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Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

Mr. Nice Guy (1997)


Jackie Chan
Richard Norton

Directed by Samo Hung

Mr. Nice Guy is one of Jackie Chan’s movies that just fails to live up to the expected excitement of which you will expect in a Jackie Chan movie. Which is sad because before these movie, Jackie Chan did, The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), Rumble in the Bronx (1995) and Police Story 4: First Strike (1996), which were all masterpieces. Those three showcased his fluidity as a martial artist and the plots are easy to follow and enjoy.
Here Jackie Chan seems to be in some kind of caged environment and the story is so weak. The made the movie move at a fast pace in the beginning, but then the pace drops and becomes inconsistent though out. The story tries so hard to make some complexity in a case that should be so simple.

The movie tries to make more of the female characters than there were supposed to be. This is something you will not get with the other female lead Anita Mui in The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) and Rumble in the Bronx (1995).

Here we get to see Jackie pull off some culinary skills. We start the movie by meeting the bad guy, his name is Giancarlo. Giancarlo is the stereotypical bad guy, who frowns for no reason, laughs hard and tries to pass his message across by using intimidation in his voice.
We see he is involved in a drug deal that has already gotten out of hand. Unknown to Giancarlo and his gang, a reporter was tailing them and she recorded everything. This is where Jackie comes in. She is found out and when she is trying to escape she bumps into Jackie, who as we said is some cook and has his own cooking show.

In his process of trying to help the lady, he ends up beating up the men and they both escape. Jackie is popular and the men know where to go find him, and they went after him and also the journalist.

To make Jackie’s problem worse he has to handle all this when while caring for girlfriend who just flew in and is not conversant with the way things are.

So the movie is a big chase between Giancarlo with the other gang he was dealing with in the beginning and Jackie with the lady reporter.

Mr. Nice Guy was one of those Jackie Chan films that I never quite saw often because there basically nothing to enjoy here.


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