Mr. Nice Guy (1997)

Mr. Nice Guy (一个好人) is a 1997 Hong Kong martial arts action crime comedy film directed by Sammo Hung and starring Jackie Chan. It also stars Richard Norton as the villain, with whom Chan had worked in 1993 film City Hunter and Chan and Hung had worked in Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars. Hung makes a cameo as an unfortunate cyclist.

Mr. Nice Guy was filmed in Melbourne, Australia. It was released internationally in 1998. In some releases it was given alternative titles such as Mister Cool (France) and Super Chef (Spain).




Plot

Television journalist Diana (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) manages to record footage of a cocaine deal gone wrong, between the Italian mob and a street gang known as the Demons. The footage shows mob boss Giancarlo (Richard Norton) killing the Demons' leader. Diana's partner is captured and she bumps into TV chef Jackie (Jackie Chan), who helps her escape from the gangsters. Diana later accidentally switches the videotape of the drug trade with one of Jackie's cooking videos from a box of tapes. The mob, knowing that the tape is still out there, tracks Diana down to her home to force her to give them the tape.

Diana's tape ends up in the hands of Jackie's friend Richard, an officer for the city's police department, and his family. When Richard discovers the tape, he and his department launch their own investigation in the mob and gang case.
The gangsters search for Jackie but are unable to capture him, so they destroy his home and kidnap his girlfriend Miki (Miki Lee). Unauthorized to participate in the kidnapping case, Jackie is warned not to interfere by the police and that he would be arrested if he did so, but does not listen. Jackie is later captured, taken to Giancarlo, and forced into an unfair fight whereby Jackie's arms and legs are restrained with ropes held by the henchmen. After taking a serious beating, Giancarlo orders his men to kill Jackie at a construction site outside his home.

Jackie escapes and destroys Giancarlo's home by driving through it in a 120-ton mining vehicle from the nearby construction site. The authorities arrive, including Richard, but the police decided to state that they did not witness anything and that it was all just a gang battle, so Jackie goes free while the mobsters are arrested for possession of cocaine.


Box office

Mr. Nice Guy opened on Chinese New Year, 1997, up against director Hung's own Once Upon a Time in China and America. Both were box office successes, but Mr. Nice Guy was the bigger of the two, making HK $45,420,457 in its Hong Kong run.
Box office for Mr. Nice Guy was less impressive in North America, where it opened on 1,463 theatres on March 20, 1998. In its opening weekend, it grossed US $5,250,704 ($3,588 per screen) on its way to a total of US $12,716,953.

Awards and nominations

1997 Golden Horse Film Festival
Winner: Best Action Direction (Wing Cho)
1998 Hong Kong Film Awards
Nomination: Best Action Choreography (Wing Cho)

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