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Western Tokyo Movies

Posted April 19, 2010 to photo album "Western Tokyo Movies"

As part of Movie City Tokyo, FilmInFocus looks at a list of 10 diverse movies shot in Japan’s capital by Western filmmakers.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Tokyo Joe (1949)
Slide 3: House of Bamboo (1955)
Slide 4: My Geisha (1962)
Slide 5: You Only Live Twice (1967)
Slide 6: The Yakuza (1974)
Slide 7: Sans Soleil (1982)
Slide 8: The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
Slide 9: Flirt (1995)
Slide 10: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Slide 11: Tokyo! (2008)
Slide 10: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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.