The Accidental Spy
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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?).Read more ›
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.
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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The accident is watching this movie. There is no point in watching it. What makes this worthwhile viewing? I am a big chan fan but this movie is poor in all areas. Skip it.Published 5 days ago by Jacob s
Jackie Chan movies are all so good, and funny. Unfortunately the VHS only lasted five viewings before the 'jiggling' got too bad. JolenePublished 22 months ago by Jolene
What fans and non-Chan fans are sure to remember about "The Accidental Spy" is the memorable sequence involving Chan fighting in and being chased out of a Turkish bath (courtesy of... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by THowerton
This is a multilingual film (Cantonese, Korean, Turkish, English) and is delightfully nonsensical. I can't call it the best Jackie Chan film I've seen, but it is still a lot of... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by The Bear
I have come to enjoy Jackie Chan's videos. He looks like the most unusual person to be doing such feats, but I am always pleased to see his humble expertise in the many situations... Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Audrey J. Seman
You can't go wrong with Jackie. This is definitely one of my favorite Jackie Chan movies! The plot's twists and turns will keep you guessing 'till the very end. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by BJ
I love Jackie Chan movies. I bought this one thinking it was something else. I am very happy I found this movie. Thank you.Published on March 15, 2010 by Bernice
The film is about Jackie Chan's character who is trying to find his father. He is told that his father is a man from Korea who is dying and appears to be a bad guy. Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith
It's a fair action comedy startting Jackie Chan. It has some funny momnents. All the action scenes look exactly like they were copied and pasted from other excellent movies of... Read morePublished on March 7, 2008 by Cestmoi