Identifying the most interesting thing about The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift isn’t difficult. There’s so very little interesting about the film at all, anything slightly interesting becomes rather vibrant and engaging. Unfortunately, it’s the really weird treatment of girls in the film. Not women, but high school-aged girls. They are either mercenary or damaged and, since they’re not with leading man Lucas Black, their boyfriends try to kill them during car races.
It’s very strange. In the second instance, Nathalie Kelley is riding in Black’s car as her boyfriend, played by Brian Tee, tries to kill them. The first one has the girl in her boyfriend’s car and him just not caring about her safety in order to beat Black in the race.
Except Tokyo Drift takes a long time to establish Black can actually drive a car well. He races at the beginning and isn’t particularly impressive; then he goes to Tokyo and races and isn’t impressive there either. Not until Sung Kang comes along and teaches him how to “drift” is Black any good at driving.
Black doesn’t have much of a character to play. He says he can drive, the film doesn’t show it. He says he can fight, the film doesn’t show it. He seems to think he can treat Kelley right, the film doesn’t show it. They have zero chemistry. In one of his only good moves, director Lin decided not to force it.
Great editing, bad music, decent enough final cameo.
Directed by Justin Lin; written by Chris Morgan; director of photography, Stephen F. Windon; edited by Kelly Matsumoto, Dallas Puett and Fred Raskin; music by Brian Tyler; production designer, Ida Random; produced by Neal H. Moritz; released by Universal Pictures.
Starring Lucas Black (Sean Boswell), Shad Moss (Twinkie), Nathalie Kelley (Neela), Brian Tee (D.K.), Sung Kang (Han), Leonardo Nam (Morimoto), Brian Goodman (Major Boswell), Chiba Shin’ichi (Uncle Kamata), Zachery Ty Bryan (Clay), Nikki Griffin (Cindy), Jason Tobin (Earl), Kitagawa Keiko (Reiko), Lynda Boyd (Ms. Boswell) and Vincent Laresca (Case Worker).