The original crew from The Fast And The Furious – Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster – reunited in the fourth installment and broke the record for films opening in April. Fast & Furious is estimated to have pulled in $72.5 million this weekend, easily pushing past Monsters vs. Aliens to become the number one movie in theaters.
While Fast & Furious lacked a real plot and the racing scenes jumped to another realm of reality bordering a Jason Statham Crank meets Transporter type production, Fast & Furious nevertheless makes for an enjoyable mindless but entertaining feature.
As for Justin Lin, the Taiwanese-American film director known for his directorial debut Better Luck Tomorrow amongst the Asian American community and previously directing Fast & Furious’ predecessor, Tokyo Drift, the 36-year-old director breaks into the Hollywood scene with his biggest opening yet.
As Hollywood lacks a real presence of Asian American Actors, Lin, who I suspect played a large role in the casting of supporting actors and extras – managed to put together a large cast of Asian Americans to fill those roles. Throughout the movie, actors and actresses Liza Lapira, Sun Kang, Ron Yuan, and Jimmy Lin filled the silver screen in what I found to be a refreshing appearance of Asian Americans on screen.