The Han Origin Movie Most ‘Fast & Furious’ Fans Don’t Know About

fast furious Finalists may want to verify that they have seen all of the films in the canonical timeline. Many already know the quirks of the timeline, but few know that the 2002 crime drama better luck tomorrow is also part of the familythe story. It introduced fan-favorite character Han Lue, who returned in F9, making it all the more important.

better luck tomorrow was directed and co-written by Justin Lin, who has since directed five of fast furious sequels and is set to lead the series finale. However, he was little known as a filmmaker in 2002 when he directed Better luck tomorrow, just between the exit of The fast and the furious (2001) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Lin first came to the franchise to direct Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, where Han is featured – played by Sung Kang. In an interview with Weekly Entertainment, Lin explained that Han is the same character from Better luck tomorrow. He took over the character because he liked working with Kang and couldn’t get Han out of his head.

“Very soon I realized, ‘Well, I want Sung Kang and I want Han,'” he said in 2016. Kang and Lin told the outlet that they were both broke during the shooting of better luck tomorrow, when they met at a Denny’s restaurant to study Han’s characterization and flesh it out. Years later, Kang was washing dishes in his family’s restaurant when Lin called him and asked him to audition for Tokyo Drift in front of a great casting director.

However, this change of location did not change much for Han Lue. The character has a remarkably consistent arc when you follow him from his origin in better luck tomorrow directly to fast furious. He begins as an older teenager in better luck tomorrow – the cousin of valedictorian Virgil Hu (Jason Tobin).

better luck tomorrow is about a group of high-achieving high school students who exploit their good grades and respectable reputations to get away with petty crimes, which gradually increase in intensity. Han is the outsider of the group, with a working class background and poor economic prospects. Kang envisioned him as the most Americanized among the Asian-American characters and as an aspiring mobster.

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The film even provides a reasonable origin for Han’s passion for cars. His dad is a mechanic who helped him fix a 1965 Ford Mustang and give it a flashy orange paint job. Kang smokes cigarettes incessantly in this film, which returns later in the fast furious franchise where he constantly has a snack instead.

The inclusion of better luck tomorrow in the timeline deepens the characterization of Han, but it also adds one more knot to an already convoluted timeline. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift was the third film in the franchise to be released, but it technically takes place between Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7. Han appears in Better luck tomorrow, the short movie Los Bandoleros, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7 and F9.

For those who wish to add better luck tomorrow their fast furious watchlist, the film is now streaming on Paramount+. Only time will tell what the future of the franchise holds for Han Lue.

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