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Yi ngoi (2009)

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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.

Director:

Soi Cheang (as Pou-Soi Cheang)

Writers:

Kam-Yuen Szeto (screenplay), Lik-Kei Tang (screenplay)
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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
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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 See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

24 September 2009 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Accident See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Another underrated film on this website
28 July 2016 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

This film is underrated. Oh well, not every movie can be made by Marvel.

This film is about a professional hit-man and his team of self-styled "accident choreographers", who kill their victims by trapping them in well crafted "accidents" that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of murder. He is consistently plagued by guilt, and the memories of his recently lost wife don't make things any easier. Even worse, one of his team members dies in an apparent "accident", which forces him to stay one step ahead of their competition.

One important thing that you need to understand about "Accident" is that it's a non-stop exhibition of paranoia because the scriptwriting is first-class as it straddles the line between chance and intent through a number of events that may signify an orchestrated murder by another party. The way this works is that some events are immediately shown to be acts of human intent – for example, the opening scene is clearly shown to be a murder that is made to look like an accident – but other events are left ambiguous, and you're not sure if it's an act of human intent or a moment of coincidence (or chance). So you're placed in the same situation as the protagonist because he's also not sure. And that's really the foundation of the entire movie, and it's a solid foundation to stand on.

It may be a surprise to you that the story moves slowly, but this could be considered a positive because it allows the paranoia to take center stage and it focuses a lot on developing the main character. The entire film revolves around this guy, making this just as much of a character piece as it is a series of suspense sequences. With that said, the "accidents" themselves are very cool and the direction is top notch. This was actually directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, and "Accident" was his best film in his filmography up to this point – representing an improvement over his previous titles. And I still think this is his best work, despite the fact that he has given us some very entertaining stuff between 2009 and the present day (such as "SPL 2: A Time for Consequences", "The Monkey King 2", and "Motorway").

The lead actor is Louis Koo, who earlier in his career appeared in a bunch of the "Troublesome Night" movies. Most fortunately, his roles subsequent to that franchise were far more reliable and entertaining. He's definitely an actor whose filmography is worth exploring because he's been in a lot of good movies. "Accident" is one of them, and I really liked his performance in this. It's a bit on the eccentric and gloomy side, but that's important for his character.

I definitely recommend "Accident", which is one of the better slow-burn suspense thrillers in recent memory. It is widely available on DVD, so be sure to check this one out.


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