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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

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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gang | gangster | drugs | reporter | chef | See All (296) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

English | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Nice Guy 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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Runtime:

(original) | (DVD) | (Fan Edit)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (US prints)| SDDS (US prints)

Color:

Color (Cineart)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The only movie with Jackie Chan as a television chef. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film when Tina is taken to the "guest house", there is a tire screeching sound as two cars drive away, but they are driving on dirt. See more »

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Jackie: I don't even know her!
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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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Action galore!!!
16 January 2003 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

This film is certainly not an Academy Award Winner, but it most definitely is just a plain old good action film with tons of senseless fighting. The fighting is incredible in this film and the stunts are quite impressive, the choreography and the stunts are what make this film good, don't expect a great story or any great acting.

The story isn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be, it's actually quite interesting and takes a little bit of step aside from Jackie Chan's typical cop character. This time he's simply a TV chef that gets mixed up in things against his will. It sounds pretty stupid, but it's not all that bad.

The acting and even more so, the dialogue are two things that I'm not even going to begin to defend. The acting is pretty bad at times and the dialogue is god-awful! Sadly, a lot of the bad dialogue could easily have been avoided, I don't know what the writers/director was thinking.

Virtually all of the cast members were new faces to me, with of course, the exception of Jackie Chan. Jackie does a good job with his role, exactly what you would expect from one of his films. I feel I have to mention Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, what a beautiful actress!!! And she's actually a pretty good actress, I'll definitely be keeping an eye open for her future work.

If you are a fan of Martial Art films, or just like Jackie Chan, then watch this movie. Just watch this film thinking you are going to have a fun time watching Jackie kick some bad-guy butt! I hope you enjoy the film, thanks for reading,

-Chris


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