Rush Hour script
Rush Hour (1998)
Synopsis: When a Chinese diplomat's daughter is kidnapped in Los Angeles, he calls in Hong Kong Detective Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) to assist the FBI with the case. But the FBI doesn't want anything to do with Lee, and they dump him off on the LAPD, who assign wisecracking Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) to watch over him. Although Lee and Carter can't stand each other, they choose to work together to solve the case on their own when they figure out they've been ditched by both the FBI and police.

FADE IN:

EXT. HONG KONG -- NIGHT

We're in a HELICOPTER POV flying over Hong Kong's dazzling skyline.

SUPER - HONG KONG - JUNE 30, 1997

FADE UP the sound of a RADIO NEWSCAST as we continue to fly over

luxury, high rise condos, gleaming corporate headquarters, and

busy freeways.

NEWS ANNOUNCER:

(British accent)

...and now, in something less than

three hours, what was once known as

the Asian pearl of the British Empire

will revert forever to The People's

Republic of China...

Suddenly, we break out of the lights of the city and FLY LOW over the

dark harbor. The newscaster's voice blends with the WHUMP WHUMP of the

chopper.

CUT TO:

INT. A WAREHOUSE-NIGHT

We're CLOSE on a huge gleaming DRAGON made of tin. The dragon seems to

float effortlessly across a concrete warehouse floor.

PULL BACK until we see that it's riding on a fork lift toward a SHIP

docked at the warehouse.

As the dragon moves, we see it pass PRICELESS CHINESE ART OBJECTS

including ceramics, glass paintings, and huge statues.

CHINESE MEN move quickly as they load this precious cargo into the hold

of the ship.

INT. THE HOLD-NIGHT

The dragon is now descending right on top of us as it's lowered by A

CRANE. A Chinese man carrying an AUTOMATIC WEAPON looks up at the

dragon as he walks by. We hold on the dragon.

Suddenly, A MAN'S FACE appears in the dragon's mouth. This is LEE,

dressed all in black. He dives head first out of the dragon and lands

silently on the deck.

EXT.THE SHIP-NIGHT

Another GUARD, cradling an M-16, walks around a railing and looks over

the side. Suddenly, A HAND reaches up and pulls him over the edge. He

disappears and a beat later we HEAR A SPLASH.

ON ANOTHER GUARD

He's coming up a LADDER, automatic weapon slung over his shoulder. He

HEARS something, turns on the ladder. Nothing. When he starts back up

WHACK! A foot kicks him off the ladder and the ship. SPLASH.

ON TWO GUARDS:

Lee dispatches them with a FLURRY OF HANDS. SPLASH, SPLASH.

ON THE BOSS:

A handsome Chinese man named SANG stands at the railing watching the

loading process. He SHOUTS in MANDARIN and people jump to his command.

Then something catches his eye.

CLOSE ON:

The top of the warehouse. We see another man's FACE peer over the edge.

And then disappear again.

ON THE WAREHOUSE

Ten HONG KONG COPS, weapons at the ready, are spread out on the roof

watching the loading action.

ON SANG:

He turns and sees A HELICOPTER in the distance bearing down on the

boat. Without showing any panic, Sang steps inside his ship office.

He runs to his desk and grabs a REBREATHER MASK from a drawer. He looks

up suddenly and sees Lee standing in the doorway.

Sang doesn't move a muscle as the two men stare at each other. Suddenly

AUTOMATIC GUNFIRE erupts everywhere as the raid beings.

Sang dives for a Berretta taped under his desk. He grabs it and starts

firing. Lee rolls across the office dodging bullets.

Sang runs out and down a flight of steps. Lee follows on his heels.

EXT. THE SHIP-NIGHT

A battle is in full progress as the Cops fire down on the bad guys. The

helicopter joins the fray. We see a machine gun spray the warehouse

from the chopper's open door.

INT. THE BOAT-NIGHT

Sang runs down another flight of steps, deeper in the bowels of the

ship. He stops for an instant and fits the REBREATHER MASK over his

face. Then he turns and fires four rounds at Lee who has to dive back

in another passageway.

ON LEE:

He comes hurtling down the steps. He stops. We hear nothing except the

distant sound of GUNFIRE. Then faintly at first, we hear WATER

SLOSHING.

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Ross LaManna

Ross LaManna is an American screenwriter and author. He is best known for creating the Rush Hour series starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. more…

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