Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan) 1997

Mr. Nice Guy

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Jackie Chan plays a popular TV chef who accidentally saves a reporter pursued by two warring gangs -- one that looks like the standard Cosa Nostra types, the other a group of upstarts. After the two gangs decide to come after Jackie, he drops his nice guy image and fights back.

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Critic Reviews for Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan)

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  • Jun 21, 2012
    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.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    This film's story is nonexistent, which is truly unfortunate, because it probably has the best collection of Jackie Chan stunts I've ever seen. If the story had been better, the audience would've gotten the complete package, and Mr. Nice Guy could've been a 4-plus star film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    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.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    I enjoyed the simplistic side of Chan, but only up to point, which in Mr. Nice Guy's Middle and Ending fight scenes being the best, whith the Opening being a faltering mess, and the Plot was way over the place.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer

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