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Every Major Character Death (& Which Movie They Died In)

Summary
The Fast and Furious franchise has a high kill count, with significant characters dying throughout the movies, some of whom fans were glad to see go.
Many villains who went up against Dom and his crew, such as Johnny Tran and Fenix Calderon, met their demise in the movies, often as a result of their own actions.
There have also been fakeout deaths, with characters like Han and Letty appearing to die but later revealed to be alive, much to the surprise and delight of fans.

While Dom Toretto has survived countless impossible missions, the amount of characters who died in Fast and Furious movies shows the franchise’s high kill count. Starting back in 2001, the franchise has grown from a crime story about street racing to a massive international spy series with endless twists and turns as well as outlandish action sequences. As a result, there have been a number of key characters who died in Fast and Furious movies, some who fans will miss and others who they were glad to see go.
With the ever-growing cast of the Fast and Furiousfranchise, it is obvious that not all of them can stick around forever. Some of the heroes of the movies have met heartbreaking ends while a lot of the villains have proven it is not wise to go up against Dom and his crew. Of course, there have also been a fair amount of fakeout deaths as well which makes it harder to remember who died in Fast and Furious movies so far.

14 Jesse (The Fast And The Furious)

Chad Lindberg as Jesse in Fast and the Furious

The first character who died in Fast and Furious may be someone fans have forgotten about. In the very first film, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) had a completely different crew than the one he has now. While they weren’t as intriguing as the main characters, there was one person who managed to squeeze his way into the fans’ hearts: Jesse. Portrayed by Chad Lindberg, Jesse was a mechanic and software designer who assisted Dom on many of his heists.
As they worked on restoring the Supra, Jesse and Brian (Paul Walker) bonded, striking up a friendship soon after. However, this friendship was cut short when Jesse was gunned down by Johnny Tran and his cousin after he ran out on their deal. Dom and Brian would later go on to avenge Jesse’s death.

13 Johnny Tran (The Fast And The Furious)

Johnny Tran at Race Wars in The Fast and The Furious

The first major villain in the Fast and Furious franchise, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) certainly made it known that he was no friend of the Toretto family. Initially, he was seen to be a racing rival of Dom’s and would be seen challenging other racers for slips. However, Tran soon cemented himself as the villain when he killed Jesse — one of the harmless and most likable members of Dom’s crew — for not turning over his car when he lost a race.
Therefore, it wasn’t that surprising to fans that he ended up getting killed himself when he was shot in the back by Brian. Reflecting back on this, many fans would agree that Tran’s death was a bit of an anti-climax considering how much time the movie had invested in his character.

12 Fenix Calderon (Fast & Furious)

Fenix in Fast and Furious

Portrayed by Laz Alonso of The Boys fame, Fenix Calderon was the lead henchman of Arturo Braga (John Ortiz) and the secondary antagonist of Fast & Furious. Although Braga was the main villain, Calderon proved he was far more ruthless and sadistic than his boss. Not only did he hire the drivers to help smuggle the drugs, but he would also execute them after the delivery was complete.
Among his hits had been Letty, whom he ran off the road and then blew her car up as she tried to escape. Eventually, Calderon was killed by Dom as the mechanic t-boned him with his Camaro in revenge.

11 Vince (Fast Five)

Vince in Fast Five

Although his brutish and violent tendencies were off-putting at first, Vince eventually became a fan-favorite character in the Fast and Furious franchise. Portrayed by Matt Schulze and first appearing in The Fast and the Furious, Vince was seen as Dom’s loyal and overprotective best friend. While he did show an attraction to Mia (Jordana Brewster), this dissipated once she chose Brian.
Vince would then make a reappearance in Fast Five, joining Dom, Mia, and Brian in the train heist. While he had a brief falling-out with Dom, Vince redeemed himself when he prevented Mia from being kidnapped. Sadly, he was killed after being shot by one of Reyes’ men. As one of the original crew, Vince’s death in Fast Five motivated the mission of revenge against Reyes.

