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Accident

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007GMKWZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,221 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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. I imagine the world looks vastly different to him. Instead of a busy street, he sees endless paths and possibilities whizzing off in complex, industrial fractals. The film itself asks the same from us. It asks that we try to interpret fleeting blank expressions using situational and ironic context. It asks that we feel emotion not through dialogue or music, but through lighting, through distance from subject to camera, and through indirect shots and angles. Therefore, the film plays with emphasis by focusing on background film devices and minimizing foreground devices. This gives the movie an unusual, minimalistic style that some viewers may be bored by if they don't pick it up. However, if you watch the film with the intention to obey it's request and analyze, you'll enjoy and appreciate it thoroughly. Here's a hint: when you watch this movie, pay special attention to the symbolism of the broken watch and how it represents the main character. It's a small piece of the movie, but important for understanding.
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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 community? What a film ... raw, exciting, dynamic, tightly plotted and presented. A film that from the opening scene makes you think and wonder and doubt your judgements about people, actions or lack thereof, and life.

Before you watch this brilliant film watch the four part "making of" where the actors, actresses, producer and director come to grips with their work and try and explain (without giving too much away) how and why it was done. It whet my appetite for the actual film itself, and it is so gripping and mind affecting that you will no doubt go back and watch it several times over to catch every nuance of the characters, every emotion or lack of it, and every carefully constructed accident.

Nothing but positive reactions to this one from the cover art to the blu-ray disc itself. Take some time and immerse yourself in this flawless film, and then be very careful the next time you do anything in any way that might cause your own or another's "accident".
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