As part of Movie City Tokyo, FilmInFocus looks at a list of 10 diverse movies shot in Japan’s capital by Western filmmakers.
Slide 10: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
After two hit movies, stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker had both departed the Fast and Furious franchise so a change of location was called for in order to spice up the action. With a whole different set of characters, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift followed new hero Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), car-mad delinquent who flees the U.S. in order to escape jail and goes to live with his father, a naval officer stationed in Japan. Tokyo, it turns out, is a colorful, vibrant city where all the natives speak in English (because subtitles are confusing) and there is a flourishing underground drift racing culture. There are cameos from Vin Diesel, kung fu movie legend Sonny Chiba and real-life drift racers Keiichi Tsuchiya (aka the “Drift King”) and Rhys Millen. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was directed by Justin Lin, who would go on to helm the subsequent Fast & Furious (2009), the fourth film in the franchise, and is currently slated to make Fast Five in 2011.