10 Zizi (Fast Five)

An image of Zizi looking serious in Fast Five

Even though Herman Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) was the ruthless politician who ordered the deaths of the DEA agents and Luke Hobbs’ (Dwayne Johnson) crew, many fans will agree that it was his right-hand man, Zizi (Michael Irby), who was more villainous. After all, he was the one who took great pleasure in killing anyone his boss asked him to and felt no remorse for his actions.
Eventually, Zizi ends up getting his comeuppance in the final act of the movie. As he is about to kill Dom for stealing Reyes’ money, Brian shoots and kills him. It allowed for the cathartic sense of revenge fulfilled as the man who killed Vince was taken out in return.
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9 Riley Hicks (Fast & Furious 6)

Hobbs and Riley walk together in Fast & Furious 6

Portrayed by Gina Carano, Riley Hicks was the DSS agent who was recruited by Hobbs to help apprehend Owen Shaw’s crew. For most of the movie, Hicks was seen to be a highly skilled agent, proving herself to be a strong fighter and improviser. However, much to the audience’s surprise, it turned out that she was also an informant and the girlfriend of Owen Shaw. After trying to kill Mia, Hicks later found herself engaged in another fight with Letty. Ultimately, the former met her demise when the latter got the upper hand and shot her with a harpoon gun.

8 Mose Jakande (Furious 7)

Djimon Hounsou in Furious 7

Although Deckard Shaw was considered to be the main antagonist of Furious 7, there was one other person who proved to be a thorn in Dom’s crew’s side: Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). For most of this movie, Mose was seen trying to kill Ramsey and Dom’s crew in an attempt to get hold of “God’s Eye” with Furious 7 kickstarting the hacking technology trend in the franchise. Eventually, Mose is killed when Hobbs shoots at a bag containing several grenades, which causes the helicopter he is flying to blow up. Considering how Mose was responsible for much death and destruction, fans were glad that he got his comeuppance in the end.

7 Elena Neves (The Fate Of The Furious)

Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves in Fast & Furious

One of the franchise’s more unexpected deaths was Elena’s (Elsa Pataky). First introduced in Fast Five, Elena was a DSS agent who was recruited by Hobbs to bring in Dom and his crew. After helping them with the heist in Brazil, Elena had a brief relationship with Dom, which ended after the mechanic reunited with Letty.
Apparently, Elena was pregnant in Fast and Furious 6, because she returns in The Fate of the Furious with a son who turns out to be Dom’s child. Unfortunately, the reunion turns out to be a tragic one as Elena and her boy have been kidnapped by Cipher to force Dom to cooperate with their plan. As a way of keeping him in line, Cipher has Elena executed. It is one of the most emotional deaths of the franchise, but Elena has managed to live on through her son Brian and the introduction of her sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior) in Fast X.

6 Connor Rhodes (The Fate Of The Furious)

An image of Connor Rhodes in Fast 8

Portrayed by Kristopher Hivju, Connor Rhodes was Cipher’s lead henchman and the secondary antagonist of the franchise’s eighth installment. Straight away, the viewers could see he was a dangerous and violent man when he killed Elena without a second thought. He also attempted to kill Letty and their crew on several occasions, too. Eventually, Rhodes met his demise when Dom switched allegiances once again and broke his neck during a fight, avenging Elena’s death.

5 Brixton Lore (Hobbs & Shaw)

Brixton looking angry in Hobbs & Shaw.

In the first Fast and Furious spinoff movie, Hobbs and Shaw, the mercenary and agent found themselves facing off against one of their toughest foes. Portrayed by Idris Elba, Brixton Lore was a former MI6 agent who turned rogue after one too many missions. Eteon soon recruited and transformed Lore into a super-soldier once his cover was blown.
However, they turned on him once he failed to attain “The Snowflake” virus and got bested by Hobbs and Shaw. After they triggered the kill switch in his head, Lore fell to his death after falling off a cliff. Many fans were a little bit disappointed with this turn of events as they hoped he could have been used again in the future. It would have certainly been great to see Dom, Hobbs, Jakob (John Cena), and Brixton engaged in one huge action sequence, battling it out.

4 Jack Toretto (F9)

An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

First heard about in The Fast and The Furious, Dom revealed to Brian that he had watched his father die in a tragic racing accident after one of the racers clipped his bumper and rammed him into the wall. However, The Fast and The Furious fans didn’t get to see this unfold until F9 in a flashback sequence.
Although Jack Toretto (JD Pardo) hasn’t featured much in the Fast and Furious franchise, his death has had a major impact on the Toretto family. For years, Dom and Jakob remained estranged because Dom didn’t realize that Jack had asked Jakob to tamper with the car to help him throw the race and get their family out of debt. That’s what makes his death even more tragic — even though it was a plan made out of love, Jack’s actions inadvertently spurned hate between the brothers.

