Rush Hour's title is inspired by the restaurant Foo Chow, which is located at the entrance of Chung King Road.
Having grown up primarily in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, I always thought it was a great gimmick that they listed " A best seller movie by Jackie Chan RUSH HOUR was shot here" on the outside of their restaurant. I'm not particularly sure what order I'm supposed to read these phrases but I loved that it was a way for them to differentiate their restaurant amongst the endless options of Chinese restaurants in Chinatown.
A couple of years ago they shot that Ryan Gosling movie, " Gangster Squad" in Chinatown and Chinatown was further set dressed to look more Chinatown-y with a variety of cheap Hollywood props. This also meant painting over Foo Chow's sign.
After they completed the movie, the production company repainted the sign in the same confusing, poetic grammar as if nothing happened. No one seemed to notice.
This year perform Chinatown is going to be a variety of acts, performances, and happenings that will be inspired by elements of this sign.
What is a fake? How do we identify ourselves? What is our relationship to Hollywood? Will anyone notice our presence? Will anyone notice our absence?
But even more obvious, RUSH HOUR is a fitting title for performance art in Los Angeles. RUSH HOUR is a complicated timeframe and feeling. Sometimes it is meditative. Sitting in it can be a form of endurance. It can be a time to learn secrets about your fellow passengers. It can be time of reflective thought; sometimes indulgent. You are simultaneously very aware of being alone while being surrounded by people. Going nowhere fast.
Interested in becoming a part of RUSH HOUR?