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Accident

Hong Kong 2009
produced by
Johnnie To, John Chong (executive) for Milkyway Image, Media Asia
directed by Cheang Pou-Soi
starring Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Fung Shui-Fan, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet, Alexander Chan, Han Yuqin, Monica Mok
written by Szeto Kam-Yuen, Tang Lik-Kei, music by Xavier Jamaux

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Ho (Louis Koo) runs a perfect organisation, he and his team offer contract killings to interested parties that are so carefully orchestrated that they are practically indistinguishable from accidents for the untrained eye. For this, he and his little team (Fung Shui-Fan, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet) have to do perfect work though - which they usually do, but at their latest job which involves a wheelchair-bound victim, a kite, balloons, the tramway and rain, something goes wrong, and what at first looks like nothing more than a minor slipup turns into a big bus accident that kills Fattie (Lam Suet) and almost costs Ho's life as well. For Ho, this accident looks just too accidental to be the real deal, so he suspects foul play, and when he looks for a traitor in his own ranks, he finds out that Unlce (Fung Shui-Fan) is suffering from Altzheimer's (but tries to hide it by all means) while the gang's female member seems to be actually involved in some foul play, which is why Ho kills her.

However, the decisive question is, who's behind the whole affair, and soon enough, Ho figures it has to be insurance investigator Chan (Richie Ren), who is somehow in league with Ho's last client - and to find out more about Chan, Ho bugs his apartment, rents the apartment beneath him, and puts him under heavy surveillance. When his partner in crime, Ho's last client, dies in what appears to be suicide and Uncle throws himself out of a window and is hospitalized, that's all the proof that Ho needs for Chan's guilt, and he stages another elaborate accident, of which the wheels are already set in motion when Ho receives a call from Uncle who confesses to him that Fattie's death was actually his fault, and it was really nothing but an accident - but thanks to his Altzheimer's he has only now remembered. Ho tries desperately to stop the wheels he has already set into motion, as Chan had nothing to do with wahtever happened to Chan whatsoever, but it's too late, and all he manages to accomplish is to have Chan's wife (Han Yuqin) killed in his stead.

The whole story leaves Ho a broken man, but it gets worse when he runs across Chan, who recognizes him as the orchestrator of his wife's accident and stabs him to death - but not before asking Ho why, which is exactly the question Ho cannot answer.

 

Great thriller that makes its biggest vice - its over-complex, over-complicated, over-convoluted plot and plottwists - its virtue by making it the very subject of its story, as the script writers were obviously very aware of the sheer fact that the whole thing is ridiculously far-fetched, but imbedded in the right context, the story still works like a charm - and if a well-written story like this one is carried by well-paced storytelling, a subtle yet effective direction and a great cast, then you get a great movie - which Accident is of course.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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