VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

YI NGOY

V' 11

YI NGOY

Accident

Soi Cheang
Hongkong, 2009
Fiction, 88min, OmeU

YI NGOY

Soi Cheang
Hongkong, 2009
Fiction, 88min, OmeU

Actors: 
Louis Koo
Brain
Richie Jen
Fong
Feng Tsui Fan
Onkel
Ye Xuan
Frau
Lam Suet
Fatty
Monica Mok
Han Yu Qin
Screenplay: 
Szeto Kam Yuen
Nicholl Tang
Sound: 
Martin Richard Chappell
Camera: 
Fung Yuen Man
Editor: 
David Richardson
Composer: 
Xavier Jamaux
Decoration: 
Silver Cheung
Stanley Cheung
Costume: 
Silver Cheung
Stanley Cheung

Production: 
Milkyway Image
Format: 
35 mm
Color

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. Perennially plagued with guilt, he is also suspicious and morbid by nature. The recent avalanche of memories of his lost wife does not make things any easier. After one mission accidentally goes wrong, causing the death of one of his men, Brain is convinced that this accident has been choreographed: someone is out there plotting to terminate him and his team. Known mostly for his excessively violent expression and psychotic characters with nihilistic worldviews, Soi Cheang strikes a delicate balance between extreme emotions and restrained storytelling in his new film, resulting in a sparing drama that is voyeuristic in action, yet claustrophobic in mentality. As the director traps his audience squarely within Brain’s increasingly paranoid psyche, other characters’ betrayals and “accidents” cast a dubious web of intrigue. Not for a long time – and possibly since the days of Jean-Pierre Melville – have we witnessed a more exhilarating blend of meticulously staged crimes, slow-burning psychological violence, and Zen-like meditation on fate, coincidence and self-fulfilling prophecy; Accident is one of the best Hong Kong films in years. (Edmund Lee)