Moving Targets (2004)

Moving Targets is yet another jewel in the already sparkling crown of the producer king. Wong Jing directs Nicholas Tse Ting-Fung and Edison Chen Koon-Hei from his screenplay about the lives and friendship of two young men as their career paths entangle them in a tragic melodrama. Wong spins his yarn while exploring the relationship of the two men with their mothers. A recurring theme in many of his films, Wong is consumed with the influence of a mother’s love, or lack of it, on the development of his characters.

Staying with the jewel metaphor here, one of the brightest facets of this movie is the performance of Gillian Chung Yan-Tung. Her understated portrayal in this film and her chilling work in the outstanding movie Beyond Our Ken [2004] have cemented her place in Hong Kong cinema as a “serious” actress.

Moving Targets is a real nice looking film; the cinematography by Ng Man-Ching is very beautiful. Look for Lam Suet and Simon Yam Tat-Wah doing what they do so well.

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