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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.
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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!
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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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
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... Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith
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
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