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Accident [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B007GMKWZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,730 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accident, intriguing mystery with unique plot 5 Jan. 2013
By Mr Axolotl - 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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think if "accidents" are really what they seem 13 Jun. 2012
By John Pettibone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Are tragic "accidents" in life really accidents? Or are they carefully plotted, meticulous eliminations and murders made to fool you, and the police, and the intelligence community? What a film ... raw, exciting, dynamic, tightly plotted and presented. A film that from the opening scene makes you think and wonder and doubt your judgements about people, actions or lack thereof, and life.

Before you watch this brilliant film watch the four part "making of" where the actors, actresses, producer and director come to grips with their work and try and explain (without giving too much away) how and why it was done. It whet my appetite for the actual film itself, and it is so gripping and mind affecting that you will no doubt go back and watch it several times over to catch every nuance of the characters, every emotion or lack of it, and every carefully constructed accident.

Nothing but positive reactions to this one from the cover art to the blu-ray disc itself. Take some time and immerse yourself in this flawless film, and then be very careful the next time you do anything in any way that might cause your own or another's "accident".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "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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