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A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Ying hung boon sik (original title)
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

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Cast

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Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
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Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Emily Chu ...
Waise Lee ...
Shing (as Lee Chi Hung)
Feng Tien ...
Father Sung
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Yanzi Shi ...
Mr. Yiu
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Ken
Fui-On Shing ...
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Mr. Wang (as Hap Wong)
Chi Fai Chan ...
'Little' Wang
Ming Leung ...
Uncle Chan
Hing-Yin Kam ...
Mr. Mok
Pierre Tremblay ...
Interpol Officer
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Storyline

This story is the tale of two brothers: one a successful counterfeiter and the younger a fledgling graduate of the HK police academy. The plot revolves around the split when the younger brother learns the other is a criminal and the efforts of the criminal brother to reform. Along the way are plenty of heists, double-crosses, and shoot outs. Written by Victor R. Volkman <sysop@hal9k.com>

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Trivia

When it was released in the Philippines in 1989, it was retitled as Better Tomorrow: Rapid Fire II. Distributors promoted it as sequel to Rapid Fire (1988) which became a hit in that Asian country in 1988. See more »

Goofs

The cameraman can be seen in the reflections of peoples' sunglasses throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Father Sung: Ho...
Ho Tse Sung: Dad...
Father Sung: You should get out of the business. Your brother has no idea what you're doing. I remember when you kids played Cops & Robbers together. Even when he lost, he still wanted to be the cop. I don't want to see you two brothers play this game for real.
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Referenced in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002) See more »

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Several Blast and Rain
Performed by Roman Tam
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A groundbreaking movie, but it has been surpassed
15 May 2000 | by (Froland, Norway) – See all my reviews

John Woo was responsible for creating a whole new genre with A Better Tomorrow in 1986: the heroic-bloodshed genre. ABT is a groundbreaking movie, and Hollowood blockbusters like "The Matrix" would never have existed, if it hadn`t been for A Better Tomorrow. Chow Yun-Fat was launched into superstardom, after his flawless role in this movie. CYF plays Mark Gor, a Hong-Kong gangster known for his coolness. The actionscenes introduced John Woo`s famous twingun-action, and the quality of the actionscenes is very high. The film is VERY violent, and is not recommended for young people. Though ABT is getting a bit old, it can still show American action-directors how to get things right. 7,5/10


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