Rush Hour 3 is a 2007 martial arts/action-comedy-Adventure film, and the third and final 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. A fourth film is currently in consideration by the series' creators.
In her first appearance in an American film, NoÃ©mie Lenoir portrays GeneviÃ¨ve, 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.
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 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. Lee and Carter then go to the Kung Fu studio where Soo-Yung teaches. They meet the old master after a fight with the big guy. The master reveals his name as Yu, yet Carter does not fully understand. Lee tries to talk to the master about what they're after. When the master says it is a mislead, Lee and Carter arrive in the hospital just in time to intercept a gang of French speaking assassins bound 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 GeneviÃ¨ve. Meanwhile, Reynard reveals to Lee that Shy Shen is not a person, but a list of the Triad leaders and that GeneviÃ¨ve is Han's informant who had access to the list.
After locating GeneviÃ¨ve and saving her from an assassination attempt, the two flee to their hotel room where Carter becomes intimate with GeneviÃ¨ve. 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 GeneviÃ¨ve 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 GeneviÃ¨ve explains that she will be decapitated and buried if the Triads capture her. When Lee and Carter bring GeneviÃ¨ve 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 GeneviÃ¨ve.
Lee arrives at the exchange point, the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, with Carter disguised as GeneviÃ¨ve. 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 by kicking her into a spinning wheel. After escaping, Carter and Lee are confronted by Reynard, holding GeneviÃ©ve 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.
- Jackie Chan as Chief Inspector Lee
- Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Kenji
- Yvan Attal as George
- Zhang Jingchu as Soo-Yung
- NoÃ©mie Lenoir as GeneviÃ¨ve / Shy Shen
- Roman Polanski as Commissaire Revi (uncredited)
- Youki Kudoh as Dragon Lady Jasmine
- Tzi Ma as Ambassador Solon Han
- Henry O as Master Yu
- Max von Sydow as Varden Reynard
- Philip Baker Hall as Captain William Diel (uncredited)
- Dana Ivey as Sister Agnes
- Sun Mingming as Kung-Fu Giant
- Sarah Shahi as Zoe
- Johnny Chase as French Bus Driver
- Mia Tyler as Marsha
- Lisa Thornhil as the Nurse
- Julie Depardieu as Paulette
- David Niven, Jr. as British Foreign Minister
- Roselyn Sanchez as U.S. Secret Service Agent Isabella Molina (deleted scenes)
Herman Cain was originally going to have a cameo as Carter's father, but the idea was later dismissed for unknown reasons. 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.)
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.
Rush Hour 3 was produced on a budget estimated at $140 million.
It opened on August 10, 2007 and grossed $49,100,158 in its first three days. 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. Noted Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo:
Rush Hour 3 grossed $258,022,233 worldwide.
Rush Hour 3 received generally mixed 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 â" even feeling momentarily touched by â" Rush Hour 3." 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." 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." James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film one-and-a-half stars out of four, and said the movie was dull, uninspired and redundant.
The film was released on December 26, 2007, 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.
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.
In May 2011, in an interview with Vulture, Ratner stated that the high cost of making a sequel is, "why another Rush Hour probably wonât get made, either: It'd be too much to pay me, Chris [Tucker], and Jackie [Chan] to come back." 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.
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