Rush Hour (1998 film)
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|Directed by||Brett Ratner|
|Produced by||Roger Birnbaum
Arthur M. Sarkissian
|Screenplay by||Jim Kouf
|Story by||Ross LaManna
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Editing by||Mark Helfrich
Tim Chau (sound)
Doug Jackson (sound effects)
|Studio||Roger Birnbaum Productions|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Rush Hour is a 1998 American action comedy film and the first installment in the Rush Hour series. Directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It was followed by two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007), with a 4th film in the works. Ranked at number 26 on Thatfilmguy.com's list of top 30 classic action films of all time. Ranked 48 on Totalfilm.com's 50 greatest kung fu movies of all time.
On the last day of British rule in Hong Kong, Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) of the Hong Kong Police Force leads a raid at a shipping bar wharf, hoping to arrest the mysterious crime lord Juntao. He finds only Sang (Ken Leung), Juntao's right hand man, who manages to escape. However, Lee successfully recovers numerous Chinese cultural treasures stolen by Juntao, which he presents as a farewell victory to his departing superiors: Chinese Consul Solon Han (Tzi Ma) and British Commander Thomas Griffin (Tom Wilkinson).
Shortly after Han arrives in the United States to take up his new diplomatic post in Los Angeles, his daughter, Soo Yung, is kidnapped by Sang while on her way to her first day of school. The Federal Bureau of Investigation informs Consul Han about the incident, who calls in Lee to assist in the case. The F.B.I., afraid that the injury or death of Lee would result in negative attention, decide to pawn him off on the Los Angeles Police Department. The arrogant and reckless detective, James Carter (Chris Tucker) is tricked into doing this but Carter makes a plan to solve the case himself when he finds out that he has been given a mundane task.
Carter meets Lee at Los Angeles International Airport and then proceeds to take him on a sightseeing tour of L.A., simultaneously keeping Lee away from the embassy and contacting several of his underworld informants about the kidnapping. Lee finally escapes and makes his way to the Chinese Consulate, where an anxious Han and a group of F.B.I. agents are awaiting news about his daughter. While being reprimanded by Agent-in-charge Warren Russ (Mark Rolston), Carter accidentally involves himself in a phone conversation with Sang, where he poorly arranges a ransom drop of $50 million.
The F.B.I. traces the call to a warehouse and sends in a team of agents only to have them killed by a bomb. Spotting Sang nearby, Lee and Carter give chase, but Sang escapes, dropping the detonator in the process. Carter's colleague, L.A.P.D. bomb expert Tania Johnson (Elizabeth PeÃ±a), helps them trace the detonator to Clive (Chris Penn), a man previously arrested by Carter. Clive is guilt-tripped by Lee into revealing his business relationship with Juntao whom he meets at a restaurant in Chinatown. Carter goes to the restaurant alone where he sees a surveillance video of Juntao carrying Soo Yung into a van. Lee arrives and rescues Carter, but the two are taken off the case after the F.B.I. blames them for ruining the ransom drop. Carter, however, decides he can't let this go and decides to finish what he started. When he goes to the airport to retrieve Lee, Lee refuses to tag along, saying Carter disgraced the job of a cop and his fathers good name. Carter gets frustrated with Lee's lack of knowledge about his father. Carter finally explains that his father was killed by a man trying to avoid a ticket while his partner just sat in the car and watched, causing Carter's reckless solo act. This is enough to convince Lee to join him to get Soo Yung back.
The final confrontation comes at the opening of a Chinese art exhibition at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which Han and Griffin are overseeing, while the ransom is being delivered. Carter, Lee and Johnson enter disguised as guests. They conclude that Griffin is Juntao because Carter recognizes him from Chinatown and Lee sees him accept a detonator from Sang. With this knowledge, Lee calls out Griffin as the real Juntao, and Griffin threatens to detonate a bomb vest attached to Soo Yung. During the stand-off, however, Carter manages to sneak out and locate Soo Yung. He then drives the van into the building and brings the bomb vest within range so that Griffin cannot set it off, knowing it would kill himself too.
