Han Lue

Han Lue, also known by the alias Han Seoul-Oh, is a fictional character in the Fast & Furious franchise, portrayed by Sung Kang. The character originally appeared in the film Better Luck Tomorrow, later appearing in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in Tokyo as the mentor of Sean Boswell, seemingly dying in a collision in the film's climax. Han's status as a member of Dominic Toretto's crew was shown in the subsequent films Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, as well as the short film Los Bandoleros, all set between the events of Better Luck Tomorrow and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. He most recently appears in F9, his first appearance set after the events of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Han Lue
Fast & Furious character
First appearanceBetter Luck Tomorrow (2002)
Created by
Portrayed bySung Kang
In-universe information
AliasHan Seoul-Oh
GenderMale
OccupationStreet racer
Significant otherGisele Yashar
NationalityKorean
AffiliationCrew members:

DevelopmentEdit

The character originally appeared in Better Luck Tomorrow, directed by Justin Lin. When Lin was recruited to direct The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, he pitched the idea of adding an Asian character to be the "cool guy" specifically with Han Lue in mind. Kang was only supposed to appear in a one-off but was brought back in the subsequent prequel films due to positive responses from audiences.[1]

AppearancesEdit

Better Luck TomorrowEdit

Director Justin Lin and portrayer Sung Kang have both stated in interviews that the Han seen in the Fast & Furious franchise is the same character featured in Better Luck Tomorrow, with that film serving as the character's origin story.[2][3]

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftEdit

Living in Tokyo, Han uses his new-found wealth to start his own garage, as well as purchasing various expensive, modified tuner cars to store in the garage. Han also keeps himself occupied with various women, with a club attached next door to his garage. Additionally, he becomes involved with Tokyo's elite street racers and one of its most prominent drifters. At some point, he acquired a 2001 Nissan Silvia S15 Spec-S and rebuilt and restored it from the ground up, the car later being referred to by Twinkie as the Mona Lisa of the drift world.

Han also affiliates himself with Takashi, the nephew of Kamata, a Yakuza member, securing profits from various business ventures. Unbeknownst to either Kamata or Takashi, Han begins stealing money from their operation and does so without either of them noticing for some time.

When Han meets Sean Boswell, Boswell crossed Takashi’s unspoken boundaries by speaking to his girlfriend, Neela. Han questions why Takashi is still bothering with “high school girls” when Takashi decides to confront Sean. When Sean accepts Takashi’s challenge to drift, Han gives Sean the keys to his Nissan Silvia, curious to see what Sean is made of.

While Sean loses the race, destroying his car in the process, Han is intrigued by what he saw in Sean for merely challenging Takashi. The following day, Han meets Sean outside of his school and demands that he get into his car. Han makes a point to tell Sean that he is in his debt and would be his personal “errand boy” on account of the car that he owes him. Sean is willing to agree to the terms so long as Han teaches him how to drift.

When Sean falls out of favor with his father, Lieutenant Boswell, Sean comes to live in Han’s garage. While there, he works on the cars available to him in the garage and Han teaches him how to drift properly. As Sean improves, Han’s situation is complicated when Takashi becomes more forceful in threatening Sean to stay away from Neela. Eventually Takashi confronts Han about the money he's been stealing from his uncle. Han does not attempt to defend his actions to Takashi.

He merely states that the “side deals” he made while under the protection of Takashi’s word were in the nature of their business. He goes on to say that Takashi needed him and that he would’ve amounted to nothing if it wasn’t for his help. When Takashi becomes distracted by the presence of Neela, Han takes his chance and climbs into his car and escapes.

Takashi and his friend, Morimoto pursue him through the streets of Tokyo, but they are unable to catch him. He protects Sean and Neela from Takashi, allowing them to get ahead of him. When Han finally reaches the intersection of the road, Han’s car is t-boned by a Mercedes S-Class. Han’s car is flipped onto its top. Han, unable to escape the car, is killed in the explosion. Boswell, enraged at Han's death, attacks Takashi only to learn soon enough that Takashi wasn't responsible, leaving the possibility that someone else killed him.

