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.

Lee walks down a dark passageway and stops. He looks down at a round

HOLE in the deck, just big enough for a man. Dark harbor water SLOSHES

in the hole.


Lee runs up on deck as the battle is ending. Police arrest dozens of

bad guys. But Lee looks out at the water where one bad guy got away.



We're in a LARGE ORIENTAL GARDEN for a black tie dinner. Tuxedos and

gowns. An assortment of worldly players. HAN, a handsome charismatic

man is the focus of attention. He and his wife CHI-YING are at one of

the tables.

THOMAS GRIFFIN, 50, British, but warm and personable, has the floor.

He is at Han's table, holding up a glass of bubbly.


-- because in my heart, I look upon it

as a tragedy. Yes, ladies and

gentlemen, a tragedy.

(to Han)

Forgive me, my friend. But I believe

Hong Kong cannot afford to lose men of

your character. It's understandable

that China has envisioned a new role

for you in the United States. But

those of us here in law enforcement,

can only look upon your leave-taking

with sadness. And speaking personally,

I will sorely miss your unbridled

support of British Hong Kong Police.

So, for all us Brits who ever carried

a shield in Hong Kong...

(lifts his glass)

We will miss you, but we wish you

nothing but happiness in America.

The glasses clink. Lee, now dressed in a tuxedo, suddenly appears at

Han's side. He whispers something in his ear. Han stands, glass in



(to Griffin)

Tom, thank you. Very much.

(to the group)

I am pleased to be able to leave you

and Hong Kong with a gift tonight:

less than an hour ago, Detective Lee

and his special task force have once

and for all crushed the Juntao

Criminal Organization.

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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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