The F&F franchise gets a little confusing with third flick The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which sits somewhere after the sixth instalment time-wise, and seems barely connected if you’re not right up to speed (heh). Anyway, how does it go on 4K Ultra HD? Will you be saying “doumo arigatou” genuinely, or sarcastically?
The story: Sean Boswell is fast-tracking himself to prison, causing his mother no end of grief and to have to move home a lot. After totalling a rather sweet ride, he’s sent to live with his army father in Japan so as to hopefully get his proverbial together. Old habits die hard though, and Sean’s soon in with the drifting crowd – which, for the uninitiated, means controlled skidding in a car, essentially – but rubs one D.K. the wrong way. He ain’t no Donkey Kong, it stands for ‘Drift King’ and he’s also connected to the Yakuza. Sean, you’ve picked a big fight this time! Can our straight line boy get his drift skills happening so as to defeat the king of the mountain?
“There’s no ‘wax on, wax off’ with drifting. You learn by doing it.”
The 4K disc: Unlike the first two movies, which we’ve reviewed here and here, this Fast and Furious comes to us from a 2K master that gets upscaled. Watching it straight after the other two the difference is quite noticeable, with a generally slightly fuzzier look to proceedings – which is, of course, to be expected. That’s not to say that it’s a bad transfer, it just doesn’t “pop” as much as those first two, although a fairly subtle (that’s the only subtlety you’ll get with this flick) HDR treatment does help with the many night-based scenes. Another ace DTS:X audio track has been struck for this release, and as with its predecessors it ups everything musically and motorifically to great heights – erm, even if the height speakers don’t get a turbo-charged workout. The movie opening burst of DJ Shadow’s stellar Six Days is a real highlight. Rounding things out, we get a director’s commentary from now series stalwart Justin Lin.
Release date: October 17, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Lucas Black, Brian Tee, Bow Wow
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.