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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20 May 2012 | ma-cortes
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| Amusing and funny Jackie film , this time in Melbourne against nasty drug smugglers
Melbourne, Australia, TV Journalist Diana (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) tapes evidence against drug lord Giancarlo (Richard Norton), but on her way away , she is spotted and has to escape . Chinese Jackie (Jackie Chan) is a well known television chef who accidentally gets involved with the 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 . But when Jackie's visiting sweetheart Miki (Miki Lee) gets abducted for the tape as ransom.

Jackie Chan's vehicle with plenty of over-the-top action , thrills , explosions , ingenious stunts , tongue-in-cheek and amusing music . This exciting movie is packed with adventure , intrigue , unstopped action , overwhelming stunt-work and lots of fights but with humor . Jackie Chan is top-notch as one army man fighting a group of heinous nasties led by Richard Norton and as always he makes his own stunts like is well showed . Awesome , incredible stunts and brief comic touches , as usual . The lighting-paced storyline slows down at times , but frantic action sequences make up for it . Spotlights movie include spectacular brawls in a mall , Jackie in a crane , jumping down a building , on a roof , in a globe , impressive and interminable fights with Chan dangling and downing , a funny door games , a breathtaking final full of destruction with a giant truck and other extraordinary action sequences in overwhelming style . This is a diverting action movie distinguished by nice cinematography of the spectacular sequences , and contains agreeable sense of humor such as previous entry . In the film appears known Outback secondary actors as Rachel Blakely , Barry Otto and Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as an intrepid reporter . Jackie Chan usually forms couple to notorious actors as Sammo Hung here as an unfortunate cyclist and also filmmaker and actresses as Maggie Cheung and Michelle Yeoh . In this outing Jackie contends a notorious Kung-Fu actor , Richard Norton , a fine action star in their own right and with a relatively successful career , that stands out as a masked ninja, in ¨Octagon¨ (1980), and their grueling final combat endures as a classic cinematic fight scene , director Robert Clouse chose Norton to be one of the ensemble heroes in ¨Force Five¨ (1981), an international hit, and the young martial artist's career in movies took off , his reputation for stellar performances emerged largely from high-energy Hong Kong films directed by Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and starring Jackie Chan in the mid-'80s. Muscular charisma made Norton the perfect Anglo bad boy for ¨Winners and sinners¨ (1985) and ¨Millionaires Express¨ . His collaborations with Cynthia Rothrock catapulted him to a high level of fame . Sammo Hung encouraged Norton to play in ¨Superchef¨ the "Guy" nemesis, a well-heeled gangster, with eccentric edginess, Norton embraced the assignment and delivered one of the best , though some excessive, co-starring performances in all of Chan's films.

¨Superchef¨ is a passable action movie distinguished by ferocious sequences , and packs silly sense of humor as well as Jackie's former and subsequent entries . Furthermore , moving and thrilling original musical score fitting to action . Good cinematography by Raymond Lam filmed in Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia . The picture achieved success in China and around the world . However , Jackie Chan's failed at Box-office in his American debut ,¨Battle creek brawl¨ . Chan usually pays overt homage to two of his greatest influences as Charles Chaplin and Harold Lloyd . Chan is a hard-working actor and director throughout his long and varied career . He went on playing ¨Cannoball¨ , ¨The protector¨ and "Rumble in the Bronx", until getting all American success with ¨Shangai Knights¨ , ¨The tuxedo¨ , ¨Around the world in 80 days¨ and ¨Rush hour¨ trilogy , and the recent ¨Karate kid¨. Of course , his biggest hits were ¨The Police story¨ series that won the Golden Horse Award, a Chinese version of the Oscar , the first was titled ¨Police story(1985)¨ directed by the same Chan , it was a perfect action film for enthusiastic of the genre ; the following was ¨Police story 2(1988)¨also pretty violent and with abundant humor touches. It's followed by ¨Supercop¨ or ¨Police story 3¨ and finally, ¨Police story IV : Crime story . ¨Superchef¨ rating : Acceptable and fun film that has its sensational moments here and there , but also with abundant humor touches mostly provided by its agile star , the super Jackie . It's a satisfying action film for enthusiast of the genre and specially for Jackie fans .

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Trivia

Director Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's wife Joyce Godenzi made a cameo appearance as a cook show audience member in a departmant store scene.


Quotes

Jackie: I don't even know her!


Goofs

When Diana is attacked in her house while she is wearing only her white bra and panties, the label in her panties is sticking up. When she later runs down the street it is tucked inside. She could not have noticed, nor redressed it in the meantime.


Crazy Credits

During the final credits some outtakes (mostly action scenes) are shown


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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