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A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Ying hung boon sik II (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 December 1987 (Hong Kong)
A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

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Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
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Ken / Mark Lee / Mark 'Gor' (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Ko Ying Pui
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Uncle Ken
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Boss Wong
Ming Yan Lung ...
Chong
Peter Wang ...
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Fui-On Shing ...
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Chung Lin ...
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Regina Kent ...
Peggy Lung
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Ken Boyle ...
Bearded Crime Boss
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Restaurant owner Ken Gor, twin brother of Mark Gor, teams up with police detective Kit and his struggling ex-con brother Ho to avenge his old friend's daughter's death by a Triad gang. Written by L. Lim <penny1@es.co.nz>

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John Woo: [guns] Yun-Fat Chow uses a gun in each hand. See more »

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Reflected in Mark's glasses throughout most of the final battle. See more »

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Ken: Eat the fucking rice!
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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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The Abduction
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A Better Tomorrow has yet to arrive. Will it ever come?
24 June 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

A Better Tomorrow II (1987) was rushed into production after the success of the first film. Armed with a bigger budget, Cinema City forged ahead with this sequel. Following after the events of part one. Lung Ti is about to be released from prison when he's offered a job as an undercover agent. His mission is to find some criminal evidence to topple his former boss (Cinema City board member Dean Shek). A first he dismisses the gig until he realizes they're going to his eager younger brother (Leslie Cheung). Once Lung is out, he notices that everything is not quite as it seems.

An interesting film. This time Tsui Hark had more of a hand in the production. He included his friend Dean Shek into the movie and he employed his best action director (Ching Siu-Tung) to direct the over-the-top action scenes. John Woo wasn't pleased with this and he voiced his displeasure. The final rift came during the editing of the film. Tsui Hark wanted the movie to be under two hours so it could have more showings, John Woo wanted it to be an epic. Guess who one out? Say what you will about this film, the action scenes are pure Ching Siu-Tung. His wild action scenes made this movie. Mr. Tsui must have liked him a lot because he went on to choreograph the action scenes in The Killer (although he was credited with stunt coordinator the action scenes have all of his visual trademarks).

The budget was huge on this one. It was filmed in Hong Kong and in the United States. Tsui Hark had another one of his friends (Peter Wang) co-star in the movie as well (he plays the inner city priest Dean Shek meets in N.Y.C.). Despite the friction caused by the behind the scenes squabbling, A Better Tomorrow II is a magnificent exercise in the ultra-violence. Awesome!

Highly recommended.

The last film in the trilogy is the epic A Better Tomorrow III: Love and death in Saigon.


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