Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime


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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.

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16 January 2003 | LebowskiT1000
8
| Action galore!!!
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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Trivia

Because of the mess they left behind (from the demolished house), the production company was barred permanently from ever filming in that part of Australia again.


Goofs

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.


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.


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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