Sung Kang on Han’s shocking return in 'Fast & Furious 9'

Gregory Wakeman

Fast & Furious veteran Sung Kang says he’s feeling “emotional” about returning as Han for the ninth film in the main franchise.

The first trailer for Fast & Furious 9 was released on Friday (watch it above), and while there were a bevy of action scenes and set-pieces to behold and salivate over, undoubtedly the biggest revelation from the footage was the return of Sung Kang’s Han Lue. 

Fast & Furious fans will undoubtedly be aware that Han died in Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift, before then appearing in the prequels Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and even at the start of Furious 7. At the end of the sixth installment it was revealed that Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw was responsible for Han’s death. 

(from left) Han (Sung Kang) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) in F9, directed by Justin Lin. (Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures)

That made it all the more grating for Fast fans when Deckard not only became part of the gang in The Fate Of The Furious, but even got his own spin-off movie, too.

So much so that a Justice For Han online movement began

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Thankfully, Fast & Furious 9 looks as though it will confront and deal with the above issues, with Kang himself recently opening up to the Los Angeles Times about his “emotional” return. 

“It feels like I’m going back to a family reunion,” he admitted. “It’s a relationship that has been missing in my life since the last Fast.”

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: Sung Kang and Ludacris speak onstage during Universal Pictures Presents The Road To F9 Concert and Trailer Drop on January 31, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

Kang was just as perplexed by the decision to make Deckard such an integral member of the Fast family, adding, “When Shaw came in and was revealed to be the killer and got invited into the family fold … that’s where you went, ‘Well, is this character being respected?’”

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When it comes to the character in F9, all Kang would say was he and director Justin Lin spent a long time discussing how to bring him back into fold, explaining, “We know who and what Han is. And we’re older now. This Han is older. The things that we’ve learned as men in our personal lives, I hope it can transcend on-screen.”

We’ll see exactly what that means, and whether Han faked his death or was brought back to life, when F9 is released on 22 May, 2020.