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Simon Yam (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Kate Tsui (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor)
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Simon Yam and Tony Leung Ka Fai square off in the cat-and-mouse police thriller Eye in the Sky, produced by Johnnie To's Milkyway Image Films. Yam is Mike, head of the SU (Surveillance Unit), a dedicated unit of cops whose job is to follow, listen, and learn - but they must never engage their quarry. They've just taken on a new member, rookie cop Bo (former Miss Hong Kong Kate Tsui), and she receives a trial by fire when charismatic criminal Shan (Tony Leung Ka Fai) stages a daring daylight robbery. The SU immediately begins searching for Shan, using every resource at their disposal, from camera surveillance to smart card tracking to plain, old-fashioned legwork. But Shan is no ordinary criminal, and seems to be as smart as the cops on his trail. When the game escalates to life and death stakes, Bo becomes the only one who can track down Shan and bring him to justice.

Director Yau Nai Hoi is no stranger to Milkyway Image, having worked on the scripts for many of the company's acclaimed hits, including Election, PTU, Running on Karma, and Needing You. Yau does mentor/producer Johnnie To proud with Eye in the Sky, giving the film a stylish feel as well as an ironic sense of humor that fans of Johnnie To should find familiar. What's interesting about Eye in the Sky is how it takes a subject that doesn't seem exciting - surveillance - and brings it to life through breathless pacing and a fine attention to detail. Co-starring Milkyway Image regulars Maggie Siu, Lam Suet, and Eddie Cheung, Eye in the Sky was featured at the Berlin and Udine Film Festivals, furthering the reputations of both Johnnie To and Milkyway Image as some of the finest creators of genre film working today.

This edition includes the following special features:

  • Making Of
  • Interview
  • On-the-set Footage
  • Hong Kong Film Festival Footage
  • Premiere Gala
  • Theatrical Trailer
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    Product Title: Eye In The Sky (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 跟蹤 (2007) (DVD) (香港版) 跟踪 (2007) (DVD) (香港版) 天使の眼、野獣の街 (跟蹤) (2007/香港) (DVD) (香港版) Eye In The Sky (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
    Artist Name(s): Simon Yam (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Kate Tsui (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor) 任達華 (Actor) | 梁 家輝 (Actor) | 徐子珊 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) 任达华 (Actor) | 梁 家辉 (Actor) | 徐子珊 (Actor) | 邵美琪 (Actor) 任達華 (サイモン・ヤム) (Actor) | 梁家輝 (レオン・カーファイ) (Actor) | 徐子珊(ケイト・チョイ) (Actor) | 邵美琪 (マギー・シウ) (Actor) 임 달화 (Actor) | Tony Leung Ka Fai (Actor) | Kate Tsui (Actor) | Maggie Shiu (Actor)
    Director: Yau Nai Hoi 游乃海 游乃海 游乃海(ヤウ・ナイホイ) Yau Nai Hoi
    Producer: Johnnie To | Tsui Siu Ming 杜琪峯 | 徐小明 杜琪峯 | 徐小明 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  | 徐小明(チョイ・シウミン) Johnnie To | Tsui Siu Ming
    Release Date: 2015-12-04
    Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
    Country of Origin: Hong Kong
    Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
    Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
    Disc Format(s): DVD-5, DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Rating: IIB
    Duration: 89 (mins)
    Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
    Package Weight: 140 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004898102

    Product Information

    * Screen Format: 16:9 Widescreen
    * Sound Mix:
    - Cantonese: Dolby Digital ES 6.1, Dolby Digital EX 5.1
    - Mandarin: Dolby Digital EX 5.1
    * DVD Type: DVD-9

    導演 : 游乃海
    Director : Yau Nai Hoi

    刑事情報科跟蹤隊,俗稱狗仔隊,他們的最大特色就是樣子平凡,在人群中擦身而過,毫不著跡,有利進行跟蹤和監視的工作...

    隊長黃文展領著新人何家寶和隊員,正跟蹤一宗珠寶劫案的疑犯。
    陳重山策劃多次打劫行動,對警察有強烈的戒備心,恍似能預知警察的出現,多次令他成功避過警方的追捕...

    天網恢恢,陳重山終落入狗仔隊的跟蹤網,但山的小心成為狗仔隊的難題,但狗仔隊的平凡也成為山的死穴...

    The surveillance team of the Crime Intelligence Unit comprises officers who are unremarkable in appearance. In the streets, they would pass you by unnoticed and unseen. They will not leave a mark. Their job is to tail you and shadow you and keep a close watch on you.

