Movie Review: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)


Plot: A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

Rating: 6/10

Well, we’re back. 2 Fast 2 Furious was a 9 on the Richter scale of cinematic disasters, and I had plenty of concerns about watching the third one, ominously titled Tokyo Drift. I persevered, remembering that (at the very least) the last three films in the franchise have been excellent entertainment. I sneakily contemplated just skipping this and coming back at the end to watch it, but I know myself and would have ended up not watching this at all. I also really wanted to see this in the setup of the franchise and how it fits in.

Tokyo Drift is firstly much better than the load of crap that is in the second movie. The acting is surprisingly better. There is still Asians everywhere, one of the franchise most favorite groups. There are still scantily clad girls starting the races, there are still fights that can miraculously be solved with car races. It was really amusing, as it is every single time it happens, that movie makers create storylines to make teenagers think they actually have a real say in the world. They don’t, but it is sweet that people are humoring them. Anyway.


Sean Boswell certainly doesn’t inspire the loyalty that Dominic Toretto inspires. I enjoyed him however, and as the film continues he grew on me. He certainly was a little punk kid without a real cause, and that was annoying. I had the most sympathy with his dad – imagine with being tasked to take care of that rugrat.


Neela, however. If you grew up as a child in Tokyo without your mother, HOW on this earth do you still have an Australian accent? It frustrated me so much. Her character, as has become typical in the franchise at this point, could not save herself and was content to run between men for safekeeping.


Han, played by Sung Kan, has always been a favorite of mine. He has such calm eyes and SPOILER: I can’t believe he is dead. I really loved how he took Sean in (a bit bemused by how trusting film characters are, but anyhoo), and how he taught him to drift after that hilarious first loss against D.K.


Oh, D.K. You really were the most tepid of all the villains. Didn’t really hate him, he was just amusing and not really scary. I do however think his uncle should have been in a bit more, as he had a slightly more menacing presence.

Tokyo Drift should have been between six and seven, true, but the film simply isn’t good enough to fit into the powerhouse drama that the franchise has become so I guess it is a good thing that it was released third. Nothing really bad to it, but I am supportive of a world where Dominic Toretto rules with his truck highjacking, vault pulling, band of misfits. I don’t want a FF film where there are other stories going on I’m sad to say – the franchise has a particular recipe that must be followed.

To finish off, I was cheering like a mad woman when Dom’s face appeared in the last scene!