As head of the World Criminal Court it would make sense for me to be a target. (Chief Inspector Lee: Why did you come to my room?) Genevieve was going to be killed. Having you die in the crossfire would put an end to the investigation. Now it will end another way.
~ Reynard reveals his true nature to Lee and Carter.
Yes. And you two just killed this girl. Blew her brains out.
~ Reynard's last words before he is killed by George.

Minister Varden Reynard is the secondary antagonist of the 2007 film Rush Hour 3. He is a French ambassador and Chairman of the World Criminal Court who is in league with Kenji and the Triads.

He was portrayed by the late Max von Sydow, who also portrayed Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon, Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Never Say Never Again, and Lamar Burgess in Minority Report.

Biography

Varden Reynard first appeared at the world criminal court, discussing what the Triads should do.

When Soo-Yung was brought to the French Embassy, he told her that her father is okay and he said that his people would not leave his side. When Soo-Yung told Inspector Lee and James Carter that they made her a promise, the limo exploded, almost killing all of them, presumably caused by Reynard.

In Paris, he appeared again in Lee's room, discussing that Shy Shen is not a person, but a list. He then gives Lee a ticket to find Shy Shen. When Carter, Lee, and Genevieve went to Minister Reynard, they said they had Shy Shen. Lee whispers to Carter that they never told him she had the list imprinted on the back of her head. It was then that they realized that he had been working for the Triads all along. When Lee asked him why he came to his room, he told him that Genevieve was going to be killed and that having them die in the crossfire would put an end to the investigation but now it will end another way.

Carter threatens to arrest him and put him in prison but Reynard says he will not be going to prison. His phone rings and he tells Lee that he's got a phone call. Kenji is revealed to be on the other end and tells Lee that he has abducted Soo-Yung and that he would like to exchange her for Genevieve/Shy Shen. He warns Lee that if he sees Carter or any other cops with Lee he would execute Soo-Yung. Lee asks him where he can make the exchange and Kenji tells him the Jules Verne Restaurant which is situated atop the Eiffel Tower.

After Lee and Carter fall from the Eiffel Tower following Kenji's death, they are confronted by Reynard, who is holding Genevieve hostage, and threatening to kill her and frame Lee and Carter for her death. Just as he was about to shoot her, Reynard is shot from behind by George. The stunned Reynard walks towards the water fountain and falls dead into it.

Personality

At first, Reynard is shown to be an affable man, wanting to protect Soo-Yung and her father from the Triads and giving Lee a ticket to find Shy Shen. However, he reveals that he was working with the Triads for the entire time. The limo explosion is presumably caused by Reynard, apparently hinting that he already plans on killing them beforehand. All in all, Reynard is a treacherous man, as he attempts to kill Geneviève and frame Lee and Carter for her death.

Trivia

  • Reynard is based on Juntao from the first film. Both were friends of Han, who are later revealed to be the main villain in the later parts of the films.
  • Unlike Juntao, he does not reveal to Han that he is working for the Triads. Only Thomas Griffin revealed himself to Han as Juntao, the leader of the Triads.

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Rush Hour: Thomas Griffin | Sang | Clive Cobb
Rush Hour 2: Ricky Tan | Hu Li | Steven Reign | Zing
Rush Hour 3: Kenji | Varden Reynard | Dragon Lady Jasmine

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