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ACCIDENT

A self-styled "accident choreographer," the 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. After one mission accidentally goes wrong, causing the life of one of his men, the 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 is accosted by a mysterious insurance agent Fong who happened to be on the scene of the "accident" as well, the Brain becomes obsessed that this man must be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to take him out. To regain his sanity and to safe his life, he must strive to kill Fong before he makes his next move.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 24 Sep 2009
Genre: Action
Running Time: 1 Hour 27 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANIZATION
Cast: Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Michelle Ye
Director: Soi Cheang
Format: NA

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Writer: Chin Vin Sen

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As arbitrary as the movie title, "Accident" is one action-adventure that could have starred any Hong Kong face at all and the roles are equally interchangeable.

The plot is an elaborate setup of accidents on the bustling busy streets of Hong Kong, reminiscent of entrapments seen in the original "Mission Impossible" TV series. A mastermind criminal (Louis Koo) stages accidents to kill off his targets but meets his match when one of his men dies in a failed operation and all clues point to a mysterious insurance agent (Richie Ren).

Although a lot of screen time went into showing what everybody does in the complex "accidents", there was very little character development other than Louis Koo's scheming role. Even Richie ended up being too mysterious and removed a character to have established a neat cinematic connection. However, we can be happy that Louis Koo's central role is well fleshed out and directed. His spiral down a guilt trip laced with paranoia is rather interesting to watch, aside from turning the movie into a character study of one man as well.

The flow of the story also led us to believe that this movie was possibly edited in a way that omitted important details. Instead the runtime is wasted on excessive mood-setting and "ambience" concerns. This is no surprise when you discover that it's art house auteur Johnnie To who produced it.

In a nutshell, "Accident" is a great showcase of all the Milkyway talents (including Lam Suet) but entertains only as a balancing act between plot credibility and the leading actor's charisma to cover and drive the movie.

Cinema Online, 28 September 2009
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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