"On the other side of the world a new style of street racing rules the Tokyo underground. The cars are lighter. The tires are slick. When you drift, if you ain't out of control, you ain't in control. And if you work the wheel back and forth just right... you get blue sparks."The Fast and the Furious is a series of street racing films produced by Universal Studios. The cars are fast, the drivers are furious, there is plenty of Technology Porn and a little story on the side.The first film, The Fast and the Furious, starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, was directed by Rob Cohen and released in 2001. Brian O'Conner (Walker) is an undercover LAPD officer looking into a string of highway semi-truck hijackings, which he suspects is linked to ex-convict Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Diesel) and his car shop crew. Brian works to get into their inner circle and comes to respect Dom for his sense of loyalty, which causes problems when his superiors start questioning where Brian's allegiance lies.The second film 2 Fast 2 Furious, starring Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson, was directed by John Singleton and released in 2003. Brian O'Conner has long since left the LAPD and fled to the streets of Miami, but is coerced to infiltrate a local drug lord's money laundering operation as a runner. He recruits his childhood friend Roman "Rome" Pearce (Gibson) for a second driver, and both of them work to undermine the bad guys and get their criminal records wiped clean while trying to stay alive in the process.The third film, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, starring Lucas Black, was directed by Justin Lin and released in 2006. Black plays teenager Sean Boswell, who accumulates some serious motor vehicle violations that could earn him jail time. To keep him out of trouble, he is sent to live with his U.S. Naval officer father in Japan and finish school there. The culture clash is brutal, especially when he gets friendly with the girlfriend of a guy with Yakuza connections and a love of the drift races.A fourth film, Fast & Furious (Or F&F 4 to avoid confusion with the first movie), was released in Spring 2009 with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster reprising their previous roles. It's been five years and Brian has returned to Los Angeles law enforcement, this time as an FBI agent hunting another drug dealer. He reunites with Dom, offering him a pardon in exchange for help catching the drug dealer. Tension heats up when their personal motivations are revealed as Brian, Dom, Letty, and Mia struggle to work through the residual complications of their last encounter with each other.A fifth film, Fast Five, released in April 2011, brings Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson into the mix as a government agent, and star returners include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Sung Kang. Brian, Dom, and Mia are wanted criminals and have escaped to Rio de Janeiro. Complications have encouraged them to quit their dangerous lifestyle for good, and they agree to pull a big job — One Last Job — worth $100 million and then disappear forever. They bring many of their old crews on board, and struggle to outfox their corrupt yet incredibly powerful mark while avoiding the dogged pursuit of DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson).Fast Five had the biggest grossing opening weekend of the franchise (breaking two records in the process) which more than doubled that of its immediate predecessor, and garnered the most critical praise of the series. It's also notable for bringing back the bulk of its previous main characters and conglomerating them into a single team.As you can imagine, the success of the fifth film lead to the creation of the next, Fast and Furious 6, released in May 2013, which takes place shortly after the end of Fast Five. This time the racers work with Luke to take down a mercenary operation, one of the heads of which happens to be an old flame of Dominic. As with the last movie, it once again reunites the cast of the previous films.
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