When the daughter of the Chinese consul is kidnapped in America, the consul insists dutiful Hong Kong detective Lee (Chan) should play a part in the investigation. The FBI assume he'll be a nuisance and choose an LAPD cop, shrieky show-off Carter (Tucker), to 'baby-sit'. Lee and Carter see right through the plan. America is embodied by the rebellious, ambitious black man. Dope-smoking black gangsters are also shown to present a minimal threat to the establishment (they should be left in peace, is the implication). Much of the best dialogue, you suspect, was improvised by Tucker and Chan, who seem truly taken with each other and make a delightful, ordinary-extraordinary pair.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Jim Kouf, Ross LaManna|
Philip Baker Hall