Rush Hour 3

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Rush Hour 3
Rushhour3poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Brett Ratner
Produced by Roger Birnbaum
Michael Poryes
Jonathan Glickman
Jay Stern
Arthur M. Sarkissian
Andrew Z. Davis
Written by Jeff Nathanson
Based on Characters Created 
by Ross LaManna
Starring Jackie Chan
Chris Tucker
Hiroyuki Sanada
Yvan Attal
Noemie Lenoir
Tzi Ma
Max von Sydow
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography J. Michael Muro
Edited by Mark Helfrich
Dean Zimmerman
Don Zimmerman
Production
company
Roger Birnbaum Productions
Arthur Sarkissian Productions
Unlike Film Productions
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • August 10, 2007 (2007-08-10)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
France
Language English
French
Japanese
Mandarin
Budget $140 million[1]
Box office $258,022,233

Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 martial arts/action-comedy-Adventure film, and the third installment in the Rush Hour series, starring Jackie Chan as Inspector Lee and Chris Tucker as Detective Carter. The film was officially announced on May 7, 2006, and filming began on July 4, 2006. The film is set in Paris and Los Angeles. Rush Hour 3 was released on August 10, 2007, in the United States.[2] A fourth film is currently in consideration by the series' creators.

Roman Polanski (a director and fan of the Rush Hour series[3]) was given a small role as a French police official involved in Lee and Carter's case. In her first appearance in an American film, Noémie Lenoir portrays Geneviève, a beautiful stage performer who is one of the main suspects in the case as well as Carter's love interest. Tzi Ma reprises his role as Ambassador Han, Lee's boss and friend who appeared in Rush Hour. Yvan Attal co-stars as George, a cab driver who becomes Lee and Carter's new sidekick.

Plot[edit]

L.A.P.D. Detective Carter is directing traffic. Concurrently, Chinese Ambassador Han addresses the importance of fighting the Triads at the World Criminal Court, announcing that he may know the whereabouts of Shy Shen, a semi-mythical individual of great importance to the Chinese mob. Before announcing, an assassin shoots Han in the shoulder, disrupting the conference. Chief Inspector Lee pursues the shooter and corners him, discovering that the assassin is his Japanese foster brother Kenji. When Lee hesitates to shoot Kenji, he makes his escape.

In the hospital, Lee learns that Han will make a full recovery. Han's daughter, Soo-Yung, now grown up, arrives and makes Lee and Carter promise to capture the one behind the shooting. After following a lead that turns out to be a dead end, Lee and Carter intercept a gang of French speaking assassins who enter the hospital to kill Soo-Yung and Han. Lee and Carter defeat the assassins and interrogate one of them with the help of a nun, who can speak French. For her protection, they take Soo-Yung to the French Embassy and leave her under the care of Reynard, the French ambassador and the chairman of the World Criminal Court. When a car bomb nearly kills Reynard and Soo-Yung the duo decides to go to Paris to investigate.

In Paris, after getting a painful cavity search from Parisian commissioner Revi, Lee and Carter meet up with George, a taxi driver, who is prejudiced against Americans. He drives them to a Triad hideout. Once there, Lee is seduced by a mob assassin named Jasmine while Carter meets a beautiful woman at a casino table. Lee and Carter attempt an escape that George finds exhilarating, but are ultimately captured by Kenji's men. Kenji offers to let them live if the two leave Paris immediately. While away from Lee, Carter spots and follows the woman he met earlier, learning that she is a stage performer named Geneviève. Meanwhile, Reynard reveals to Lee that Shi Shen is not a person, but a list of the Triad leaders and that Geneviève is Han's informant who had access to the list.

Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan during the car chase scene from Rush Hour 3.

After locating Geneviève and saving her from an assassination attempt, the two flee to their hotel room where Carter becomes intimate with Geneviève. They are attacked by Jasmine and decide to hide out with George who has developed a great appreciation for the United States. Lee and Carter learn that Geneviève not only knows where the list is, but that she is the list. The names of the thirteen Triad leaders have been tattooed on the back of her head, as per tradition, and Geneviève explains that she will be decapitated and buried if the Triads capture her. When Lee and Carter bring Geneviève to Reynard, they find out that he has been working with the mob all along. Kenji calls and informs Lee that he has captured Soo-Yung and that he would like to exchange her for Geneviève.

Lee arrives at the exchange point, the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, with Carter disguised as Geneviève. Kenji challenges Lee to a sword fight, during which the two fall off the tower and into a safety net. Kenji's sword cuts the safety net open leaving both men hanging on for dear life. Not wanting them both to die, Kenji says goodbye to Lee and lets go, only to fall to his death. Meanwhile, Carter saves Soo-Yung and defeats Jasmine by kicking her into a spinning wheel. After escaping, Carter and Lee are confronted by Reynard, holding Geneviève hostage and threatening to kill her and frame them. However, George, having followed Lee and Carter, shoots Reynard from behind. The police arrive, with Commissioner Revi gloating and trying to get undeserved credit. After giving him a team punch to the face, Lee and Carter leave the scene dancing to the Edwin Starr song "War".

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

Rush Hour 3 was produced on a budget estimated at $140 million.[1]

It opened on August 10, 2007 and grossed $49,100,158 in its first three days.[4] The film's total North American gross was $140,125,968, far below the gross of Rush Hour 2 and slightly behind even the gross of the original.[4] Noted Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo:

Rush Hour 3 grossed $255,045,928 worldwide.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Unlike its predecessors, the film received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, primarily on the film's more crude humor. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 based on 32 reviews indicating "mixed or average reviews". Desson Thomson of The Washington Post, giving it three and a half stars out of five, said "at the risk of eternal damnation on the Internet, I admit to laughing at — even feeling momentarily touched by — Rush Hour 3."[6] On Rotten Tomatoes the film had a score of 19% based on 157 reviews with a consensus of "Rush Hour 3 is a tired rehash of earlier films, and a change of scenery can't hide a lack of new ideas." Todd Gilchrist of IGN movies said, "A movie that not only depends on but demands you don't think in order to enjoy it." Christian Toto of The Washington Times said, "The Rush job should put the franchise down for good." Christopher Tookey of the Daily Mail said, "Infecting this third movie is an extra, deeply unpleasant level of racism that we haven't seen before in the series."[7] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times was slightly more positive giving the film two stars and saying, "...once you realize it's only going to be so good, you settle back and enjoy that modest degree of goodness, which is at least not badness, and besides, if you're watching Rush Hour 3, you obviously didn't have anything better to do, anyway."[8] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four, and said the movie was dull, uninspired and redundant.[9]

Distribution in China[edit]

The film was not screened in Chinese theaters in 2007, to make way for a larger variety of foreign films for that year, according to a business representative. (The quota for imported films is 20 each year.)[10]

Home media release[edit]

The film was released on December 26, 2007,[11] on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. As of March 30, 2008, the film has made $80.75 million in Home Video rentals, making it the top rental of 2007.[12]

Sequel[edit]

Because of the film's box office success, director Brett Ratner and writer Jeff Nathanson are currently considering the production of a fourth film in the Rush Hour series. In the DVD audio commentary for Rush Hour 3, Brett Ratner jokes that a Rush Hour 4 could be released in the future. Ratner and Nathanson are exploring many concepts, including the use of the motion capture technique for the possible sequel and various film projects with Chan and Tucker. It has been reported that the fourth film may be set in Moscow.[13]

In a recent interview with Vulture, Ratner stated that the high cost of making a sequel is, "why another Rush Hour probably won’t get made, either: It'd be too much to pay me, Chris [Tucker], and Jackie [Chan] to come back."[14]

In an interview, on May 12, 2012, Jackie [Chan] reveals that he is still planning on both a Rush Hour and a Karate Kid sequel.[15]

Soundtrack[edit]

The original motion picture soundtrack for this movie was released on August 8, 2007 on CD and audio cassette from New Line Records and Columbia Records.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rush Hour 3 (2007) The film was supposed to be filmed in New York, but since the September 11 attacks happened, the producers had to change to whole plot.
  2. ^ "Release dates for Rush Hour 3 (2007)". Internet Movie Database. 
  3. ^ Godfrey, Alex (2011-10-29). "Brett Ratner: "If it wasn't for Eddie Murphy, Rush Hour wouldn't exist"". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rush Hour 3". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  5. ^ 'Rush Hour 3' Packs Less Punch
  6. ^ Desson Thomson (2007-08-10). "Rush Hour 3". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  7. ^ Tookey, Christopher. Review of Rush Hour 3. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2008-01-09.
  8. ^ Roger Ebert (2007-08-10). "Rush Hour 3". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  9. ^ James Berardinelli. "Rush Hour 3". ReelViews.net. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  10. ^ "China in no 'Rush' for Chan film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 6, 2007. [dead link]
  11. ^ The DVD release date of Rush Hour 3 varies, as it was seen in Wal-Mart stores on December 22, 2007, while in advertisements for other stores it was not scheduled for release until December 26.
  12. ^ Sinmao (March 2, 2008). "Box Office Underperformer "Rush Hour 3" Is Top DVD Rental of 2007". End of Boredom. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ WorstPreviews.com Staff (August 2, 2007). ""Rush Hour 4" is Set in Moscow". Worst Previews. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (May 22, 2011). "The New Summer Blockbuster Economy: Reboots, Prequels, and the End of the Superstar Cash Grab". Vulture. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ Showbiz, Bang (May 21, 2012). "Jackie Chan plans 'Rush Hour 4' and 'Karate Kid 2'". AZCentral. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 

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