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A Better Tomorrow (1986)
"Ying hung boon sik" (original title)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lung Ti ...
Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
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Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
Leslie Cheung ...
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 ...
Hsieh Wang ...
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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gangster | police | prison | friend | criminal | See more »

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Brothers by blood. Enemies by chance. Killers by nature. See more »


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2 August 1986 (Hong Kong)  »

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Trivia

Even though he is now universally known as an action hero, one of the main reasons John Woo wanted to cast Yun-Fat Chow because he didn't look like one. See more »

Goofs

The cello playing at the "audition" (c.11 minutes) is inaccurately mimed. See more »

Quotes

Ken: [after Sung Tse Ho beats up several triad members for destroying the lot at United Taxi Co] You bastard!
Ho Tse Sung: Ken, it's my fault. I didn't mean to involve you!
Ken: If you fight back, you're just like them! They beat on people because they're weak! If you hit them back, you'll be back where you started! It's so hard to change paths! Why'd you even bother?
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Birdy's Flight
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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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