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  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B007GMKWZ8
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Trailing a slew of superlatives from the festival circuit it doesn't quite manage to live up to, the Johnnie To-produced Pou-Soi Cheang-directed thriller Accident is a decent idea for a thriller that's given a script that's too pared down to the bone and execution that's just a little too low key for its own good. Louis Koo is an `accident choreographer' who stages fatal accidents for a price only to suddenly find himself and one of his team (Lam Suet) the victims of a spectacular accident and begins to suspect that Richie Jen's insurance agent is out to kill him because there are no accidents in his world. Unless it's all a figment of his increasingly paranoid imagination, of course...

Aspiring to the arthouse rather than the grindhouse, it seems to be aiming for a similar feel to The Conversation with its conscientiously anonymous protagonist who listens in on his co-workers, never spends the money he makes and lives so excessively modestly that he even turns the volume as low as it will go on his CD player to avoid attracting attention to himself. Unfortunately although it shares the notion of - possibly - disastrously misinterpreting a series of events, there's less going on than in Coppola's film, both on the surface and beneath it, and there are times when you hope forlornly for them to amp it up just a little as it threatens to become a bit on the dull side. After a while it even starts to feel a bit like trying to light a fire with damp kindling wood on a foggy winter's day, something you stick with even if you wonder if it'll never come off in the end. It starts to come together nicely in the last half hour and there's a pleasing moment of enlightenment when the truth comes together during an eclipse, but there's never quite enough going for it to convince you that there's more than meets the eye to it all. Watchable, certainly, but almost too slight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Review of Shout Factory Blu-ray edition 27 Jun. 2012
By keviny01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
From Hong Kong in 2009, "Accident" is a superb noirish drama about a group of professional assassins who kill people by staging elaborate, faked accidents. Unfortunately, the film gets a disappointing Blu-ray video transfer from Shout Factory. Not only is its screen aspect ratio cropped from the original 2:35:1 to 1.78:1, but its colors and sharpness are also unsatisfactory for a high-def transfer. There is a much better-looking (and also region-free) import Blu-ray edition made by Hong Kong's Mega Star, and you should get that edition instead. Blu-ray.com has screen captures of both editions, where the poor picture quality of Shout Factory's Region-A edition is readily apparent.

"Accident" belongs to one of Hong Kong's most venerable genres, the crime drama, But director Pou-Soi Cheang departed from the genre's convention and created a quiet, noirish thriller full of subtle psychological intrigue. Its story brings to mind Francis Coppola's 1974 film "The Conversation" -- a lonely, paranoid man in a shady profession, who doesn't quite get along with his subordinates, who gets a contract and executes it to perfection, only to find out things have gone wrong. "Accident" has its "Blow-Up" moment as well (sort of), when the killers meticulously plan and execute an "accident". When the latest job doesn't go according to plan, the leader of the group thinks other people are on to him, and he proceeds to spy on others in the voyeuristic latter part of the film. Sparse dialogs, oftentimes evocative camera angles, and an effectively moody central performance by Louis Koo as the leader all make this a rewarding viewing experience.

As I said earlier, do not buy Shout Factory's North American Blu-ray sold here at Amazon. Go to import merchants like Yesasia to order the Mega Star's region-free Blu-ray instead. The pricing of both editions are similar right now. Both editions come with a mildly interesting, press-kit style 15-minute "Making of" featurette, but only Shout Factory offers English subtitles for it. For the main film, both editions come with a nice lossless audio track for the original Cantonese dialogs. But Shout Factory offers unremovable English subtitles only, while Mega Star offers removable English and Chinese subtitles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Accident, intriguing mystery with unique plot 5 Jan. 2013
By See Em Gee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I love Asian films and am always looking for something different. I found it in Accident, starring Louis Koo, Ritchie Ren, and Lam Suet (always a favorite of producer/director Johnny To). Another reviewer talks about the technical aspects of the disc, but I don't find that to be a problem for me, this is the only version I've ever watched so I am not qualified to speak about how it compares to other versions. This version looks fine to me. I looked into getting the original format disc from another source but it's an all region disc and my BD player, Sony, does not play those types of discs. The cover mistakenly says it is in 2.35:1 aspect ratio but it is the standard 16x9 ratio of widescreen sets. Has DTS-HD 5.1 Cantonese language with English subtitles. 87 minutes.

