attempting to be the new generation of the franchise, fails miserably and fails for the petrol on the story that needed to be remotely interesting and approachable. The vocabulary of the acting is so pitched without a fork and the comedy is less far-fetched and without any fun at all but what the movie made more exciting is the driving that requires more precision and finesse. Rather than just flawing it on a long straight road, this shows us a divergent form of driving where drivers must approach corner after corner at furious speeds while trying to drift and slide the tail of the car around the corner. The another only good part was Vin Diesel's cameo role at the end and I felt surprised about it when watching the film and I wanted that to come up.

Having endurance for TOKYO DRIFT is surprising and ends up being graded into above average has really taken a bad curve. I hear from one person that the film doesn't fit in the actual continuity of the series and just didn't make any sense, it seemed that it actually does. Please focus towards the epic racing and is the best way without seeing or any of these missteps.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

1 comment:

  1. Hi film guru lad

    I read you review and I have to say I agree with your oppinion. This film definately is an outlier in the set, it does not follow on story wise and is missing the 2 vital ingredients that make this formula work well which is Walker and Diesel. I did enjoy the driving choreography and stunt driving though, it was good to see a different type of driving that audiences havn't seen before. Very innovative indeed. Keep the reviews coming film guru lad : )