|June 16, 2006|
|Action, Crime, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for reckless and illegal behavior involving teens, violence, language and sexual content
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Hands down, Sung Kang as supporting character Han makes this film. Without Kang, there would be nothing redeemable about “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”. For starters, Lucas Black is terrible as the lead character, Sean Boswell, a country hick sent to Japan after getting into too much trouble. There are no serious consequences for Sean and never are. His “strict” father steps aside to let him do whatever he wants and a killer Yakuza boss lets him live for no good reason. Black is not an actor I want to see around and I did not believe any bit of him in this role.
“Tokyo Drift” succeeds in introducing a new element into street racing, with the fresh idea of drifting, but simply becomes some odd version of “The Karate Kid” with Han coaching Sean in their ways, for no real reason than for entertainment. Justin Lin does as good a job as he can directing this sequel, but drops the ball with actors that shouldn’t be in high school and a film that feels like 90% of it is at night. [Spoiler] When the film loses Kang, I lose complete interest and could do without the entire second half of this film. I could also do without Bow Wow, who is the only character I believe as a high school student. The worst installment in the franchise, with no returning characters from the originals (besides a surprise appearance at the end), this at least sets Kang up for much deserved future endeavors.