When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and Carter form an unlikely partnership and investigate the case themselves.
This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
When the daughter of the Chinese consul in Los Angeles is kidnapped he wants his old friend Detective Inspector Lee, of the Hong Kong Police, to be part of the investigation. The FBI don't want him anywhere near their investigation so palm him off to the LAPD which in turn partners him with Detective James Carter, who has no current partner because he annoys everybody else in the department. Carter is initially pleased with the assignment but soon learns that he is just expected to babysit Lee and keep him away from the case; Lee is equally unimpressed and is determined that he must help find his friends daughter. Inevitably it isn't that long before the pair are investigating the case and the FBI are thinking they are getting in the way.This film's story is decent enough even if the big reveal about who is ultimately behind the kidnapping is rather spoilt for anybody who reads who is starring in the film at the start anybody appearing third is surely not only going to have one brief scene in the opening minutes! That isn't much of a problem though; this is all about the laughs not the depth of the mystery. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are a lot of fun in the lead roles; they provide lots of laughs and develop a good chemistry as the film progresses. The action is well choreographed, as one would expect from anything featuring Jackie Chan; it might not be as intense as that in his Hong Kong films but that is partly to give room to the fast talking Chris Tucker to provide more verbal laughs. Overall I found this to be a fun mix of action and comedy which manages to avoid the sort of offensive material that might put off many viewers.
Story of this film is so interesting that makes me can't stop watching it. As i see, the main story is saving the daughter of an ambassador from kidnappers. As an usual, in others film i have ever seen, it will have familiar motif such as thriller, dangerous, bloody scene and so on. This familiar motif makes me bored. But the longer this film lasts, the more interesting i feel. Not only that, it make me can't stop laughing during this film because of funny situation. A detective is unwilling to become a partner with a cop. Some situation is not to know whether to laugh or cry between two reluctant partners. Some thriller scene is added to the story make viewers feel nervous for characters. I still surprised in Thanh Long's talent although i have ever seen some his action film before. The film has happy ending. This little girl has saved safely, the kidnappers is arrested, others is injured or die. The detective and the cop also become close friend and make a perfect couple. Although the film ends, i can't get enough of it so i see it again and again. It's worth seeing
Jackie Chan's first breakthrough American movie is a fast-paced, non-stop barrage of comedy spills and action thrills, a solid buddy-buddy formula movie which never deviates from the rules, but nevertheless succeeds as a piece of entertainment for the masses and at least proved popular enough to spawn a sequel (and possible further sequels). A conspiracy kidnapping plot, double-crossing bad guys, east meets west tension, tons of action and jokes keep this one running throughout. Jackie Chan himself is the main ingredient of this film's success; although the film is very different in style and feel to his eastern movies, he still proves himself to be a very funny leading man, especially when dealing with all of the racial humour his character puts up with in this movie. In the film's many explosive fight sequences, Chan also gets to show off his martial arts skills, although I would have preferred a one-on-one fight with the blond-haired bad guy at the end.The comedy element is largely provided by the love-him-or-hate him Chris Tucker, an extremely overbearing and outrageous comedian-turned-actor in the Eddie Murphy mould. Truth be told, I'm not a great fan of sweary, jive-talking comedians but Tucker is undeniably likable here, and his persona sparks off nicely with Chan's more laidback, serious character. Expect plenty of the usual male bonding and some nice chemistry to develop between the two stars. Also expect to see plenty of familiar faces in the cast giving quality performances, not least Tom Wilkinson, who bizarrely goes from a comedy stripper in THE FULL MONTY to the imposing central villain in this movie.The action elements are kept varied, ranging from martial arts to shoot-outs, explosions and tense hostage situations, with the finale being particularly well handled. The film also never outstays its welcome and despite the violent, often profane subject matter, it never becomes offensive. The comedy is mixed well with the thriller angle so not only are there some very funny moments, but there are also some highly suspenseful, even dangerous scenes in the movie. Chan's knack for physical comedy is highlighted in a great moment where he attempts to hold up a priceless vase whilst fighting off two baddies. Although this isn't a superb film and can't hold a candle to the LETHAL WEAPON movies, Chan and Tucker make for a surprisingly good combination and the film as a whole is impossible to dislike.
When I watched this film for the first time on VHS, I didn't like it at first because of the script and characters does not match. Then I realised and started to like it after watched it again and again, it's action/comedy film and it's not like Lethal Weapon. Chris is so funny and Jackie is a brilliant action star.Before this film released, when I was in school and told my friends about Jackie's martial art films and no-one were interested to hear and never heard of him because he's Chinese. Now, million of people likes him and enjoy to watch his old movies like Police Story Part 1- 5, Young Master, Drunken Master and many more, and oh yeah, classic Project A!! It's my first favourite American comedy film ever.