    Team leader Wong Man-Chin and his men, including newcomer Ho Ka-Bo, have a gang of jewelry shop robbers under close surveillance.
    Chan Chong-shan is a seasoned criminal with the strong instinct of the hunted. It has helped him escape capture and sabotage police swoops many times. It's as if he too had an eye in the sky on his enemy's movements.
    But the net is closing in. Chan is now under Wong's surveillance. It is an earnest game of cat-and-mouse. Chan is the master of concealment and Wong is expertly camouflaged by his own trademark nondescriptness. Who can outsmart the enemy and gain final victory?
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    Professional Review of "Eye In The Sky (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

    July 24, 2007

    Longtime Milkyway Films screenwriter Yau Nai-Hoi makes his directorial debut with Eye in the Sky, a crackerjack crimer that enthralls thanks to a steady pace and a precise focus on cop procedure. At least, that's what happens for a good hour, after which narrative coincidence and unrealistic situations drop the film down a notch. Until then, however, Eye in the Sky is solid stuff worthy of the Milkyway name. A group of Milkyway regulars (Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Maggie Siu, Lam Suet, Eddie Cheung) welcomes a newcomer to their ranks: TVB star Kate Tsui, who plays Bo, a neophyte cop looking to join the ranks of the SU (Surveillance Unit), Hong Kong's own dedicated surveillance squad. We first meet her during an attention-grabbing opening sequence as she tails SU leader Wong Man-Chin (Simon Yam, who gained twenty pounds for his cop-with-a-gut role), who goes by the codename Dog Head. Or is she really tailing criminal mastermind Shan (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), who crosses paths with Dog Head and Bo while staking out the location of his latest jewelry heist?

    Director Yau earns his directorial wings from minute one, using riveting style and plenty of visual exposition to set up his players and the playing field. When the film begins, the audience isn't sure who's chasing who, and it isn't until some tense moments have passed that things become clear. Bo joins Dog Head's team as his latest recruit, taking on the unfortunate codename Piggy, while Shan pulls off his latest jewelry heist, suffering a few minor hitches that reveal that his lackeys (including Lam Suet, Berg Ng, and Lai Yiu-Cheung) may not be as smart as he is. Immediately, Dog Head's team is assigned to find the perpetrators of the crime, and Bo's status as a newbie gives Dog Head plenty of chances to explain the technique and philosophy of being an ace surveillance officer. Basically, it requires lots of patience and the willingness to put your human compassion aside, i.e. if you see someone getting beaten up, don't intervene, because it'll blow your cover. The investigation launches an intense chase, as the SU uses whatever means it has - security camera footage, rechargeable smart card (AKA: Octopus Card) tracking, sheer manpower - to deduce where the bad guys are and if they'll strike again.

    This focus on cop procedure proves enthralling; the film initially moves at a steady pace with little deviation for character backstory or assorted hijinks. The film simply barrels along, creating tension with the promise that the SU and Shan's gang of thieves will one day cross paths again. There's much to enjoy in the explication of the Surveillance Unit's work; much of what the SU does in unlike what we usually see in cop movies, and seeing it explained onscreen is actually less boring than one would think. Adding to that is Shan's methods for running his heists, which sometimes parallels the SU's standard operating procedure. Shan also handles surveillance on his heists, taking up position on a nearby rooftop to survey the surroundings. This juxtaposition of active voyeurs is an intriguing one, made more so by the actors playing the roles. Tony Leung and Simon Yam inhabit their roles like seasoned pros, giving their characters immediate credibility and - in Leung's case - a dangerous unpredictability. The anticipated game of cat-and-mouse between the two is probably half of the film's enjoyment. The skills for victory here are a good eye and a quick mind, and both Shan and Dog Head have got game. Who's going to come out on top, the cat or the mouse?

    Or will it be the cute ingenue? Given the obvious push Kate Tsui's been getting with Eye in the Sky, it's obvious that the cute ingenue is the one who eventually gets put front-and-center. Bo's initiation and the focus on procedure are enough to hold our attention for a while, but at the hour mark, things start to get a little labored. The procedure gets laid on thick, and seems to be working so successfully that one has to wonder if we're just going to watch a routine bust, followed by a drink at the local pub and high-fives all around. Thankfully, that doesn't happen; things go awry, and after Bo experiences firsthand the violence that comes with being a cop, the SU has to regroup to once again pursue Shan. The shift is welcome, as it removes the audience from the overload of procedural detail. But the shift also changes Bo from an ensemble player to the star, meaning the plot hinges on her emotions and her actions - which don't always come off as convincing. Tsui is fresh-faced and engaging as the young SU recruit, but she's a little out of her depth when compared to either Simon Yam or Tony Leung Ka-Fai. The climax of the film also hinges on many convenient coincidences, plus the SU seemingly loses their ability to do their job at very key moments. In Eye in the Sky, the key characters (Dog Head and Shan, not Bo) seem so smart that when they finally falter it just seems wrong.

