F9: The Return of Han from Tokyo Drift


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The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift was a weird movie. It didn’t really fit the universe and featured a bunch of characters no one cared about. However, it is infamous for the death of Han who was beloved by many. His death was apparent and fans were angry but there was no significant backlash although people remembered him every once in a while.

On January 31, the new trailer for F9 dropped and audiences around the world awed at the incredible action-packed commercial for a, basically, superhero movie. However, bombastic action scenes, impressive stunts, and the grand scale of the film starring a fresh newcomer John Cena were only a distraction. The main jaw dropping moment for fans was the entrance of Han. 

Justice for Han is a small scale campaign started by passionate fans who wanted to see Han back in the team. Sung Kang’s character died in a movie that was released over 14 years ago. However, fans seemingly can’t forget the “dirty” done to him. The trailer ends with a cool line “Justice Is Coming” which is a direct response to the campaign. 

Tokyo Drift’s star

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While the protagonist of the film was played by Lucas Black, people mostly remembered a cool-looking and overly confident Han who was a pivotal character in the plot and helped our hero along the way while training him in ways of drifting. Han and Sean develop a strong friendship. However, his connection to local crime lords and a couple of missteps in his past lead him to conflict against the main antagonist of the movie. In a tragic car crash, Han dies as the car explodes in a convincing manner. In the epilog, Dom Toretto comes to Tokyo and picks up Han’s body to bury him in the US.

Surprise! I’m back!

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After the events of Tokyo Drift, Han meets Dom again in Los Bandoleros. It means that the events of the movie happen later in the timeline of the main story. However, it also means that the events of Tokyo Drift are mostly inconsequential for the franchise up until the moment when two stories finally collide in the timeline. 

Han plays a prominent role in multiple F&F films including Fast and Furious and Fast Five. He becomes a regular team member and participates in multiple adventures of the gang while creating a strong bond with Gal Gadit’s character Gisele. They have good chemistry although a short one since Gisele has to die in order to save Han. Right after the conclusion of the movie, Han tells the team that he will return back to his homeland… To meet his death?

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The dead don’t talk

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In Tokyo Drift, Han dies in an incident involving a mysterious car. However, in Furious 7 we learn that Deckard Shaw is the one responsible for the death of Han in Tokyo. Deckard’s mission is to take down all members of the F&F gang starting with Han. The storyline of F7 is basically one focused on revenge for Han. After all that we were shown in the franchise, it turns out that the dead don’t talk because they don’t want to.

F9 will definitely have Han playing a very important role and he is one of the pivotal parts of the plot. To which degree his character will be involved in the events of the movie? We will see everything on May 22. 


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