196 words about Tokyo Drift
Spin the wheel, pump the handbrake(?)
Okay, let's try this again: The rapper will now be BOW WOW and the white guy will now be named SEAN and he will be played by A MAN WHO LOOKS LIKE A PEANUT and we will somehow have the most lively movie in the series thus far, less serious in its plotting yet more serious in its characterization. It is the only installment that allows its characters to be high-school kids, which makes its ultimate descent into Yakuza crimelord stakes-setting more pronounced, if dispiriting. (I personally would have been fine having them, like, save the rec center, but whatever.) Accordingly, Tokyo Drift is just remarkably horny: At one point Bow Wow and Mr. Peanut discuss ejaculating at the sight of WOMEN near CARS, and Lin's first auteur move, just before playing "Bawitdaba" in its entirety, is capturing the perfect upward flutter of a skirt, revealing a whisper of a teenager's underwear beneath. Mostly, though, I'm just happy for the cars here. Drifting finally gives them something more interesting to do than "move quickly in a line," and in Tokyo they have finally found a city as neon as they are. Every non-sentient thing here glows.