A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating "accidents", suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all.

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Chan Fong-chow (as Richie Ren)
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A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating "accidents", suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all.

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When life is the shadow of death

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What goes around, comes around
24 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Accident" (2009) (or "Yi Ngoi") is a neo-noir. The story is original and engaging. A group of 4 contract killers in Hong Kong do away with their targets by constructing elaborate accidents. Part 1 shows them at work. Part 2 focuses mostly on their leader, Louis Koo, who believes that the death of one his group was not an accident but designed to look as if it were by a competing group. He now thinks he's a target, and he starts an elaborate surveillance of a man he thinks is after him. Paranoia is the atmospheric tone of the movie. As has been noted in LeoXIV's review, the script has many plot holes that undermine plausibility. This is balanced by taut direction and editing that know how to create and sustain suspense and tension.

This movie reminded me of Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974), a neo-noir about a surveillance expert who has a crisis (of conscience) when he thinks that he has stumbled upon a murder. "Accident" has the same kind of feel in part 2. Just as Gene Hackman's character gets wrapped up in solving a puzzle through surveillance and becomes controlled by the idea that he's being watched rather than being the watcher, so does Koo.

Koo also has a crisis, but not of conscience. It's that he's lost control. He's losing his grip. He's gripped by a suspicion that he cannot shake that the kind of thing he dealt out to others is going to be dealt out to him. "The Conversation" much outclasses "Accident", but the merit of the story line of tables being turned rubs off on "Accident".


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