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Accident (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Richie Jen (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Johnnie To (Producer) | Soi Cheang (Director)
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Is it an Accident, or is it murder?

From Shamo and Dog Bite Dog director Soi Cheang comes the suspense thriller Accident. Produced by Johnnie To, the film screened in competition at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Louis Koo (Overheard) delivers one of the most compelling performances of his career as a paranoid hitman who designs his hits to look like accidents, but he may have met his match in Richie Jen (Exiled). Co-starring Michelle Yip, Lam Suet, and veteran Stanley Fung, who were also all in Johnnie To's Vengeance, Accident plays out as an unpredictable and slow-burning cat-and-mouse drama that doesn't bend to genre convention.

Hitman Fai (Louis Koo) and his team of three engineer the perfect murders. Planning down to the last minute detail, they carefully choreograph their kills in obtuse manners to look like freak accidents. One botched mission, however, leaves a member dead and the team in disarray. Was it an accident, or has someone beat them at their own game? Smelling foul play, Fai suspects that he's been set up by Chan (Richie Jen), a normal insurance executive who seems to be somehow connected to the incident. Slowly losing his cool and his mind, Fai becomes obsessed with cornering Chan.

This edition comes with making of and trailer.

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Product Title: Accident (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 意外 (DVD) (香港版) 意外 (DVD) (香港版) 意外 (香港版) Accident (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 暗殺 暗杀
Artist Name(s): Richie Jen (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Han Yu Qin (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) 任 賢齊 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 馮淬帆 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 韓雨芹 (Actor) | 莫 小棋 (Actor) 任 贤齐 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 冯淬帆 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) | 林雪 (Actor) | 韩雨芹 (Actor) | 莫 小棋 (Actor) 任賢齊(リッチー・レン) (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 馮淬帆(スタンリー・フォン) (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) | 林雪 (ラム・シュー) (Actor) | Han Yu Qin (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor) Richie Jen (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Stanley Fung (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Lam Suet (Actor) | Han Yu Qin (Actor) | Mo Xiao Qi (Actor)
Director: Soi Cheang 鄭保瑞 郑保瑞 鄭保瑞 (ソイ・チェン) 소이 청
Producer: Johnnie To 杜琪峯 杜琪峯 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  Johnnie To
Release Date: 2009-11-11
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 87 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021422532

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* Special Features:
- Making Of
- Trailer

Director: Soi Cheang

A self-styled “accident choreographer,” Brain is a professional hitman who kills his victims by trapping them in well crafted “accidents” that look like unfortunate mishaps but are in fact perfectly staged acts of crime. Perennially plagued with guilt, he is also suspicious and morbid by nature. The recent avalanche of memories of his lost wife does not make things any easier.

After one mission accidentally goes wrong, causing the life of one of his men, Brain is convinced that this accident has been choreographed: someone is out there plotting to terminate him and his team. He becomes increasingly paranoid, walking on the thin line between reality and delusion.

When he discovers that a mysterious insurance agent Fong is somewhat related one of the “accidents” he has staged, Brain becomes obsessed that this man must be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to take him out. To regain his sanity and to save his life, he must strive to kill Fong before he makes his next move.

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Professional Review of "Accident (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 3, 2009

Slip in the shower recently? Well, it wasn't a random accident - someone was trying to murder you in the most circuitous way possible. At least, that's what Ho Kwok-Fai (Louis Koo) of the Milkyway-produced Accident (working title: Assassins) seems to be thinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A paranoid thriller about hitmen who kill in roundabout ways, Accident was brought to you by director Soi Cheang, whose last film Shamo was as guiltily entertaining as it was bizarre and ill conceived. Accident hews closer to Cheang's Dog Bite Dog, restoring the director's tense storytelling style while eschewing the brutal violence that characterized his last two films. With some contribution from the Milkyway Creative Team (plus that Johnnie To guy, who serves as producer), Accident turns out to be a well-crafted thriller that's only marred by a sloppy and convenient ending. Up until that point, however, this is cinema par excellence.

Ho Kwok-Fai (Koo) leads a three-person crew (Michelle Ye, Stanley Fung and Lam Suet), who we meet as they witness the public death of a middle-aged man. Ho's team indirectly goads the man into driving a certain direction on a crowded street before he ends up buying it in what looks like a random, unpredictable way. Of course his death was planned - Ho's crew set up the hit in an elaborate manner, such that there was no other outcome but the man cashing in his chips. However, a couple of things about their latest job make the team nervous. One, the victim was a mob boss, so there's the chance of some reprisal if the accident is discovered not to be one. And two, aging team member Uncle (Stanley Fung) had a brain fart, dropping a cigarette at the scene containing traces of his DNA. The incident unsettles the team, an apparent long-standing tension amongst them bubbling to the surface. However, even before talking to his team about Uncle's screw-up, Ho eavesdrops on their conversations, trying to gleam any hint of duplicity. He also refuses to accept food from his team and sets up his apartment in a paranoid fashion, such that he can tell if anyone has been snooping around. Clearly, Ho has trust issues.

Ho's lack of interpersonal comfort is understandable because he makes a living doing evil while also erasing all evidence of nefarious intent. Accident gets good mileage from the fear that "maybe accidents aren't really accidents", with the effect on Ho and his team rendered quite well. There's a backstory that explains Ho's trust issues, but the main details are fleshed out sharply by Soi Cheang's deliberate style. Other than a few expository sequences, Cheang eschews dialogue for subtle character building, using controlled technique to create a tense and involving atmosphere. Cheang's storytelling frequently gives the impression that something sinister may be happening when perhaps nothing is happening at all. Accident possesses exemplary mise-en-scene, communicating wordlessly Ho's increasing paranoia and single-minded personality through stark lighting, spare music, meticulous framing, and sharp art direction. There are long stretches in Accident where little seems to happen - such as the sequences of Louis Koo tailing or spying on someone - but the scenes are smartly paced, conveying the actual emotions felt by Koo's character in an immersive manner. Whether there's a payoff or not, Cheang makes the ride a fascinating one.

