"RUSH HOUR 3" Movie

New Line Cinema
Release Date: August 10, 2007

Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh And Max Von Sydow

Chris Tucker (left) stars as “Carter” and Jackie Chan (right) stars as “Inspector Lee” in New Line Cinema’s upcoming release of Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 3. Photo Credit: ©2007 Glen Wilson/New Line Cinema

Chris Tucker returns to the big screen after a six-year absence as he reunites with the all-star team of co-star Jackie Chan, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Hannibal), and writer Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can) to deliver the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise.

Max von Sydow (left) stars as “Jules Reynard” and Noemie Lenoir (right) stars as “Genevieve” in New Line Cinema’s upcoming release of Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 3

Arriving in theaters on August 10, 2007, Rush Hour 3 sees the beloved action comedy duo of Tucker and Chan reprising their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively.

Jackie Chan (left) and Chris Tucker (right) on the set of New Line Cinema’s upcoming release of Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour 3.

This time around, the two must travel to Paris to battle a wing of the Chinese organized crime family, the Triads. Rush Hour 3 is being produced by Ratner, Jay Stern, and Arthur Sarkissian and executive produced by Roger Birnbaum (Memoirs of a Geisha) and Jon Glickman (The Pacifier).

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Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2 (1998)

Starring: Ken Leung, Jackie Chan Director: Brett Ratner

• Number of discs: 2
• Rating
• Studio: New Line Home Video
• DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
• Run Time: 188 minutes

Rush Hour
• Stars Ken Leung, Jackie Chan, Tom Wilkinson, Tzi Ma, Robert Littman
• Directors: Brett Ratner
• Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 1998
• Rating . Rated PG-13 for sequences of action/violence and shootings, and for language.
• Genres: Action, Comedy, Thriller, Crime
• Synopsis Realizing that the FBI and their by the book tactics may be unsuccessful, the Chinese consul recruits the aid of a loyal Hong Kong inspector to help rescue his kidnapped daughter. Outlawed by the FBI, the inspector must form an unlikely partnership with a cocky, street smart LAPD officer who prefers doing things his own way.

Rush Hour 2:
From Amazon: ush Hour 2 retains the appeal of its popular predecessor, so it's easily recommended to fans of its returning stars, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. The action--and there's plenty of it--starts in Hong Kong, where Detective Lee (Chan) and his L.A. counterpart Detective Carter (Tucker) are attempting a vacation, only to get assigned to sleuth a counterfeiting scheme involving a triad kingpin (John Lone), his lethal henchwoman (Zhang Ziyi, from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and an American billionaire (Alan King). Director Brett Ratner simply lets his stars strut their stuff, so it hardly matters that the plot is disposable, or that his direction is so bland he could've phoned it in from a Jacuzzi.

At its best, Rush Hour 2 compares favorably to Chan's glossiest Hong Kong hits, and when the action moves to Las Vegas (where Don Cheadle makes an unbilled cameo), the movie goes into high-pitched hyperdrive, riding an easy wave of ambitious stuntwork and broad, derivative humor. Echoes of Beverly Hills Cop are too loud, however, and stale ideas (including a comedic highlight for Jeremy Piven as a gay clothier) are made even more aggravating by dialogue that's almost Neanderthal in its embrace of retro-racial stereotypes. Of course, that's what makes Rush Hour 2 a palatable dish of mainstream comedy; it insults and comforts the viewer at the same time, and while some may find Tucker's relentless hamming unbearable, those who enjoyed Rush Hour are sure to appreciate another dose of Chan-Tucker lunacy. --Jeff Shannon

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