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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang
  • Directors: Teddy Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid) rises to the occasion in a fun-filled story about an ordinary guy about to kick into an action-packed adventure!

Buck (Chan) is a bored and unsuccessful salesman who never thought his life would amount to anything. All that changes one day when he foils an attempted bank robbery and becomes an instant hero. But Buck's newfound fame reveals an even bigger surprise—he is actually the latest in a long line of professional spies. As he travels to Turkey to meet the father he's never known, Buck becomes entangled in a web of mystery and deceit that only he can unravel. Hilarious and endlessly thrilling, The Accidental Spy delivers everything you expect from big screen favorite Jackie Chan!

Customer Reviews

Great plot, very tense, exciting with some great drama as well.
The movies climactic stunt featuring a flaming oil tanker mildly rips off SPEED and LICENSE TO KILL.
BD Ashley
Don't get me wrong, there are some beautiful scenes and it will entertain, but I expected even more.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Liu on December 11, 2002
Format: DVD
I'm sure most of us who have ever come across, and perhaps even have grown to like, some classic Hong Kong movie (such as Police Story, Drunken Master II), would have heard the not-so-secret about how Miramax/Dimension films bought most of the Hong Kong movies distribution right. It seems like they bought more than just the right the distribute, they have bought the films and, despite the Directors/Filmmakers original intention, they cut it as they see fit.
The problem is, they don't see very well. Without a good understanding of other's cultural background, they simply categorize what they do not understand as redundant. The result are some horrific, hollow effort that will lead the American viewers believe that Hong Kong or other countries are unable to produce quality motion pictures. While Miramax/Dimension are considered to be "Independant Studios" who respect the artisic view of the filmmakers, they are nothing more than bunch of short-sighted, self-righteous hypocrites.
Though they do make an effort to digitally restore/remaster the original film to provide a sharper, clearer image, they more than often largely mutilate the film: creating new, trailor-like (useless and sometime even become spoiler) credit sequence, replacing original music score with cheesy/ridiculous techno, awful dubbing and worst of all, cutting out numerous sequences of the movie. Slap on a laughable cover and it is ready to be re-sold as a Miramax/Dimension production.
To make this long aggravation short, The Miramax/Dimension version of "Accidental Spy" is a perfect example. The cover of the DVD has got nothing whatsoever to do with the film except it features Jackie Chan (Who the hell are the two women holding pistols?).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The 14 Amazons on September 7, 2002
Format: DVD
The Accidental Spy is one of Jackies better recent movies. There's no disguising the fact he's getting older, and can't quite manage the jaw-dropping feats of his youth, but in this movie he still shows that he has more understanding of action scenes than almost anybody else on the planet. The Accidental Spy also has a reasonably good script.
However, what you will see with this DVD is not really the movie The Accidental Spy at all. The distributing company have, for reasons best known to themselves, decided to cut about half an hour out of the movie for it's US release. They have also decided for us that we should watch the movie in English, despite it having been recorded in Jackie's native Cantonese. Dubbing ruins movies, pure and simple.
Hence, whilst I believe that people should see The Accidental Spy if they are a fan of Jackie Chan or action cinema in general, I cannot recommend that anybody purchase this DVD version.
Track down the Hong Kong DVD instead, which might not have Miramax level mastering, but at least presents the movie as it was meant to be seen. The butchery Miramax have applied to the movie is an offence to the movie makers and the US audiences in equal measures. Don't support releases like this, and maybe one day the US studios will learn to treat their audience with respect.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on December 2, 2001
Format: Theatrical Release
Finally! Now a truely international action hero of our era, Jackie Chan came back to Hong Kong movie. This is what he wants to do, and avid fans should not miss it!
Of course, the plot is only an excuse for involving him into a series of actions. But it is his action scenes that count. And "Accidental Spy" gives them to you.
This time we have two standout scenes, both of which take place in Turkey: one of them shows how Jackie escapes from thugs in spice market, stark naked (Yes, naked!!!), using various props you can think of in a lightening speed. Silly? Sure, but absolutely funny and hilarious, and I even respect him for doing that in a hot country, his body all over spices (think about how he felt)! The other comes at the end, in a "Speed"-like way, with a tank truck set on fire running on a bridge, and fans, you know what he is going to do? Of course, he jumps from there!
As in Jackie's movies made in Hong Kong, the script is weak and sometimes you have to sit through occasional slack. To be fair, the script of Ivy Ho, who is responsible for that of much inferior "Gorgeous," is better than you might expect, and I have no complaint about it. And true Jackie Chan fans should know that death-defying action is not a thing you can do every day. Naturally you want more, and more, and more (yeah, I understand), but think about it; 5 minutes of HIS action is always worth your money.
And lastly, as one of many Jackie fans in Japan, I believe this is his movie should be. I am ready to go to see another "Rush Hour" but it is a Hollywood-made, not-exactly-his-style work. Remember, "Accidental Spy" is clearly made with mainly Asian audience in mind (cast of Vivian Hsu, popular in Japan and Taiwan, and Min-jeong Kim, who comes from Korea, testifies to that) but this fact should not discourage any movie fans from seeing it. Just sit back, relax; get laughs, get thrills, and enjoy it. Just like we do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2002
Format: Theatrical Release
I have seen the original cut of this film and it's pretty good, however the Miramax version has eliminated alot. They cut the story down and redubbed it, changing the dynamics of the film. Instead of looking for a new strain of Anthrax, they're looking for Opium. So the urgency of the plot is gone. The new english is track horrible. This film is not the typical buffonery of Jackie's previous efforts, it's a little darker but the english makes an attempt at lightening the mood. They even cut a whole seen at the end! So it goes from a solid 108 minutes to a mere 86 minutes. See the original, it's much better.
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