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EYE IN THE SKY

Criminal Intelligence Bureau ("CIB") is one of the most secretive branches of Hong Kong Police. Its field agents use unassuming appearance and covert operations to conduct surveillance on targets like an "eye-in-the-sky". What they watch becomes crucial intelligence leading to the arrest of criminals. CIB unit leader Matt (Simon Yam) receives an order to seek out suspects of a highly publicised jewellery heist. Rookie agent Bo (Kate Tsui) and her teammates conduct extensive stakeout looking for the elusive target. What they don`t know is heist mastermind Shan (Tony Leung) knows too well to shake off the police. On the busy streets of Hong Kong, a game of hide-and-seek ensues...

Language: Cantonese
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 21 Jun 2007
Genre: Action / Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Distributor: Golden Screen Cinemas
Cast: Tony Leung Ka-Fai
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Format: 35MM

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It's been a while now since I last saw a Hong Kong film so well-titled in English. Recognise it? It's the term for that dark, ball-shaped CCTV contraption you see stuck to ceilings in banks and shopping malls, referenced most memorably in Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995).

There's something very European about the opening sequence of this film. Oh I know what - it's the fact that everything is sufficiently tense but always elegantly muted. No John Woo double-pistol, mid-air action here. No mad car chase scenes with burning tracks either. Just a lot of surveillance, patience and details.

What are the details? Rookie cop Bo (Kate Tsui) is trying to hold down a place at the Surveillance Unit of Hong Kong's Criminal Intelligence Bureau. Failing a preliminary on-field test by her superior, Dog Head (Simon Yam), she earns the nickname Piggy but he gives her a chance anyway because her unassuming, studious looks really work well for an undercover cop. Elsewhere, Brother Shan (Tony Leung) is masterminding heist after heist with relative ease due to his sudoku-solving criminal genius, so the cops need to nab him quick, especially with the unit chief (Maggie Siu) breathing down their backs. So the lot of them go tailing each other in a slow-burning stakeout, with death awaiting anyone who gets caught off guard.

But those aren't the details, really. The details are what you throw into your garbage, what you wear to work, which mobile phone model you use, how long does a bank security guard take to make a round and why you shouldn't help an assault victim as he dies in front of your very eyes - these things make the crux of the thriller that is Eye In The Sky.

One point against watching this here would be how Maggie Siu's dialogue is reduced to monosyllabic blurts because the censors didn't take well to her colourful Cantonese and she pretty much preludes every sentence with profanity. These cuts went from annoying to critical because much information is lost, never mind flavour. I've always thought Siu deserved a bigger name in Hong Kong and I wish she'd have played Piggy, a part which instead went to a largely forgettable Tsui, who lacked the charisma to carry the story to the depths of the default powerhouse performances from Yam and Leung.

Still, the disciplined focus on cop procedures is welcome and the story never disintegrates into romanticised, glitzy violence or make you feel as if you're watching a Chinese version of Oceans 11. While this effort won't become an important piece of work, it's absolutely refreshing to take a peek at the limited lives of undercover cops, instead of more triad trouble and watermelon knives.

Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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