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) »


Nice guys don't get mad. They get even. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

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:

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 »


When the first Demon is thrown in the "guest house" it is obvious it is a stuntwoman. The character's hair is long and blonde, but the person thrown in has short black hair. 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 »


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User Reviews

Great action, shocking action, Usual Jackie Chan
12 June 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film has some of the worst acting, and very nearly the worst plot of any movie out there. But I loved it. The action sequences (and to a lesser extent the comedy) are really impressive in this film. Its what we've come to expect from Jacki Chan movies. The finale is really quite impressive.

The acting in itself is quite humorous. Aussie actors doing really bad american accents, or just totally overacting. And some of them are actually quite good in other roles.

There also is a question to be raised over the editing. Why was the take where I was standing in the background not used? Doh, I could've been a movie star!

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