Johnson manages to get the vest off Soo Yung while Griffin heads toward the roof with the briefcase of money. Lee takes the vest and pursues Griffin while Carter shoots Sang dead in a gunfight. Lee and Griffin find themselves dangling from the rafters under the roof. Griffin falls to his death but by the time Lee falls, Carter is able to place a flag underneath and catch him. Han and Soo Yung are reunited, and Han sends Carter and Lee on vacation together to Hong Kong as a reward for their actions. Before Carter leaves, Agents Russ and Whitney offer him a position in the F.B.I., which he rudely refuses, as he is finally happy with his rank as LAPD. On the plane, Lee begins singing, which greatly annoys Carter.
- Jackie Chan as Detective Inspector Lee (briefly doubled by Robert Wong)
- Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter (doubled by Mark Hicks, Wayne Johnson and Jalil Jay Lynch)
- Tom Wilkinson as Thomas Griffin/Juntao
- Tzi Ma as Consul Solon Han
- Ken Leung as Sang
- Elizabeth PeÃ±a as Detective Tania Johnson
- Mark Rolston as FBI Special Agent In Charge Warren Russ
- Rex Linn as FBI Agent Dan Whitney
- Chris Penn as Clive Cod
- Philip Baker Hall as Captain William Diel
- Julia Hsu as Soo Yung Han (doubled by Jane Oshita)
- John Hawkes as Stucky
- Clifton Powell as Luke
- Kevin Lowe as FBI Agent
- Billy Devlin as FBI Agent in Building
- Barry Shabaka Henley as Bobby
- Christine Ng as Flight Attendant (as Christine Ng Wing Mei)
- George Cheung as Soo Yung's Driver
- Norman D. Wilson as Card Player (uncredited)
- Stephen Blackehart as SWAT Captain (uncredited)
- Chan Man-ching (as Man Ching Chan)
- Andy Cheng (as Andy Kai Chung Cheng)
- Stuart W. Yee (as Stuart Yee)
- Nicky Li (as Nicky Chung Chi Li)
- Ken Lo (as Kenneth Houi Kang Low)
- Mars (uncredited)
- Kwan Yung (uncredited)
- William Tuan (uncredited)
- James Lew (uncredited)
- Johnny Cheung (uncredited)
- Will Leong (uncredited)
Rush Hour opened at No. 1 at the North American box office with a weekend gross of $33 million in September 1998. Rush Hour grossed over $244 million worldwide, making the film a box office success. The film received positive reviews from critics. Roger Ebert praised both Jackie Chan, for his entertaining action sequences without the use of stunt doubles, and Chris Tucker, for his comical acts in the film, and how they formed an effective comic duo. The film currently holds a 61% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, just enough for a "Fresh" rating. It also holds a rating of 6.9/10 on IMDb. The film was viewed on a total of 2,638 screens. It made $54,123,698 in film rentals (U.S.).
A sequel Rush Hour 2, was released in 2001, which was primarily set in Hong Kong. A third film, Rush Hour 3, was released on August 10, 2007, which was primarily set in Paris. Tucker earned $25 million for his role in the third film and Chan received the film's distribution rights in Asia. A fourth film in the series is in negotiations, and reportedly may be set in Moscow.
- 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards
- Winner: BMI Film Music Award (Lalo Schifrin)
- 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
- 1999 Bogey Awards (Germany)
- Winner: Bogey Awards in Silver
- 1999 Golden Screen (Germany)
- Winner: Golden Screen
- 1999 Grammy Awards
- Nomination: Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television (Lalo Schifrin)
- 1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (United States)
- Nomination: Favorite Movie Actor (Blimp Award) (Chris Tucker)
- 1999 MTV Movie Awards
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- Buddy cop film
- List of films set in Hong Kong
- List of films set in Los Angeles
- Rush Hour 2
- Rush Hour 3
- Jackie Chan filmography
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