• Publication date: April 1, 2011

Hold on to Your Seat & Lose Control Tokyo Drift: The Final Ride is the Wildest of Them All

The third installment in the popular series transports viewers to Tokyo, where its bright lights and mesmerizing cityscape make for the perfect backdrop. Before going to Japan, however, we meet our main protagonist: 17-year-old Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), an Arizonian delinquent whose mom has bounced all across the United States due to her son's antics. His latest offense, racing a schoolmate across the city, lands the juvie a court date. The judge offers Sean an ultimatum: go to jail or relocate to Japan.

The third installment in the popular series transports viewers to Tokyo, where its bright lights and mesmerizing cityscape make for the perfect backdrop. Before going to Japan, however, we meet our main protagonist: 17-year-old Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), an Arizonian delinquent whose mom has bounced all across the United States due to her son's antics. His latest offense, racing a schoolmate across the city, lands the juvie a court date. The judge offers Sean an ultimatum: go to jail or relocate to Japan.

For any young man the choice seems obvious. Sean packs his bags and heads to Japan to live with his father, a U.S. Naval officer. The teenager is free to soak up what Tokyo has to offer, provided it does not involve automobiles of any kind. Naturally, that condition is broken almost immediately thanks to American schoolmate Twinkie (rapper Bow Wow), who introduces Sean to the city's underground racing scene.

Though a seasoned speedster back home, Sean knows nothing about Asia's unique style of racing called drifting. Drifting, in short, refers to an almost acrobatic form of driving involving braking and accelerating simultaneously to make sharp, incredibly graceful maneuvers � usually in an urban environment. He's hooked instantly.

Sean is also hooked on another man's girl. Neela (Nathalie Kelley) is a half-Japanese half-Australian cutie currently dating Tokyo's number one racer: Takashi (Brian Tee), otherwise known as the 'Drift King' or 'DK' for short. When Takashi notices Neela and Sean talking a bit too intimately he warns him to keep a safe distance. Determined to prove his manliness and despite no experience drifting, Sean challenges DK. Unsurprisingly the newcomer faces a humiliating defeat.

DK's close friend, Han Lue (Sung Kang) befriends Sean and teaches him the fundamentals of drifting. In no time the military brat is burning rubber and causing chaos in new territory, struggling to impress Neela and eventually face off against the Drift King one more time.

Like its predecessors in the franchise Tokyo Drift was an international success, earning $158 million in ticket sales and easily recuperating its $85 million budget. The soundtrack features high-powered songs by DJ Shadow, The Prodigy, and N.E.R.D. It was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards.

Year: 2006

Duration: 104 minutes

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring:

Lucas Black

Bow Wow

Nathalie Kelly

Brian Tee

Sung Kang

Brian Goodman

Sonny Chiba

Director: Justin Lin

Rating: Rated PG-13 for reckless and illegal behavior involving teens, violence, explicit language, and sexual content.