3 Otto (F9)

Otto looks angry in the dead of night in F9

Although he might not have the combat skills his partner had, that didn’t mean that Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) shouldn’t have been considered a threat since he has enough money to buy supplies and attain destructive weapons. However, the only reason that he wouldn’t be considered one of the most intelligent villains in the Fast and Furious franchise is the fact that he allowed himself to be played by Cipher.
After targeting his insecurities, Cipher not only managed to get him to switch sides but he also ended up giving her access to all his technology. Therefore, it didn’t really come as a surprise that she ended up being the one responsible for his death, shooting bombs at the truck he was on in an attempt to kill Dom. Due to Otto’s duplicitous and naive nature, fans weren’t exactly devastated by this death.

2 Jakob Toretto (Fast X)

Jakob looking at Brian in Fast X

Despite never being mentioned before the ninth movie, Jakob Toretto is introduced in F9 as Dom and Mia’s estranged brother, following the falling out Dom and Jakob had as children, Jakob goes down a dark path and becomes a mercenary, even taking a job from Cipher that puts him in direct conflict with Dom and his crew. However, Jakob makes for one of the many Fast and Furious villains who become heroes as the Toretto family manages to work out their differences in the end.
Jakob is brought back in Fast X where he is a much different man, with a sense of humor and a heroic determination to protect his young nephew Brian. As he proves, he is willing to sacrifice himself to save Brian and Dom, purposely crashing his car into Reyes’ men and creating a massive explosion that would seemingly be impossible to survive.

1 Fast & Furious Fake Deaths
Split image of Han, Letty and Gisele in the Fast and Furious frachise Even looking at all the people who died in Fast and Furious movies, there has also been a shocking amount of fakeout death in the franchise: Han Seoul-Oh: First introduced in Tokyo Drift, Han is shown to have been a member of Dom’s crew in the past. However, in both Tokyo Drift and Furious 7, Han was shown to be “killed” by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as he began his vendetta mission against Dom. Yet, it was revealed in F9 that Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) had helped Han fake his death and he was now protecting a young child, who was key to the plot of the movie. Although fans weren’t completely on board with his explanation, they were nevertheless glad to see him back on-screen after being gone for so many years. Letty Ortiz: Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) has been an integral character in the Fast and the Furious series. Although she first appeared as Dom’s girlfriend, Letty is the franchise’s underrated hero as the audience has seen how fiercely loyal and protective she is of her family. So when the writers revealed Letty had died trying to clear Dom’s name, everyone was shocked and upset. However, their disappointment didn’t last long when the post-credits scene of Fast Five revealed Letty had survived. Though she had amnesia in Fast and Furious 6 and was working with Owen Shaw, she eventually remembered enough to reunite with Dom and has been the co-lead of the franchise since then. Gisele Yashar: Portrayed by Gal Gadot, Gisele made her mark on the franchise when she appeared as a liaison for Braga in Fast & Furious. Gisele was seen to be an integral part of Dom’s crew, helping them to steal Reyes’ fortune and also began a fan-favorite relationship with Han. Since she was not around at the time of Han’s supposed death, it was clear Gisele had to go at some point leading to her sacrificing herself to save Han in Fast & Furious 6. However, in perhaps the silliest fakeout reveal in the franchise, Gisele returns at the end of Fast X, appearing in a submarine to pick up Letty and Cipher in the Arctic. Fans will have to wait until the next chapter for an explanation of her survival.

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Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious Feud Addressed By John Cena

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John Cena acknowledges that he’s heard rumors about the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud in the
Fast & Furious
franchise.
Cena calls them both ”
alpha
” actors, suggesting that there’s only room on set for one of those personality types.
Johnson’s return to the franchise in
Fast X
suggests his feud with Diesel is over, but the two actors have yet to actually share the screen together again.

Fast & Furious franchise star John Cena shares his thoughts on the infamous Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud. After the release of the first movie in 2001, the popular action franchise just recently released its tenth installment with the poorly-reviewed Fast X. While the Fast & Furious franchise has been massively commercially successful, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing behind the scenes, with Dominic Toretto actor Diesel and Luke Hobbs actor Johnson reportedly butting heads during production on several installments, with the feud going viral in 2016.