    But, luck does play a role in this cop vs. criminal chase. As the film finally points out, sometimes there's a "hand of God" involved. Eye in the Sky proffers some obvious karmic themes, which can easily be seen in the film's title plus the fates of some characters, which smack of obvious meaning. The screenwriters do have the cleverness to write some of their karmic thinking into the screenplay, in the form of a joke told by Dog Head that will unfortunately fly over the heads of those not steeped in Chinese religious rituals. The theme of the "big eye in the sky" is given little focus until the climax, however, and the way in which it's forced upon the audience could have some screaming, "Cheesy!". Still, Yau Nai-Hoi sells it well; the film builds to an appropriate emotional and stylistic climax, and delivers an audience-friendly ending that should help the film get a few extra nods from Joe Q. Public. For a Milkyway film, Eye in the Sky is a rather light affair, and seems to celebrate its own style more than its themes, which are potentially quite strong. Still, unlike the best films in the Milkyway canon, the themes feel perfunctory, and fail to resonate.

    Then again, for a Hong Kong Cinema fix, Eye in the Sky does the job quite well. Yau Nai-Hoi shows a fine handle for pacing and detail, and seems to echo the Milkyway house style with his occasional detours into irony. Fans of Milkyway films should find interest in the usual band of Milkyway players, including Eddie Cheung, Lam Suet, and Maggie Siu as the Surveillance Unit chief with a penchant for swearing. Kate Tsui handles her character's emotions well, Tony Leung Ka-Fai exudes calculating menace, and Simon Yam is dependably charismatic, though his fake gut (his paunch looks like twenty extra pounds plus three pillows) is a tad distracting. Tying everything together is Yau Nai-Hoi's direction, which is so assured that moments after the film ends, it seems like it accomplished more than it really did. Perhaps we shouldn't be giving credit for a hollow success, but the ride here is good enough that all can be forgiven. Nowadays, a Milkyway film is an event for Hong Kong Cinema fans, and though Eye in the Sky is a few steps below the Elections and Exileds of this world, it's still head-and-shoulders above most stuff getting released in cinemas. Johnnie To and company are still trying hard to make films - as opposed to slapdash productions designed for quick profit - and for that, we should give them our earnest thanks. Forgiving Eye in the Sky its flaws is the least we can do.

    by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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    Customer Review of "Eye In The Sky (2007) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.3 out of 10 (3)

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    November 7, 2007

    This customer review refers to Eye In The Sky (2007) (DVD) (US Version)
    1 people found this review helpful

    Gripping action flick Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    "Eye in the Sky" is a lean, mean, crime-busting machine of a movie! In an age when Hollywood directors churn out an endless series of flabby, overlong jeremiads, it is a real treat to see a stripped-down, edge-of-your-seat thriller like this little gem.

    Kate Tsui plays Piggy, a new recruit to the Surveillance Unit of the Hong Kong Police. She is mentored by Simon Yam in surely his least glamorous role ever. They and the other members of the SU are trying to stop a spree of jewelry heists pulled off by a well-organized gang run by Tony Leung Ka Fai.

    The film shows the detailed planning Leung undertakes to get his heists to go smoothly. He wants the crimes to proceed with military efficiency. Of course, he is dealing with a gang of thugs and thieves, not disciplined soldiers, so things don't always go quite as planned.

    The film goes into equal detail in showing the efforts of the Surveillance Unit to crack this criminal gang. It is all fascinating stuff and seems almost hyper-realistic.

    "Eye in the Sky" wastes no time on telling us the background stories or showing the home lives of its central characters. Whatever we learn about them we discover through watching their behavior at work. Yet it is surprising how much we do learn about each character by seeing how they respond to pressure.

    The director keeps the action moving swiftly and shows everything in gritty detail. The viewer becomes enmeshed in this game of cat and mouse between cops and criminals. Will Tony Leung get away with pulling off the big heist? Will the Surveillance Unit intervene in time? Will newbie Kate Tsui get the job done when the chips are down?

    You definitely will want to see this beautifully constructed, taut thriller to see how it all turns out. I recommend "Eye in the Sky" very highly.
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    September 26, 2007

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    $14.99 well spent Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I wasn't especially fond of Simon Yam's character though I can understand that he is supposed to be the lovable mentor we all wish we had. Tony Leung Ka Fai is very creepy and dangerous as the target for surveilalnce. It is more about dogged police work than high tech ominpotence.
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    September 6, 2007

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    5 Stars for Debutante Tsui Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
    This movie can easily make my 2007 top10 movie list. The casting and storyline are an excellent match. Though both seasoned veterans Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Simon Yam prove to continue presenting their best acting abilities, debutante Kate Tsui proves to be a great addition to the movie. Like many Milkyway films there's a sudden tie in of several seemingly unrelated incidents, which made me love this movie even more.

    Though very little suspense can be felt during the first half of the film, the acting and action sequences really pull this film together.Not once did I want to get up to use the bathroom, and in my book that makes a really good film. I highly recommend this film to anyone whose enjoys Milkway's style of cinematic brilliance.
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