|Yan Naing Lee|
|Relatives|| Kenji (brother) |
Father (Tan's former partner)
|Affiliates|| Detective James Carter (Partner) |
Isabella Molina (Former girlfriend)
|Occupation|| Detective (Rush Hour) |
Chief Inspector (Rush Hour 2)
|Appearances|| Rush Hour|
Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 3
|Portrayed by||Jackie Chan|
Chief Inspector Lee is one of two main protagonists of the Rush Hour series. He is a Chief Inspector with the Hong Kong Police Force (H.K.P.F). Lee appears in all three of the films. He is partnered with Detective James Carter, who at first doesn't get along with, but later befriends. Lee is portrayed by Jackie Chan.
Before The SeriesEdit
Not much is known about Lee before the series but it is known that his father was a legendary cop in Hong Kong who Lee claimed once caught a bullet with his bare hands. His father later investigated an international smuggling case with his partner Ricky Tan (whom Lee met and befriended during his teen years). But when he discovered Tan worked for the Triads he attempted to tell his superior but Tan confronted Lee's father at gun point. When his father begged Tan to promise not to kill his son, Tan was upset by this so he shot Lee's father dead. The evidence disappeared the case was never solved and Tan resigned from the force. Lee also mention growing up in an orphanage with a foster brother named Kenji. They protected each other and were close as brothers as Lee likes to call him "Shoyng Dih".
- "If you really want to talk, I'll let you talk, so it's easier to find out, how full shit they are."
- ―Lee to Carter
When we first see Lee he is leading a police raid at a boating yard to recapture antiques on China's history which have been stolen and collected by the mysterious crime lord Juntao. Lee successfully recovers numerous Chinese cultural treasures stolen by Juntao, which he presents as a farewell victory to his departing superiors: Chinese consul Han and British Commander Thomas Griffin. When Soo Yung gets abducted while on her way to her first day of school, Consul Solon Han invites Lee to come over to the US to help recover his daughter. With the FBI not wanting Lee's help, he gets partnered with James Carter.
Rush Hour 2Edit
- "I cannot believe we fly ten thousand miles for this shit..."
- ― Lee right when he and Carter fell to the street after the death of Ricky Tan and Hu Li.
Some time after the events in Las Vegas, Lee began a relationship with US Secret Service agent Isabella Molina, who was also involved on the case. However, in 2004, when Lee, Carter and Molina were in New York, Carter accidentally (but not fatally) shot Molina in the neck while aiming for a criminal. After that, she broke up with Lee, which slightly strained the friendship between Lee and Carter (more so on Lee's end), as in the beginning of the third movie, Lee is irritated with Carter and mentions the incident.
Rush Hour 3Edit
- "Lee: you tell him he's an AW!
Carter: Lee, I believe hole spelled with an H.
Sister Agnes: I have a dictionary upstairs.
Lee: Just call him an asshole!"
- ―Lee to Sister Agnes what to call the French Asian
At the beginning of the film Lee is no longer a Chief Inspector but has been demoted back to a Detective and was hired to become the bodyguard for Chinese Ambassador Solon Han who addresses the importance of fighting the Triads at the World Criminal Court, announcing that he may know the whereabouts of Shy Shen, a semi-mythical individual of great importance to the Triads. Before announcing, an assassin shoots and Han takes a bullet in the shoulder, disrupting the conference. Lee pursues the shooter and corners him, discovering that the assassin is his Japanese foster brother Kenji. When Lee hesitates to shoot Kenji, he makes his escape when Carter (having learned about the shooting over the police radio) arrives and tries to intervene.
After Lee's childhood orphanage story involved with Kenji revealed shocking as a foster brother, Carter talking about had his brother named Perry involved with Illegal cockfighting gambling tournaments in his own family garage that he mentioned. Perry's own brother (James Carter) informed the police reportedly, & putting up with it. Before Lee scolded Carter to stop talking annoyingly, Perry thinks his own brother is a tattletale, because Carter's chicken lost in the semi-final tournament gambling challenge, but Carter is seriously so apathy about it any longer.
He wields a dry sense of humor but Inspector Lee doesn’t have time for shenanigans when Soo-Yung’s life is at stake.
- Carter always blames Lee for their mishaps telling him "It's your fault", though Lee doesn't seem to care.
- Lee thought that his father was killed in the line of duty, but it turns out he was murdered by his own partner Ricky Tan, after he discovered Tan betrayed the police to work for the Triads.
- During the bomb scene where Lee and Carter tried to get rid of the bomb, they run up the stairwell. When Carter says "Where?", Lee says "roof! roof!", with his reference being related to a barking of a dog.
- Lee's father's death was reference to how his father died in the film Shanghai Knights (his role as Chon Wang) which both the antagonists of Rush Hour 2 (Ricky Tan) and Shanghai Knights (Rathbone) wanted to say how his father died.
- Lee taking Carter's gun (as if taking a gun from a suspect) was the same move Carter had done on one of Juntao's men. In an earlier scene they had practiced doing it to each other.
- In the films, Lee's first name is Yan Naing. In the television series however, his name is Jonathan.
- In Rush Hour 3 Carter refers to himself as a Detective when demoted to a patrolman but Lee never refers to himself as a Chief Inspector when demoted to a Detective. Agent Sterling at the end of Rush Hour 2 refers to Lee as a Detective even though he had been referred to as Chief Inspector by Captain Chin earlier in the film.