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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 »
User Reviews:
Will these two brothers find...A Better Tomorrow? See more (85 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
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:
The English title, "A Better Tomorrow", is the translated title of the song sung by the two school kids (in Mandarin) in the middle of the movie. It's a New Year's Eve song, usually sung by large groups.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The cello playing at the "audition" (c.11 minutes) is inaccurately mimed.See more »
Quotes:
Ho Tse Sung:A new girlfriend... I hope this time, it'll last.
Tse-Kit Sung:That depends on how she behaves.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Poppitz (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Will these two brothers find...A Better Tomorrow?, 24 June 2004

A Better Tomorrow (1986) was the gangster film that made John Woo one of the top directors in the Hong Kong film industry during the mid to late 80's. This one also made Yun-Fat Chow into a superstar and it revived the career of former Shaw Brothers star Lung Ti and boosted the career of pop singer/actor Leslie Cheung. A tragic tale about true friendship and loyalty. Yun-Fat and Lung co-star as two gangsters who are also the best of friends. They have been through a lot together. But a simple twist of fate changes their lives for ever. Leslie Cheung stars as the younger brother of Lung Ti, a straight edge cop who learns about his brother's secret life. Waise Lee and John Woo also appear in this one as well.

A ground breaking film. Not only did it make Producer Tsui Hark and Cinema City Ltd. a lot of money, it also spawned two official sequels and countless of knock-offs. A number of triad inspired movies were produced after the success of this film. It also started a fashion trend in Hong Kong. Great stuff.

Highly recommended.

A

Followed by A Better Tomorrow II and A Better Tomorrow III: Love and death in Saigon..

One of your better trilogies.

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