Rush Hour 3

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Rush Hour 3
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brett Ratner
Produced by
Written by Jeff Nathanson
Based on Characters created 
by Ross LaManna
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography J. Michael Muro
Edited by
Distributed by New Line Cinema1
Release dates
  • August 10, 2007 (2007-08-10)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $140 million[1]
Box office $258 million[2]

Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 American martial arts/buddy action comedy film and the third flim in the Rush Hour series, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. 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. A fourth film is currently in consideration by the series' creators.

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.


In Los Angeles, 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 childhood Japanese foster brother Kenji. When Lee hesitates to shoot Kenji, he makes his escape when Carter (having heard what's happening over the police radio) arrives and tries to intervene.

Lee learns that Han will make a full recovery in the hospital. Han's daughter, Soo-Yung, now grown up, arrives and makes Lee and Carter promise to capture the one behind the shooting. On Soo-Yung's insistence, Lee and Carter then go to the Kung Fu studio where Soo-Yung teaches to find an envelope entrusted to her by Han. They meet the old master, who informs the duo that the Triads took Soo-Yung's belongings, Lee and Carter arrive in the hospital just in time to intercept a gang of French speaking assassins who attempted to kill Soo-Yung and Han. Lee and Carter defeat the assassins and interrogate one of them with the help of a nun, Sister Agnes, 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 undergoing a painful cavity search from Parisian commissioner Revi, Lee and Carter meet 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 Shy Shen is not a person, but a list of the Triad leaders and that Geneviève is Han's informant who has access to the list.

After locating Geneviève and saving her from an assassination attempt, the two flee to their hotel room where Carter gets intimate with Geneviève. They are attacked by Jasmine and decide to hide out with George who has by now developed a great appreciation for Americans. Lee and Carter then learn that Geneviève 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 Triads 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-Young and defeats Jasmine. After escaping, Carter and Lee are confronted by Reynard, holding Geneviéve hostage and threatening to kill her and frame them. However, George, who 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.



Herman Cain was originally going to have a cameo as Carter's father, but the idea was later dismissed for unknown reasons. In the first movie Carter said his father was killed on a routine traffic stop. Cain's scene would have involved Lee and Carter visiting Carter's father's house, where they cause a commotion by having a fight using household objects, angering the elder Carter.


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.)[3]


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.


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.[2] 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.[2] Noted Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo:

Rush Hour 3 grossed $258,022,233 worldwide.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Rush Hour 3 received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics. 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."[5] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 19% based on 157 reviews, with the critical consensus stating, "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."[6] 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."[7] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four, and said the movie was dull, uninspired and redundant.[8]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on December 26, 2007,[note 1] 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.[9]


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.[10]

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."[11] In a May 12, 2012 interview with The Arizona Republic, Jackie Chan reveals that he is still planning on sequels to both Rush Hour and The Karate Kid.[12]

See also[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.


  1. ^ The film's distribution rights were transferred to Warner Bros. in 2008.


  1. ^ a b "Rush Hour 3 (2007)". Box Office Mojo. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Rush Hour 3". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ "China in no 'Rush' for Chan film". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2007. 
  4. ^ "'Rush Hour 3' Packs Less Punch". Box Office Mojo. 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  5. ^ Desson Thomson (August 10, 2007). "Rush Hour 3". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 14, 2007. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived January 27, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Roger Ebert (August 10, 2007). "Rush Hour 3". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 13, 2007. 
  8. ^ James Berardinelli. "Rush Hour 3". Retrieved August 13, 2007. 
  9. ^ Sinmao (March 2, 2008). "Box Office Underperformer "Rush Hour 3" Is Top DVD Rental of 2007". End of Boredom. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ Staff (August 2, 2007). ""Rush Hour 4" is Set in Moscow". Worst Previews. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Showbiz, Bang (May 21, 2012). "Jackie Chan plans 'Rush Hour 4' and 'Karate Kid 2'". AZCentral. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 

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