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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:
John Woo: Simply The Best 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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
When it was released in the Philippines in 1989, it was retitled as Better Tomorrow: Rapid Fire II. Distributors promoted it as sequel to Rapid Fire (1988) which became a hit in that Asian country in 1988.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The cameraman can be seen in the reflections of peoples' sunglasses throughout the film.See more »
Quotes:
Mark Gor:I didn't realize Hong Kong looked so beautiful at night. Such beauty can vanish in a blink. It really isn't worthwhile.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Il solitario (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Main Shi ChiSee more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
John Woo: Simply The Best, 9 November 2000
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

The relationship between two brothers on opposite sides of the law, and the loyalty of friends is explored in `A Better Tomorrow,' an action/drama directed by John Woo. As with any Woo film there's plenty of action here, but at the heart of the film is the story itself; and that's what sets Woo apart from all other so-called `action' directors. Woo frames the drama with some astoundingly intricate and well choreographed action sequences (gun play and hand to hand fighting), but integrates the story seamlessly, which raises this film, as with all of his films, levels higher than the average action movie. In this one, older brother Ho (Lung Ti) is a high ranking member of a crime syndicate specializing in counterfeit money; his younger brother, Kit (Leslie Cheung) is beginning his career as a detective. Complicating matters is the death of their father (Feng Tien) and the involvement of Ho's best friend and colleague, Mark (Chow Yun-Fat), and Kit's girl, Jackie (Emily Chu). In the end, at the core of the action, it becomes a story of love and loyalty, and the sacrifices sometimes necessary in life to make it work and give meaning to it all. Woo has impeccable timing, not only in the action sequences, but with the drama as well; he knows how to use the camera to heighten the emotional impact of a pivotal moment, and successfully injects a caesura at just the right time, which maintains the perfect amount of tension that extends the drama and serves to hold the audience enthralled. That he can employ these techniques equally within the action and dramatic sequences is why his movies have such wonderful flow and rhythm; it creates a `whole' as opposed to merely a series of scenes strung together to tell a story. Directors of all genres would be well served to study Woo's techniques. Woo gets the most out of his actors as well. Lung Ti gives tremendous depth to the character of Ho, successfully conveying the inner struggle of this man attempting to make amends with the brother he loves, while the charismatic Chow Yun-Fat gives a riveting performance as Ho's closest friend. His screen presence is dynamic and commanding. Woo firmly establishes the depth of loyalty between the two, and skillfully the actors make it convincing and credible, which makes the final heroics all the more believable. An exciting, memorable film, `A Better Tomorrow' is thoroughly entertaining, and a tribute to a truly great director, John Woo, who seems to get better with every film he makes. For a combination of action and drama, there isn't another director in the history of movies that does it better than Woo. I rate this one 9/10.

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