Mr. Nice Guy – Erst kämpfen, dann fragen (1997)

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Mr. Nice Guy – Erst kämpfen, dann fragen: Directed by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. With Jackie Chan, Richard Norton, Miki Lee, Karen McLymont. 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.

“In my review of u0026#39;Who Am I?u0026#39;, I mentioned that u0026#39;Rumble in the Bronxu0026#39;, u0026#39;First Strikeu0026#39;, u0026#39;Mr Nice Guyu0026#39;, and u0026#39;Who Am I?u0026#39; all followed a similar formula as Jackie tried to capture western audiences. After watching u0026#39;Mr Nice Guyu0026#39; again, I was actually kind of surprised to realize that it was almost a carbon copy of u0026#39;Rumble in the Bronxu0026#39; – a Rumble in Melbourneu0026#39;s Central Business District, anyway.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eGiancarlo (Richard Norton), Melbourneu0026#39;s top drug lord is angry because Diana (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) has a tape that incriminates him. Jackie (Jackie Chan), a TV chef and arse-kicker extraordinaire comes into possession of the tape, making Giancarlo angry enough to kidnap Jackieu0026#39;s girlfriend Miki (Miki Lee). This makes Jackie angry. The end.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWow. It seems like Iu0026#39;ve written out the whole plot and embellished upon it rather than summarized it. Iu0026#39;m just kidding – or am I? u0026#39;Mr Nice Guyu0026#39; might be a contender for the thinnest plot in the universe prize, and the so called u0026quot;supporting actorsu0026quot; donu0026#39;t even seem to be trying to act. Almost everything that happens in u0026#39;Rumble in the Bronxu0026#39; is recycled for this. Unfortunately, the hovercraft was replaced by heavy machinery. Nothing can be an adequate substitute for Rumbleu0026#39;s hovercraft.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eJackie kicking arse is the only reason for anyone to watch u0026#39;Mr Nice Guyu0026#39;. It doesnu0026#39;t feature anything new or innovative, but any keen fan of Jackie should notice various u0026#39;Protectoru0026#39;, u0026#39;Police Storyu0026#39; or u0026#39;Rumble in the Bronxu0026#39; moments. It is a fun and exciting action film though, and thatu0026#39;s what Jackie is all about.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAnd now for something completely different: Yet again, u0026#39;Mr Nice Guyu0026#39; features Jackie playing a character called Jackie. Iu0026#39;m convinced that Jackie quit acting for several years, and took up a life as a cop, spy, chef, etc. All the while he had a film crew filming his adventures in order to create easy action movies. Itu0026#39;s the only logical explanation – the writers canu0026#39;t be that lazy, right?u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026#39;Mr Nice Guyu0026#39; reeks of being direct to video, but that doesnu0026#39;t stop it from being a fun action movie. Fans of Jackie Chan or Sammo Hung should give this a look – 7/10”

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