Fast and Furious Actor Sung Kang reveals his reaction upon hearing about the #JusticeforHan movement. Kang’s character Han returns to The Fast Saga at Justin Lin’s F9 after several years of being presumed dead. However, before the idea of resurrection came up, there was already a rumor online demanding that Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) be held responsible for murdering the beloved member of “the family.”
Initially introduced in director Justin Lin Better luck tomorrow film, the filmmaker took Han to the Fast Saga when he was hired to Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. Han played the recently wealthy mentor to Sean Boswell (Lucas Black). However, he allegedly died in a tragic car accident in Japan. But because of the Fast In Saga’s non-linear timeline, the character was able to continue to appear in later films where his ties to Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team were discovered. By Furious 7, it is revealed that Han’s accident was planned by Deckard as part of his plan for revenge against his brother Owen (Luke Wilson).
After years of hiding in Japan, thanks to the help of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), Han is reunited with the family in F9, and is expected to be part of the rest of The Fast Also saga movies. In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Kang talks about his experience learning about the #JusticeforHan movement, which he discovered after Jen Yamato of the LA Times hosted a vigil for the character. Read what Kang had to say about the move below:
I saw pictures of that and I thought, “What happens to this person, having a vigil for a fictional character? … At first I thought,” Who is this person, a madman? “And then I started to get to know her, and I realized that there was a deeper meaning behind that. And I was flattered and honored, that a character that I played meant a lot to someone, and then I had this whirlwind of support. And Finally when he landed on set he would reflect on it saying, “Wow, this went through a hashtag and a vigil.” Pretty crazy. A vigil you were on, that’s what it means.
Universal made no secret of his intention to bring Han back F9. The character’s return was revealed early on during the marketing campaign, and he revealed it by reuniting with his old team in the first trailer. From there, they capitalized on the rumor and built up the excitement about how he’s alive after all these years. Looking back, it’s an effective promotional strategy because it kept people interested in the movie, especially after its delay. At the same time, it also moved the conversation forward beyond whether or not Kang is in the movie. That said, there really isn’t enough time to properly explore where Han had been the last few years, with F9 leaving some questions about his life in Japan unknown.
Given this, it makes sense that Han’s story continues beyond his initial return in F9. Frankly, little justice has been achieved for the character of the Fast and Furious franchise, in addition to establishing the fact that he did not die in the car accident as many assumed. His face to face with Deckard in the mid-credits scene is most likely the beginning of Lin’s promise to hold Brother Shaw accountable.
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