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"The Fastest Hands in the East Meet the Biggest Mouth in the West."
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A chinese consul's daughter is kidnapped, and a ransom is asked for. Who is going to help? Rush Hour centers around an investigation into this kidnapping conducted by a LAPD officer Carter, and a chinese officer Lee. Lee is friends with the consul, and is determined to find his friend's daughter, and bring the kidnappers to justice. He runs into Carter in the course of his investigation, and they team up to catch the kidnappers.

At the beginning of the movie, Carter and Lee both make mistakes which put them on probation at their jobs. Carter learns about the kidnapping, and is determined to help. His bosses don't agree, though, and instead enlist him in escorting Lee back to the airport to send him home. Carter decides to ignore his orders, and instead help Lee find out who kidnapped the little girl, and try to get her back.

Throughout the course of their investigation, Carter and Lee learn that the kidnapping is part of a larger conspiracy, and the man in charge is a phantom. No one knows exactly who this man is, so Lee and Carter must discover who is behind this conspiracy, in the process of finding the little girl before she is used as a pawn. Lee is very emotional about finding this little girl, because he made a promise to his friend, and is determined to keep his word.

Jackie Chan plays Lee, the chinese officer in Rush Hour. His counterpart, Carter, is played by Chris Tucker. Between the two of them, they complete a comedic team not seen since Lethal Weapon. As they navigate the streets of Los Angeles, they interact with each other in a way that is funny and serious at the same time. Carter teaches Lee about American culture, while Lee teaches Carter about chinese.

Throughout the movie, the two detectives have many mishaps, including chases through back alleys, explosions and car chases. Anyone who enjoys action movies will appreciate the special effects involved in the making of this film. Lee is proficient in martial arts, and is able to display this skill throughout the entire movie.

Rush hour is a very enjoyable movie, with much humor and wit, along with action that draws the viewer into the movie, and makes it relatable to many different audiences. There truly is something for everyone in this film.

| 1998 | 1 hr 37 min | 7.0/10 | 60/100
Ken Leung, Jackie Chan, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma
Brett Ratner
Produced By
Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Athur M. Sarkissian

Also starring Ken Leung

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