You Can Watch Jackie Chan’s Greatest Movie For Free Right Now

Jackie Chan's Rush Hour is streaming for free (with ads) on Tubi.

By Jessica Scott | Updated

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Rush Hour is officially available to watch for free (with ads) on Tubi. The buddy comedy film about two mismatched cops trying to rescue the daughter of a Chinese Consul helped to bring Jackie Chan to American audiences, where he has remained a legend ever since. In fact, the film was such a big hit and so well-appreciated by its audience, that a brand new review-aggregation platform was created just so that people could read reviews of it. You might have heard of it: it’s a little old site called Rotten Tomatoes, just about one of the most influential review sites out there right now.

The fact that he was the spark that led to the creation of Rotten Tomatoes by Sen Duong in 1998 is not very well known, but there is a lot more cool Jackie Chan trivia where that came from. The actor we know as Jackie Chan was born in British Hong Kong as Chan Kong-sang in 1954, for instance. His parents were refugees from the Chinese Civil War, and his father, Charles Chan, once worked as a secret agent. 

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Jackie Chan’s father then became a cook in a French diplomat’s residence in the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, and the family lived on the grounds. Jackie Chan may be funny and endearing and awesome at martial arts, but it turns out that he wasn’t great at school. He failed his very first year of primary school, which led to his parents taking him out of school altogether. Later, though, he attended the China Drama Academy, where he became very skilled at the acrobatics and martial arts we know him for. 

Jackie Chan began acting at the young age of just five years old, and starred in numerous movies in Hong Kong as he grew up. He then made the leap to Hollywood in the 1980s, with roles in films like The Big Brawl and The Cannonball Run. It took him a while to make a real name for himself in America, as Americans were used to seeing the same main actors in lead roles. But, he didn’t give up.

Jackie Chan’s first American blockbuster was Rush Hour in 1998, in which he starred with Chris Tucker. Fans loved the unlikely odd couple, and the movie raked in $130 million in just the United States. Jackie Chan became a household name and starred in a sequel with Tucker in 2001, which made more than double the amount the first one did at the box office. 

Jackie Chan had done it: he had crossed over into the American market, a dream of many actors all over the world. Unfortunately, in spite of lots of other big roles like Shanghai Noon, The Tuxedo, The Medallion, and Around the World in 80 Days, Chan wasn’t satisfied. He felt typecast, and as if there just weren’t very many roles for someone like him. So, he started his own production company, JCE Movies Limited.

He also made a third Rush Hour film in 2007, which was still a hit in the U.S., but didn’t make many waves back in his home country of Hong Kong. 

As Jackie Chan has grown older, he has also sought to star in different types of roles. Instead of starring in comedies and action films, he has begun to act in dramatic films as well, some of which do not even include any martial arts scenes. 

In September of 2011, Jackie Chan’s 100th movie, 1911, was released, giving him even more of a legend status, and helping him cement his name in American movie history.