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"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.Read more ›
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!
"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.
"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.Read more ›
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This subtle psychological drama is quite a gem. The main character, played by Louis Koo, lives his life analyzing everything around him. Mathematically, precisely, cynically. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dustin F. Nesti
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 morePublished on December 17, 2013 by ShowBizBuff
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 morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Chief Thunder-Thud, of the Ojito Tribe
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 morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Rika Dew
Accident is a film about contract killers that eliminate their targets by making it look like an accident. Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by Jonathan
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 morePublished on June 13, 2012 by John Pettibone
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 morePublished on June 12, 2012 by J Tate
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