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Director:
Writers:
Hing-Ka Chan (written by) &
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Release Date:
2 August 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »
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The movie that began it all......... See more »
Plot:
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Lung Ti ... Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
Leslie Cheung ... Sung Tse-Kit
Emily Chu ... Jackie
Waise Lee ... Shing (as Lee Chi Hung)
Feng Tien ... Father Sung

John Woo ... Inspector Wu
Yanzi Shi ... Mr. Yiu

Kenneth Tsang ... Ken
Fui-On Shing ... Shing's right hand man
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

Hark Tsui ... Music Judge (as Tsui Hark)
Shung Fung Lau ... Taiwanese Triad
Wei Ho Tu ... Taiwanese Triad
Yung-sheng Pan ... Taiwanese Triad
Seng-Kwong Chang ... Taiwanese Triad
Foo-wai Lam ... Taiwanese Triad

Stephen Chow ... Taiwanese Triad
Hsin Nan Hung ... Triad Member
Hsi-chun Yang ... Triad Member in Parking Lot
Wai Tong Wong ... Shing's Gangster
Te-wei Chu ... Shing's Gangster
Ming-Wai Chan ... Shing's Gangster
Wing-Hon Cheung ... Shing's Gangster
Wai Cheung Mak ... Brawl Extra
Han-yuan Ma ... Brawl Extra
Gregory Snegoff ... Sung Tse-Ho (voice: English version)
Patrick Leung
Kwok Leung Cheung
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Directed by
John Woo 
 
Writing credits
Hing-Ka Chan (written by) (as Chan Hing Kai) &
Suk-Wah Leung (written by) (as Leung Suk Wah) &
John Woo (written by)

Produced by
Hark Tsui .... producer (as Tsui Hark)
John Woo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Koo 
Ka-Fai Koo 
 
Cinematography by
Wing-hang Wong 
 
Film Editing by
Ma Kam 
David Wu 
 
Production Design by
Chi Leung Lui 
 
Art Direction by
Bennie Lui 
 
Costume Design by
Gam-Jan Yeung 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cylon Or .... action director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kim-Kit Wai .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
 
Other crew
Wing-Tuen Chow .... script supervisor
Hark Tsui .... presenter (as Tsui Hark)
Wei Tung .... action director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ying hung boon sik" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Rapid Fire" - Philippines (English title)
"The Essence of Heroes" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The cello playing at the "audition" (c.11 minutes) is inaccurately mimed.See more »
Quotes:
Mark Gor:Get over here! This is your brother! Take a good look at him! Take a good look! Whatever he's done in the past, he's more than paid you back! He's trying to change his life around! Why can't you accept him? Why? To be brothers...
[Gunshot]
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A Better Tomorrow starts today..., 3 September 2006
Author: Frank Markland from United States

Two brothers (One a cop played by the late Leslie Cheung, the other a thief played by Ti Lung) become enemies after the death of their father while Chow Yun Fat plays a crippled assassin who teams up with Ti Lung to help protect Cheung from the mob boss that is looking to do him in, while at the same time try to redeem himself in the eyes of his police officer brother. A Better Tomorrow is often reported as the best movie John Woo has done and while it is certainly a superior staple on his resume, the movie's tone is a little off and although the movie is very well done the movie gets a tad too melodramatic at times. However that minor flaw aside A Better Tomorrow provides an unusually rich story that details a rocky relationship that seems to never be forgiven. Indeed even at the end, we doubt whether the brothers will ever be as close as they once were. Ti Lung and Leslie Cheung are very good in their roles but it really is Chow Yun Fat that sells the movie and his performance as an out of work assassin provides a tragic figure that is far more tragic than the relationship between Lung and Cheung. As noted the acting is flawless with Cheung turning in a flawless 180 degree turn in his character. A Better Tomorrow while not the best movie from John Woo, is still a rewarding tale.

* * *1/2 out of 4-(Very good)

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