The Exceptional Friendship In The Movie, Rush Hour

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“If you're half Chinese, I'm half black. I'm your brother and I'm fly. You down with that, Snoopy? That's dope, innit?” (IMDB, 2007) Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) uses theses words in a scene during Rush Hour 3 to describe his friendship with Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker). The dynamic duo in the Rush Hour saga have been together since 1998 and their fictional friendship has become one to be rivaled with. The exceptional friendship that Lee and Carter share stems from their random arrangement with each other in the first Rush Hour movie, and their ability to take their experiences of risking their lives for others to form a close bond. The settings within the Rush Hour trilogy are main components of why Lee and Carter have been able to form the friendship that is exhibited in these movies. Being set in 3 different countries allows for the main characters to rely on each other when in their home environments. For example, Chief Inspector Lee is from Hong Kong whereas Detective Carter is from Los Angeles and neither has traveled to their friend’s respective country. Exploring what makes Inspector Lee and Detective Carter the best of friends can be illustrated through their differing cultures, travels around the world, and what made this $845+ million (Numbers, 2010) trilogy a hit.
Rush Hour begins in Hong Kong shortly after the British releases of Hong Kong to China. Inspector Lee is involved with a smuggling sting that will prevent the exportation of Chinese artifacts to different countries. Inspector Lee works under the impression that he can live up to his slain father’s name, who was murder in the line of duty as discovered in the Rush Hour 2. His unwillingness to give up no matter what the consequences is what leads him to Los Angeles and eventually meeting Detective Carter. Consul Han of Hong Kong’s daughter is kidnapped and he believes the work of the FBI to be inferior to that of Inspector Lee, and orders that he be flown into LA. Lee and Carter become acquainted with each other when the FBI makes Carter believe that he is on a “special mission” to keep Lee away from the Chinese Embassy. The cultural difference between Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are obvious and in some respects not as obvious. Being that Lee is a Chinese citizen and Carter is a native of Los Angeles, it would not appear that Carter has a passion for martial arts, even if he is not skilled in a discipline, whereas Lee is an expert martial artist. While taking him on a tour of “his town” (Ratner, 1998) Carter takes Lee to Crenshaw, where Carter hopes to obtain some information on the kidnappers of the Consul’s daughter. Unfortunately Lee did not understand the culture elements of the individuals in the bar and calls one of the men the n-word, which leads to a bar fight between Lee and about five men. Lee’s forced assimilation into American culture for the brief period that he was with Carter, showed how difficult it can be for one to adjust to...

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