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Accident (2009)

Louis Koo , Richie Jen , Soi Cheang  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louis Koo, Richie Jen
  • Directors: Soi Cheang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007GMKWZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A self-styled accident choreographer, Ho Kwok-fai aka The Brain, (Louis Koo, Election, in one of the most compelling performances of his career) is a professional hit man who kills his victims by trapping them in well-crafted accidents that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. He is perennially plagued with guilt, as the avalanche of memories of his recently lost wife continue to haunt him. After one mission goes horribly wrong, costing the life of one of his men, Brain is convinced that this accident has been choreographed and someone is out there plotting to terminate him and his team. He becomes increasingly paranoid, walking the thin line between reality and delusion. When he discovers that a mysterious insurance agent, Chan Fong-chow, (Richie Jen, Exiled) is somewhat related to one of the accidents he has staged, Brain becomes obsessed with the idea that this man must be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to take him out. To regain his sanity and save his life, he must stay one step ahead of Fong before he makes his next move.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shout Factory Blu-ray edition June 27, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
From Hong Kong in 2009, "Accident" is a superb noirish drama about a group of professional assassins who kill people by staging elaborate, faked accidents. Unfortunately, the film gets a disappointing Blu-ray video transfer from Shout Factory. Not only is its screen aspect ratio cropped from the original 2:35:1 to 1.78:1, but its colors and sharpness are also unsatisfactory for a high-def transfer. There is a much better-looking (and also region-free) import Blu-ray edition made by Hong Kong's Mega Star, and you should get that edition instead. Blu-ray.com has screen captures of both editions, where the poor picture quality of Shout Factory's Region-A edition is readily apparent.

"Accident" belongs to one of Hong Kong's most venerable genres, the crime drama, But director Pou-Soi Cheang departed from the genre's convention and created a quiet, noirish thriller full of subtle psychological intrigue. Its story brings to mind Francis Coppola's 1974 film "The Conversation" -- a lonely, paranoid man in a shady profession, who doesn't quite get along with his subordinates, who gets a contract and executes it to perfection, only to find out things have gone wrong. "Accident" has its "Blow-Up" moment as well (sort of), when the killers meticulously plan and execute an "accident". When the latest job doesn't go according to plan, the leader of the group thinks other people are on to him, and he proceeds to spy on others in the voyeuristic latter part of the film. Sparse dialogs, oftentimes evocative camera angles, and an effectively moody central performance by Louis Koo as the leader all make this a rewarding viewing experience.

As I said earlier, do not buy Shout Factory's North American Blu-ray sold here at Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accident, intriguing mystery with unique plot January 5, 2013
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I love Asian films and am always looking for something different. I found it in Accident, starring Louis Koo, Ritchie Ren, and Lam Suet (always a favorite of producer/director Johnny To). Another reviewer talks about the technical aspects of the disc, but I don't find that to be a problem for me, this is the only version I've ever watched so I am not qualified to speak about how it compares to other versions. This version looks fine to me. I looked into getting the original format disc from another source but it's an all region disc and my BD player, Sony, does not play those types of discs. The cover mistakenly says it is in 2.35:1 aspect ratio but it is the standard 16x9 ratio of widescreen sets. Has DTS-HD 5.1 Cantonese language with English subtitles. 87 minutes.

What makes Accident so interesting to me is the first couple of times I watched it, I wondered just what was going on? There is an ambiguous angle to the plot and it's not obvious what the truth is. I think I know now after repeated viewings but I still enjoy watching it again and again for other reasons. The accidents, done by the small team (three men and one woman) are cleverly planned and executed, we get to see a couple of them.

Louis Koo plays Brain, the mastermind of a small gang of hired killers who make their victims appear to have died through an accident. But something goes wrong on an assignment and that's when you being to wonder what is happening, why it is happening, and who is behind it, if anyone. There are interesting cinematic angles and street scenes, a plus to watching foreign films. Lam Suet is a character actor who is always fun to watch (he plays Fatty). Ritchie Ren plays the man of mystery who may be behind a killing contract and the disruption of the gang, or may just be an innocent bystander (I'm still not sure).

Enjoy and figure it out for yourself!
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Filmmaker Pou-Soi Cheang is known for films that revolve around assassins or murder ("Hidden Heroes", "Dog Bite Dog", "Shamo", "Love Battlefield"), in 2009, Cheang would collaborate with famous Hong Kong producer Johnnie To ("Election", "PTU", "Running Out of Time") and would release the film "Accident".

"Accident" ("Yi Ngoi") would star Louis Koo ("Triad Election", "Election", "Zu Warriors", "Flash Point"), Richie Jen ("Breaking News", "Fly Me to Polaris", "Exiled"), Shui-Fan Fung ("Vengeance", "Infernal Affairs", "Winners & Sinners"), Michelle Ye ("Vengeance", "Lady Cop & Papa Crook") and Suet Lam ("Kung Fu Hustle", "PTU", "Election").

The film would be nominated for four Hong Kong Film Awards and would win "Best Supporting Actress" for Michelle Ye.

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"Accident" is presented in 108p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio). A colleague mine told me that "Accident" is actually 2:39:1 and was cropped to a 1:79:1 ratio and that there are some scenes that are lost to the cropping. I haven't seen the "Accident" prior but seeing that others are reporting that the film was cropped, that would be disappointing. But I'm going to cover this prior to me knowing about the film being cropped. First, I will start with the good. There are some really beautiful scenes by cinematographer Yuen Man Fung. From the use of reflections and bokeh lights, that was nice to see.

But now to the bad, there are some artifacts that I noticed during scenes with a lot of red. For example, one scene featuring The Brain next to a red door, I saw some artifacting on the door. Fortunately, it was a short scene, but it is there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A psychological mystery thriller that will get into YOUR head, as well
A wonderful suspense thriller that gets into (and plays with) your head, 2009's ACCIDENT stars Louis Koo as The Brain - a contract killer who, along with his team, specializes in... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ShowBizBuff
5.0 out of 5 stars This should not have been such a good movie but it was, Great, Great,...
This should not have been such a good movie but it was, for reasons I cannot put my finger upon. This film was riveting (sorry, but if it's true, then it ain't a cliche! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Handsome-Jeff Friedberg, an Author and Media-Critic, THE PARANORMALIST (R)
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This movie was jam packed with clever murder staging and great acting with the non-stop action plot. Though I wish the ending was better the movie was pretty good. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rika Dew
5.0 out of 5 stars "Was it an accident?" - A Story of Assassins, Accidents, and Paranoia
Accident is a film about contract killers that eliminate their targets by making it look like an accident. Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think if "accidents" are really what they seem
Are tragic "accidents" in life really accidents? Or are they carefully plotted, meticulous eliminations and murders made to fool you, and the police, and the intelligence... Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by John Pettibone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Johnnie To Movie
This is a very good Hong Kong movie produced by Johnnie To and I enjoyed it a lot. Louis Koo is excellent in it and plays a man called The Brain who is the leader of four criminals... Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by J Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars What is an Accident?
Accident...you never know when...you never know how. But what if it's all intentional?

A hitman kills people by engineering flawless, untraceable "accidents. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by LiquidRaptor
5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING THRILLER
THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT A PROFESSIONAL HITMAN WHO KILLS HIS VICTIMS, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A COUPLE OF ASSOCIATES, BY SETTING UP WELL CRAFTED TRAGIC "ACCIDENTS" THAT APPEAR AS SUCH. Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by sabu
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