6.7/10
2,589
12 user 70 critic

Yi ngoi (2009)

Clip
2:17 | Clip

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

Soi Cheang (as Pou-Soi Cheang)

Writers:

Kam-Yuen Szeto (screenplay), Lik-Kei Tang (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Duo ming jin (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin, Richie Jen
Man tam (2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Tao Guo
PTU (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Ruby Wong
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

(Mandarin with English subtitles) In this charming crime comedy, Cui, a stout everyman down on his luck looking to leave Beijing, gets tangled up with a drunken girl on the way to the ... See full summary »

Director: Jiang Liu
Stars: Wei Fan, Wenpei Ju, Hua Liu
Hak se wui (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung
Gau ngao gau (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Cambodian assassin finds himself on the run from Hong Kong police after completing his assignment.

Director: Soi Cheang
Stars: Edison Chen, Sam Lee, Weiying Pei
Gun chung (2007)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

With the nickname Peggy, a new recruit is mentored by Dog-Head, while undergoing on-job training while tracking down a gang of well organized armed heist robbers. The police use the surveillance cameras trying to track their identities.

Director: Nai-Hoi Yau
Stars: Simon Yam, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Kate Tsui
Man jeuk (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Ka Tung Lam
Am faa (1998)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.

Directors: Tat-Chi Yau, Johnnie To
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Siu
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of inept Mainland criminals botch a jewelry store robbery. The cops, led by the straight-laced Ken and the wise-cracking Sam, begin to investigate the case and quickly confuse the ... See full summary »

Director: Tat-Chi Yau
Stars: Simon Yam, Ching Wan Lau, YoYo Mung
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Several cops went undercover. Due to some issues, all undercover identities were wiped clean from the police database.

Director: Jazz Boon
Stars: Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Francis Ng
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A trio of police officers conduct surveillance on a listed company.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak
Stars: Daniel Wu, Jingchu Zhang, Louis Koo
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Koo ... Ho Kwok-fai, The Brain
Richie Jen ... Chan Fong-chow (as Richie Ren)
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung ... Uncle (as Shui-Fan Fung)
Michelle Ye ... Woman
Suet Lam ... Fatty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Chan ... Wong
Yuqin Han Yuqin Han ... Chan Fong-chow's wife
Cheung Wing Lai Cheung Wing Lai ... Wong's Father
Peter Lau Peter Lau ... Trad Boss
Frank Michael Liu Frank Michael Liu ... Police Detective (as Chung Kei Lau)
Siu Kwan Lui Siu Kwan Lui ... Shopkeeper
Sherwin Ming Sherwin Ming ... Client
Monica Siu-Kei Mok ... Brain's wife
Jo Hung San Jo Hung San ... Landlord
Lui Yiu Tung Lui Yiu Tung ... Bus Driver
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Is is an accident or is it murder? See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

24 September 2009 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Accident See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Thin
16 November 2010 | by HyomilSee all my reviews

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.


10 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed