Accident is one of the finest Hong Kong crime dramas since Infernal Affairs. Cult director Soi Chang has graduated to the master class with this gripping, smartly constructed and psychologically fascinating thriller. In a brilliantly executed early sequence, a seemingly mundane traffic jam transforms into a meticulously planned set piece. Innocuous little events, lined up like dominoes, gradually fall into place to build up to a deadly conclusion. This is the work of a gang of professional assassins, who commit murder by making perfectly staged crimes look like unfortunate accidents. But there is growing tension within the tight-knit group, which consists of four experts headed by the austere Brain (Koo). When their next assignment goes disastrously wrong, Brain begins to suspect that someone else has planned an ‘accident’ on them.
The film was produced by Johnnie To, and bears some of the master Hong Kong filmmaker’s hallmarks, especially in its elaborate action scenes. Given its tightly plotted, high concept script, this might just be the next film to get a Hollywood remake.
Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Toronto International Film Festival Programme
Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet