Rush Hour 3

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Rush Hour 3
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrett Ratner
Written byJeff Nathanson
Based onCharacters
by Ross LaManna
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyJ. Michael Muro
Edited by
Music byLalo Schifrin
Production
companies
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release dates
  • July 30, 2007 (2007-07-30) (Los Angeles)
  • August 10, 2007 (2007-08-10) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Languages
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • French
Budget$125–140 million[1][2][3]
Box office$258.1 million[2]

Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 American buddy action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, written by Jeff Nathanson, and starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Max von Sydow, Hiroyuki Sanada, Noémie Lenoir, Yvan Attal and Youki Kudoh. It is the third installment in the Rush Hour franchise and centers on Inspector Lee (Chan) and Officer Carter (Tucker) tracking an assassin to Paris to unravel a mystery about the Chinese triads. Announced on May 7, 2006, filming began on July 4 on location in Paris and Los Angeles. Released on August 10, 2007, the film received mixed-to-negative reviews from film critics. Despite this, it was a box office success, grossing $258 million worldwide against a $140 million budget.

Plot[edit]

Three years after the events of Rush Hour 2, in 2001, Chinese Ambassador Solon Han, with Hong Kong Police Force Chief Inspector Lee as his bodyguard, addresses the importance of fighting the Triads at the World Criminal Court in Los Angeles.

When Han starts to announce the whereabouts of Shy Shen, a semi-mythical individual of great importance to the Chinese mob, an assassin in the building across from them suddenly snipes him, causing an outrageous panic of many in the nearby streets. Lee corners the shooter, but when he learns that this is his childhood foster brother, Kenji, who shot the ambassador, he hesitates, allowing Kenji to escape just as LAPD Detective James Carter arrives after hearing what happened over the police radio.

Han is later hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center, surviving the assassination attempt, and Lee and Carter promise his daughter Soo Yung to find the person responsible. She insists they head to the local Kung Fu studio to retrieve an envelope Han left her, but learn from the studio master the Triads took Soo Yung's belongings.

Lee and Carter return to the hospital and intercept a few French-speaking Chinese hitmen before they can further injure Han. After defeating them, Lee and Carter interrogate one of them with the help of Sister Agnes, a French-speaking nun. For her protection, they take Soo Yung to the French Embassy, leaving her with French ambassador and chairman of the World Criminal Court, Varden Reynard. When Reynard and Soo Yung are nearly killed by a car bomb, Lee and Carter go to Paris to investigate this case further.

After a painful inspection from Parisian Commissaire Revi, Lee and Carter meet anti-American taxicab driver, George, and force him to drive them to a Triad hideout. While there, Carter meets stage performer Geneviève while Lee is tricked by mob assassin Jasmine, who claims to have information about Shy Shen, and Carter saves Lee from being killed.

The pair tries to escape, but is ultimately captured by Kenji's men. Kenji says he'll let them live if they leave Paris, but Lee refuses. Following a short struggle, he and Carter successfully escape. They recover and rest at a hotel where they both book themselves a room, and Lee soon reveals his relationship with Kenji and decides to continue alone.

A disillusioned Carter leaves, but recomposes himself when he spots and follows Geneviève. Meanwhile, Reynard meets Lee and explains Shy Shen is not a person, but a list of Triad leaders and that Geneviève is Han's informant with access to the list.

After locating Geneviève and saving her from being killed, the two flee with her to their hotel. They are attacked by Jasmine, but George rescues them out of a newfound admiration for Americans. Geneviève reveals to Lee and Carter that the Triad leaders' names were tattooed on the back of her head and that she will be beheaded when the Triads capture her. Lee and Carter bring her to Reynard and discover he was working with the Triads the entire time. Kenji calls to inform Lee that he has captured Soo Yung and demands he turn over Geneviève.

Lee arrives at the Eiffel Tower to make the exchange, with Carter disguised as Geneviève with a wig. Kenji challenges Lee to a sword fight, during which the two fall into a safety net. After Kenji's sword cuts the net, Lee tries to save him, but Kenji is touched by Lee's kindness and lets go, falling to his death and devastating Lee.

Meanwhile, Carter saves Soo Yung and defeats Jasmine by kicking her into an elevator wheel that seemingly bisects her. After escaping the remaining Triad members, Carter and Lee are confronted by Reynard, who threatens to kill Geneviève and frame them. However, George shoots Reynard from behind, killing him. As the police arrive, Revi tries to take credit for Lee and Carter's work, but they knock him out and leave with a victory dance to Edwin Starr's "War".

Cast[edit]

  • Jackie Chan as Chief Inspector Lee of the HKPF, the head of Ambassador Han's security detail.
  • Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter of the LAPD. Carter is assigned to traffic duty at the beginning of the film as punishment for an unspecified offense when he gets drawn into the investigation of Ambassador Han's shooting.
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Kenji, Lee's "brother" who grew up together with Lee in an orphanage but later turned to a life of crime.
  • Max Von Sydow as Varden Reynard, the head of the World Criminal Court who is secretly in league with the Triads.
  • Yvan Attal as George, a French taxi driver.
  • Youki Kudoh as Dragon Lady Jasmine
  • Noémie Lenoir as Geneviève / Shy Shen, a French burlesque performer who gets involved with the Triads after dating Kenji.
  • Zhang Jingchu as Soo-Yung Han, Ambassador Han's daughter.
  • Tzi Ma as Ambassador Solon Han, the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. whom Kenji attempts to assassinate.
  • Roman Polanski as Commissaire Revi (uncredited), a French policeman who assaults Lee and Carter at the airport and later attempts to take credit for their work.
  • Philip Baker Hall as Captain Bill Diel (uncredited), Carter's supervisor in the LAPD.
  • Dana Ivey as Sister Agnes, a nun who translates for Carter and Lee.
  • Henry O as Master Yu
  • Mia Tyler as Marsha
  • Sarah Shahi as Zoe (uncredited)
  • David Niven Jr. as British Foreign Minister
  • Sun Mingming as Kung-Fu Giant
  • Julie Depardieu as Paulette

Production[edit]

After the commercial success of the first and second films in the franchise, Tucker received a salary of $25 million, Chan received $15 million, and Ratner $7.5 million.[3] In addition, Chan received 15% of the box office revenue as well as distribution rights in China and Hong Kong, bringing his total earnings to at least $53,700,000 (equivalent to $70,200,000 in 2021).[4]

Filming took place in California, New York City and Paris and lasted from September 30, 2006 to April 16, 2007.[5]

The scene where Chan and Tucker fight the Kung-Fu Giant, played by Chinese basketball player Sun Mingming, is a parody of Bruce Lee's Game of Death, where Lee fights a taller black man played by NBA basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The film subverts it by having a shorter African-American man, Tucker, fight a taller Chinese man played by a basketball player, Sun.[6]

Release[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 was 20 per year at the time.)[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

Lalo Schifrin composed the soundtrack, interspersed with hip hop and R&B music. Two soundtrack albums were released. An album of the hip hop and R&B music used was released on August 8, 2007, on CD and audio cassette from New Line Records and Columbia Records. Another, containing Schifrin's original compositions for the film was released on the Varèse Sarabande label.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Rush Hour 3 opened on August 10, 2007, and grossed $49.1 million in its opening weekend.[2]

Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo noted:

Rush Hour 3 was marketed as just another Rush Hour picture, in part because the movie itself is a slight romp, and lacked the event-style build-up that Rush Hour 2 had. What's more, Chan hasn't been on American screens for three years, while Tucker's last movie was Rush Hour 2. A repetitious entry in a series without a major new hook doesn't quite cut it after a six-year wait if the intent is to build or retain an audience. That Rush Hour 3 had a sizable debut is a credit to the good will generated by the first two pictures.[8]

The film grossed $258 million worldwide.[2]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 17% based on 157 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Rush Hour 3 is a tired rehash of the 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."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 44 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.[10]

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."[11] Christian Toto of The Washington Times said, "The Rush job should put the franchise down for good." 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."[12] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four, and said the movie was dull, uninspired and redundant.[13]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on December 26, 2007,[note 1] on DVD and Blu-ray. As of March 30, 2008, it made $80.75 million in Home Video rentals, making it the top rental of 2007.[14] As of 2018, the film has grossed $45 million in American DVD sales.[15]

Possible Sequel[edit]

Because of the film's box office success, director Brett Ratner and writer Jeff Nathanson are 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.[16]

In May 2011, in an 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."[17] In an interview on May 12, 2012, with The Arizona Republic, Jackie Chan revealed that he was still planning on sequels to both Rush Hour and The Karate Kid.[18]

In July 2012, series producer Arthur M. Sarkissian stated that a fourth film was being worked on with Chan and Tucker, and stated that he would welcome Brett Ratner back as director if he would "do it in the right way." Sarkissian expressed some dissatisfaction with the third film, and admitted he wants the potential fourth film to be grittier, and have new ideas. Sarkissian is reportedly working on choosing which out of "four or five" screenwriters he has been talking to, should work on the script.[19]

In August 2014, Chan stated that the studio still wants to make Rush Hour 4, but that he will only participate if he can see a quality script first, stating "I don't want to do a rubbish script just because they want to make the movie".[20] Both Chan and Tucker met for dinner to discuss Rush Hour 4 in June 2015.[21]

In November 2016, while promoting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Tucker reaffirmed his optimism for a potential fourth film, stating "Yeah, we're talking about it now doing another one, and we're trying to get it going. I think we might be able to get one going. I love working with Jackie and I think we could do a really fun one."[22] By October 2017, Chan said that the script for Rush Hour 4 has been in the works and shooting for the film will most likely start in 2018 if Tucker agrees to be in the film. He stated that he was optimistic about Tucker accepting due to his previous claims of being on board for the film.[23]

In February 2018, Tucker confirmed the production of Rush Hour 4. He stated on ESPN's podcast, The Plug: "It's happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don't ever forget it."[24] In February 2019, Tucker reported that the script is coming together, stating: "We're working on a few things on the script right now, so we're trying to get into production. But we're working on it and trying to get it going."[25] He reiterated this in a podcast appearance in April that the fourth film was still a possibility, but that "it's not in pre-production. We're working on a few things [for] the script. Jackie wants to do it. I want to do it. The studio wants to do it."[26]

By 2018, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Ratner by several actresses, Warner Bros. sources presumed that it's highly unlikely that Ratner will be directing Rush Hour 4.[27]

In March 2019, That Hastag Show reported that a female led Rush Hour reboot was in development by STX Studios with Li Bingbing in the lead.[28]

In December 2022, Chan confirmed that a fourth film is in the works, after making an appearance at the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia.[29]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garrett, Diane (April 20, 2007). "Big-budget bang-ups". Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Rush Hour 3". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Anne (July 28, 2007). "Ratner boasts box office prowess". Variety.
  4. ^ Pooley, Jack (July 7, 2021). "Jackie Chan Demanded $15 Million, 15% Of The Box Office & Overseas Distribution Rights - Rush Hour 3". WhatCulture. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  5. ^ Rush Hour 3 (2007) - IMDb, retrieved February 4, 2023
  6. ^ How Bruce Lee Changed the World (television documentary). History Channel / Discovery Channel. May 17, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2022 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "China in no 'Rush' for Chan film". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2007.
  8. ^ Brandon Gray (August 13, 2007). "'Rush Hour 3' Packs Less Punch". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  9. ^ "Rush Hour 3". Rotten Tomatoes.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Desson Thomson (August 10, 2007). "Rush Hour 3". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 14, 2007.
  12. ^ Roger Ebert (August 10, 2007). "Rush Hour 3". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2007.
  13. ^ James Berardinelli. "Rush Hour 3". ReelViews.net. Retrieved August 13, 2007.
  14. ^ Sinmao (March 2, 2008). "Box Office Underperformer "Rush Hour 3" Is Top DVD Rental of 2007". End of Boredom. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  15. ^ "Rush Hour 3 (2007) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  16. ^ WorstPreviews.com Staff (August 2, 2007). ""Rush Hour 4" is Set in Moscow". Worst Previews. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Showbiz, Bang (May 21, 2012). "Jackie Chan plans 'Rush Hour 4' and 'Karate Kid 2'". AZCentral. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  19. ^ MTV Movies (July 31, 2012). "'Rush Hour' Producer Wants Fourth Movie To Be 'Gritty'". MTV.
  20. ^ "Jackie Chan wants to see a script for Rush Hour 4". joblo.com.
  21. ^ "Chris Tucker confirms plans for Rush Hour 4". Newshub. July 10, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  22. ^ "Chris Tucker Touches Base On Possibility Of Rush Hour 4". We Got This Covered. November 16, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  23. ^ "Rush Hour 4: Jackie Chan confirms sequel is happening on one condition". The Independent. October 6, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  24. ^ Gilyadov, Alex (February 22, 2018). "Rush Hour 4 Is Indeed Happening, Says Chris Tucker". IGN. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  25. ^ "Chris Tucker Says "Rush Hour 4" Script Is "Coming Together"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  26. ^ Chloe Melas (April 8, 2019). "'Rush Hour 4' may be in the works". CNN. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  27. ^ "Brett Ratner Pushing Himself as 'Rush Hour 4' Director". The Hollywood Reporter. June 1, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  28. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: STX Studios: Female 'RUSH HOUR' Reboot in the Works". That Hastag Show. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  29. ^ "Jackie Chan Says 'Rush Hour 4' Is In The Works And Teases Drama Film He Has Directed "For Women" — Red Sea Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. December 8, 2022. Retrieved December 8, 2022.

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