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.
- Jackie Chan as Detective Inspector Lee
- Chris Tucker as Detective James Carter
- Tom Wilkinson as Thomas Griffin/Juntao
- Tzi Ma as Consul Solon Han
- Ken Leung as Sang
- Elizabeth Peña as Detective Tania Johnson
- Mark Rolston as FBI Special Agent In Charge Warren Russ
- Rex Linn as FBI Agent Dan Whitney
- Chris Penn as Clive Cobb
- Philip Baker Hall as Captain William Diel
- Julia Hsu as Soo Yung Han
- John Hawkes as Stucky
- Clifton Powell as Luke
- Barry Shabaka Henley as Bobby
A sequel Rush Hour 2 was released in 2001, which was primarily set in Hong Kong. A third film, Rush Hour 3, was released on August 10, 2007, which was primarily set in Paris. Tucker earned $25 million for his role in the third film and Chan received the film's distribution rights in Asia. A fourth film in the series is in negotiations, and reportedly may be set in Moscow.