Tokyo Drift Is The Best Fast And Furious Movie: Change My Mind
Written by Alex Harrington

It’s no easy task ranking the Fast and Furious films purely for the fact that there’s so many of them. If you include the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff, this upcoming film will be the tenth instalment of the franchise so far, and while there are rumours of it coming to an end within the next couple of films, nothing is yet to be confirmed.

Altogether, the Fast and Furious franchise has made close to $6 billion in worldwide box-office revenue, making it one of the most successful runs of films ever made. Fans love it, children love it, and adults love it. But which one do we love the most? Personally, I love where the story began. While it wasn’t an accurate painting of the car scene back in the 2000s, the early films brought the underground racing industry into the limelight and suddenly, the industries that had supported our little world blossomed. But out of the first three, none did it better than Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.

This film is often considered the underdog by many, and while it wasn’t the most successful and followed a host of characters that, at this point, weren’t connected to Dom’s ever-growing family, it was easy to take a shine to. There was no bank robbery or fights to the death on a plane – the plot was very simple. We were introduced to drifting, and from then on it was a charming story of self-improvement and racing. That was it. Brilliant.

Of course, between the training montages and Yakuza intimidation, the JDM cars shine above all. Han’s Veilside Fortune Mazda RX-7 is the car of the film with its bright orange and black paint job, closely followed by DK’s tuned 350Z and the nothing but polarising RB26-swapped Mustang driven by Sean at the end of the film. More importantly than this, however, was just how real the driving (or most of it at least) was.

Not only was it full of physical effects, the racing consisted of only drifting, and as we all know, there’s nothing like watching a car dance on its rear tyres on the Japanese Mountains of Japan… let’s not mention that a lot of it was actually filmed in the USA. Because it’s focussed on drifting, there are fewer gear changes and more handbrake pulling. And thanks to the film being full of JDM legends, it’s also full of legendary sounds.

Yes, the film has its drawbacks such as Bow Wow’s choice of car, but you can’t go wrong by going back to Tokyo and enjoying the sounds of screeching tyres, turbo flutters, and one of the best soundtracks in a film, ever.


These Are The Cars That Almost Made It Onto The Fast And The Furious

These Are The Cars That Almost Made It Onto The Fast And The Furious The first three Fast and Furious films pushed some of the most iconic and legendary cars to the big screen such as the Toyota Supra, Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R, and the Mazda RX7. But have you ever wondered if these cars would have been just...

This Should Have Been Sean’s Car In Fast And Furious Tokyo Drift

This Should Have Been Sean’s Car In Fast And Furious Tokyo Drift

Don't get me wrong, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX is an iconic Japanese car, but did it really fit the drift scene of Japan in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift? I'm not so sure. The Lancer made its name in rally racing with a trick all-wheel-drive system and a lightweight...