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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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Action | Comedy | Crime

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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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Whole scenes from Mr. Nice Guy, were copied almost frame by frame in the Bollywood movie 'Baadshah'. Including other Hollywood movies like Rush Hour and The Mask. The results are just good fun. See more »


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16 March 1999 | by (seattle, washington, usa) – See all my reviews

This movie is a strange combination: quite possibly the thinnest plot and worst acting of any Jackie Chan movie... and some of the best and funniest fight scenes, as well.

Fortunately the movie moves along briskly and there's never much time between humor and fight scenes for you to dwell on just how bad the acting was in the preceeding scene.

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