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Jackie Chan has done it again
on July 1, 2003
MR. NICE GUY has got to be one of Jackie's best, and I know I've said that about several of his movies, but NICE GUY can live up to this boast without a single doubt.
One reason for this is the fact that it is actually an almost literally non-stop action-comedy. The movie is low on dialouge, since it is Jackie's first movie filmed in English (though still produced in Hong Kong) and it simply zips along amazingly quickly from one fantastic action scene to another.
NICE GUY opens with Jackie as Jackie, a TV celebrity chef in Melbourne, Australia. Meanwhile, drug lord Giancarlo (Richard Norton) trying to buy back some cocaine from a rival gang. It isn't long before he realizes that Diana (Gabrielle Fitzpatrick) has video taped him in the act, and soon, she is on the run from Giancarlo's meanies. She encounters Jackie, and through a series of bizarre mismatches, both Diana and Giancarlo believe Jackie has the tape. It's actually wound up in the hands of his half-brother Romeo's (Vince Poletto) kids. Jackie must now recover the tape and save his girlfriend Miki (Miki Lee), whose been kidnapped by Giancarlo.
Okay, the plot is very mush secondary to the action and the comedy in NICE GUY, a bit more so than in some of Jackie's other movies. But, in some ways, this is superior to many of his other martial arts movies. It's up there with RUSH HOUR 1 and 2, SHANGHAI NOON, all of the POLICE STORY films, as well as his ARMOUR OF GOD and DRUNKEN MASTER masterpieces.
It's also quite a surprise that Jackie didn't direct this one. Nope, he left that responsibilty to his longtime friend, the portly chopsocker Sammo Hung. You know him even if you don't think you do. He was Jackie's co-star in his fantastic PROJECT A, and he was even in the Bruce Lee classic, ENTER THE DRAGON, where he played the plump opponent in the opening scene.
But Hung was evidently not content with remaining behind the camera in NICE GUY. He has a brief cameo as the nosey bicycler.
But it's still Jackie's movie. It has some fantastic scenes of acrobatics and kung fu action. One takes place on a horse carriage, another inside of a moving van, but by far, the best in NICE GUY is the one at the construction site, which starts with some funny business involving all the doors, then becomes a huge martial arts battle.
NICE GUY belongs in the Jackie Chan hall of fame, and if you have any interest in seeing one of Jackie's more recent kung fu-comedies, this is a great place to start.