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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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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:
6 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A groundbreaking movie, but it has been surpassed See more (92 total) »

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
Yun-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 (as Hon-Yuen Ma)
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  (as Ka-Fai Koo)
Joseph 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
Lik-Fong Ng .... still photographer
Kim-Kit Wai .... lighting director
Jan-Wah Yuen .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
 
Other crew
Wing-Tuen Chow .... script supervisor
Hark Tsui .... presenter (as Tsui Hark)
Wei Tung .... action director
Ping-Keung Cheung .... cantonese voice dubbing: Shi Yanzi (uncredited)
Stephen Wong Chi-Sing .... cantonese voice dubbing: Ti Lung (uncredited)
Gui Chin .... cantonese voice dubbing: Tien Fung (uncredited)
Leung Ching-Ping .... cantonese voice dubbing: Waise Lee (uncredited)
Lo Hung .... cantonese voice dubbing: Kam Hing-Yin (uncredited)
Lo Hung .... cantonese voice dubbing: Shing Fui-On (uncredited)
Chan Wing Shun .... cantonese voice dubbing: Leung Ming (uncredited)
Doris Lo So-Kuen .... cantonese voice dubbing: Emily Chu (uncredited)
Tinson Lo Tin-San .... cantonese voice dubbing: Hung San-Nam (uncredited)
 

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene where Kit rushes Jackie to a music recital, the violinist playing before Jackie plays the theme song of the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The cello playing at the "audition" (c.11 minutes) is inaccurately mimed.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Wu:Once a thief, it's not easy to turn your life around.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Spiritual Love (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Main Shi ChiSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A groundbreaking movie, but it has been surpassed, 15 May 2000
Author: action-6 from Froland, Norway

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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The year is 1986: Mark vs Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti HrundiVB
7.5 really? egonz011-1
I will start smoking because of this movie... pope_hentai-1
A Better Tomorrow was apparently a remake of the 1967 version... toyguy
So, which DVD:s or Blu-rays have the original music? kallemattila
Where can I get the soundtrack? jimiisthething
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