The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Film Review

After getting in trouble with his love of cars and racing, Sean (Lucas Black) is sent to live with his father in Tokyo. His father has little interest in him and seems to not notice that within minutes, he is street racing and hanging out with an older guy,Han (Sung Kang), who is happy to hand over the keys to his car and in return, just needs Sean to work for him. Not creepy at all (although given than Sean is clearly an adult and not at all a teenager, it’s considerably less creepy). But besides this, Sean needs to learn to drift to impress Neela ( Nathalie Kelley) by beating her boyfriend D.K. (Brian Tee).

Yeah, there is some cool racing stuff happening, and the Tokyo Drift looks cool (though that is a lot of rubber left on the tarmac). Also, it seems the casting agent totally forgot to hire any male extras… instead, there are just a lot of women in not a lot of clothes with no lines. Oops! Oh, hopefully they’ll remember to rectify this in future… ah, who am I kidding? Getting my feminist sensibilities up about these films? I can only hope that one day, should future generations watch this, they’ll be saying ‘How did they get away with that?’ Also, why are the bad guys not just a bit bad, but also treat their women (who inevitably are also the love interest of the main character) like crap? Oh, because they’re bad. Bad in every way. It’s okay to objectify woman, but not treat them like possessions? Mixed messaged, F&F.

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