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Kung Fu and Comedy? See Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 2
Great Combination of Comedy & Kung Fu (Karate)!
I am a serious Kung Fu lover AND I also relish a really good belly-hurting laugh but when I saw ‘Rush Hour’ advertised, I have to admit that I questioned how merging kung fu/karate and comedy in the same movie could make sense.
Ok! So I love Jackie Chan in any movie.He is a really good actor and his Kung Fu moves are phenomenal!So I told myself that if he agreed to do the movie then it had to be good. I enjoyed ‘Rush Hour’ and ‘Rush Hour 2’ was even funnier as the sequel.
Chris Tucker is a loveable comedian! I really liked that he was hysterically funny without cursing. Something most comedians these days just don’t get. They think that they have to litter their ‘jokes’ with heavy curse words for it to be funny. Well Chris Tucker gives them all a run for their money in both and Rush Hour 2. Rush Hour
Back to Rush Hour 2, now! By Rush Hour 2, Detective James Carter (played by the effortlessly hilarious Chris Tucker) and Chief Inspector Lee (played by one of my kung fu favorites, Jackie Chan) have become good friends (Who wouldn’t be after all they went through in Los Angeles in Rush Hour). So Detective Carter decides to visit his friend, Inspector Lee in his native home of Hong Kong.
A bombing inside the US Consulate in Hong Kong, however, quickly turns vacation into work for them both as they try to unravel a million dollar counterfeiting scam.
You know the saying. ‘his bark is worse than his bite’? Well in this movie, Chris Tucker’s serious sounding kung fu/karate noises are worse than his imitative kung fu or karate blows. He gets in a lucky blow here and there and he feels like he’s on top of the world. There was no one better for this role.
Hu Li (played by the beautiful Zhang Ziyi) was really good in this movie too. She was so serious throughout and put down some serious kung fu/karate moves. I had a really good laugh when Chris Tucker kept getting beat up by her, until he got wise, because he kept approaching her as a ‘soft’ female, little lady.
This movie was a winning mix of great kung fu/karate and hilarious comedy, so much so that it won several awards including an MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.
The subtitle of my DVD copy reads “Hilarious! Better than the first!” And that’s no joke.
First it was Los Angeles, next it was Hong Kong and now it is Paris.
See what I am talking about? Seriously hilarious!
Have you seen these as yet?
All the Rush Hours in one neat collection!
Well I don’t have to tell you who was in this movie (smile) – Jackie Chan! I enjoyed this remake of ‘The Karate Kid’. Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) did very well acting as the karate kid.
© 2014 Heidi Vincent