Some time after Han’s death, Sean Boswell meets Dominic Toretto after he requests an audience with him at the parking garage. Dominic races Sean with the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner he won from Han years before.

Los BandolerosEdit

In Los Bandoleros , Han visited Mexico, where he met Dominic "Dom" Toretto and established a relationship. Han begins “running” with Dominic for unspecified reasons. Dominic wins 1970 Plymouth Road Runner off of Han in a race.

Han arrives in the Dominican Republic when Dominic Toretto is preparing for a new job regarding the transportation of gas. He is picked up at the airport by the likes of Cara and Malo, Dominic's friends. He is later taken to Rico Santos' house, where Dominic lives, and they have dinner with the rest of the Santos family. He takes an immediate attraction to Cara, who shares a mutual attraction for him.

Later, he follows Dominic and Santos to the prison where Tego Leo was being kept before Santos helped him escape. When Dominic takes to take them to a secluded club to meet the man responsible for the transport of their score, Dominic tells him to drive around the block or wait in the car. Han instead decides to enter the club where he mingles with Cara and Malo at the bar.

When Cara asked how he met Dominic, Han briefly explained how they first met each other in Mexico. Malo, realizing that the two were attracted to each other, asked if they wanted a room. Cara instead gives him her drink and she and Han leave the bar.

Fast & FuriousEdit

Han is seen only in the beginning of Fast & Furious. He along with Letty Ortiz, Toretto, Tego Leo, Rico Santos, and Cara (Han's then-girlfriend), are hijacking a fuel tanker in the Dominican Republic. Han and Cara hijack the first two tankers while Leo and Santos hijack the other two tankers, not before the truck driver gives them a little problem after seeing Letty on top of the tanker and notices that the hijacking is going on. After the hijacking is done, Toretto learns from Han that the authorities are investigating their previous locations and heists, leading to the disbanding of the crew. Toretto and Han part on good terms, with Han expressing interest in going to Tokyo.

Fast FiveEdit

Han is recruited for a heist in the events of Fast Five as a precision driver and a "chameleon". During the events of the film, he starts to fall in love with another member of the crew, Gisele Harabo. When Brian and Dom are chased by corrupt cops under Hernan Reyes payroll, he and Roman come to their aid by knocking out the police cars. At the end of the film, Han and Gisele are seen traveling Europe, wealthy from the heist and in a relationship.

Fast & Furious 6Edit

When Han and Gisele arrive in London, they’re given the details of their situation with Owen Shaw and Letty Ortiz by Luke Hobbs. During their first encounter with Shaw’s team, Han, Brian and Gisele are attacked by the sniper Adolfson, who fires on their cars once they reach Interpol.

Brian, Han and Gisele are pinned down long enough for Vegh, Jah and Klaus to escape. Brian follows after them, but Gisele runs out into the open to fire on Jan and Klaus’s getaway car. At the last second, Han is able to pull her out of the way and the two take cover behind a fire hydrant as Adolfson fires on them multiple times before escaping.

During the team's attempt to stop Owen and his team from hijacking the military convoy, Han and Gisele pursue Denlinger on their motorcycles, a Harley Davidson XR1200 and Ducati Monster. Gisele is the first to reach Dillinger, hangs on the side of his Land Rover and is nearly crushed on the side of oncoming truck, but Han jumps onto the Land Rover in time to swerve the vehicle out of the way and save her life.

When Mia Toretto is taken prisoner by Shaw, Dominic and the others are forced to let Shaw and Riley Hicks, a double agent working with both Owen and Hobbs, go to ensure her safety. However, as soon as they’re allowed, they go after the plane Shaw is planning to take off on with Mia. Gisele and Han are one of two teams designated with the task of keeping the plane on the ground using the harpoons. During their efforts, Gisele is pulled out of their car by Adolfson. Han follows after her, climbing onto the top of their car.

Though Gisele is able to fend him off, she is knocked off of Adolfson’s car. Han is able to save at the last moment. Gisele, realizing that Adolfson plans to kill Han, let go of Han’s arms and allows herself to fall, Han is unable to save her. Before she is killed from the fall, she shoots Adolfson, knocking him off balance. A devastated Han attacks Adolfson and throws him off of the car and into the turbine of the plane.