During a recent interview with Dax Shepherd on the Armchair Expert podcast, Cena, who recently returned as Jakob as part of the Fast X cast, weighs in on his experience with the Diesel and Johnson feud. While much of the feud seemingly took place before Cena joined the franchise in F9: The Fast Saga, the actor seemingly doesn’t have a hard time believing that there was friction between the two costars. Check out his comments below:

“There’s certainly rumors about that. I can’t deny that. You have two very alpha, driven people. You get two, there can only be one.
“Man, you gotta remember I got dropped into a locker room where [we have] generational vets. ‘What’d your dad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ ‘What’d your granddad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ I’ve been in that environment; know the room and just kind of adapt to what’s going on.
“I’m being invited into someone’s home, into someone’s family. And regardless of how they look physically in comparison to another human being, this is one IP that has had nine installments and it’s an action movie — that’s rarefied air. At the very least, there has to be respect for that.
“I’m not trying to get the sandbox. That’s not my thing. I’m grateful for what you’ve given me, I just want to be be the best firetruck I can.”

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Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson’s Feud Seems To Be Over Now
But Will They Actually Appear Together Again On Screen?
Vin Diesel as Dom and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs looking over each other's shoulders in Fast and Furious 6

A now-deleted social media post from Johnson in 2016 is what really kicked things off regarding his apparent feud with Diesel. In the post, Johnson referred to un-named Fast & Furious costars as “chicken sh*t” and “candy asses,” criticizing the work ethic of some on set. The feud has had its ups and downs since then, with Tyrese Gibson even getting involved at one point. Some years later, Diesel seemingly attempted to bury the hatchet by putting out a public plea for Johnson to return as Hobbs, but Johnson very pointedly shut the idea down.

Despite this, however, Johnson did return for a cameo during the Fast X post-credits scene last year. Not long afterward, it was confirmed that Johnson would star in his own Hobbs-focused film before the planned release of Fast & Furious 11, which will seemingly serve as the franchise finale. While it doesn’t sound like Diesel will be appearing in Johnson’s spinoff, Hobbs is now poised to play a role in the eleventh film.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Prime Video.

Johnson does appear in the latest film, but he notably doesn’t share the screen with Diesel or any other cast members. If he does play a more prominent role in Fast & Furious 11, this will evidently require more collaboration, potentially opening the door for their larger-than-life personalities to clash once more. It remains to be seen whether Diesel and Johnson will share the screen together in the final Fast & Furious movie, but Cena’s latest comments suggest tension between the two “alpha” stars will be hard to avoid.

Source: Armchair Expert

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Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison

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Vin Diesel already compared
Fast and Furious 11
to
Avengers: Endgame
.
It seems likely, therefore, that Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.
If Fast and Furious 11 kills off Dom, it will perfectly flip Fast X’s ending, echoing Avengers: Endgame’s impactful sacrifice.

Vin Diesel has already hinted that Dom will die in Fast and Furious 11 by comparing it to a $2.7 billion movie from another major franchise. The car-centered Fast and Furious movies began in 2001, and the franchise has experienced tremendous growth since then, releasing ten movies in the main series and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. The eleventh, and supposedly final, installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is slated to release on April 4, 2025, and is directed by Louis Leterrier.

While Fast X included a number of big character deaths, the fates of several others remain unknown. Antagonist Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) is motivated by a desire to inflict suffering upon Dom (Vin Diesel) and ultimately resorts to eliminating those closest to him. In the Fast X cliffhanger ending, Dom appeared doomed as he drove into Dante’s explosive trap. The fact that Fast and Furious 11 is happening suggests Dom will survive, but there is good reason to believe Vin Diesel’s protagonist will meet his end in the upcoming movie.

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Vin Diesel Confirmed 3 Years Ago That Avengers: Endgame Inspired Fast & Furious 11
This Decision Was Influenced By His Involvement In The MCU

The Fast & Furious franchise ending with a two-part finale was inspired by Avengers: Endgame. Although Diesel doesn’t physically appear in Marvel Studios’ films, he has been lending his voice to the beloved Groot and its various iterations since the release of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. He subsequently featured in two sequels released in 2017 and 2023, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which marked the culmination of the MCU’s Infinity Saga.

