In Fast and Furious 9, also known as F9, Han Lu and his new car appearance are clever references to Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The Fast and Furious series is one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, with both the seventh and eighth films grossing over $ 1,000,000,000 at the box office. After eight films and a spinoff, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are set to meet Dom’s younger brother Jacob (John Cena) and his old enemy Cipher (Charlize Theron).
The action-filled Fast and The Furious 9 trailer highlighted the dangerous action and chase sequences but also revealed the return of a memorable character Han (Sung Kang). Han appears to have died in a car explosion in Tokyo Drift. In the Fast and Furious 6 mid-credits scene, it is revealed that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) kills Han as avenging for Dom, who injured his brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). However, in F9, Han shows up to help Dom, Mia (Michelle Rodriguez), and the rest of the gang in their fight against Jacob and Cipher. Han corrected motion in the footage. Fans of the series may have noticed that Han’s car is an ode to the first car from Tokyo Drift.
During a chase scene in F9, Han swerves onto the scene in an orange and black 2020 Toyota Supra. Although Han is in the series up to the point that the car never drove, the color scheme is a direct reference to a car he drives in Tokyo Drift. When he is accused of stealing money by Takashi and Morimoto, Han runs away and drives the orange and black 1979 Mazda RX-7 to escape. It is this Mazda that ends up exploding with Han in this, who supposedly killed him.
Han seemed dead at the time, mainly after Dom collected Han’s belongings in Furious 7. With his return to F9, Han somehow managed to survive the crash. This would not be the first time the series brought back a character that was believed to have died. Letty was thought to have been murdered in Fast and Furious 4, but it is revealed that he survived the explosion and returned to the series in Fast and Furious 6.
Seeking redemption of Phanihan since his death, he has also created the #JusticeForHan hashtag. There is still a lot of answers surrounding his comeback, but director Justin Lin felt that Han was entitled, which prompted both of his returns to the franchise. For now, Han’s presence will leave speculation for fans in the theater until the Fast and Furious 9 race in May.
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