"Rush Hour 2" roars out of the gate with a confidence that had me thinking this would surpass the original: the Hong Kong setting gives this a unique flavor, and Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan maintain their buddy chemistry from the outset. The editing during action sequences has also noticeably improved, but once our heroes head back to the States the production loses an energy that it never manages to recover.
Upon revisiting, this is potentially better than the first mainly because it's a lot more fun to see Chris Tucker as the fish out of water than Chan. Leads to a lot more cultural buffoonery, which is the true gold of this series. Fun and nothing more - not that it needs to be.
Haters gonna hate, and I'mma be watching Rush Hour 2, laughing like a baller. Zhang Ziyi and John Lone are killing it, and Chris Tucker is at his Chris Tucker-iest, and I'm all about that, and Jackie Chan is being the man. You may think five stars is a little too much, but hey, it's all about subjectivity baby.