We'll always be brothers, Lee. In this life and the next.
~ Kenji to Chief Inspector Lee

Kenji is the main antagonist of the 2007 action comedy film Rush Hour 3.

He was portrayed by the Japanese actor, Hiroyuki Sanada.


Kenji's family was killed when he was a child, and he was sent to an orphanage where he met Lee. The two were very close and became "brothers", but Lee was eventually adopted and Kenji ended up on the streets. As adults, Lee became a Chief Inspector while Kenji became a member of the Triads.

Lee found Kenji once again and attempted to capture him, but Kenji managed to escape. During the climax, the pair engaged in a brutal sword-fight inside the Eiffel Tower which lead to them dangling precariously a long way above the ground. Lee tried to help Kenji to safety, but Kenji, knowing that his weight would cause Lee to die with him, sacrificed himself by committing suicide and let go in order to save Lee's life. A distraught Lee then watched as Kenji plunged to his death.



  • Kenji is somewhat similar to Storm Shadow, who adopted a brother to Snake Eyes and was also an enemy to him.
  • Kenji is the first and only Rush Hour Villain who had a redeemable quality.
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