Rush Hour (1998) is a Jackie Chan vehicle but also a lighweight melody that represents a welcome change from the stereotypical kung-fu film.
Despite Lee's warnings, the FBI falls in a trap and dozens of officers are killed when a building blows up. But the FBI is still determined to keep him away. Carter, though, helps him track down the gangster, Juntao, in a restaurant. Unfortunately the shoot out prevents the FBI from delivering the ransom and the girl is again taken away by the gangsters. Carter, though, has caught a glimpse of a British man in cahoots with the gangster: he is the same man who represented the British government in Hong Kong.
Carter employs his semi-legal methods to investigate, while the FBI seems only interested in paying the ransom and getting the girl back safe and sound. His only comfort is a female colleague, an expert in explosives, whom he flirts with although she shows no interest in him. Again, Carter and Lee reach Juntao just when the FBI is about to deliver the ransom: at a busy reception in a luxurious hotel to welcome the Chinese antiquities. At the end of an acrobatic fight, the evil British agent crashes down from the ceiling while trying to reach a helicopter. The girl is booby-trapped but the female expert saves her.
Carter is awarded a vacation in Hong Kong.