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Justin Lin Will Direct "The Fast and the Furious 3"

The Third "Fast and the Furious" Film Will Be Set in Japan

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June 8, 2005 - "Better Luck Tomorrow" filmmaker Justin Lin has signed on to direct the third installment in the "Fast and the Furious" movie franchise.

Neal H Moritz will serve as producer on the third film, as he did on the first two films of the series - "The Fast and the Furious" and "2 Fast 2 Furious."

Chris Morgan ("Cellular") wrote "The Fast and the Furious 3" screenplay. The third film will be set in Toyko and involve the underground world of Japanese drift racing. Japanese drift racing features customized rides going head-to-head on some of the most perilous courses ever seen.

The Official Synopsis:

"The Fast and the Furious 3" follows the story of Shaun Boswell, who has always been an outsider. A loner at school, his only connection to the indifferent world around him is through illegal street racing -- which has made him particularly unpopular with the local authorities. To avoid jail time, Shaun is sent out of the country to live with his uncle in the military, in a cramped apartment in a low-rent section of Tokyo.

In the land that gave birth to the majority of modified racers on the road, the simple street race has been replaced by the ultimate pedal-to-the-metal, gravity-defying automotive challenge ... drift racing, a deadly combination of brutal speed on heart stopping courses of hairpin turns and switchbacks.

For his first unsuccessful foray in drift racing, Shaun unknowingly takes on D.K., the "Drift King," with ties to the Yakuza, the Japanese crime machine. The only way he can pay off the debt of his loss is to venture into the deadly realm of the Tokyo underworld, where the stakes are life and death.

Filming will begin in the fall of 2005.

SOURCE: Universal Pictures

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