Nine numbered installments, a couple of short films and a film spin-off later, those of us devoted to the increasingly delusional ‘Fast & Furious’ universe get to know the lives and ins and outs of the members —consanguineous or not— of the large Toretto family. . But even the most seasoned fan may have missed the origin story of one of the most beloved characters of the saga.
Han: the origin
I am referring to Han, the runner played by Sung Kang whom we met in ‘Full throttle: Tokyo Race (Full throttle 3)’, a film that the entry into the franchise from director Justin Linwho would direct four other four sequels —specifically, the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth parts—.
What not everyone knows is that Lin’s second feature film, titled ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ and released four years before ‘Tokyo Race’, is a sort of non-canonical prequel to the ‘Fast’ saga which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and for the John Cassavetes at the Independent Spirit Awards. But this is not all.
This crime drama co-written by Lin himself follows the adventures and misadventures of a group of Asian-American high school students among whom, oddly enough—or not— one called Han who, in addition, gives life to Sung Kang. Chance? Obviously not…
According to the filmmaker in an interview with Entertainment Weekly granted in 2016, the character of ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ is the same Han from ‘Fast & Furious’and the simple and plain reason why he rescued him was because of the fantastic experience he had with Kang during the filming of the movie.
“Very quickly I realized, ‘Well, I love Sung Kang, and I love Han.'”
If you are curious to see this rarity, which raises characteristics of the character such as his passion for cars or his addiction to tobacco —which in the latest ‘Fast’ tries to control by biting chips—, is not currently available on any streaming platform in Spain.