Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for... Lee

L is for... Lee
Actor: Jackie Chan
Films: Rush Hour (1998), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Rush Hour 3 (2007)

The Character
Detective Inspector Lee is brilliant officer of the Hong Kong Police Force but finds himself lumbered by the arrogance of a Los Angeles Police Department detective called James Carter who has other things on his mind than finding the culprit in Lee's investigations.

Despite Lee's brilliance as a detective he is out of water when he investigates on American soil. After Lee has learnt what exactly War is good for (and the crime is solved), he becomes friends with Carter and Carter comes to visit Lee in Hong Kong - where another crime is committed! Luckily the duo are there to bodge their way through it all.

Later, back in America, Lee has to face the triads and uses his martial arts skill to defeat the army of assassins.

The Actor
Soon after acting in his first films in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan attained a black belt in the discipline Hapkido. It was these two roles that brought him to the attention of the mainstream Hong Kong market as it was thought that Chan would make the ideal stuntman. Chan doubled for Bruce Lee on more than one occasion during his early career.

During the 1980's Chan continued to make a name for himself in Hong Kong - even going so far as to displace Bruce Lee in the box office records. Into the 1990's, Chan started to make a name for himself in the cop buddy comedy with the Police Story franchise before he finally got his Hollywood blockbuster break in Rush Hour (1998) alongside Chris Tucker.

This success spawned two more sequels in the early 2000's and along with films such as Shanghai Noon (2000) and The Tuxedo (2002) he became a household name throughout the world. He has since returned more to his roots by voicing The Master in Kung Fu Panda and playing The Master in the Karate Kid remake.

Classic Scene

5 comments:

  1. I used to love the Rush Hour movies. But I never did manage to see the third one. And I'm so glad Chris Tucker finally landed a significant role (in Silver Linings Playbook) outside the franchise.

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  2. A great martial artist, but terrible actor. I dont think I have liked any of his films, especially the Rush Hour ones. :(

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    1. I think he is just part of the genre of martial arts movies which tend to be pretty bad...

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  3. I have only ever seen Rush Hour and bits and pieces of Shanghi Noon.

    Chuck at Apocalypse Now

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  4. Well, technically Jackie Chan's American breakthrough was Rumble in the Bronx.

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