Rush Hour 2

Rush Hour 2

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 Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by Mark Helfrich
Robert K. Lambert
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • August 3, 2001 (2001-08-03)
Running time
90 minutes

United States

Budget $90 million
Box office $347.3 million

Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 Chinese-American martial arts buddy action comedy film. It is the sequel to the 1998 film Rush Hour and the second installment in the Rush Hour film series. The film stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker who respectively reprise their roles as Inspector Lee and Detective Carter. The film finds Lee and Carter embroiled in a counterfeit scam involving the Triads.[1]

Rush Hour 2 was released August 3, 2001 to mixed reviews from critics, but it grossed $347,325,802 at the worldwide box office,[2] becoming the eleventh highest-grossing film of 2001 worldwide. It is the highest-grossing martial arts film of all time.[3] The film was followed up with another sequel, Rush Hour 3, in 2007.


Four days after the events of Rush Hour, LAPD detective James Carter is on vacation in Hong Kong, visiting his friend, HKPF Chief Inspector Lee, as he was sent along with Lee in saving the life of the Chinese counsel's daughter in Los Angeles. The fun is put on hold when a bomb explodes at the United States Consulate General, killing two undercover U.S. Customs agents inside.[4] Inspector Lee is assigned to the case, which becomes personal when it is discovered that it somehow involves Ricky Tan, his late police officer father's former partner. Tan, who was suspected of having a role in Lee's father's death (though the connection was never proven), is now a leader of the Triads. This, however, causes a rift between Lee and Carter, the latter who simply wants to enjoy his vacation and not get into any danger. The two encounter Tan at a massage parlour.

The U.S. Secret Service, led by Agent Sterling, and the HKPF soon get into a fight over the jurisdiction of the case. Suddenly, the nearby room that Carter was in is bombed, causing Lee to believe he's dead and grieve for him. Carter is revealed to be alive, leaving the room before it exploded. He and a relieved Lee cross paths at Tan's yacht where he is holding a dinner party. Tan scolds his underling, Hu Li, who then leaves as Lee and Carter confront Ricky Tan. Just as Ricky Tan asks for protection, Hu Li shoots him and makes her escape in the chaos. An angry Sterling holds Lee responsible for Tan's death, and orders him off the case. Carter is ordered back to Los Angeles for involving himself and Lee volunteers to take him to the airport. However, at the airport, Carter gets Lee to return to LA with him.

On the plane, Carter tells Lee that in every large criminal operation, there is a rich white man behind it and that man is Steven Reign, a billionaire Los Angeles hotelier whom Carter saw acting suspiciously on Tan's boat. They set up camp outside the Reign Towers, spotting a U.S. Secret Service agent named Isabella Molina, whom Carter met earlier in Hong Kong. After a few misunderstandings, Molina tells the two men that she is undercover, looking into Reign's money laundering of $100 million in superdollars.

Lee and Carter pay a visit to Kenny, an ex-con known to Carter who runs a gambling den in the back of his Chinese restaurant. He tells them that a usually broke customer recently came into his establishment with a suspicious amount of hundred-dollar bills. Carter confirms that they are Reign's counterfeits and they trace the money back to a bank. The mobsters are waiting for them and knock the two cops unconscious, with Molina looking on. After arriving in Las Vegas, Lee and Carter wake up inside one of the mob's trucks and escape. After finding out where they are, they realize that Reign is laundering the $100 million through the new Red Dragon Casino.

At the Red Dragon, Lee and Carter split up. Lee attempts to find the engraving plates which were used to make the counterfeit money, while Carter makes a distraction to help Lee sneak past the security. However, Hu Li captures Lee and takes him to a room where it is revealed that Ricky Tan faked his death. When Tan departs, Molina tries to arrest Hu Li but Hu Li easily over-powers her and Molina is shot. Carter continues to fight Hu Li in a comical manner and knocks her out, while Lee heads to the penthouse to prevent Tan from escaping with the plates. In the penthouse, Reign opens the safe and takes the plates, running into Tan as he leaves. Reign tries to back out of the deal but Tan stabs him to death. Lee and Carter arrive and a scuffle between them and Tan ensues after Tan admits that he killed Lee's father and mocks him for only asking Tan to spare Lee's life before he died.

Tan falls to his death when Lee kicks him out of the window. Hu Li enters with a time bomb forcing Lee and Carter to grab onto the decoration wires. The two escape on the makeshift zipline as Hu Li kills herself in the explosion. Later, at the airport, Molina thanks Lee for his work on the case, and she kisses him for a short time, while Carter watches from afar. Having originally planned to go their separate ways, Lee and Carter change their mind when Carter reveals he won a large amount of money at the casino and the pair decide to head to New York City to indulge themselves.



