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Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan) (1997)

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In this riotous martial arts comedy, energetic Jackie Chan plays a naive television chef who accidentally comes into possession of a videotape containing incriminating evidence for a powerful crime lord.

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Cast

Richard Norton
as Giancarlo
Barry Otto
as Baggio
Emil Chau
as Ice Cream Vendor
David No
as Victor
Joyce Mina Godenzi
as Cook Show Audience
Les Uzice
as Demon
Karl Ajami
as Giancarlo's Man
James Allan Bradley
as Giancarlo's Man
Paul Andreovski
as Giancarlo's Man
David Baldwin
as Giancarlo's Man
Kerry Blakeman
as Giancarlo's Man
Mark Campbell
as Giancarlo's Man
Terry Carter
as Giancarlo's Man
Dennis Christensen
as Giancarlo's Man
Tony Doherty
as Giancarlo's Man
Cameron Douglas
as Giancarlo's Man
Paul Douglas
as Giancarlo's Man
Stuart Ellis
as Giancarlo's Man
Mark Fitzpatrick
as Giancarlo's Man
Stuart Fraser
as Giancarlo's Man
Michael Hammad
as Giancarlo's Man
Habby Heske
as Giancarlo's Man
Brent Houghton
as Giancarlo's Man
Richard Huggett
as Giancarlo's Man
Graham Jahne
as Giancarlo's Man
Chris Kemp
as Giancarlo's Man
Robert Lowe
as Giancarlo's Man
Frederick MacClure
as Giancarlo's Man
Ian Mall
as Giancarlo's Man
Den McCoy
as Giancarlo's Man
Mike Menzies
as Giancarlo's Man
Jason Murphy
as Giancarlo's Man
Michael John Noonan
as Giancarlo's Man
George Novak
as Giancarlo's Man
Grant Page
as Giancarlo's Man
Puven Pather
as Giancarlo's Man
Harry Pavlidis
as Giancarlo's Man
George Popovic
as Giancarlo's Man
John Raaen
as Giancarlo's Man
Joseph Sayah
as Giancarlo's Man
Gary Shambrooke
as Giancarlo's Man
Vess Svorcan
as Giancarlo's Man
Davin Taylor
as Giancarlo's Man
Darko Tuskan
as Giancarlo's Man
Jade Weitering
as Giancarlo's Man
Chris Wilson
as Giancarlo's Man
Damon Young
as Giancarlo's Man
Frederick Miragliotta
as NEA Head Officer
Nick Carrafa
as NEA Agent
Rod Catteral
as NEA Agent
Ben Mitchell
as NEA Agent
Mark Neal
as NEA Agent
Jerome Pride
as NEA Agent
Keith Agius
as Specal Action Team Leader
Matthew Dytynski
as Floor Manager
Salik Silverstein
as Cook Show Director
Lynn Murphy
as Babysitter
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Great stunts....but the novelty wears off fast

March 11, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
Moviehole

Some really first-rate Chan action scenes in here.

October 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The plot has never been more inane, the supporting actors never less talented. Yet the action is as astonishing as ever

May 30, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
TheMovieReport.com

Sub-standard Jackie Chan fare.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Mr. Nice Guy (Yat goh hiu yan)

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 Mendez
Caesar Mendez

Super Reviewer

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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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