Fast and Furious 9: How is Han alive after his death in Tokyo Drift?

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR FAST AND FURIOUS 9 AHEAD. The Fast and Furious timeline is pretty complicated thanks to the third film Tokyo Drift, in which Sung Kang’s Han died in a car wreck. The spin-off, which features a cameo by Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto at the end, is officially set between Fast and Furious 6 and 7. The reason being because Dom and Han share the screen in movies 4-6, with the latter deciding in Fast and Furious 6 to go and live in Japan for the events of Tokyo Drift.

Then, in Fast and Furious 6’s end credits scene, Han’s death was retconned with the cause of his crash revealed to be Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.

So just how is Han back in Fast and Furious 9, as revealed in the trailers for the new movie?

Well, it turns out that his death was faked by Kurt Russell’s Mr Nobody with some high tech visual illusion.

Retconning Han’s demise again, Fast 9 reveals that the street racer was working for him in Tokyo.

Fast and Furious 9: How is Han alive after his death in Tokyo Drift?

Fast and Furious 9: How is Han alive after his death in Tokyo Drift? (Image: UP)

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Han reunited with Dom in Fast 9 (Image: UP)

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Han had a connection to Project Aries, as discovered by Letty and Mia in Fast 9, when his name turned out to be connected to the activation key for this tech.

After reuniting in Tokyo, Han shares with the family that Mr Nobody had hired him to steal a certain technology.

Mr Nobody knew he could trust Han since the street racer’s late girlfriend Gisele had worked for Kurt’s character in running drugs in Central America.

Of course, this tech turned out to be Project Aries and Anna Sawai’s Elle was the activation key since her parents created it.

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Han will presumably be back for Fast 10 and 11 (Image: UP)

Just a girl at the time, Han acquired Project Aries before Fast 9’s villain Jakob Toretto could, however, his team did kill Elle’s parents.

Since Mr Nobody knew his agent Jakob had gone rogue and that Shaw intended to kill Han, he helped faked the street racer’s death in that Tokyo Drift crash.

How exactly this is achieved aside from it being a technological illusion isn’t clear.

But what is, is that Han was with Mr Nobody watching the car explode with “Han” inside in a “pretty nifty magic trick”.

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It’s pretty convoluted for sure, but all that really matters is that Han is finally back after being absent for two Fast and Furious movies.

And what was particularly satisfying was seeing him reunited with Lucas Black’s Sean Boswell, the lead of Tokyo Drift, at the end of Fast 9.

Sean too had been brought back into the franchise, after a short cameo with Vin in Furious 7.

It seems all the key players are reuniting together for the two-finale finale Fast and Furious 10 and 11.

Fast 9’s synopsis reads: “Dom Toretto is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, but they know that danger always lurks just over the peaceful horizon.

“This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most.

“His crew soon comes together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered — Dom’s forsaken brother.”

Fast and Furious 9 is in cinemas now.

Read More: Hollywood News

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