Jackie Chan is the greatest - this we can all agree on, but it’s definitely OK to mention that he’s also made a couple of duds. A lot of his Hollywood output sits somewhere near the bottom of the barrel - it’s his Hong Kong stuff that’s essential. Out of his American movies, these are the only good ones:
- Rush Hour
- Shanghai Noon
- Rush Hour 2
- Shanghai Knights
- Around the World in 80 Days (shut up, this is amazing)
- The Forbidden Kingdom
- The Karate Kid
- The Foreigner (I’ve not seen this yet but the trailer set me on fire)
Notice I put Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2 in there, but not Rush Hour 3. That is because Rush Hour 3 is not very good. And it wasn’t just me that took this stance; it took almost $100 million less than Rush Hour 2, and got tarnished with an embarrassing 18% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Still, it appears that there’s still a thirst for more Rush Hour movies, as Jackie himself has confirmed the news that a third sequel has been green-lit. Talking to Power 106’s ’The Cruz Show’, he said:
“For the last 20 years, I’ve tried different [characters,]. A few years ago, Karate Kid. There was supposed to be a Karate Kid 2 but the script isn’t right. Several years later they want to do it and I say, ‘You still want to do Karate Kid? No, Karate Men.’ They’re taller than me now!
“Rush Hour you can do any time… Next year!
“For the last seven years, we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script. Yesterday, we just agreed.
“The script probably at the end of this month will have a second draft and next year, [we’ll] probably start.
“If… Chris Tucker agrees.”
So it’s down to old Chris. But factoring in his recent tax troubles, it’s likely that he’ll jump on-board this very expensive money train (he got $25 million for Rush Hour 3).
Still, Jackie is keen, and I can get behind anything he wants to do. He continues:
“It’s not about money! It’s about [having the] time to make. Otherwise, Rush Hour 4 we’re all old men. I tell Chris Tucker, ‘Before we get old, please do Rush Hour 4.’”
I mean really, I’d watch anything with Jackie Chan in, so I’m 100% going to plop my money down on that kiosk - even if they’re both just sitting in a retirement home singing ‘War’ by Edwin Starr for 90 minutes. Anything is better than another Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, right?
(Image: New Line Cinema)