7 facts you need to know about Tokyo Drift by a Japanese fan

7 facts you need to know about Tokyo Drift by a Japanese fan

The Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift was unique concept in the sequel of The Fast and Furious. As a Japanese, I can’t help but be proud of my roots and my city, Tokyo. The setting of this movie was in Tokyo and it shows nothing but amazing about the city.



 

7 facts you need to know about Tokyo Drift by a Japanese fan

 

1. Synopsis

An American High school student Sean(Lucas Black) is an amazing drift racer. One day he picks up a fight with a celebrity foot ball player at an illegal car race. He wins the race but has to go to jail for violating laws. To avoid time in prison he went to Tokyo to live with his father who work as US military in Japan. His father bans street car race however that does not stop Sean from joining Japanese Drift race.

 

2. NO Paul Walker and Vin Diesel?

The Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift was shot in Tokyo and movie’s material was drift race by Rice Rockets(Japanese Sports spec car like S11). There was NO main character sequel in this movie (except for the last scene(spoiler!). If you are a big fan of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, it is unfortunate to say that The Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift might go against your expectation. You might think the this movie is kind of spin-off story by The Fast and Furious.

 

3. The chronological order of The Fast and the Furious

 If you have noticed, they released the movies under the following order:

#1 The Fast and the Furious
#2 2 Fast 2 Furious
#4 Fast & Furious
#5 Fast Five
#6 Fast & Furious 6
#3 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
#7 Furious 7

We don’t know why the producers did so whatever the reason was, all movies share a common ground: street racing and heist. That makes the movie fans go crazy about them.

 

4. Where was the shooting spot of TOKYO DRIFT?

Some parts of the scenes (mainly drama parts) were shot in Japan. In a movie car action shot at capital freeway (we called Shutoko). They only got an hour permission to tape the scenes they need. Another car action scene shot at Chiba prefecture. After shooting the movie, Mr. Nokogiri, toll fee collector became famous among the movie fans. Some portions of the movie was shot in Meguro and Shinjuku ward.

 

5. Half of the scenes shot in America

According to movie crews, Half of the movie was shot in America or studio. Studio crew set multi-story parking look like Kabukicho, Shibuya scramble intersection in America. The movie crew shot the famous Shibuya intersection at night then montage it.

 

6. Japanese D1 Legendary Professional Drivers gather for TOKYO DRIFT

Stunt-Double and supervisor of TOKYO DRIFT was the Legend of Professional Drift Racer Keiichi Tsuchiya,he was in TOKYO DRIFT as cameo( a fisherman). Action at multi-story parking by Professional D1driver, Shigenobu Kumakubo, Kazuhiro Tanaka (TeamOrange). Whenever they did special action, camera-car drifted same time. Camera-car mainly used Porsche Cayenne.

 

7. They featured all high-end cars. You will drool yourself to death.

The highlights of this movie aside from life-threatening stunts are the high-end cars! The crew prepared over 230cars just for this movie. Mitsubishi Rancer Evolition (CT9A) was driven by Sean, Nissan Fearlady Z(Z33) was driven by Takashi, Mazda RX-7 Fortune Model was driven by Han… There were lots of car in the movie for car enthusiasts. The last model of SKYLINE GT-R(BNR34),180SX Rotus Elize,Tuscan,S15 Nissan Silvia(crashed by Sean). I think they are now listed in ’90s〜nowadays models.

 

Conclusion

What does Japanese think about TOKYO DRIFT?
Do you wanna know what we, Japanese think about TOKYO DRIFT? Actually, In Japan, the movie had low rating among car enthusiasts and movie fans. Most Japanese think Hollywood use “Japan” people’s interest but Japanese aren’t really thrilled about it because they tend to add some spin in our our real lifestyle. They make fun of us or any other asians in movies. In Japan, teenagers don’t do drift race at midnight. It’s horrible to imagine. It may be safe to say that just a few Japanese were real fans of the movie.

 

7 facts you need to know about Tokyo Drift by a Japanese fan

1. Synopsis
2. NO Paul Walker and Vin Diesel?
3. The chronological order of The Fast and the Furious
4. Where was the shooting spot of TOKYO DRIFT?
5. Half of the scenes shot in America
6. Japanese D1 Legendary Professional Drivers gather for TOKYO DRIFT
7. They featured all high-end cars. You will drool yourself to death.