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

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  20 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
David No ...
Sandy, Demon
Judy Green ...
Tina, Demon


In Melbourne, the Chinese Chef Jackie has a successful show on television. The drug lord Giancarlo and his gang are dealing cocaine with The Demons gang, but they fight against each other. During the shooting, the snoopy reporter Diana and her partner are accidentally exposed and they flee with a VHS tape with the footage of the negotiation. On the street, she stumbles with Jackie and he helps her fighting against the gangsters. When they are escaping in his car, her tape accidentally mixes with other videotapes that Jackie has in a box on the backseat of his car. Jackie goes to his apartment and meets his girlfriend Miki while his nephews "borrow" the tape to watch. Meanwhile Giancarlo's gangsters are looking for the tape and abduct Miki. Jackie's friend Romeo, who is a police detective, chases the gangsters with other policemen while Jackie teams up with Diana and his friend Lakisha to release Miki from Giancarlo. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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


Fight first. Apologize later. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 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?


Because of the mess they left behind (from the demolished house), the production company was barred permanently from ever filming in that part of Australia again. See more »


During Jackie's fight with Giancarlo's men at the Golden Garden construction site you can clearly see Jackie fighting Asian stunt-men instead of the guys he is supposed to be fighting. See more »

Crazy Credits

The last scene shown in the opening credits, following the director's credit for Sammo Kam-Bo Hung is a quick shot from later in the film of Sammo Hung, as the angry biker, beating someone up. See more »


Referenced in Rush Hour (1998) See more »

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Nonstop action - and what action!
13 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The thinnest plot imaginable (1: Bad guys think Jackie has an incriminating tape, 2: Bad guys go after him), but it doesn't matter; the movie serves up one virtuoso action sequence after another, and some priceless comic dialogue as well ("Oh my God, you want the tape too? If you find it PLEASE take it"). Jackie was 43 when this was filmed, but he sure hadn't lost a bit of his physical dexterity. This film is much better in every way than his American "breakthrough" hit, "Rumble In The Bronx", and Richard Norton makes an enjoyable villain. (***)

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