Still, this is a commercially-released picture with a fairly big Hong Kong star, so the film has to amount to more than "Louis Koo follows someone around while looking unhappy". The film does move towards a resolution after the team's second hit goes spectacularly awry, when Ho starts worrying if the team itself may have sabotaged their assignment. Also, Ho becomes obsessed with Chan Fong-Chow (Richie Jen), a seemingly respectable yuppie who he believes may be the key to his team's troubles. This new cat-and-mouse game lends itself to lots of observation and little overt revelation, but the conflict reveals parts of Ho's character that are illuminating. Credit goes to Louis Koo, who takes his twitchy, sweaty acting tics to a whole new level. Unlike the usual overacting that Koo engages in when playing paranoid or nervous individuals, Koo underplays Ho Kwok-Fai, keeping everything beneath an introverted, calculating veneer that slowly reveals cracks in his emotions and maybe even his psyche. It could be a breakthrough performance for Koo, whose acting cred has long been eclipsed by his tanned idol status. Michelle Ye and the great Stanley Fung have their chances to shine too, with some scenes between the characters proving intimate and tense. Richie Jen creates his character decently, but overall he's given few chances during the film to do very much.

Where Accident falters is in its flashier details. The elaborate hits that Ho's crew sets up are nifty in a Final Destination sort of way, but the film's controlled tone makes it difficult to go too over-the-top. In that regard, the narrative stretches credibility, as the planned "accidents" never seem controllable, most especially the last improbable set piece. Also, the climax is a confluence of coincidences, which belies the exacting detail presented for the majority of the film. Much of Accident is about precision, and indeed it creates its most felt tension when focusing on the smallest factors that may or may not go wrong around Ho. That precise tension is what makes Accident successful, so when everything falls apart due to five coincidences happening simultaneously - well, it all gets to be a bit too much. Furthermore, the ending, while tonally appropriate, could be more forthcoming about Koo's character. Still, these faults only become apparent when Accident reaches its very end. For the majority of the time, this is a quality Hong Kong film that earns its Milkyway endorsement - so hey, nitpicking would be bad form. Soi Cheang doesn't hit a home run with Accident, but a triple is still very, very respectable.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

Editor's Pick of "Accident (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

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May 3, 2010

Hitchcock would have been proud
Films about assassins are almost always associated with action, but Soi Cheang, the director of violent Hong Kong actioners Shamo and Dog Bite Dog, surprisingly buckled the trend and offered a seminal and stylish approach to hitman flicks. Eschewing action in favor of quiet suspense and character drama, his 2009 film Accident is conspicuously devoid of fight scenes, and his assassins are no gunslingers or kung fu heroes, but a bunch of ordinary folks who happen to be expert booby trap setters.

Right at the center of this extraordinary crime thriller is "the Brain", the mastermind of a team of assassination artists who orchestrates murders that look like freak accidents (think Final Destination). This "A-Team" pulls off their first job in the film almost impeccably. But then the script turns the table on them. Their next mission goes horribly wrong with some fatal consequences. Ever the perpetrator of masqueraded murders, the Brain believes he is now on the receiving end. Louis Koo absolutely owns the film with his exemplary performance as this emotionally stunted man, exhibiting his psychological state in an understated manner. The tragic death of the Brain's wife has made him a lonely, insecure, and tormented soul, and after this incident, his paranoia and mistrust of people push him to spy on his client and even his teammates, thinking that one of them may be out to get him. Halfway through the film, Richie Jen enters as the insurance company executive who looks so ordinary that he smells suspicious. The Brain rents the apartment below his to set up a surveillance spot, Overheard-style, and it appears that the two are set for a collision course.

With Johnnie To and the Milkyway Creative Team onboard, Accident is automatically required viewing. Some critics may argue the conceit that someone actually makes a living out of arranging accidents stretches credibility quite a bit. True, the murder schemes portrayed in the film are rather impractical, leaving a considerable portion to chance or coincidences. But for a film that so daringly tells its story and masterfully creates tension, this editor readily suspended his disbelief and went merrily along for the thrill ride.
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Customer Review of "Accident (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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April 5, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

good film that requires patience. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
accident is a film is more of a character driven piece it does not have any over blown moments that will blow the audience away, instead it a subtly handled affair. the audience follows Louis koo's character as he becomes obbessed by Richie ren it is this that makes the film tense we too are placed within the films paranoia - is there others who are with in the same profession and are out to kill Koo's character.

the story is well constructed and leads to events carefully, but this results to a problem because they are too carefully planned out that it does slow the pace down. this makes the film hard to recommended because of the slow proceedings lacking the flamboyance of the directors previous efforts. suspenion of believe is sometimes required as it does become a bit odd at times such as the ending in which a moment of convient film making turn events around.

Louis koo and Richie ren handle the respective roles admirably, especially koo who is required to carry the film.

it is the films slow pacing and the lack of any major events that turned me off but in all honesty it is a really well crafted piece and kudos need to be given to the director who has focused on character rather than spectacle.
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January 10, 2010

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Beautifully stylised thriller Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
After the disappoitment that was SHAMO, director Soi Cheang returns to form with the beautifully shot ACCIDENT. Reminiscent of David Mamet's HOMICIDE, this meticulously filmed thriller is the best Hong Kong thriller to come along in many a moon. Seasoned actor Louis Koo is perfect in the lead role, and Richie Jen is well-cast as the lawyer who plays a major part in proceedings. Features one of the best filmed-in-the-rain sequences of all time.
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