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Mr. Nice Guy (1997)
"Yat goh ho yan" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  18 March 1998 (USA)
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A Chinese chef accidentally gets involved with a news reporter who filmed a drug bust that went awry and is now being chased by gangs who are trying to get the video tape.

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Giancarlo
Miki Lee ...
Miki
Karen McLymont ...
Lakisha
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ...
Diana
Vince Poletto ...
Romeo
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Baggio
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Cyclist (as Sammo Hung)
Emil Chau ...
Ice Cream Vendor
Joyce Godenzi ...
Cook Show Audience (as Mina Godenzi)
Peter Houghton ...
Richard
Peter Lindsay ...
Grank, Demon Leader
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Victor
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Sandy, Demon
Judy Green ...
Tina, Demon
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Melbourne, Australia. TV Journalist Diana tapes evidence against drug lord Giancarlo, but on her way away from the scene, she is spotted and has to run. In the street, she runs into TV cook Jackie, whose knowledge of martial arts helps her survive the threat. Accidentally, her VHS-tape then gets mixed up with some kid's films in Jackie's car and so all the bad guys are after him as well as Diana, without him knowing where to find the right tape. But when Jackie's visiting girlfriend Miki gets kidnapped for the tape as ransom, Jackie puts the image of being the nice and friendly TV cook aside and goes to see Mr. Giancarlo himself to get her back: playtime's over. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Rated PG-13 for pervasive action violence, some sensuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,250,704 (USA) (20 March 1998)

Gross:

$12,674,183 (USA) (5 June 1998)
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Emil Chau plays an ice cream vendor, a role that he also played in Hong faan kui (1995). His appearance is meant to surprise Chinese viewers, because of his iconic status in his country. See more »

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Action galore!!!
16 January 2003 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is certainly not an Academy Award Winner, but it most definitely is just a plain old good action film with tons of senseless fighting. The fighting is incredible in this film and the stunts are quite impressive, the choreography and the stunts are what make this film good, don't expect a great story or any great acting.

The story isn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be, it's actually quite interesting and takes a little bit of step aside from Jackie Chan's typical cop character. This time he's simply a TV chef that gets mixed up in things against his will. It sounds pretty stupid, but it's not all that bad.

The acting and even more so, the dialogue are two things that I'm not even going to begin to defend. The acting is pretty bad at times and the dialogue is god-awful! Sadly, a lot of the bad dialogue could easily have been avoided, I don't know what the writers/director was thinking.

Virtually all of the cast members were new faces to me, with of course, the exception of Jackie Chan. Jackie does a good job with his role, exactly what you would expect from one of his films. I feel I have to mention Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, what a beautiful actress!!! And she's actually a pretty good actress, I'll definitely be keeping an eye open for her future work.

If you are a fan of Martial Art films, or just like Jackie Chan, then watch this movie. Just watch this film thinking you are going to have a fun time watching Jackie kick some bad-guy butt! I hope you enjoy the film, thanks for reading,

-Chris


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