Fast X
is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Vin Diesel revealed that the original intention was to conclude the Fast and Furious series with its tenth film, but that perspective shifted after witnessing the impact of Avengers: Endgame. The decision to split one larger concluding chapter into two movies makes sense when there is a vast amount of story left to explore. Encouraged by the immense commercial and critical success of Avengers: Endgame, Diesel and his team envisioned replicating the MCU’s formula with the Fast & Furious movies.

Fast & Furious 11’s Endgame Influence Means Dominic Toretto Will Die
Dom Will Take The Iron Man Role, Sacrificing Himself To Save His Family
Peter Parker consoles Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame.

Fast and Furious 11 being influenced by Avengers: Endgame suggests that Dominic Toretto is likely to die. Arguably the most memorable aspect of the Avengers: Endgame ending was the tragic death of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. As Thanos engaged in battle with numerous heroes in a bid to seize all six Infinity Stones, Iron Man recognized the one chance to emerge victorious involved his own sacrifice.

If its Avengers: Endgame inspiration is any indication, Fast and Furious 11 will likely see Dom sacrifice himself to save his family, mirroring the iconic ending of Avengers: Endgame. While the MCU has no single main character, the franchise began with Iron Man in 2008, making RDJ’s Tony Stark the franchise’s first official hero. Similarly, Fast and Furious contains many different characters after over 20 years of releases, but everything began with Vin Diesel’s Dom. If Fast and Furious 11 is drawing inspiration from Avengers: Endgame in terms of how to conclude a movie franchise, Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.

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Fast & Furious 11 Killing Dom Will Perfectly Flip Fast X’s Ending
Dom Is One Of The Survivors In Fast X.

If Fast and Furious 11 kills Dom, it will perfectly flip the Fast X ending, which saw Dom and his son in precarious circumstances. Dom and Little Brian found themselves in a dam in Portugal that was poised to explode. It appeared that Dante had gained the upper hand over Dom, at least for the time being. While Dom surely survives Fast X’s cliffhanger, Jakob (John Cena) had previously sacrificed his life to protect Little Brian from Dante.

Fast and Furious 11 can flip this ending, with Dom making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his family from Dante. Such an ending would make sense for the character, who has always been selfless and shown immense care towards the people he loves. Vin Diesel has said family so many times in every Fast and Furious movie that it would complete his arc if he demonstrated his love for them with the biggest sacrifice possible. Comparisons to Avengers: Endgame only make that outcome more likely.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025

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Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie Explains Why The Saga Hasn’t Been About Cars For 15 Years

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The Fast & Furious series has shifted focus from car racing to action, with Tokyo Drift being the lowest-grossing installment.
Tokyo Drift’s failure prompted the franchise to move away from street racing and towards more traditional action film elements.
Fast & Furious successfully shifted the franchise’s direction away from racing, towards bigger budgets and grander scales.

The Fast & Furious saga has not exactly been about cars for quite some time, and the franchise’s lowest-grossing installment seems to explain why. Every time the Fast & Furious franchise pops up, it is hard not to think about car racing, exotic supercars, and Vin Diesel’s signature quotes about family. While Vin Diesel’s quotes and overall hard-as-nails leader persona have not changed much as the movie franchise has progressed, Fast & Furious has seemingly shifted its focus from thrilling races to sensational action set pieces in recent years.

Given the franchise’s worldwide popularity, many factors may have contributed to these changes. Owing to this, one may not be able to pinpoint the precise reason why the Fast & Furious franchise changed its narrative direction. However, the lowest-grossing film in the Fast & Furious series might provide some answers to why the films are now less about racing and more about heists and across-the-globe action.

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Tokyo Drift Is Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift grossed $158.9 million worldwide

Since it has been around for over two decades, it is not surprising that the Fast & Furious franchise has had a fair share of ups and downs, highs and lows at the box office. Although the franchise is still fairly profitable, its recent installments have offered diminishing returns. However, despite the franchise’s dwindling box office numbers, none of its installments have had a box office as low as The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The first movie in the franchise, The Fast & the Furious, was a success after it raked in $207.5 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $38 million.

