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Rush Hour The action genre had really gone sour ever since Terminator II died out Action stars like Jean Claude Van Damme and Sylvester Stalone had basically made carbon copies of their previous hits and re-released them under different names However starting in 1998 with Rush Hour starring Chris Tucker Jackie Chan and moving on to hits like The Matrix the action genre is gaining new life with unique mixes of stars and plots to add life to the mindless action that has plagued the genre in the past Like Buster Keaton and the other great silent comedians Jackie Chan has relied upon the universal language of physical comedy to transcend the barriers of the spoken word That is why the Hong Kong based Jackie Chan has become an international superstar with legions of fans all over the world Rush Hour fits the action genre because it has excellent fighting action scenes and a typical super hero against a whole mob In Rush Hour Jackie Chan comes back to the action genre but brings a sidekick along for the ride No not some Chinese action star like Jet Li Lethal Weapon 4 who provides two lines of dialogue and mindless kicks and punches This co-star is one of the loudest and fastest talking on the silver screen today Chris Tucker Tucker is a unique choice to co-star in the comedy-action genres which adds the thrill Tuckers fast-talking and quick humor sharply contrasts Chans usual dull style On the other hand Jackie Chans presence has the ability to reign in Chris Tuckers comedic excesses and preventing him from taking things too far over the top Jackie Chan portrays Detective Inspector Lee of Hong Kong who comes to America at the behalf of an old friend who just happens to be the Chinese Consul The Consul requests that Inspector Lee aid the FBI in locating his kidnapped daughter However the FBI does not want
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