THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT
Stuck in the Fast Lane
Release Date: June 16, 2006
Starring: Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Brian
Tee, Nathalie Kelley, Sung
Kang, and Sonny Chiba
Audience: Teenage males
Runtime: 104 minutes
Director: Justin Lin
Executive Producer: Clayton Townsend
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Writer: Chris Morgan
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It’s the story of Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), a high schooler with a Texas drawl, who pulls one illegal racing stunt too many. His mom ships Sean off to live with his estranged father in Tokyo, where, to dad’s chagrin and no one’s surprise, he’s immediately caught up in the Tokyo underworld of drift racing. Sean’s entanglement in mobster affairs sets up numerous opportunities for him to race his way out of peril, but the plot and characters are really just excuses to hear tires shriek, see fast cars go fast and watch macho boys test their prowess and manhood behind the wheel. While Sean is clearly a fish-out-of-water, the film makes almost no credible effort to explore cultural differences or educate viewers about life in Japan.
The movie's depiction of underground racing culture emphasizes and often glorifies a hedonistic machismo that exalts in breaking rules, using violence and treating women as sexual objects. While Sean’s character does seem to follow a certain code of honor (taking responsibility for one’s actions, defending one’s friends), much of the movie's message seems to validate a self-glorifying, survival-of-the-fittest hedonism. “All that matters is knowing what you want and going after it,” Sean says at one point.
The violence comes mostly from the intense car racing and chase scenes including some very realistic and spectacular crashes, one of which leaves a character dead. There are several fistfights, and guns are both pointed at people’s heads and one is shot from speeding cars by the villain.
Though well-acted, TOKYO DRIFT is exactly what it wants to be – a loud, raucous, mile-a-minute blast which manages to conjure just enough plot to link the car racing scenes together. Fans of speed, cars, and male bravado will not be disappointed though there is little else in this movie that could pass for substance. TOKYO DRIFT makes illegal street racing look very cool, so it could be very dangerous for parents to let their teenage boys see it.
TOKYO DRIFT's depiction of the underground racing culture glorifies a hedonistic machismo that exalts in breaking rules, using violence and treating women as sexual objects. It is exactly what it wants to be – a loud, raucous, mile-a-minute blast that manages to conjure just enough plot to link the car racing scenes together. Fans of speed, cars and male bravado will not be disappointed, though there is little else that could pass for substance. TOKYO DRIFT makes illegal street racing look very cool, so it could be very dangerous for parents to let their teenage boys see it.