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Accident

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Accident

(Yi ngoi)
Sponsored by: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (Canada)

Montreal Premiere

  • Hong Kong 2009
  • 89 min
  • 35mm
  • Cantonese with English subtitles
WINNER: Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Ye), Hong Kong Film Awards 2010
Official Selection, Venice International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2009

Genre

Crime / ThrillerAction / Adventure

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"A precise and compelling effort... On craft alone, this is one of the year's best"— LOVEHKFILM

"One of the best Hong Kong films in years... strikes a delicate balance between extreme emotions and restrained storytelling"— Edmund Lee, TIME OUT HONG KONG

Credits

Director: Soi Cheang Pou-Soi
Screenplay: Tang Lik-Kei, Szeto Kam-Yuen, Milkyway Creative Team
Cast: Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Michelle Ye, Stanley Fung Shui-Fan, Lam Suet
Producers: Johnnie To
Print Source: Media Asia

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Description

Louis Koo is Brain, the leader of a four-person crew of assassins with a novel approach to evading capture. They are not captured because they are not chased. They are not chased because nobody ever realizes any crime has been committed. The use no guns. They use no knives. Their victims—not to mention their clients—never even see them. No, rather than using conventional means, this group stages their executions as elaborate, tightly controlled “accidents.” Brain is meticulous, an obsessive chronicler of minutiae, a man who shows no emotion whatsoever. Though they are at the top of their game, Brain will brook no failure, no slipped detail. As he says, they’re not the only ones in their trade and even if the police may not be able to catch them, there are plenty of others who would happily kill Brain and his group, if only to take their place. And so when a job goes wrong and Brain narrowly avoids death himself while one of his team members is killed, he cannot help but wonder, was this an accident or is someone using their own methods against them?

Director Soi Cheang has shown flashes of great promise throughout his career and now, with the Johnnie To-produced thriller ACCIDENT, that promise has been fully realized. Cheang has just moved to the absolute upper level of Hong Kong directors, putting his own unique and icily precise spin on the crime thriller. Not content to simply tell a tight little action story, Cheang aims higher. Anchored by one of the finest performances of Louis Koo’s career, ACCIDENT becomes as much a psychological profile of its lead character, a chronicle of his spiralling descent into obsession and paranoia, as it is a straightforward action picture. It’s a unique blend and one that Cheang pulls off effortlessly with one of the most unique and compelling crime stories to emerge from Hong Kong in years.

—Todd Brown

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