Eye in the Sky (2007)
Look closely at the crush of humanity that is Hong Kong Central and you can’t help but wonder “Who is who, anyway?”. Eye in the Sky is a smart little thriller that does an excellent job capturing, and expressing, the randomness that is everyday life. A just this side of brilliant directorial debut for longtime screenwriter Yau Nai-Hoi, who authored many of Johnnie To’s best films working under the Milkyway Image production banner. This film has high production values, solid as always performances from Simon Yam Tat-Wah and Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and an engaging production design that makes good use of the sound elements. The film was nominated for 9 Hong Kong Film Awards in 2007 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor [Yam], Best Supporting Actress [Maggie Shaw], Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best New Artist [winner Kathy Tsui], and Best New Director [winner Yau].