The plane crashes. Dominic escapes the burning plane by car. Mia and Brian approach Han and attempt to comfort him when they realize what has happened to Gisele.

With their records cleared by the pardons provided by Hobbs, Han and the others return to Los Angeles. While speaking with Roman Pearce and Tej Parker, Han ultimately decides to go to Tokyo.

In the post-credits scene of Fast and Furious 6, Han's death from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is shown, and it is revealed that Deckard Shaw, Owen's brother has driven the car that t-boned his.

Furious 7Edit

Han's death is seen again in Furious 7 through archival footage from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious 6, occurring the same time a bomb package delivered to Dominic's house goes off. Han's death was the reason Dominic appeared in Tokyo at the end of Tokyo Drift - to retrieve his body back to Los Angeles for burial. After racing with Sean Boswell, Dominic receives several of Han's personal items, including a photo of Gisele. The crew attended Han's funeral in Los Angeles a few days later, with Dominic spoting Han's killer Deckard Shaw watching from a distance, and giving chase, leading to their confrontation.

F9Edit

Han is revealed to be alive, somehow having survived Deckard Shaw's attack in Tokyo, and is shown rejoining the team in their fight against Dom's brother, Jakob, and recurring villain, Cipher.

CharacterizationEdit

Han is known for munching on snacks. As pointed out by Gisele in Fast Five, this is part of his constant need to occupy his hands, as he is a former smoker. According to director Justin Lin, this is an Easter egg reference to the character's previous appearance in Better Luck Tomorrow.

Following the death of Gisele in Fast & Furious 6, Han leaves the United States to live in Tokyo, Japan, setting up his appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Han was initially the only character from Tokyo Drift to appear in the subsequent films, before Sean Boswell's appearance in Furious 7. Both Sung Kang and Justin Lin have stated the surname "Seoul-Oh" that Han uses in Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 is a fake ID, a play on the name "Han Solo".[4][5] Ironically, the revelation that Han Lue is alive in F9 encouraged the use of the #HanIsAlive hashtag that Star Wars fans thought it was referring to Han Solo, who died in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[6]

RelationshipsEdit

In the short film Los Bandoleros and the film Fast & Furious, he was in a relationship with Cara until they broke up by the time the events of Fast Five takes place. At the end of the film and all of Fast & Furious 6 he was in a relationship with Gisele Yashar until her death in the runway battle.

Car listEdit

Film Car
Better Luck Tomorrow 1965 Ford Mustang
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 1997 Mazda RX-7, with Veilside, body kit
Fast & Furious 1967 Chevrolet C-Series, with a custom tail trailer and truck tires
Fast Five 1970 Ford Maverick
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Police Car
2012 Lexus LFA
Fast & Furious 6 2005 BMW E60 M5
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
1994 Mazda RX-7, with Veilside, body kit (archival footage)
F9 2020 Toyota Supra

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Why Everybody Loves Sung Kang". KoreAm. June 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Robinson, Will (June 16, 2016). "Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift: Here's the story of Han".
  3. ^ Fuge, Jon (February 8, 2020). "#JusticeForHan Is What Brought F9 Director Justin Lin Back to the Franchise". Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Lin, Justin (May 30, 2013). "hanseoulo". You Offend Me, You Offend My Family. Archived from the original on June 29, 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015. [Q]: What is Gisele's last name? I've seen two different ones. Yashar and Harabo. It's driving me crazy
    [A]: We don't give up Gisele and Han's name. By the way, Han Seoul-Oh is a fake ID.
  5. ^ Siddhant Adlakha (April 16, 2018). "Will There Ever be Justice for Han?". Slash Film. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Sica, Davide (February 1, 2020). "FAST & FURIOUS 9: "HAN È VIVO" È TREND SU TWITTER E CONFONDE I FAN DI STAR WARS" (in Italian). MoviePlayer. Retrieved February 4, 2020.

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