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Director:
Writers:
Hing-Ka Chan (written by) &
Suk-Wah Leung (written by) ...
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Release Date:
2 August 1986 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Tagline:
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

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 
 
Production Management
Kuo-chung Chou .... production manager (as Tony Chow)
Yu-Kin Ng .... production manager
Ga-Man Wan .... production manager
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
This film became so popular, that kids in Hong Kong started wearing long coats, known as "dusters" to copy the lead character in the film.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chinese Eye (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Main Shi ChiSee more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
the start of a trend, 20 August 2000
Author: rdoyle29 from Winnipeg, Canada

In the 1980s, Chinese and Taiwanese films stormed into European and American art-house theatres, while for less fastidious audiences, Hong Kong provided cult action films, first Kung Fu pictures then gangster flicks. John Woo became the Crown Colony's hottest director through his kinetic crime flicks that filtered the lyrical violence of Sergio Leone, Sam Peckinpah, and Walter Hill through an Asian sensibility and re-exported it to the States where Quentin Tarantino became a major admirer. Woo's trademarks are the stand-off, where two or more gunmen hold each other at bay, and the ferocious gunfight in which dozens of people are killed and restaurants blown apart as the hero pirouettes and somersaults while blasting away with two automatic pistols to throbbing, synthesized Western music. "A Better Tomorrow" is a characteristic fable of male friendship, stoicism, courage, and men living by a personal code, in which women are marginalized. It made an overnight star of Chow Yun Fat, who appeared in most of Woo's pictures. The handsome, reserved, athletic Chow is the epitome of Hong Kong movie cool, a moral man in an amoral world, his character is much the same whatever side of the law he is on. The movie also introduced Leslie Cheung, who was to become an iconic figure in mainland Chinese cinema.

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