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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 Lee ... Miki
Karen McLymont Karen McLymont ... Lakisha
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ... Diana
Vince Poletto 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 William 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:

$5,442,468, 22 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,674,183, 7 June 1998
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Company Credits

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Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Technical Specs

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie's ending was originally supposed to be Rumble in the Bronx (1995)'s last scene. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Giancarlo offers half a million dollars to the Demons in exchange for the return of his cocaine, later on when the gunfight breaks out and the briefcase is knocked open, and also later when Giancarlo is carrying the money out in his arms after the gunfight, we can see that it was only filled with $1 bills. 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 »

Alternate Versions

New Line Cinema made numerous changes to the film, including removal of footage, re-dubbing some characters, and changing the soundtrack to be more fast-paced and upbeat. The cooking show scene appears first in the New Line Cinema version, whilst others (Hong Kong and Japanese versions) begin with Giancarlo. Footage removed from New Line Cinema's version (in comparison to Hong Kong and Japanese versions):
  • The girl being buried alive is a little longer.
  • When Sonny and Nancy are watching the tape for the first time, Nancy gets shoved when she takes the tape out to "watch cartoons." Baggio comes in and takes them both into the kitchen to watch Jackie cook.
  • In the scene where Diana is accosted at her apartment by the thugs, Diana tries to fight her way free, but winds up getting smashed to the floor and kneed in the back.
  • A slow motion shot of Diana running down the street in her underwear appears when the thugs are chasing her.
  • When Jackie and Lakisha are waiting at the airport, their conversation has several more lines. Lakisha: "Are you going to marry her[Miki]?" Jackie: "Of course." Lakisha: "Do you like me?" Jackie: "Sure!" Lakisha: "Yeah, but you never asked me out!" Jackie: "Well, we already work and eat together... what's up with you?" Lakisha: "...Nothing." At this point Jackie sees Miki and calls her name, prompting Lakisha to say "What?" The New Line Cinema version only has Lakisha's last line, which sounds awkward.
  • During the horse-and-carriage chase, the cart narrowly misses colliding head-on with a street trolley. There is also a shot of people being stampeded off the sidewalk.
  • The horse-and-carriage scene on the sidewalk, with the shop signs, is slightly longer in the HK version, but has obvious continuity errors.
  • The "cricket bat" fight between Lakisha and Diana goes on for a few more frames, with Diana getting slugged with the bat and then throwing a chair at Lakisha in retaliation. There's also a brief scene here where Jackie comforts Miki on the way back to the apartment.
  • The scene where Giancarlo slaps his henchman with his own tie originally had the phone call for the rendezvous at the Golden Garden construction site appended to it.
  • Right before Miki walks in on Lakisha scratching Jackie's back, Miki looks in the bathroom mirror and asks herself what she's done to deserve her problems, but then resolves to cheer up for Jackie's sake.
  • The scene where Jackie and Miki sit together in the darkened living room runs a bit longer. Miki: "I came here for just one thing." Jackie: "To buy clothes, right? The clothes here are wonderful."
  • When the thugs search the house, Lakisha and Diana both get kicked in the stomach by them (in a matching-shot gag).
  • More shots of Jackie being shadowed by police when he goes to trade the tape for Miki, and a couple more establishing shots of Melbourne locations.
  • A brief shot of Romeo and Detective Morrison arguing in the control room over how to deal with the way Jackie is being strung along by the kidnappers.
  • A brief shot of Miki being kicked in the stomach before she gets hauled off by one of the Demons near the bridge.
  • When Jackie is accosted by the Demons and hauled off in the van, they almost throw him into traffic before deciding to check to see if the tape he has is the right one.
  • During the knife fight in the van, Jackie bites one of his attacker's nipples.
  • When Giancarlo finds Miki and the Demon gang leader, he slugs her to the floor and demands to know where his cocaine is. "I gave it to the cops," she says. To "make her understand", Giancarlo has one of the Demons put in a stranglehold with rope, beats him savagely, then shoots him.
  • When the Demon gang leader breaks loose, she stabs one of Giancarlo's men in the back with her knife. She gets shot at while diving out the window.
  • Brief shots of Miki getting slapped by Giancarlo and thrown around by Giancarlo's thugs.
  • A scene where Romeo talks to the Demon gang leader in the hospital. In the next bed, a severely-beaten Diana murmurs to Romeo: "Remember, this is my exclusive."
  • Right after the faked phone call, where Giancarlo kicks Jackie across the room, Miki runs up to Giancarlo to stop him. Giancarlo responds by slapping Miki repeatedly.
Footage only in the New Line Cinema and Japanese versions:
  • Baggio talks about Jackie's parents during dinner.
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Thin on plot but fat with exciting stunts.
13 February 2005 | by The GryphonSee all my reviews

Thin on plot and fat with exciting stunts, Jackie Chan's "Mr. Nice Guy" is more like a speedy carnival ride than a movie. Chan plays a television chef who gets mixed up with a female reporter with an incriminating videotape that drug lords are after. Along the way Jackie Chan has his prerequisite close calls and death defying stunts mixed with his affable humor. All the stunts are good ones and there's a set-piece that requires Chan to escape his enemy in an unfinished building where all the blue doors are already installed that is my favorite. It's quite a farce having people opening and closing doors in pursuit and escape and never knowing who or what's behind the next door. One extended scene is a guilty pleasure for me and involves Chan commandeering a large earth moving vehicle and wreaking havoc with it. When I say large, I mean LARGE. The tires alone must be 12 feet tall in and of themselves. It's pretty cool to see the devastation this vehicle incurs. A fun film. Had the plot itself been a bit more thickened my rating would've been higher.


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