March 18 – 29
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Country: HONG KONG, CHINA
Run Time: 89 minutes
Hong Kong director Soi Cheang attained cult status with his nightmarish sagas "Dog Bite Dog" and "Shamo." His latest thriller breaks through the conventional genre, with no guns or car chases despite its elaborate action sequences. Instead, ACCIDENT is a psychological brain-twister that plumbs the depths of a killer's soul. The Brain is a self-styled "accident choreographer" who leads a band of cerebral hit men in taking out targets in well-crafted "accidents" that are actually perfectly staged acts of crime. Plagued with guilt, the Brain is naturally suspicious, and his paranoia grows after his wife and one of the gang are killed in spectacular accidents. Convinced that they're no coincidence, he thinks someone is plotting to terminate him. When he's accosted by Fong, an insurance agent who happened to be at the scene of the "accident," the Brain becomes sure that he's the mastermind behind the conspiracy. To regain his sanity and save his life, he must kill Fong before he makes his next move. Cheang consulted college professors – not the Hong Kong underworld – to help him devise feasible accidents for the movie. No matter how he calculated it, this trip is worth the ride. (In Cantonese with subtitles) – B.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Soi Cheang was born in Macau, China. He began his career as Johnnie To's assistant.
"Diamond Hill" (2000), "Horror Hotline… Big Head Monster" (2001), "New Blood" (2002), "The Death Curse" (2003), "Love Battlefield" (2004), "Hidden Heroes" (2004), "Home Sweet Home" (2005), "Dog Bite Dog" (2006), "Shamo" (2007), ACCIDENT (2009)