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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miki Lee ...
Karen McLymont ...
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ...
Vince Poletto ...
Cyclist (as Sammo Hung)
Emil Chau ...
Ice Cream Vendor
Joyce Godenzi ...
Cook Show Audience (as Mina Godenzi)
Peter Houghton ...
Peter Lindsay ...
Grank, Demon Leader
Sandy, Demon
Judy Green ...
Tina, Demon


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 <>

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drugs | gang | cook | reporter | chef | See All (108) »


Fight first. Apologize later. See more »


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

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Release Date:

18 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Nice Guy  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$12,674,183 (USA) (5 June 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Giancarlo's mansion is shown to be completely made out of plywood when Jackie demolishes it. See more »

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References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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Great and funny action!
22 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you want to see great action scenes, stunts and fights... watch this! And this film is funny too... "How the hell did he do that???" :)

If you want to see good acting... Avoid this :)

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