Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan) (1997)
Mr. Nice Guy opens on a darkened Australian warehouse full of seedy criminal types who have gathered to make a large-scale drug transaction. When it goes horribly wrong and bullets start flying, the hoods flee in different directions -- until one realizes an investigative reporter (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) has caught the whole episode on video. If she gets the chance to air it on her top-rated news show, it could bring down a powerful crime family. As thugs begin chasing her, the reporter runs into a mild-mannered TV show chef named Jackie (Jackie Chan), whom her pursuers mistake for a cohort. After several thrilling escapes, the tape has accidentally changed hands, unknowingly swapped with a children's video Jackie was bringing to a family friend. As the criminals, dispatched by mob boss Giancarlo (Richard Norton), seek out both Jackie and the reporter for the tape, Jackie's visiting girlfriend (Miki Lee) and his assistant (Karen McLymont) get mixed up in the chase. Meanwhile, the bad guys will stop at nothing, including confronting Jackie on the set of a live cooking show and trying to blow up his apartment. An English-language Hong Kong import, Mr. Nice Guy was filmed after Chan finally earned stateside success with Rumble in the Bronx, but before he was recruited to Hollywood and the Rush Hour movies. … More
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan)
Great stunts....but the novelty wears off fast
Some really first-rate Chan action scenes in here.
The plot has never been more inane, the supporting actors never less talented. Yet the action is as astonishing as ever
Even in an 'off' picture like Mr. Nice Guy, it is impossible not to like [Chan]; he's so open and good-natured and takes pride in what he does.
As with Jackie Chan's other stateside releases, this is contrived, blockheaded, and lacking in narrative logic. But also like those other films, it is a highly enjoyable ride.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan)
I like Movies with Jackie Chan they are really funny and sometimes senti and all that, but sometimes I wish he would play in the movie which are less with Kungfu and more comedy.More
Jackie is the best on a non-stop, action ride that never slows down for morality plays, character development, romance or a complex storyline. I watched his acting and filming located at my hometown, Melbourne.More
When it comes action movies Jackie Chan is the one of the only actor I always know could be fun, even if the movie bad. Thanks to Jackie likability, humor, and martial art skills I was able to get through this.
Mr. Nice Guy is about a Chinese chef who 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. I should say this movie has little to no story to tell, literally the first forty minutes of the film had no story. Those forty minutes had a our characters running away a lot and served no purpose at all the movie. Speaking of purpose, Chan has the only character that has any significance in the movie since he's the closest you'll have to a character. Chan is literally the only character in the movie, aside from the villain, every character has nothing to offer to the story. I also find it weird that the videotape has a scene from earlier in the movie and yet it appears the same in the tape despite the news reporter only filming it from one angle. Believe it or not this movie has filler despite it short length, it's most notable when you have Sammo Hung appear on screen, four times. Seriously his cameo was way to long just like the filler in the movie. I would go more in depth about the lack of story in the movie, but there's not much to talk about.
Chan humor and talents got me through this horrible flick. He's a decent actor in this flick and his bad English is forgivable since he's the only likable person in the whole movie. Now the choreography was amazing and Chan fight in a construction site and on a moving chariot are easily some of his best work. The acting is horrible, you literally build a bridge by most of the actor wooden acting. The acting wasn't what I hated the most, it was the appalling editing. The opening of movie has our villain telling a woman she's beautiful and then drowning her and came out in a comedic way. I also hated how much unnecessary slow motion was used. I would blame Sammo Hung for his poor direction and lacking of ability to tell a story, but his actors are blame with the exception of Chan.
Mr. Nice Guy only redeeming value is Jackie Chan and unfortunately he was unable to save the movie. Chan is very enjoyable in this movie, the movie itself on the other hand is a pointless sit through.
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