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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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Commentary 1: Director Justin Lin Rating:6.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on November 23rd, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Lin drives home a decent commentary. He talks about the challenges of filming in Tokyo where permits are difficult to obtain. Some of the crew was arrested due to some unauthorized guerrilla filming in certain locales. He designed some scenes to feature some of the places he had visited during his location scout. Lin was also able to meet and spend time with some actual Yakuza members while he was in Japan. Lin talks about working with the actors, and which of those he had worked with previously on his prior films. He comments on the fame of the various Japanese actors who were cast in minor roles. Some of them were huge stars in Japan. He notes when certain cultural elements as depicted in the film were accurate, embellished or even toned down. They had to overcome some language and cultural barriers over the course of production.

Lin points out when driving scenes were shot practically, which was more often than not, vs CGI. Most of the CGI incorporated into the film was when filming restrictions made it necessary to substitute the L.A. area for Tokyo in some action set pieces. They composited in the buildings and signs to maintain the look of Japan. They destroyed many cars during the course of shooting. Lin admits that he is not a car guy and relied on experts and consultants to advise him on making believable choices. He acknowledges that the unorthodox splicing together of cars and engines likely makes enthusiasts wince and groan. He shares his thoughts on the source music and provides some insights into the selection of certain songs.

On the blu-ray, and perhaps HD-DVD if anyone has that, the u-control picture in picture track is also pretty strong, with nary a gap, like most of those.