Screen Junkies releases an Honest Trailer for The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. After 2 Fast 2 Furious opened to a mixed response (at time attributed to the loss of original Fast & The Furious star Vin Diesel), plans for the franchise briefly shifted to something more like an anthology series connected loosely by a shared theme of illegal street-racing.
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift was conceived as a standalone feature to launch the concept, following a troublemaking Alabama teenage racer (Lucas Black) and his “fish out of water” adventures after relocating to Japan and adjusting to not only a new culture but the Japan-centric racing style of “drifting” (and also a Yakuza turf-war, because reasons). But in a nod to fans, the very end of the film featured a surprise cameo from Diesel’s Dominic Toretto – introducing himself as an “old friend” of deceased supporting character Han (Sun Kang).
The threequel, of course, wound-up overperforming, leading the studio to ambitiously reunite its director (Justin Lin), Diesel, original co-star Paul Walker and (through the magic of loose-timelines) Kang for an ever-growing set of reunions that ultimately transformed the previously near-dead franchise into a massive global brand and Lin into a Hollywood A-lister. But for all those good vibes, Tokyo Drift is still pretty silly – perhaps even more so now that it’s relatively small-scale teenage gang rivalry storyline has been folded into the increasingly absurd Fast & Furious mythology. Which of course has made it a perfect target for the Honest Trailers crew.
By now the Honest Trailers formula is almost as familiar as those of the blockbusters they mock: A tongue-in-cheek recap of the film, followed with observations about repetitive plot details or onscreen flubs and capped off with a run of puns on the names of the assembled cast. This time, the offbeat critique centers on the weirdness of retconning a film clearly shot almost a decade ago to take place directly before Furious 7 (“Japan’s retro tech phase”) and the now-curious presence of then-popular hip-hop personality Lil Bow-Wow as a main character. Also coming in for expected mockery is Black’s unusual line-delivery and profound non-resemblance to a teenager, plus the odd fact of the film’s fake-sounding origin for drift racing being (somewhat) true to life.
The Fast & Furious franchise is set to continue later this month with The Fate of The Furious, the eighth installment that promises to shake the series’ to its foundations with a storyline that finds onetime lead hero Toretto transformed into a villain by Charlize Theron’s new nemesis Cipher. Black’s character Sean Boswell, who appeared briefly in the seventh installment, is set to return once again.
KEY RELEASE DATES
The Fate of the Furious release date: Apr 14, 2017