What makes Accident so interesting to me is the first couple of times I watched it, I wondered just what was going on? There is an ambiguous angle to the plot and it's not obvious what the truth is. I think I know now after repeated viewings but I still enjoy watching it again and again for other reasons. The accidents, done by the small team (three men and one woman) are cleverly planned and executed, we get to see a couple of them.

Louis Koo plays Brain, the mastermind of a small gang of hired killers who make their victims appear to have died through an accident. But something goes wrong on an assignment and that's when you being to wonder what is happening, why it is happening, and who is behind it, if anyone. There are interesting cinematic angles and street scenes, a plus to watching foreign films. Lam Suet is a character actor who is always fun to watch (he plays Fatty). Ritchie Ren plays the man of mystery who may be behind a killing contract and the disruption of the gang, or may just be an innocent bystander (I'm still not sure).

Enjoy and figure it out for yourself!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Minimalist art on film 16 Dec. 2014
By Dustin F. Nesti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This subtle psychological drama is quite a gem. The main character, played by Louis Koo, lives his life analyzing everything around him. Mathematically, precisely, cynically. I imagine the world looks vastly different to him. Instead of a busy street, he sees endless paths and possibilities whizzing off in complex, industrial fractals. The film itself asks the same from us. It asks that we try to interpret fleeting blank expressions using situational and ironic context. It asks that we feel emotion not through dialogue or music, but through lighting, through distance from subject to camera, and through indirect shots and angles. Therefore, the film plays with emphasis by focusing on background film devices and minimizing foreground devices. This gives the movie an unusual, minimalistic style that some viewers may be bored by if they don't pick it up. However, if you watch the film with the intention to obey it's request and analyze, you'll enjoy and appreciate it thoroughly. Here's a hint: when you watch this movie, pay special attention to the symbolism of the broken watch and how it represents the main character. It's a small piece of the movie, but important for understanding.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
But as for the Blu-ray release, knowing that the Hong Kong Blu-ray release is superior to the Region 1 US release... 9 Nov. 2012
By Dennis A. Amith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Filmmaker Pou-Soi Cheang is known for films that revolve around assassins or murder ("Hidden Heroes", "Dog Bite Dog", "Shamo", "Love Battlefield"), in 2009, Cheang would collaborate with famous Hong Kong producer Johnnie To ("Election", "PTU", "Running Out of Time") and would release the film "Accident".

"Accident" ("Yi Ngoi") would star Louis Koo ("Triad Election", "Election", "Zu Warriors", "Flash Point"), Richie Jen ("Breaking News", "Fly Me to Polaris", "Exiled"), Shui-Fan Fung ("Vengeance", "Infernal Affairs", "Winners & Sinners"), Michelle Ye ("Vengeance", "Lady Cop & Papa Crook") and Suet Lam ("Kung Fu Hustle", "PTU", "Election").

The film would be nominated for four Hong Kong Film Awards and would win "Best Supporting Actress" for Michelle Ye.

VIDEO:

"Accident" is presented in 108p High Definition (2:35:1 aspect ratio). A colleague mine told me that "Accident" is actually 2:39:1 and was cropped to a 1:79:1 ratio and that there are some scenes that are lost to the cropping. I haven't seen the "Accident" prior but seeing that others are reporting that the film was cropped, that would be disappointing. But I'm going to cover this prior to me knowing about the film being cropped. First, I will start with the good. There are some really beautiful scenes by cinematographer Yuen Man Fung. From the use of reflections and bokeh lights, that was nice to see.

But now to the bad, there are some artifacts that I noticed during scenes with a lot of red. For example, one scene featuring The Brain next to a red door, I saw some artifacting on the door. Fortunately, it was a short scene, but it is there. Also, I've watched many, many Louis Koo films in my lifetime to know that either there was DNR or the makeup designer put too much make him on him.

