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Story

The plot line may sound familiar: Two mismatched cops are assigned as reluctant partners to solve a crime. Culturally they are complete opposites, and they quickly realize they can't stand each other. One (Jackie Chan) believes in doing things by the book. He is a man with integrity and nerves of steel. The other (Chris Tucker) is an amiable rebel who can't stand authority figures. He's a man who has to do everything on his own, much to the displeasure of his superior officer, who in turn thinks this cop is a loose cannon but tolerates him because he gets the job done. Directed by Brett Ratner, Rush Hour doesn't break any new ground in terms of story, stunts, or direction. It rehashes just about every "buddy" movie ever made--in fact, it makes films such as Tango and Cash seem utterly original and clever by comparison. So, why did this uninspired movie make over $120 million at the box office? Was the whole world suffering from temporary insanity? Hardly. The explanation for the success of Rush Hour is quite simple: chemistry. The casting of veteran action maestro Jackie Chan with the charming and often hilarious Chris Tucker was a serendipitous stroke of genius. Fans of Jackie Chan may be slightly disappointed by the lack of action set pieces that emphasize his kung-fu craft. On the other hand, those who know the history of this seasoned Hong Kong actor will be able to appreciate that Rush Hour was the mainstream breakthrough that Chan had deserved for years. Coupled with the charismatic scene-stealer Tucker, Chan gets to flex his comic muscles to great effect. From their first scenes together to the trademark Chan outtakes during the end credits, their ability to play off of one another is a joy to behold, and this mischievous interaction is what saves the film from slipping into the depths of pitiful mediocrity. --Jeremy Storey

DVD Features

  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Selection
  • Special Features
  • Audio Commentary By The Director
  • Isolated Score With Commentary By Composer Lalo Schifrin.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original Feturette
  • Cast And Crew Biographies
  • Filmographies
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Short Film - Whatever Happened To Mason Reese With Audio Commentary By Director Brett Ratner
  • Music Video: Dru Hill "How Deep Is Your Love".

Cast

Ken LeungSang
Jackie ChanDet. Inspector Lee
Tom WilkinsonThomas Griffin / Juntao
Tzi MaConsul Han
Robert LittmanFirst Caucasian
Michael ChowDinner Guest
Julia HsuSoo Yung
Chris TuckerDet. James Carter
Chris PennClive
Kai LennoxCop at Diner
Larry SullivanCop at Diner (as Larry Sullivan Jr.)
Yang LinConsul Secretary (as Yan Ling)
Roger FanSoo Yung's Bodyguard
George CheungSoo Yung's Driver
Lucy LinExposition Official
Rex LinnAgent Dan Whitney
Mark RolstonAgent Warren Russ
Elizabeth PeñaJohnson
Philip Baker HallCaptain Diel
Jason DavisKid at Theatre
John HawkesStucky
Gene LeBellTaxi Driver (as Jean Lebell)
Wayne KingCigaweed Man (as Wayne A. King)
Manny PerryBartender
Kevin L. JacksonPooly Player (as Kevin Jackson)
Ronald D. BrownPool Hall Doorman
Clifton PowellLuke
Matthew BarryMarket Clerk (as Matt Barry)
Stanley DesantisFBI Gate Guard #1
Dan MartinFBI Gate Guard #2
Kevin LoweAnother Agent
Billy DevlinFBI Agent at Building
Tommy BushBomb Practice Sergeant
Bobby Shabaka HenleyBobby
Albert WongChin
Ai WanFoo Chow Hostess
Lydia LookFoo Chow Waitress
Sumiko 'Osumi' ChanJapanese Tourist
Chan Man ChingJapanese Tourist / Juntao's Man (as Man Ching Chan)
Ken LoJuntao's Man (as Kenneth Houi Kang Low)
Stuart W. YeeJuntao's Man (as Stuart Lee)
Chung Chi LiJuntao's Man (as Nicky Chung Chi Li)
Andy ChengJuntao's Man (as Andy Kain Chung Cheng)
Christing NgFlight Attendant #1 (as Christing Ng Wing Mei)
Frances FongSocialite
Robert KoteckiConvention Center Agent
Mike AshleyMale Flight Attendant
Ada TaiFlight Attendant #2
Arlene TaiFlight Attendant #3
Nina AmeriFBI Agent (uncredited)
Stephen BlackehartSWAT Captain (uncredited)
Victoria GeniscePolice Officer (uncredited)
Sarah KrasnerFBI Agent (uncredited)
David LeungJuntao's Man in Hong Kong (uncredited)
MarsJuntao's Man in Hong Kong (uncredited)
Jody MillardPolice Officer #2 (uncredited)
Deirdre O'BrienBlonde Tourist (uncredited)
Norman D. WilsonCard Player (uncredited)

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