What does it say about the summer movie season when my most anticipated movie is "Fast and Furious 6?" I was never a fan of the franchise until five came along. I just never got into the street racing culture, but the fifth movie breathed new life into the franchise with newer characters and a sub-genre change. Now it was no longer about street racing, but a straight up action movie. Below are two clips that don't even seem like the belong in a 'Fast and Furious' movie. However, the get me pumped up for it.
The first clip is a fight between Joe Taslim (The Raid) vs. Sung Kang and Tyrese. The second is a one-on-one showdown between Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano. I seem to be a Carano apologist as I saw nothing wrong with her acting in "Haywire." But anyways, enjoy the clips! Fight!
Love or hate the "Fast and the Furious" films, personally, I didn't start to like them until the fifth movie, but there is no denying how nice this story is.
Variety recently wrote an article about Justin Lin, the man behind over half of the F&F franchise and other under-the-radar movies. He was someone who didn't completely change the scope of movies nor have a significant impact, but very carefully and was very subtle about bringing Asian-American actors to a better aspect of the story. They are now part of the team and they get the girl. They aren't weighed down by their heritage. They are three dimensional, have flaws, have weaknesses, have strengths and ultimately follow through.
It's very inspiring to read articles such as this. I may even be able to follow in his footsteps. I may even be able to work with him. Stories like this always give me hope that I truly have a fighting chance to be where I want to be if I can unleash my passion.
Read some of the highlights of the article below! Click on the pictures for the full story.
Lin was still enrolled at UCLA when the first “Fast and the Furious,” directed by Rob Cohen, hit theaters in 2001. He remembers excitedly going to see it, having recently learned about the subculture of illegal street racing from a documentary made by some fellow students. He was particularly intrigued by the preponderance of Asian-American drivers, who would race their heavily modified imports against American-made muscle cars in a show of ethnic pride. But he was disappointed that in the debut picture “the only Asian-Americans are the bad guys.”
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.