F99th entry, long-term and continuously successful Fast and the Furious The franchise will be available in a home release tomorrow with a new director’s cut from director Justin Lin. To celebrate the release, Universal hosted the F9 Fest at Universal Studios in Hollywood, complete with stunt tutorials, photo events and more. I talked to director Justin Lin and star Song Kang about the franchise (in two separate interviews):
JE: Why did you come back to the franchise?
SK: Well, first of all you work with your friends, right? So Justin and I started our career together and now we can continue to make movies and projects together … it’s rare.It’s a great life journey to be able to share this experience as people don’t share it [really get to]And you are the only one who has this memory, right? What is it worth?But then he and I began to reflect on it for years, starting with the first movie in which Han was supposedly born. Good luck tomorrow, To where we are now.
Our craft service was a spread of five sticks of Wrigley Spear Mint Gum. Good luck tomorrow.. no kidding.Some smartass spread it [across the table].. I remember where I was filming the Tokyo Drift. Justin had an office with chairs, and like a small mini fridge, he closed the door and started laughing. It’s great to be able to share that journey.
JL: It’s interesting because it wasn’t until I returned to this movie that I realized how special and unique this experience was. I think people are just doing all this, especially in Hollywood. You are … trying to find the right group. boom, It’s gone, it’s over.Being able to embark on this journey, share experiences and grow with this wonderful group of people … it wasn’t expected [when we started], “We’re going to make another movie, just as we made a movie.”
We had to win it when we started, and to have this wonderful studio that really allowed us to have this environment just to explore and grow It was done. This is my 5th Fast & Furious movie, but I don’t feel stagnant because all of them were so different. I don’t feel like I’m doing the same thing over and over again.
JE: A very profitable franchise. Fans are back and have grown over time. Why do you think you will connect with so many people?
JL: I think it’s time confirmation. I think it was probably our only big action franchise that our protagonist started a family in the process … and now they have kids.In many cases [fans and I] Stop and interact for years. When talking about characters, I always feel that they are part of the family. I think part of that … James Bond seems to be the same age for 50 years when our character is growing up. I feel that it is a little family reunion every two years. For me, part of the fun is growing and evolving together. Sometimes you fall together, you regain yourself, and you go for it and you keep moving forward.
JE: Why is Director’s Cut so important to you?
JL: There were so many things … it’s ambition was actually even greater. When I went to the theatrical release, I often cut the scene because I didn’t like it, but it was just to increase the pace. It was already a long movie. When people look back, fans look back, and want to enjoy the whole story of every movie, I think extended cuts will connect more than just movies … hopefully the universe. When fans want to connect everything, I think it’s the definitive version.
JE: Han’s arc throughout the series is very complicated, and the first one introduced was Tokyo drift He seems to have been killed before being taken back again and again, especially for the support of his fans. Why do you think he connects so much with his fans?
SK: Everyone asks me this question, and I wish I had the perfect answer. I don’t know, Jeff. In my theory, everyone wants a friend or an older brother like Han, everyone wants it. A friend who has inclusive and simple cowboy rules …’I don’t care what you have or what you drive, it’s really important who holds the steering wheel right? Such a simple thing … and also it’s very nice to have a friend like Han who owns a garage with lots of cool cars and nightclubs. So I wonder what that is. I think everyone wants that friend, brother, and brother.
JE: Do you have any particularly strong memories in the series?
JL: I was able to edit the list for so many different reasons, you know, but we experienced like emotional ones … Fast Five When shooting on the bridge. I remember it was Puerto Rico. You can see the storm coming. Vin says “a boy is coming” … he knows his son is about to be born. I was sitting there. “A storm is coming. I have to take you out.” So the crew [just] By working together, I think these are all special moments and generate energy that people can feel, but you may not know why. But there is a lot of love and support, it’s a kind of mantra. That’s why I think we’ll keep coming back.
SK: Yes. Well, there was a time when we were filming Fast Five. I think it was the first and last time that the majority of the cast lived together in the same building. I remember going to the mall to buy underwear and socks with Paul. We are actors, but we still need underwear. They are these regular simple memories.
F9 Available in the home release on September 20th.