And now, a little summer news for the HK film fanatic set: Shout Factory will be releasing the latest production from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Johnnie To on home video this June. The film is entitled Accident and looks to be an intruiging mixture of action, thriller, mystery and psychological drama. The disc will include an anamorphic transfer in Cantonese (with English subtitles) plus a trailer and a making-of featurette. Best of all, it will be released in both DVD and blu-ray versions. Read on for all the Asian assassin details…
From Internationally Renowned Action Filmmaker & Producer Johnnie To
Starring Acclaimed Actors Louis Koo and Richie Jen
A Film Directed by Soi Cheang
DEBUTS IN STORES NATIONWIDE ON BLU-RAY™ and DVD
OWN IT ON JUNE 12, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Not all accidents are caused by fate! This summer, get ready for a new breed of action suspense thriller that plumbs and exposes the weaknesses of the human psyche. On June 12, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Media Asia, will debut the acclaimed Hong Kong feature ACCIDENT on Blu-ray, DVD and available on digital entertainment platforms. Nominated for a Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival and a festival favorite at the Toronto International Film Festival, ACCIDENT is a masterfully crafted thriller that combines stylish visuals, edge-of-your seat suspense, and violence. This highly anticipated North American home entertainment release features insightful bonus content and is a must have for Asian extreme action fans! The Blu-ray is priced to own at $26.97;the DVD has a suggested retail price of $19.99.
A self-styled accident choreographer, Brain (Louis Koo, in one of the most compelling performances of his career) is a professional hit man 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. He is perennially plagued with guilt, as the avalanche of memories of his lost wife does not make things any easier.
After one mission inexplicably goes wrong, costing the life of one of his men, Brain becomes convinced that this accident has been choreographed: someone is out there plotting to terminate him and his team. He becomes increasingly paranoid, not knowing whether or not to trust his friends and accomplices.
When he discovers that a mysterious insurance agent named Fong (Richie Jen, Exiled) is somehow related to the last staged accident, Brain becomes obsessed that this man must be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to take him out. To regain his sanity and to save his life, he must stay one step ahead of Fong before he makes his next move. Brain rents an apartment below Fong’s, bugs the rooms, then becomes obsessed with the insurance man’s comings and goings. Eventually reality and delusion blur, culminating in a wickedly twisted ending.
ACCIDENT Blu-ray™ and DVD Special Features:
- “Making Of” Featurette
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (2.35:1)
Special Features Are Unrated
Audio: Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1
Directed by Soi Cheang
Produced by Johnnie To
Executive producer: John Chong
Starring Louis Koo, Richie Jen; co-starring Feng Tsui Fan, Michelle Ye, Lam Suet, Han Yuqin, Monica Mok
Screenplay by Kam-Yuen Szeto, Lik-Kei Tang
Cinematography by Yuen Man Fung
Edited by David M. Richardson
Visual effects: Henri Wong
Original music by Xavier Jamaux
Art direction by Silver Cheung, Stanley Cheung