Even the second film in the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious, proved profitable after it grossed $236.3 million globally on a budget of $76 million. The third installment was expected to continue this trend, with its relatively higher budget of $85 million. However, despite having a bigger budget than its predecessors, Tokyo Drift could not continue the franchise’s trend of getting higher returns with each new installment. Eight new Fast & Furious movies have come out since Tokyo Drift’s release, and none of them even come close to matching its low box office scores.

Fast & Furious Movie Budget Worldwide Box Office The Fast & the Furious $38 million $207,517,509 2 Fast 2 Furious $76 million $236,350,661 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $85 million $158,964,610 Fast & Furious $85 million $360,366,870 Fast Five $125 million $626,137,675 Fast & Furious 6 $160 million $788,680,968 Furious 7 $190 million $1,515,341,399 The Fate of the Furious $250 million $1,236,005,118 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $200 million $760,732,926 F9 $200 million $726,229,501 Fast X $340 million $714,555,549 Total $1.749 billion $7,476,903,108

Tokyo Drift Is The Street Racing-Focused Movie Many Want Fast & Furious To Be
Tokyo Drift is the most “Fast & Furious” movie in the franchise
Sean behind the wheel in Tokyo Drift

Even to this day, theFast & Furiousfranchise is associated with fancy cars and white-knuckling street races. However, one look at the recent movies in the franchise will reveal that its focus has drifted away from what it used to be about. While it still features high-octane car chases and expensive cars, the “racing” element seems missing. Given how street car races in the early installments of the film franchise played a crucial role in drawing audiences to it,Tokyo Driftarguably is amongFast & Furious’ better installments because it offers everything from drift competitions to intense underground racing scenes.

Christopher Nolan once said (via

Collider

) that he has a “soft spot” for Tokyo Drift.

Storytelling has never been the Fast & Furious franchise’s strongest suit. However, in some ways, Tokyo Drift also has a more relatable storyline than other films because its narrative primarily revolves around an underdog street racer who beats the bad guy in the film’s climax. The recent Fast & Furious movies are far superior when it comes to having an ensemble cast and high production value. However, they often prioritize spectacle over substance, sacrificing the simpler elements that made the first few films successful.

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Tokyo Drift’s Box Office Performance Prompted Fast & Furious To Change
Tokyo Drift’s failures triggered the franchise to move away from street racing

After Tokyo Drift’s inability to top or even match its predecessors’ success, the fourth installment in the film franchise, Fast & Furious, marked the return of the original cast. Since Tokyo Drift’s underwhelming box office numbers established that the film franchise worked better when it did not primarily focus on underground car racing, 2009’s Fast & Furious focused less on those elements and presented itself as a regular action film. Although Fast & Furious did not entirely shed the franchise’s roots in car culture, it paved the way for a new narrative direction for the movie series.

Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum.

Fast & Furious’s formula even worked wonders for the franchise, given how it earned almost twice as much as Tokyo Drift at the global box office despite having the same budget. With this, Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum. As a result, Fast & Furious became the blueprint for the franchise, resulting in Fast Five and the subsequent films repeating its formula with bigger budgets and even grander scale.

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Fast & Furious Was Never The Same After Fast Five
Fast Five marked the inception of a new era for the franchise

After adopting everything that made 2009’s Fast & Furious successful and becoming the first film in the franchise to cross the $500 million box office mark, Fast Five proved that the franchise had to rinse and repeat the 2009 film’s winning recipe. Owing to this, with each installment, the Fast & Furious franchise only drifted further away from its core identity, which revolved around racing and car culture. Although recent movies in the Fast & Furious franchise have not been performing as well as expected, it seems like it is too late for the 11th movie to take a U-turn and experiment with a return to its roots.

Untitled design (4)-5 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Tokyo Drift follows Sean Boswell, a car-loving teenager shipped off to live with his Navy lieutenant father in Tokyo when his racing antics find him running foul of the law. When Sean discovers Tokyo’s nightlife, he embraces the dangerous underground world of drift racing.Release Date June 4, 2006 Studio(s) Universal Pictures , Relativity Media Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Chris Morgan Cast Lucas Black , Bow Wow , Sung Kang , Brian Tee , Nathalie Kelley , Sonny Chiba , Leonardo Nam , Brian Goodman Runtime 104 Minutes Budget $85 Million

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