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The Accidental Spy (2001)

Dak mo mai sing (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 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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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


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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Jackie is on the arm of the crane during the bank robbery sequence at the start of the movie, his safety line can be clearly seen as he moves around. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: (ENDING): There is a different ending in the Hong Kong version. We fast forward months later. Buck is back to his normal life when he receives an email from a stranger (most likely Many Liu). It asks if he misses being a spy, says that it is in his blood, and that he will be in touch with a possible job. Fast forward another few months to Verona, Italy. A man at an Italian restaurant is handed a briefcase by someone on a bike. Seconds later, the man is arrested by the Italian police. The camera then focuses back to the on the man on the bike... it is Buck in disguise. He has fulfilled his destiny as a spy. See more »

Connections

References Sink the Bismarck! (1960) 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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Accidental Spy--best HK Jackie Chan in a Decade!
31 March 2001 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

The latest Hong Kong action film by Jackie Chan has been taking a bit of a drubbing from a few outspoken, hardcore fans and critics.

And, as far as I'm concerned, it is all totally unwarrented. This is the best Jackie film in recent years--perhaps even the best in a decade!

Some criticize it for not having enough action or enough of Jackie's trademark fight choreography. Well, all you need is a stopwatch to see this is not true. Every few minutes brings a big action setpiece! There is much more action in this film than in "Supercop", "First Strike" or "Rush Hour". And certianly more than his foray into screwball romantic comedy, "Gorgeous". What critics are reacting to is a marked improvement in the quality of the filmmaking--which they see as getting in the way. This film has none of the drawbacks of Jackie's last all-action HK movie, "Who Am I?". In "AS", the cinematography, direction, musical score, and overall look is easily on a par with a Hollywood production. And even though the dialog is a bit under the best of Hollywood action films, "AS" contains none of the embarrasing, out-of-place comic sterotypes, horrible second-player acting, or lazy dialog-writing of "WAI?". So, the characters actually do stop to have dialog evey once in a while, the camera does slow down to establish the location from time to time, so the locations are lushly photographed--gee whiz, aren't those things supposed to happen in a good movie? Teddy Chan is the best director jackie has collaborated with (Sammo Hung and Stanley Tong run close second and third and perhaps could have done as well given the same budget as "AS").

And, by the way, we cannot expect JAckie to do the physical stunts he did in his best 80s films like "Operation Condor", "Police Story 1&2" or "Project A 1&2". There is a difference between 30 and 45---face it!

Sure, the plot of "AS" is off-the-wall, implausible, and at times difficult to follow--but certainly not moreso than Hollywood action/spy hits like "Ronin" or the "Mission Impossible" films (in fact, "AS" makes much better use of biological warefare than "MI2" did).

Some also criticise the film's big finale as derivative of "Speed". Well, in a way it is--except this time it was done better and makes more sense. "Speed" never seemed dangerous to me--this does. Clint Eastwood's "Sudden Impact" ripped off Jackie's "Police Story 2" by using the idea of a mad bomber using a model car rigged with explosives. It happens.

IN any case, I believe "The Accidental Spy", once properly dubbed into English, could be a big hit in US theaters. Hey, no one thought "Rumble in the Bronx" would be a hit, did they?

This is just an example of what high expectations people have of an artist as succesful as Jackie Chan.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

18 January 2001 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Te wu mi cheng See more »

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Hong Kong, China See more »

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Budget:

HKD200,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,144
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