Mr. Nice Guy details
|Starring:||Gabriell, Vince Poletto, Jackie Chan, Richard Norton, Sammo Hung, Barry Otto, Joyce Godenzi, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Peter Houghton, Miki Lee, Peter Lindsay, Karen McLymont, Vince Polett|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Comedy, Thriller, World Cinema|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Original title||Yat goh ho yan|
Mr. Nice Guy
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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good stuff!By a customer from Reading , 17 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Mostly dubbed, but done well, with a couple of US actors thrown in, excellent stunts more so than you'd see in his latest films...his earlier ones are probably more inventive so well worth watching if you're a fan...if not, still a fun film!!
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Mr Nice GuyBy PaulPrime (1 review) , 01 Oct 2013Good fun. Great fight scenes. Has some familiar faces. Exciting climax. What happens to the ginger lass? She disappears from the movie!
The worse Jackie Chan we've ever seenBy SaandRo (27 reviews) , 28 Sep 2013Ok. So we are super Jackie Chan fans but we must tell you that despite all our high expectations for this film - (tried to avoid paying attention to the other negative comments)... this is his worse film yet. Sorry Jackie - we expected better of you and yes the Chinese actress is sooooo irritating!!!
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Really not his bestBy Maomee (10 reviews) , 22 Sep 2013Seriously, not one of his best. But the fighting scenes are entertaining nonetheless. The only thing I can't stand is Miki who screamed unnecessarily throughout the film. Her acting is horrible. So annoying -- That really took away one star.
Not one of his best.By H0LLIE (198 reviews) from UK , 23 Jul 2010So let's get a couple of things straight. Jackie Chan is far from being the world's best actor. But if you've seen any of his old Chinese language kung fu flicks from the 80s you'll know he's got more acting talent than he's often given credit for. And as for the general quality of the plot lines in his movies, the same goes again. He's never starred in anything particularly plot driven, but he has made many films that follow a clear and purposeful narative. If you think otherwise to either of these points then you can't have seen many, if any, of his earlier movies.
So bearing that in mind, Mr. Nice Guy is pretty awful. The plot is pathetic - highly contrived and largely non excistent. It appears that several pointless sequences of dialogue have been strung together in order to have the excuse of filming some fight scenes around them. And that's not to mention the massive plot holes and unfinished scenes. And as for the acting - appalling, I wouldn't go so far as to actually consider a single member of the cast in this film as an actor, and I'm genuinly curious to know if any of them have ever gotten any other acting work.
But what of the important bits - the fights? Well, they're not amongst his best. In fact this is hundreds of miles away from Jackie's mediocre movies, not to mention his good films, but as throw away entertainment this is probably worth a look by hard core Chan fans, though you should prepare to be disapointed.
Mr Nice GuyBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 03 Feb 2009Sometimes being a big fan of a particular actor or director can be disappointing. When they arent working at their full powers you can end up feeling let down, whether the problem is that they arent as good as they can be, or the project isnt using their talents well. As a martial arts movie lover the team of Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan is like Scorsese and DeNiro; a pairing that bring out the best in one another and have genuinely advanced their field of cinema. All of which makes the catastrophic awfulness of Mr Nice Guy all the more upsetting.
Chan plays Jackie (quite a stretch, huh?) a TV cook who gets wrapped up with gangsters (led by Norton) when he accidentally acquires a video tape showing a gang leader killing a rival. Jackie, being a nice guy, takes it upon himself to protect the journalist who shot the tape (Fitzpatrick) and defeat the gangsters.
The film, set in Melbourne, is the first Jackie Chan film to be shot in English, and boy does it show. Jackie isnt much of an actor in his native language, but the mangling he subjects the English tongue to here is truly painful to hear. Theres not one iota of emotion in any of his acting, as he tries desperately to get the words out semi-intelligibly, and fails even at that a good deal of the time. That said as bad as Jackie is he gives perhaps the best performance in the film, as everyone else seems to have been pulled off the street and told say this at the camera.
Richard Norton is the chief offender, putting in an hilariously substandard performance as a monumentally unthreatening villain but everyone struggles. Rachel Blakely, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick and Miki Lee are all fine eye candy, but all are almost equally wooden (though at least Lee has the same excuse as Jackie for her uncharismatic turn).
Complaining about the acting in a Jackie Chan film, though, is a bit like complaining that Four Weddings and a Funeral has too little kung-fu in it, its not really the point. The action should be the star attraction here as Jackie and Sammo are both experienced directors and stunt co-ordinators and much of Jackies best screen fighting has been done under Sammos direction (see the awesome finale of Dragons Forever). Sadly the action here is underwhelming, and in one sequence absolutely nonsensical. There is a decent fight at a building site (though this scene also features the baffling sequence with a lot of bizarrely placed blue doors) but aside from a hairy moment with a circular saw theres little even in this standout set piece to get the blood pumping. The truly criminal thing is the finale, a sequence that the Jackie Chan of Drunken Master, hell, the Jackie Chan of Operation Condor, would have been embarrassed of. For the big fight with Norton Jackie is tied up, and for the last action sequence he is mostly behind the wheel of a truck. In the good old days Jackie would have had his ass handed to him for five minutes, then spent seven kicking Norton into a week next Thursday. Here he drives a truck over some stuff. Oh, the boundless excitement.
Mr Nice Guy is an embarrassment to two great filmmakers, and should be left well alone.