Rush Hour

Rush Hour

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Director: Brett Ratner

Cast: Brett Ratner, Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson

     
 

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Brett Ratner directed this action-comedy that found box-office success by teaming Chris Tucker with Jackie Chan -- performing his own stunts as per his earlier films. As the story begins, Hong-Kong supercop Lee's (Chan), detective savvy leads to the confiscation of $500 million in weapons, drugs, and Chinese art. When Hong Kong Chinese Consul Han (Tzi Ma), is sent on… See more details below

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Brett Ratner directed this action-comedy that found box-office success by teaming Chris Tucker with Jackie Chan -- performing his own stunts as per his earlier films. As the story begins, Hong-Kong supercop Lee's (Chan), detective savvy leads to the confiscation of $500 million in weapons, drugs, and Chinese art. When Hong Kong Chinese Consul Han (Tzi Ma), is sent on a diplomatic mission to Los Angeles, his 11-year-old daughter, Soo Young (Julia Hsu), is abducted by an international criminal mastermind. The FBI assures Han they will find the kidnappers and return her safely, yet Han only trusts his longtime friend and ally (also his daughter's beloved martial arts teacher) Inspector Lee, who immediately flies in to help. Unwilling to have an outsider interfere in their investigation, the FBI assigns rogue LAPD detective (and buffoon) James Carter (Chris Tucker) to the case. Hoping to impress the FBI, Carter enthusiastically reports for work but is dismayed to discover his real mission is only to keep Lee away from the case (read b-a-b-y-s-i-t-t-e-r). The arrogant Carter reacts by embarking on a one-man crusade to solve the case, but he must first distract Lee. It doesn't take Carter long before he realizes he has greatly underestimated his Hong Kong counterpart, who sees what's going on and slips away. Impatient FBI agents try to cast off these unwanted misfit cops, but with an assist from LAPD bomb expert Tania Johnson (Elizabeth Pena), Carter and Lee eventually confront the bad guys in a full-tilt action sequence.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Just when it seemed that buddy movies peaked with the Lethal Weapon franchise, Rush Hour high-kicked its way to box-office success. Due to its surprisingly new take on the action-comedy genre, the film pairs up the polar opposite Jackie Chan with motor-mouth Chris Tucker of Friday. The talkaholic Tucker proves to be the perfect complement to Chan's choreographed kicks and backflips. While the movie is constructed from typical elements, the two stars make for an entertaining and exciting team. Martial arts expert Chan has become famous for being his own stunt man and literally breaking every bone in his body. Rush Hour not only shows his ability to throw punches and scale walls, but there are several physical routines that rival the work of Charlie Chaplin. In one scene, Chan must ward off goons as he protects wobbling vases -- and does so with the grace of Buster Keaton and the moves of Chuck Norris. Directed by Brett Ratner, who proved that he can direct both Tucker and high-octane action segments in Money Talks, the film comes to life due to the onscreen chemistry between Chan and Tucker. While some may be offended by the Asian stereotypes and racial jokes, one can't deny that Rush Hour proves that a little humor and creativity can fuse new life into an ailing genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/03/2006
UPC:
0794043100253
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Format:
Sony PSP

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Chan Detective Inspector Lee
Chris Tucker Detective James Carter
Tom Wilkinson Thomas Griffin
Elizabeth Peña Tania Johnson
Philip Baker Hall Capt. Diel
Mark Rolston Agent Russ
James Fox Consul Han
Rex Linn Agent Whitney
Ken Leung Sang
Chris Penn Clive
Julia Hsu Soo Yung

Technical Credits
Brett Ratner Director
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Matthew Barry Casting
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Sharen Davis Costumes/Costume Designer
Leon Dudevoir Executive Producer
Thomas Fichter Art Director
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Nancy Green-Keyes Casting
Mark Helfrich Editor
Gary Jones Musical Direction/Supervision
Robb Wilson King Production Designer
Jim Kouf Screenwriter
Ross Lamanna Original Story,Screenwriter
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Sarkissian Producer
Art Schaeffer Co-producer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Jay Stern Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Hilarious blooper reel; Commentary by director Brett Ratner

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