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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 »
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Awards:
1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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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

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
Heidi Chan .... foley artist
Heidi Chan .... sound editor
Martin Richard Chappell .... sound designer
Mango Mok .... foley editorial
Mango Mok .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Henri Wong .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Cho-kuen Chu .... stunts
Sam Kai-Sen Huang .... stunts
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... 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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Also Known As:
"Yi ngoi" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Thin, 16 November 2010
Author: Hyomil from United States

Accident's trailer gives a promising setup of a thriller focused on a team of assassins who make their killings look like accidents, but there's no follow through. Thrilling this is not, especially when you start to get into the grind of just how many niggling details have to be accounted for to make a death believable as an accident and how many things have to come together in the right way and at the right time or the whole thing has to be called off and back to the drawing board.

The movie might at least be intellectually interesting, but nothing is particularly believable or smart (the film is only capable of telling us Louis Koo's character is a genius rather than showing us) and there's minimal plot, dialog, or character interaction. Questions that should be asked aren't. Questions that no one really cares about are lingered on too long. Louis Koo plays the main character, Brain, dominating the screen time, and the disappearance of each of the other capable actors, none of whom are around for long, is keenly felt. I've seen Koo give some fine performances, but here he must spend most of the movie alone and silent, with no one to play off of, which is a tall order for any actor, even if they have a stellar script, which Accident most certainly does not. The silence also conveniently leaves out the need for the film to flesh out Brain's theories and what he's thinking and we're just left to guess--perhaps the director thought this would be a clever style because it would put the audience in the same mindset as the main character, but it just put me in the mindset of wanting to go to sleep.

With the main character being a stony hired killer, there's no one to root for, and it doesn't take too many lingering shots of Brain furrowing his brow to convey the wheels of his genius brain are turning while conducting surveillance of mundane events until you stop caring. Slogging through to the ending adds little, so you might as well just move on when the boredom gets intense. There's really not any "twist" at the end that redeems things, as some reviewers try to make out; I don't know if the film's creators really even intended there to be. If you're "blown away" by the ending, either you haven't seen many movies of this sort, or you should probably consider yourself a pretty thick.

Accident is just another triumph of atmosphere over substance that relies on cheap tricks to bypass viewers' ability to think critically about the weaknesses of the script by implying things that never materialize and various other manipulations that leave you feeling used at the end when it becomes apparent that the things you had to forgive in the hope that this was leading somewhere have led nowhere worth going. Overheard (2009), also with Koo (and Ching Wan Lau and Daniel Wu), comes to mind as an example of a better surveillance-themed movie.

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