Prior to its August 3 release, Rush Hour 2 was premiered to the public on Thursday, July 26, 2001 on-board United Airlines Flight 1 from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, which was renamed, "The Rush Hour Express".[5] The Hong Kong Board of Tourism teamed up with United Airlines and New Line Cinema in a campaign that offered both trailers for the film for passengers on all domestic United flights during July and August (reaching an expected 3 million people), as well as Hong Kong travel videos to inspire tourists to visit China where the film was set.

Box office

Rush Hour 2 was released in North America on August 3, 2001, playing on 4,500 screens [6] at 3,118 theaters. It opened at #1 with an opening weekend gross of $67,408,222, for an average of $21,619 per theater ($14,980 per screen).[7] The film remained in the box office top 10 for a total of ten weeks. It closed on December 20, 2001 [8] with a domestic total of $226,164,286, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2001 domestically, and the highest-grossing martial arts film at the time.[3]

The film's total worldwide box office take was $347,325,802, making it the eleventh highest-grossing film of 2001 worldwide.[2]

Rush Hour 2 out-grossed its predecessor, Rush Hour. This was due to the fact that it had a little more box office longevity and lasted consistently within the domestic box office top ten for roughly two weeks longer than Rush Hour.[9] In addition, the hype surrounding Rush Hour 2 helped it maintain high numbers for a longer period of time. After fifty days since its domestic release, Rush Hour was only No. 10 on the box office charts while comparatively, Rush Hour 2 was still pulling in big audiences after fifty days in theaters and was the No. 2 grossing film domestically.[10]


The film received mixed reviews. It currently has a 52% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus reads: Rush Hour 2 doesn't feel as fresh or funny as the first, and the stunts lack some of the intricacy normally seen in Chan's films. Roger Ebert gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars criticizing Chris Tucker: How can a movie allow [Tucker] to be so obnoxious and make no acknowledgment that his behavior is aberrant?


Rush Hour 2 earned a total of 27 award nominations and 10 wins, including an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, a Teen Choice Award for Film-Choice Actor, Comedy, and 3 Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Male Butt Kicker (Chan), Favorite Movie Actor (Tucker), and Favorite Movie.


Because of development hell, Rush Hour 3 was not released until August 10, 2007—six years after Rush Hour 2.[11][12] In 2007, it was reported that a sequel to the third one, set in Moscow, was in negotiations.[13]


A soundtrack containing hip hop and R&B music was released on July 31, 2001 by Def Jam Recordings, Def Soul and Universal Music Group. It peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Home media

The only film in the trilogy without a Blu-ray release in the US, a Blu-ray release was originally set to be released in October 2007 in the United States, and December 2007 in the United Kingdom. This was to coincide with the releases of Rush Hour & Rush Hour 3 on the same format. For unknown reasons, both dates were pulled from the release schedule.[14] On Blu–, it was announced that a Blu–ray was due to be released in the United States on 12 August 2014. It is available for pre–order on[15][16]

It was later announced that the Blu–ray release would be delayed until 6 January 2015.[17] The Blu–ray had again been delayed, this time until 15 September 2015, but was then canceled without announcement. The US version was then re-scheduled for 16 February 2016.[18] In the PAL regions, the Blu-ray is available to buy on[19][20]

See also


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  4. Flanagan, Sylvia P.; West, Malcolm R., eds. (August 2001). "'Rush Hour 2' Star, Talks About Movie And How Fame Is Changing His Life". JET Magazine. Johnson Publication (published August 6, 2001). 100 (8): 58. ISSN 0021-5996.
  5. "New Line Cinema and United Airlines Team with Hong Kong Tourism Board for In Flight 'Rush Hour 2' Promotion". 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  7. "Rush Hour 2 Has $67.4-Million Debut". Los Angeles Times. August 7, 2001. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
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  12. "Rush Hour 3". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  13. ""Rush Hour 4" is Set in Moscow".
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  15. "Rush Hour 2 Blu-ray (Pre-order Up)". 16 April 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  16. "Rush Hour 2 Blu-ray (2014)". Retrieved 15 April 2014.
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  18. "Rush Hour 2 New Line Cinema". Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  19. "Rush Hour 2 Blu-ray New Line Cinema". Retrieved 13 January 2015.
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