The “Fast & Furious” series covers seven movies. But the continuity of the series is a bit confusing, thanks to “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” is the third movie in the series but the sixth movie in the course of the story. There are also two shorts, and a non-“Fast & Furious” movie that make up the full film canon. Here’s how to watch every bit of “Fast & Furious” in order.
Mild Spoilers for “Fate of the Furious” below.
“The Fast and the Furious” (2001)
The film that kicked off the franchise is the place to start. The story of how undercover cop Brian (Paul Walker) tries to take down the Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his hijacker has humble beginnings, but before long, a whole lot more characters will be in the mix.
“2 Fast 2 Furious Turbo Charged Prelude” (2003)
A six-minute short film included on the “2 Fast 2 Furious” video release, “Turbo Charged Prelude” gives a bit of explanation about what happened to Brian in the aftermath of “The Fast and the Furious.”
“2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)
Brian finds himself in Miami after “The Fast and the Furious,” forced to work with the police once against head to prison. He enlists his childhood friend Roman (Tyrese Gibson) to help him catch a Miami drug dealer by infiltrating his gang. The movie also introduces Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), a brilliant garage owner friend of Brian’s.
“Better Luck Tomorrow” (2003)
Director Justin Lin’s first movie isn’t officially part of the “Fast & Furious” canon. But Lin and star Sung Kang consider Kang’s “Better Luck Tomorrow” character, Han, to be the same Han that later appears in “Fast & Furious.” As far as they’re concerned, this movie is his origin story.
“Los Bandoleros” (2009)
Vin Diesel directed this 20-minute short, which fills in the gaps of what has happened to Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in the years since “The Fast and the Furious.” It also introduces a few new characters, including Tego (Tego Calderon) and Santos (Don Omar), and explains some of Han and Dom’s relationship.
“Fast & Furious” (2009)
Dom, Brian, Letty and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are united again for the first time since “The Fast and the Furious” as they go up against drug dealer Arturo Braga. “Fast & Furious” marks a shift in the movies toward building a more expansive world with more characters, including Han, Tego and Santos.
“Fast Five” (2011)
Following “Fast & Furious,” the crew finds themselves on the run in Brazil, and ready to gather. This movie introduces Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), an international law enforcement agent charged with bringing Dom and his family to justice. It also sees Dom assemble his new crew for the first time.
“Fast & Furious 6” (2013)
After Brazil, the crew is still wanted as international criminals — but they’re not as bad as Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a super criminal who’s trying to acquire a powerful technology. It’ll take the best crew in the world to bring him down.
“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006)
Though it’s actually the third movie in the franchise, “Tokyo Drift” actually takes place much further in the timeline. It tells the story of teenager Sean (Lucas Black), who finds himself in Tokyo and quickly falls in with Han and the local racing scene.
“Furious 7” (2015)
Simultaneously to some of the events in “Tokyo Drift,” the brother of Owen Shaw, Deckard (Jason Statham) comes out of hiding to go after Dom and the family to seek revenge.
“Fate of the Furious” (2018)
Deckard Shaw, Owen Shaw, Arturo Braga, Mose Jakande: all of them were being controlled and manipulated by one person. Cipher (Charlize Theron), the franchise’s biggest villain yet, comes out of hiding — and she somehow turns Dom against his family.
Source: The Wrap