The film looks very soft at times and then crisp at times...But to tell you the truth, clarity for a Blu-ray release, the film seemed uneven in video quality. While videophiles will probably be bothered by it, casual viewers will probably not be bothered at all.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

"Accident" is presented in Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 and Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0. The film does sound good during its action sequences (accidents) to ambiance such as the static radio to the sounds of footsteps above The Brain's hideout. So, the lossless soundtrack was good, but not very immersive which is understandable as most of the film is dialogue-driven or featuring the Brain spying on individuals through his headphones. But I was told the HK release featured a 7.1 lossless soundtrack, so I'm surprised that was not included on this Blu-ray release.

Subtitles are in English (non-removable).

SPECIAL FEATURES

"Accident" comes with the following special features:

Trailer - (1:30) The theatrical trailer for "Accident".
Making Of - (12:39) Featuring a few "Making Of" featurettes with interviews with the filmmaker and cast of "Accident".

JUDGMENT CALL:

I have been a big fan of Louis Koo, Richie Jen and Johnnie To films for a long time. I have seen Louis and Richie in many roles ranging from romantic comedies to just enjoyable popcorn comedy or action films.

For "Accident", this role is probably the most subdued role I have seen both men in. Louis Koo plays the character of "The Brain", a person who has went through emotional trauma and is very suspicious towards people, as his career is about pulling of the most difficult crimes and making them look like accidents. One misstep and he and the others will be in trouble.

But there is one thing that is a bit lacking is that we know he has gone through emotional trauma due to the death of his wife. Was it a car accident? Was she killed purposely? Who knows. But I was hoping to see how this accident would have a major effect on this man and it was something that was featured a little and made me feel that there was more to the story that was not included. Possibly cut.

There are some pacing issues and questionable writing as well. It's one thing to show the buildup and lack of trust that The Brain has towards the mysterious insurance agent, Chan Fong-Chow but how is it that he starts to lose faith in his crew. It just comes out of nowhere and doesn't seem convincing.

Which then brings us to Chan Fong-Chow, possibly the best part of this film is how they use Richie Jen's character and I don't want to say too much but how the character was utilized was fascinating and my favorite part of the film. Although Jen's character is more towards normalcy instead of bombastic, happy character portrayals which I have seen him do before, it was pretty cool to see Jen play this type of character.

If anything, while I found some pacing and writing issues, the overall story was very good and quite different from what one is used to seeing in an HK film. For so long, many fans have demanded original stories and were tired of rehashed storylines of things from the past. "Accident" was definitely not banal.

Which leads us to the Blu-ray release. The choice to crop the film from 2:39:1 to 1:78:1 is problematic and also to not release a 7.1 lossless soundtrack is a bit of a letdown. Considering this is a Shout! Factory product, the company is known for its quality and is known for delivering what fans want. But I don't see how any Hong Kong cinema fan would approve of a release that is not up to standard of the original HK Blu-ray release.

And as for a Blu-ray release, it's not the best when it comes to clarity or details. And it's one of the few titles where I think HK cinema fans will probably not miss much if they go with DVD than the Blu-ray release.

Overall, "Accident" was a film that I did enjoy and as a longtime Louis Koo and Richie Jen fan, it's great to see these two actors in these type of character roles. And I was pleased to see a story that was not typical HK banality, I enjoyed "Accident" because it was different. But as for the Blu-ray release, knowing that the Hong Kong Blu-ray release is superior to the Region 1 US release, is a bit of a letdown and why the cropping, who knows? But in the end, what could have been an awesome release ends up becoming decent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Was it an accident?" - A Story of Assassins, Accidents, and Paranoia 29 July 2012
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Accident is a film about contract killers that eliminate their targets by making it look like an accident. But, a "accident" occurs to one of the group which leads The Brain, basically the leader, to suspect that they are being targeted by similar assassins.

What did I like? It shows you detailed planning of their hits; and these hits are unique and often violent. They feel so real and definitely possible. Watching The Brain spiral into a world of paranoia was interesting and entertaining. The last 15 minutes or so, the ending, was unexpected and great. I enjoyed the ending and the music was great.

What did I dislike? The slow pace was effective at times, but didn't work during some scenes. Not a big issues, but worth noting.

Overall, I highly recommend Accident. As of 7/29/12, it is available on Netflix Streaming, but a purchase is recommended.

This movie has strong blood and violence, and a brief sex scene (no nudity).
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