Yi ngoi (Accident)

Posted: May 11, 2011 in final folio, Reviews, Uncategorized
If you were to think of a Japanese film centered around a group of deadly assassins im sure what comes to mind is an action heavy blood letting orgy of simple plot lines and shallow characters wielding swords and chopping limbs and heads from mortal bodies. However, the Accident is a thriller that attempts to be deep and involving for the audience as it delves into its main characters deeper, more emotional levels. However, this delving is done with a small toothpike and takes so long I had begun to lose my interest in the story and the characters. 
The film centres itself around a group of assassins who specialise in killing their targets and making it appear to have been an accident. During one of these assassinations one of the hitmen, Fatty, dies in an apparent accident. However the lead character, Brain, does not believe it was an accident and sets out to discover the truth. Is someone out there killing his men?At just under 90 minutes long this film may not be an epic but the storyline moved so slowly I was beginning to think it would never end but there were enough surprise moments and plot twist and turns to keep bringing my attention back to the film to make the 90 minutes watch able.For a film that tried so hard to provide an emotional depth to a tense thriller it was difficult to provide empathy to the characters. With the accidental death of Fatty being one of the pivotal moments in Brains character. It is the catalyst for his sudden paranoia not only of outside individuals but even of his own team. As this moment is so important it would be more emotional and in-depth for the audience if they had seen some character development rather than simple scenes of tension. If we had seen Fatty develop somewhat we could have felt more sympathy for him when he dies and more empathy for Brain as he tries to deal with the death of his friend and when he begins to mistrust everyone around him. As it stands however it can be difficult to understand Brains action and the sudden paranoia he feels towards his own comrades.

Developing the characters further would also help to break up what is otherwise a tension filled film that moves along slowly but consistently to a pleasantly surprising conclusion. If we were given a back-story to the characters the audience would have had an emotional connection to the characters and would have felt more engaged with the story and maybe the film wouldn’t have felt quite so slow.

One of the strongest points of a film is the connection the audience has to the characters. If the viewer feels like they know the character, that they like them then they feel like they are them, that they share the same emotions and understand the characters actions. When I watched Accident however, I didn’t know they characters so I didn’t understand Brain and I didn’t really care about his fate or the truth for that matter.

While the film was clearly more about the tension and suspense and keeping the audience guessing right up until the last scene the lack of any character development really hamstrung my enjoyment of what was otherwise a thoroughly decent thriller. While this film is not a must see I would highly recommend it. Any film that can keep you guessing until its dying breath is surely worth a gander.

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