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Rush Hour 2 (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 3 August 2001 (USA)
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Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for a vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director:

Brett Ratner

Writers:

Ross LaManna (characters), Jeff Nathanson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Lee
Chris Tucker ... Carter
John Lone ... Ricky Tan
Ziyi Zhang ... Hu Li (as Zhang Ziyi)
Roselyn Sanchez ... Isabella Molina
Alan King ... Steven Reign
Harris Yulin ... Agent Sterling
Kenneth Tsang ... Captain Chin
Lisa LoCicero ... Receptionist
Mei Melançon ... Girl in Car (as Meiling Melancon)
Maggie Q ... Girl in Car
Patricia Chan Patricia Chan ... Club Hostess
Gelbert Coloma ... Karaoke Singer
Lucy Lin Lucy Lin ... Heaven on Earth Hostess
Cindy Lu ... Heaven on Earth Hostess #2
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Storyline

It's vacation time for Det. James Carter and he finds himself alongside Det. Lee in Hong Kong wishing for more excitement. While Carter wants to party and meet the ladies, Lee is out to track down a Triad gang lord who may be responsible for killing two men at the American Embassy. Things get complicated as the pair stumble onto a counterfeiting plot by L.A. crime boss Steven Reign and Triad Ricky Tan, an ex-cop who played a mysterious part in the death of Det. Lee's father. Throw in a power struggle between Tan and the gorgeous but dangerous Hu Li and the boys are soon up to their necks in fist fights and life-threatening situations. A trip back to the U.S. may provide the answers about the bombing, the counterfeiting, and the true allegiance of sexy customs agent Isabella. Then again, it may turn up more excitement than Carter was looking for during his vacation. Written by Lordship

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Taglines:

The Mouth Of The West And The Hands Of The East Are Back! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gas do daske 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,408,222, 5 August 2001

Gross USA:

$226,164,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$347,325,802
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Carter and Lee are running down the street naked in Hong Kong was an actual take. Production could not block the street off for the shoot. See more »

Goofs

The first two letters on Lee's license plate are JY, however when he drives Carter to the airport, they read JG. See more »

Quotes

Lee: You owe me a copy of the Beach Boy's greatest hits.
James Carter: Don't you go having gettin' an attitude with me Lee. I been here three days and ain't done nothin' but work your cases. The only reason why I'm here in Hong Kong is 'cause you said you was gonna show me a good time. I'm on vacation, man! and I want some mu shu.
Lee: Mushu, you hungry?
James Carter: No, not mushu? MU shu. I want to see some women man. Now, stop playing dumb and take me to the SHU.
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Crazy Credits

No chickens were harmed during the making of this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes several deleted scenes:
  • a bit of banter between Carter and Lee before they enter the nightclub.
  • Carter talks to Captain Diel (Philip Baker Hall) over the phone and gets berated for doing police work in Hong Kong.
  • When Carter is wandering through the marketplace and asking for the massage parlor, he mistakenly asks an old man in Cantonese if he can spank his daughter with a ping-pong paddle.
  • Carter talks his way in to the yacht party by claiming to be the band's lead singer.
  • On the flight back to L.A., Carter loudly sings along to Stevie Wonder's "Superstition".
  • An extended version of the scene in which Carter and Lee try to get rid of the "bomb" at the hotel.
  • The original version of the scene in the truck. In this version, Carter and Lee are not tied up and they find the counterfeit money in large wooden boxes.
  • At the Red Dragon casino, Carter pulls Steven Reign aside and they exchange sarcastic remarks.
  • Different takes of Chris Tucker's ad-libbed speech to Hu Li after their fight.
  • Different takes of Chris Tucker ad-libbing the name of his "good friend" in San Juan.
  • Different takes of Jeremy Piven ad-libbing during his cameo.
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Connections

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Written by Ludovic Navarre
Performed by St. Germain
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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fun sequel
29 January 2002 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

`Rush Hour 2' is a highly enjoyable follow-up to the original 1998 box office smash. Like the previous film, this first of what will undoubtedly be a long line of lucrative sequels combines sardonic humor with eye-popping martial arts action sequences to entertaining effect. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan repeat their roles as unlikely cop buddies, starting off the film in Chan's home territory, Hong Kong, and finishing up in Tucker's, the good ole US of A.

Chan, with his sheepish deadpan delivery, makes a perfect straight man for Tucker's fast-talking bad brotha wiseacre, whose mouth engages in more heavy-duty action than Chan's karate-chopping hands and feet. Much of the humor is generated by Tucker's ability to seem totally unflustered by any peril that happens to come his way, managing to sass talk his way out of one dangerous predicament after another. Moreover, Chan's ability to create humor out of perfectly choreographed stunt sequences puts him right up there with some of the silent comedy greats like Chaplin and Keaton. The split-second perfection of these scenes, combined with the balletic grace with which they are executed, makes him one of the truly unique talents working in movies today. Luckily, in his move to mainstream American filmmaking, Chan has been able to find behind-the-scenes talent good enough to match his own. The screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, though no world-beater when it comes to originality or depth, does posses a playful spirit that works well in the context of the genre. Likewise, director Brett Ratner keeps the action percolating along at a lively, often dizzying clip.

As with most Chan films, however, `Rush Hour 2' seems to go on for about a half hour too long – even though its running time barely clocks in at a very short 90 minutes. Perhaps this type of material really can't be sustained much beyond an hour before the repetitiousness of it begins to take its toll. However, that is certainly a minor quibble about a film that, for the most part, provides plenty of laughs, some kick-ass performances and action sequences that, as per usual for a Chan film, will, quite literally, make your jaw drop. .


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