Asian Cinema is a book by Tom Vick, published in 2007, that chronicles the history of cinema in various regions…
The Fastest Hands in the East Meet the Biggest Mouth in the West.
When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.
There is nothing more damning I can say than this: I had already seen it and had no fucking idea. For some reason—and I honestly can't for the life of me imagine why; it doesn't seem to have been for any writing assignment—I saw it on video in April of 2001, which I only know because I keep a log. No memory of it whatsoever. I rewatched the entire thing just now and at no time did I even briefly recollect anything. Went to add it to my master list afterwards and was stunned to find it already there. I think the word I'm looking for here is "forgettable." Note to self: CHECK THE FUCKING LIST, THAT'S WHAT IT'S THERE FOR.
"Rush Hour" made me laugh - hysterically - when I was 12 years-old. My enjoyment was no doubt fueled by a middle schooler's comedic sensibility and a love of all things Jackie Chan. Sadly, a recent rewatch revealed "Rush Hour" to be the most listless buddy-cop movie ever made.
There is zero pulse to the entire production as Ratner's direction is simply a shoot-by-numbers affair; Chris Tucker's sub-"Beverly Hills Cop" shtick grates more and more with every scene; and the limp soundtrack by the otherwise talented Lalo "Mission: Impossible" Schifrin adds zero excitement to the rote explosions and chase sequences.
Jackie Chan is, as ever, unflappably cool and manages to come out of the proceeding unscathed, despite the countless off-color…
"Next time, be polite to my nuts."
like one of the lazier LETHAL WEAPON sequels, let's be charitable and say part 4, with its nondescript L.A. union-shoot texture and completely unsubstantial narrative, but without the Riggs and Murtaugh chemistry (arguably the only thing keeping those movies afloat) and with even worse asian jokes. there are gong sound effects in this when Jackie Chan does something funny, like when he says "My nigga!"
Chris Tucker is successfully channelling Eddie Murphy, but it's the Eddie from THE GOLDEN CHILD or something, where it's just shtick that absolutely fucking nobody would fall for. his entire performance is pitched at the level of the Gilbert Gottfried scene in BEVERLY HILLS COP 2. how…
Has its problems, is a little uneven, and Tucker can get goddamn annoying at times, but overall a good evening's entertainment.
Heck, you got Jackie Chan, and 90% of the time that means epic action sequences. The other 10% is Hollywood fare that waters down his style. Rush Hour is in the middle, at times sort of feels like it's killing his shtick, and at others, nailing it.
I hear they're making a fourth? Dat Chinese market bro, out there to be tapped!
Lee: I like to let people talk who like to talk. It lets me find out how full of shit they are.
Carter: What the hell did you just say?
Carter: This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer.
Lee: Why would they not want my help?
Carter: Because they don't give a damn about you! They don't like you! I don't like you!
Lee: I don't care! I'm here for the girl!
Carter: The girl don't like you! Nobody likes you!
Sang: The drop will be made tonight. The amount will be fifty million dollars.
In the 1998 box office smash 'Rush Hour', Brett Ratner brilliantly mixed together Chinese sensation Jackie Chan & the Blackenese antics of motormouth Chris Tucker to produce a sparkling L.A. based action comedy.
The strange alchemy of Chan & Tucker works due the effortless chemistry between the two leads and the story is tight with plenty of moments of comedic relief between the intricately choreographed action set pieces, involving many references to the more hardcore action work of Jackie's earlier Hong Kong movies.
Tucker's character, James Carter is initially funny but very obnoxious and egotistical - but his character's hostility towards inspector Lee begins to evaporate when they start to rely on each other throughout the course of the story. The development…
"Do you understand the words that are coming outta my mouth?!"
Chris Tucker's character in this is a very complex man. He's brazenly racist towards the Chines, yet speaks the language fluently, yet somehow has never eaten Chinese food?!
There's an action scene near the end where Jackie Chan is trying to fight dudes while trying to protect priceless Chinese heirlooms. One of those heirlooms should have been his pre-Hollywood career.
Out of the three Rush Hour films, the first film is still my favorite of the bunch. Jackie Chan was always paired up with an American actor in his films to bounce off of, but I don't think he gelled more with anyone like he did with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour. The pair just worked well together which is why this was a huge hit in 1998.
There is some great action, outstanding fight sequences and stunts, and a whole lot of laughs to make for an all around fun movie experience. I don't even think Tucker has been funnier since this movie, and to this day his performance makes me laugh out loud regardless of how many times ive seen it. For me, it is one of the best "buddy cop" action movies, but the series unfortunately gets more repetitive and stale in the sequels.
I hadn't seen this film in well over a decade. It holds up surprisingly well, despite its formulaic nature as well as some of the dated and corny jokes, most of which are delivered by Chris Tucker.
Yeah I still kinda like this.
Dated and derivative and flawed - but all of that is overshadowed by how immensely entertaining it still manages to be, despite its rickety structure.
Link to my review youtu.be/2tktLdxCAxU
The plot of this one made the most sense.
this is the craziest list I have ever seen in my entire life... also you can 100% guess when my…