Following 'The Fast and the Furious' and its sequel, '2 Fast 2 Furious', speed fans are in for a treat with this third instalment of action and destruction.
Set in the murky world of Japanese drift racing, American Sean Boswell (Black) finds himself as an outsider, a 'Gaijin', fighting against the odds. He's been sent to Japan as an alternative to prison, having caused mayhem while racing high school-jock Clay (Bryan, from TV's 'Home Improvement') around a soon to be completed housing development. The prize was Clay's girlfriend.
In Japan, Sean moves in with his estranged dad in a rundown area of downtown Tokyo and is enrolled at a local high school. He befriends another American kid (Bow Wow) who introduces him to the cars and participants of drift racing.
Such is his luck, he immediately makes an enemy of DK (Tee), the Drift King, whose uncle is a mob boss. Not only that, but DK's girlfriend is the best looking girl in Sean's school and DK doesn't take kindly to Sean being anywhere near her.
With shades of the housing development race re-surfacing, the racing begins. What the Tokyo Tourist Board and police have to say about how easy it is, according to this film, to race at 180 miles an hour through busy city streets thronged with pedestrians is anyone's guess.
The racing certainly is fast, furious, relentless and action-packed, with Brian Tyler-authored music thumping away in the background. The scenes are decorated by the many young and beautiful people (mainly female) who frequent the races and places where the racers hang out.
The film is helped along by a decent script but the ending is predictable and the dialogue between Sean and his dad is cringe-worthy, belonging more in a tear-jerker than a fuel-driven movie like this. Apart from that, 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' is still good fun.