Arts Partner: Japan Society
“Despite all the silliness the drift races are gripping, and director Justin Lin captures Tokyo’s energy and glitter far better than Sofia Coppola.” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
The divisive third entry in the immensely popular Fast & Furious franchise restarts the film series by introducing an entirely new set of characters and shifting the four-wheel action to Tokyo’s underground world of illegal drift racing. Outsider teen Sean (Lucas Black) sets out to become top gaijin and unseat the local “Drift King” with the help of street racing veteran Han (Sung Kang), embroiling himself with a yakuza boss (Sonny Chiba) in the process. Muscularly directed by series favorite Justin Lin (who takes more than a few liberties with regard to cultural fidelity), this pop action spectacle foregrounds the thrill and neon sheen of the city’s nightlife through its racing scenes, including an unforgettable chase that swerves through Shibuya Crossing.
2006, USA/Germany/Japan, 105 min., 35mm, in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Justin Lin. With Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Nathalie Kelley, Sung Kang.
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- December 7, 2019