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The Accidental Spy (2001)
"Te wu mi cheng" (original title)

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This action movie unfolds with the story of Bei, a salesman at a workout equipment store, who harbors dreams of adventures. It all starts when on one normal dull day, Bei follows his ... See full summary »

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Many Liu
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Min Kim ...
Carmen Wong (as Kim Min Jeong)
Hsing-kuo Wu ...
Lee Sang-Zen (as Wu Hsing Kuo)
Murat Yilmaz ...
Celik
Alfred Cheung ...
Cheung the Lawyer
Lillian Ho ...
Candice
Tat-Ming Cheung ...
Tsui / Stan
Vincent Kok ...
Moving Worker
Poon Hang Sen ...
Rich Man
Paulyn Sun ...
Rich Man's Wife
Ping Ha ...
Cleaning Lady (as Ha Ping)
Ken Chang ...
Cop at Mall
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This action movie unfolds with the story of Bei, a salesman at a workout equipment store, who harbors dreams of adventures. It all starts when on one normal dull day, Bei follows his instincts to trail two suspicious looking men into an alley. When he realizes that these men are robbing a jewelry store, he jumps into action to foil their plans. Soon after Bei meets Liu, a private investigator who convinces Bei that he may be the long-lost son of a rich Korean businessman. In no time, Bei is on his way to fulfill his dreams of adventure and fortune travelling to Korea and even exotic Turkey. As Bei is drawn deeper into the game of cat and mouse, he realizes he has become the key to locating a lung cancer virus. With an assortment of characters fighting him along the way, will Bei succeed in finding the virus himself? Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for strong action violence, some drug content and nudity | See all certifications »

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18 January 2001 (Hong Kong)  »

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HKD 200,000,000 (estimated)

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SGD 2,100,000 (Singapore)
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Miramax (a sub-set of Disney) acquired the international distribution rights to the film (outside of Asia). Like many Jackie Chan films distributed by Disney, scenes were cut, foreign dialog was dubbed, and the music score was changed. However, Miramax made so many changes to the film that it almost changed the entire movie for it's release on video in 2004 by it's home video division Dimension Home Video. See more »

Goofs

When Buck's SUV pushes the Hyundai Sonata backwards into the pond, a cast member is visible briefly on the right side of the screen attempting to jump out of the way. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the outtakes, Buck accepts a mission in Verona, Italy. He sets someone up to get arrested. See more »

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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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Written by Liu Xue An and Cao Xue Qin
Performed by Vivian Hsu
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Accidental in more way than one
12 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review is on the "dubbed" Dimension Film release.

Buck (Jackie) is a sales person at a Hong Kong exercise equipment store. One day he meets Many (Eric Tsang) who tells him that he's a private investigator assigned to tell him that his real father is Korean and he has inheritance. So Buck flies to Korea to meet the attorney who has his father's will. Buck's left with a rosary, key, and ashes of his father he's requested to spread across his wife's grave. On the grave he sees a message saying "wait for me". This turns out to be a code for telephone number of a bank in Istanbul. He goes to Istanbul, and receives personal vault full of money. He's then attacked by numerous people in Istanbul. Then suddenly he meets CIA agent. She tells him that his father was involved with prototype high potency opium. More attack on him ensues, but Buck escapes to the seas where he gets picked up by Lee the gang who's after the money and the opium. He finally track down the opium, but the trouble is still coming.

The plot is difficult to understand, and since I haven't seen the Hong Kong release of this film, I'm not sure if it's because of the editing or not. The scene jumps from Jacki's work as a sales person in Hong Kong, to Korea, to Istanbul. The clues he uses to follow the bread crumb seems too "accidental". I doubt anyone could have followed a lead that vague. Maybe this is the most "accidental" part of Accidental Spy, because if he didn't get the clue, he probably never would have been involved in any of the troubles. The plot goes on in this manner for the entire movie up to the point where he picks up the opium.

There's nothing wrong with the movie. I just hated to see an average nice guy like Buck get into all the troubles and get beat up the way he did. The movie was senseless in this way, and because of that, the plot was not as good as it could have been. But again, this might have been because of the edit.

Different kind of movie for Jackie Chan. If the plot wasn't so convoluted and unbelievable, it would have been even better.


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