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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (PG-13)

Release Date: June 16th, 2006 by Universal Pictures.
The Cast: Lucas Black,Bow Wow, Nathalie Kelley, Sung Kang, Leonardo Nam, Brian Goodman, Soony Chiba, Brian Tee.
Directed by Justin Lin.

BASIC PREMISE: In order to avoid spending time in jail, Sean (Black) stays with his uncle in Tokyo where he enters the world of drift racing.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Fans of the first two films should be able to somewhat enjoy this overly-edited, predictable film with no surprises. Those who expect thrills, drama and character development will be disappointed. Basically, once Sean arrives in Tokyo, he quickly gets tempted into the world of drift racing where cars speed and “drift”. He befriends Twinkie (Bow Wow) while having his eye on a beautiful girl named Neela (Kelley)—essentially, his “prize” for winning a race against tough Japanese rivals. Not surprisingly, the cool cars have more personality than any of the good-looking characters. What’s missing, though, is some much-needed comedy relief which would have felt refreshing.Also, the final drift race lacks any thrills. On a positive note, director Justin Lin brings plenty of flashy, music video-like visuals, pleasant eye candy for both men and women as well as a brisk pace which indeed makes this film feel just as fast, furious instantly forgettable as expected.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.


IN A NUTSHELL: Fast, furious and ultimately forgettable.

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