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The Accidental Spy (2001)

Te wu mi cheng (original title)
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At a Hong Kong shopping center, Buck Yuen's (Jackie Chan's) intuition warns him. He saves a robbery's loot and gets on television, ends up in Istanbul via South Korea, and accidentally becomes a spy. Fortunately, he knows Kung Fu.

Director:

Teddy Chan

Writers:

Rod Dean (English adaptation), Ivy Ho
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Buck Yuen
Eric Tsang ... Many Liu
Vivian Hsu ... Yong
Min Kim Min Kim ... Carmen Wong (as Kim Min Jeong)
Hsing-Kuo Wu ... Lee Sang-Zen (as Wu Hsing Kuo)
Murat Yilmaz Murat Yilmaz ... Celik
Alfred Cheung ... Cheung the Lawyer
Lillian Ho Lillian Ho ... Candice
Tat-Ming Cheung ... Tsui / Stan
Vincent Kok ... Moving Worker
Hang-Sang Poon Hang-Sang Poon ... Rich Man
Paulyn Sun ... Rich Man's Wife
Ping Ha ... Cleaning Lady (as Ha Ping)
Ken Chang ... Cop at Mall
Glory Simon ... TCN Field Reporter
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Storyline

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 traveling 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 new, highly addictive narcotic. With an assortment of characters fighting him along the way, will Bei succeed in finding the drug himself? Written by Anonymous

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Ordinary guy. Extraordinary spy


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Golden Harvest | Official site

Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

18 January 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Accidental Spy See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

HKD 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

DTS (English version)| SDDS (English version)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There were plans to do a sequel which never materialized. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie is attacked in the Turkish bath house and he runs up to the roof and around the domes, the shadow of the camera is visible in the lower right corner of the picture. See more »

Crazy Credits

Outtakes are shown during the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US DVD version changes the character names, particularly 'Buck Yuen' to 'Jackie Chan', a common tradition in Jackie Chan imports. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fulltime Killer (2001) See more »

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Gong Don Ci
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Written by Liu Xue An and Cao Xue Qin
Performed by Vivian Hsu
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The cut version is one of Jackie's weaker films
19 April 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

Apparently there are two versions of "The Accidental Spy" in circulation, the most commonly found cut one (which runs about 90 minutes) and the harder to find long one (which runs about 110 minutes). This certainly offers a reasonable explanation as to why the plot of this movie in its cut form seems so disjointed. But it does not fully explain why it is so dull. The tone swings wildly from light spy comedy to serious spy drama - the movie never seems sure of itself. The fighting is unremarkable if you've seen any of Jackie's previous outings, and some of the action scenes have a "been there, done that" feel to them. The climactic "Speed"-like sequence of a tanker that must not slow down or it will explode is spectacular, but has nothing to do with the main plot. On the bright side, there is at least one amazing stunt (Jackie jumping from the roof of a building to the road below using three umbrellas as parachutes!), there is a nice international flavor (the locations include Hong Kong, Seoul and Istanbul), there are two pretty Chinese women, and of course there is always Jackie. (**)


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