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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.

Director:

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (as Samo Hung)

Writers:

Fibe Ma (screenplay), Edward Tang (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Jackie
Richard Norton ... Giancarlo
Miki Lee ... Miki
Karen McLymont Karen McLymont ... Lakisha
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ... Diana
Vince Poletto ... Romeo
Barry Otto ... Baggio
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Cyclist (as Sammo Hung)
Emil Chau ... Ice Cream Vendor
Joyce Godenzi ... Cook Show Audience (as Mina Godenzi)
Peter Houghton Peter Houghton ... Richard
Peter Lindsay Peter Lindsay ... Grank, Demon Leader
David Will No ... Victor (as David No)
Rachel Blakely ... Sandy, Demon
Judy Green Judy Green ... Tina, Demon
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Storyline

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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Fight first. Apologize later. See more »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

As seen in the credits, Jackie Chan had to learn how to cook professionally to give him a realistic appearance of a television chef. See more »

Goofs

During the initial chase sequence, Jackie and Diana are on the other side of the metal fence with the thugs attempting to climb it. In the next shot, the thugs' positions on the fence change. See more »

Quotes

Jackie: I don't even know her!
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits some outtakes (mostly action scenes) are shown See more »

Alternate Versions

The Hong Kong version is dubbed into Cantonese/Mandarin languages, and features script changes from the original English (e.g. The Demons are called The Wolves). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rush Hour (1998) See more »

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Great action with a sketchy storyline! 5/10
10 December 2015 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: This is a more serious Jackie Chan movie which sees him playing a TV Chef, who gets caught up with a bunch of thugs and drug dealers, when he tries to save a journalist who has recorded a drug deal. When they escape from the thugs, the journalist realises that she hasn't got the tape and that she has a recording of one of Jackies shows but the thugs are adamant about getting the tape back which will expose there operation. An innocent Jackie, helps to save the journalist to fight of the baddies whilst struggling to stay alive because of this tape, which he really doesn't know were it is. When his girlfriend comes to stay with him, she is kidnapped by the baddies so Jackie will give them the tape, so with the help of the police, he tries to get his girlfriend back by using his Kung Fu skills against both parties of the drug deal. When the police finally get information about the tapes whereabouts, Jackie manages to save his girlfriend and he takes down the drug dealers for good. Like many Chan movies, the action scenes were brilliant and the stunts were very well choreographed but the whole tape concept wasn't that great. I was impressed with Chans cooking skills and the epic bulldozer scene at the end was quite good but the film seemed pretty average. The acting from the Australian cast was a bit sketchy and the huge baddies in the box suits were useless but it's a watchable movie which, gladly, didn't have any of those silly comedic action scenes. Average!

Round-Up: Sammo Hung, 63, who made an appearance in the movie as a cyclist, also directed this action packed movie and I must admit, he did do quite a good job. Most of his previous films, like Wheels on Meals and Dragons Forever, have a comedic feel to them but he gave this movie a serious side which made the film watchable. Its not in the same league as the more authentic movies from Chan but the action was great, along with Chans professionalism on screen.

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $13million

I recommend this movie to people who are into their crime/action/martial arts/comedies starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Richard Norton. 5/10


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,250,704, 22 March 1998

Gross USA:

$12,716,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,814,720
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2.35 : 1
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