*Spoilers Ahead for Several Fast Films*
Admittedly, it’s a bit of a sore spot for me with the Fast Franchise. When Han was accidentally killed during a car chase in Tokyo Drift, it was a poignant moment for characters you scarcely saw in the franchise again. When Han returned for the subsequent films, which were actually prequels to Tokyo Drift, as a fan of the character, I was elated. Watching him develop his “live for the moment” attitude was fun and learning that the underlying cause was the loss of Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar explained his cool demeanor as well as gave depth to the characters and the series.
During Fast & Furious 6, Han’s death was retconned in a post-credits stinger to show that his death was not a tragic accident, but rather a warning to Dom Torreto and the rest of the Fast family sent by the next big bad of the series, Deckard Shaw. It wasn’t until I’d finished watching F8 and then the announcement of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw that I took issue with the move, as the series elevated Deckard Shaw and his brother Owen from a villainous murderers to just a couple of misunderstood bros…who were still responsible for the deaths of Han and Gisele.
It seemed I wasn’t the only one bothered by this, as the hashtag #justiceforhan began trending on Twitter shortly thereafter. Now, some years later, the director of Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and the upcoming Fast & Furious 9 has been seen on set rocking a #justiceforhan shirt.
Lin, who did not direct F8 or Hobbs & Shaw where Shaw has been turned into a bit of an antihero, has a special relationship with the character Han and the actor that portrays him, Sung Kang. Kang played another Han in Lin’s solo directorial debut Better Luck Tomorrow.
So, now, the question becomes: is there justice for Han coming? Writer Chris Morgan, who got his start in the Fast franchise with Lin on Tokyo Drift, promised as much in June of this year. Between that and the shirt, should we expect that there’s something in store for the character? We’ll just have to wait and see. I, for one, am very excited to see if they do something with this. If they could sprinkle in some love for Gisele, I’d be happy to see that as well.
Fast & Furious 9 races to theaters on 22 May 2020
What do you think? Just a shirt or are we in store for a resolution?
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