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Director:
Writers:
Kam-Yuen Szeto (screenplay)
Lik-Kei Tang (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 September 2009 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
When life is the shadow of death
Plot:
A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating "accidents", suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Nutshell Review: Accident See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Louis Koo ... Ho Kwok-fai, The Brain
Richie Ren ... Chan Fong-chow
Shui-Fan Fung ... Uncle
Michelle Ye ... Woman
Suet Lam ... Fatty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Chan ... Wong
Yuqin Han ... Chan Fong-chow's wife
Cheung Wing Lai ... Wong's Father
Peter Lau ... Trad Boss
Frank Michael Liu ... Police Detective (as Chung Kei Lau)
Siu Kwan Lui ... Shopkeeper

Sherwin Ming ... Client

Monica Mok ... Brain's wife
Jo Hung San ... Landlord
Lui Yiu Tung ... Bus Driver
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Directed by
Pou-Soi Cheang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kam-Yuen Szeto  screenplay
Lik-Kei Tang  screenplay

Produced by
John Chong .... executive producer
Elos Gallo .... consulting producer
Leo Lai .... supervising producer
Johnnie To .... producer
 
Original Music by
Xavier Jamaux 
 
Cinematography by
Yuen Man Fung 
 
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson 
 
Art Direction by
Silver Cheung 
Stanley Cheung 
 
Costume Design by
Silver Cheung 
Stanley Cheung 
 
Art Department
Wai Yan Wong .... assistant art director
Nicole Yuen .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Martin Richard Chappell .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Henri Wong .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Cho-kuen Chu .... stunts
Sam Kai-Sen Huang .... stunts
Jack Wong Wai Leung .... action choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sing Hong Chan .... electrician
Hung-On Chiu .... electrician
Hang-Gei Jeng .... electrician
Pak-Yin Kwong .... electrician
Bo-Lam Lee .... electrician
Jan-Yee Lee .... electrician
Lap-Kei Lee .... electrician
Kim-Wai Leung .... electrician
Wai Ming Leung .... electrician
Yiu Cheung Luk .... electrician
Wai-yin Ng .... electrician
Yun Keung Ng .... electrician
Hon-Yiu Poon .... electrician
Jing-Chuen Seung .... electrician
Kin-Keung Tam .... electrician
Kin-Wai Tse .... electrician
Pou-Tin Yu .... electrician
Wai-Chiu Yu .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant costume designer
 
Other crew
John Chong .... presenter
Wan-San Ding .... planner
Kwok-Chuen Wong .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yi ngoi" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Accident, 26 September 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

You know how it is when you cry wolf too much, or are one of those pranksters who ultimately falls for a trick just because of you didn't believe it can happen to you. Accident plays along similar lines, and director Soi Cheang's latest film is an excellent atmospheric piece that adds to Milkyway's repertoire of tautly crafted contemporary crime thrillers.

Accident introduces a bunch of hit men who bump their marks off very differently. They are not hardened criminals who are on the radar of the cops, but operate in such stealthy fashion, from obtaining their contracts, right down to execution (pardon the pun) and retrieval of payment dues. The movie boasts two of such finely designed set action pieces sans guns ablazing, but full of meticulously planned cunning (in what is staple in heist films) carried out to a T, where death gets delivered to victims and made to look like freak acts of god, which of course takes a wee bit of stretching of the imagination since some bits do rely on coincidences to ensure a perfect degree of success.

The trouble amongst this group lies with the leader Brain (Louis Koo), whose crew consisting of Uncle (a welcome to see Feng Tsui-Fan back to the big screen), Fatty (a role that Milkyway evergreen regular Lam Suet owns), and a beautiful but unnamed woman (Michelle Ye), feel a little stifled given Brain's suspicious and paranoia nature. In what Brain preaches as Trust amongst his crew, it is actually trust that he personally doesn't embody, with frequent taps on his gang to ensure that they toe the line. The reason why Brain would choose a life as such was suggested in the prologue, which adds some emotional weight to the deliberate deadpan of the character, one conscientiously living off the grid, with no bank account, and no Octopus card too for public transport, preferring to use cash and not leave a paper trail.

It's the second half of the film that intrigued a lot more, as we're drawn into Brain's suspicious world from the time the second action sequence didn't go as planned, and went horribly awry. Refusing to believe in chance encounters since there are others in the business, and that their earlier victim had been a triad boss, we're thrusts into a web of possibilities to the chain of events that follow, which involves an insurance worker played by Richie Jen in what would be nothing more than a glorified cameo. You'll start to question whether Brain's set up from the inside (ala Brian De Palma's Mission Impossible), or is outwitted by Jen's character, or just drowning into his own delusions where his paranoia finally caught up with him.

And this became translated into the Louis Koo show. Of late he has been starring in a number of noteworthy roles, but his character here really took the cake. A friend of mine had commented that Lau Ching Wan would find the Brain character right up his alley, but I thought Koo did well enough in this role that involved minimal dialogue, of a quiet man on a warpath utilizing his trade to find some meaning in debunking that thing called Chance. I suppose you can also call it an occupational hazard of sorts.

The mood of the film will really get to you, with rain soaked sequences, moments of aloofness and loneliness (kinda like an art film at times too) and unflinching scenes of violence, with credit also going to the soundtrack by Xavier Jamaux, who has also been involved with and contributed to Milkyway productions such as Sparrow and Mad Detective. If you're a fan of the soundtrack from those movies, then you're in for a treat when you watch Accident.

Running less than 90 minutes, the finale, or the "Eureka" or moment of realization, is a scene that I'll remember for a long time to come. While it might have been similar to the Deux Ex Machina styled as employed in another Milkyway production in Eye in the Sky, I thought that it played into the themes of Chance, Fate and Karma all rolled into one perfectly shot and designed sequence, that had me at the edge of my seat and wondering how it would all finally play out. And when the answer is so starkly simple, you're left to ponder that you too have already become what Brain symbolized – you have thought too much, and share in the same level of reluctance to believe in anything other than the situation having to be something overly engineered.

I would recommend that you give Accident a go in the cinemas, but of course if you're willing to put up with it being dubbed in Mandarin, and censored sex scenes being treated in the same manner as Overheard.

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