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Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The
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by William Goss

"Screeching Tired"
2 stars

Welcome to Tokyo, where all the cool American kids look too old to be in high school and simply got themselves and their grating Alabama accents banished here instead of enduring punishment stateside for racing against one of those excessively tanned 'Home Improvement' brats and ruining a suburban construction site in the process, and where all the cool Asian kids speak English, have limitless supplies of disposable income, and lack parental supervision. Ah, how nice it must be to reward the reckless.

In The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, an in-name-only continuation of the popular racing series, our aforementioned badass rebel of the week is Sean Bosworth (Lucas Black), who gets shipped off to Japan to be in custody of his father (Brian Goodman, playing practically the same role he had in director Justin Lin’s über-banal Annapolis and apparently sporting the very same generic Navy wardrobe from that shoot). Not a minute after the “my roof, my rules” speech does Sean find himself caught up in the world of drifting, which is basically the frequent employment of smooth and steady skidding. Not another minute passes before he hits on the girlfriend (Nathalie Kelley) of the local legend (Brian Tee) and is befriended by the legend’s associate (Sung Kang) and school hallway hustler (Bow Wow), and away we go!

As opposed to the stoic demeanors of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel before him, Black (Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights) is just plain stale, casting stares and busting out his Southern twang without a moment’s hesitation. That said, he fills the position as well as anyone could expect. Aside from him and Tee’s incessantly scowling opponent, Kelley does carry an undeniable allure as the requisite femme while Bow Wow embodies a near-stereotypical role and is further paired with a stupid name (Twinkie) and a stupid car (imagine if the Hulk puked up a Scion). Only Kang conveys the right amount of cool in his restrained performance, so rich and so skilled that he has no need to act like he gives a damn, because frankly, he doesn’t.

Director Lin and writer Chris Morgan (Cellular) goes through the paces of its predecessors, embracing a brazen sense of irresponsibility while glossing over petty things like consequence (a brief scene conveniently explains that, if the cops can’t catch you, they won’t even try). However, the first two Furious films were never dumb so much as inconsequential, whereas Tokyo Drift manages to be stupid on the surface as feared. It defies gravity but lacks levity in its execution. The rampant computer graphics have certainly become more polished, but they have also become more prevalent, defusing the excitement and impressiveness of practical stunts and instead opting for sneers and steers before a green screen. Add to that sequences depicting drifting as mating ritual and childhood pastime, a gaggle of Asian babes suffering from a skirt shortage, a thumping soundtrack of tunes rejected from Dance Dance Revolution, and the single best car-restoration sequence this side of Grease, and you have a guilty pleasure that’s just too lazy to be fun.

However, it does deliver on auto action, which is priority number one for both filmmakers and fans. The opening sequence is practically a litmus test for (w)reckless behavior, mercifully nearing parody yet never fulfilling such shameless promise. Driving through a crowded downtown intersection comes off just as stupid as it sounds, but between that and careening down a steep hillside for the climactic race, there are few of these moments that manage to be slick enough to brush off. Still, the film frequently shifts from high-octane to low-intellect, as these moments find themselves regularly interrupted by the turgid story, which is little more than a set of showdowns between Black’s glare and Tee’s sneer. There are the typical fishermen who just so happen to be around and know enough about drifting to spit out the sporadic quip, as well as Navy Dad’s convenient eleventh-hour change of heart, a wasted Sonny Chiba appearance, and the least surprising cameo since Will Ferrell popped up in Wedding Crashers last summer. This is a film which has to provide an on-screen title for “Tokyo, Japan” when the plane lands, while the foes take every opportunity to call our American hero “cowboy”. Of course, the initial culture clash takes place to mild amusement, only to swiftly be replaced by characters that happen to speak his language and figure into the plot. For a franchise never regarded for its narrative prowess or character development, this entry seems to go out of its way to dumb things down and make it hard to coast on by without noticing the speed bumps.

As with 'Better Luck Tomorrow,' Lin appears to embrace his heritage, and the multicultural cast suits the movie fine. However, like the desperate overnight creation of our hero and friends just in time for the finale, this is merely an Asian engine in an American muscle chassis, and it’s just as big, dumb, loud, and pointless as one would expect and not the least bit flattering to either side of the ocean. To their credit, the first two films just didn’t have so much junk in the trunk.

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User Comments

7/23/12 cr my favorite of the series behind part 1, great scenes and story. 4 stars
11/01/08 Shaun Wallner My kind of film. 5 stars
3/23/08 Hadi This movie is so awesome me and my friends watched twice in a row!AWESOME 5 stars
11/11/07 cody better than part 2 as far car action lack in story cool soild flick that edge of your seat 3 stars
5/15/07 David Pollastrini PRETTY DUMB 2 stars
4/19/07 Stevo UK Simalar to having your balls squeezed between 2 blocks of ice. And slightly less apealing. 1 stars
1/19/07 frankie g freakin awesome!! i went home and drifted my super van after i saw this movie!! 5 stars
11/11/06 Woody lol this movie sux cornhole, honda sux cornhole, and carbon fibre sux cornhole 1 stars
10/25/06 pacman It had a plot to interest ladies and skilled racing that interests the guys. 5 stars
10/11/06 arif sayed very good and interesting 5 stars
10/09/06 ad take it as a joke and you might find yourself liking it. Cars real cool 3 stars
10/04/06 mad n furious!! bad bad bad bad movie!!!!!! 2 stars
9/11/06 Agent Sands There is nothing even remotely positive to say. You feel dumber after watching it. 1 stars
8/25/06 Al Guy Next, will cars drive upside down? Stupid movie. 2 stars
8/04/06 CoMMy Man... one name.. Vin Diesel FOREVER!!! Love that guy! 5 stars
7/04/06 Kelly Brilliant!! 5 stars
6/27/06 KingNeutron Things they did make sense, IN CONTEXT OF THE MOVIE. Critics too harsh. 4 stars
6/26/06 Trev This movie brought us back to the very first feeling we got when we saw part 1.EXCELLENTJOB 5 stars
6/26/06 Chris Insufferably Stupid And Souless, I't TOTAL GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
6/25/06 Evil Wolfie It's souless and empty. 2 stars
6/24/06 Ole Man Bourbon Lots of unintentional comedy. The actors appear aware of how crappy their lines are. 2 stars
6/24/06 adamski best film i have seen in my life 100% 5 stars
6/22/06 Rohan excellent movie 5 stars
6/22/06 rashaad its the best 5 stars
6/19/06 Adrian A visually fun film...and that's pretty much everything. 3 stars
6/19/06 donald Never has a DVD purchase said so much about the purchaser than with any F&F movie. 1 stars
6/17/06 Agent Sands I cannot believe I saw this movie. It is so bad. I feel like I am now dumber for seeing it. 1 stars
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  16-Jun-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 26-Sep-2006



Directed by
  Justin Lin

Written by
  Chris Morgan

  Lucas Black
  Bow Wow
  Brian Tee
  Sung Kang
  Jason Tobin
  Nathalie Kelly

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