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A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Ying hung boon sik (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 August 1986 (Hong Kong)
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.



(as Chan Hing Kai), (as Leung Suk Wah) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
Emily Chu ...
Shing (as Lee Chi Hung)
Yanzi Shi ...
Shing's right hand man
Mr. Wang (as Hap Wong)
Chi Fai Chan ...
Ming Leung ...
Uncle Chan
Hing-Yin Kam ...
Mr. Mok
Pierre Tremblay ...
Interpol Officer


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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Did You Know?


In the scene where Ho meets Jackie back stage of the music recital to tell her he is leaving, the children's choir is singing "Tomorrow will be Better", written by Lo Ta-yu. This is likely the origin of the film's English title. See more »


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


[as Ho first enters United Taxi Co]
Ho Tse Sung: You the manager?
Ken: There's no manager here.
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Followed by A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »


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Still holds up
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie kick-started many things. The very fruitful partnership between John Woo and Chow Yun Fat, the successful career for of them, the heroic bloodshed movie (don't try this at home or let kids watch them) and a lot of imitators! So one should be really thankful to Tsui Hark, because it's a really good thing he couldn't direct. Otherwise we most likely wouldn't have any of the above!

But being as it is, you can watch this movie and see how it is done correctly. Replacement Killers eat your heart out! This movie still is superior to imitators such as the named one or a few others. Yes I know that some have argued that it is dated and other movies (such as Matrix) have not only copied some of it's styles, but improved them. Not for me, they haven't! Because it's not only about copying a slow motion effect here, it's about the story too. And the characters and their believes. And of course the acting!

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