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Release Date:
17 December 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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For fans of John Woo or the Hong Kong action thriller See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Lung Ti ... Sung Tse-Ho (also archive footage) (as Ti Lung)

Yun-Fat Chow ... Ken / Mark Lee / Mark 'Gor' (also archive footage) (as Chow Yun Fat)
Leslie Cheung ... Sung Tse-Kit (also archive footage)
Dean Shek ... Lung Si
Shan Kwan ... Ko Ying Pui
Emily Chu ... Jackie Sung

Kenneth Tsang ... Uncle Ken
Man Tat Ng ... Boss Wong
Ming Yan Lung ... Chong
Peter Wang ... Father Sam
Fui-On Shing ... Pui's Right-Hand Man
Chung Lin ... Pui's Partner
Regina Kent ... Peggy Lung

Siu-Ming Lau ... Inspector Wu
Ken Boyle ... Bearded Crime Boss
Louis Roth ... Protection Money Collector
Ming Leung ... Uncle Chan
Mike Abbott ... Assassin
Chindy Lau ... Ken's Restaurant Worker
Mark King ... Shotgun Pete
Shung Fung Lau ... Pui's Thug
Steve Mak ... Pui's Thug
Foo-wai Lam ... Pui's Thug
Wei Ho Tu ... Pui's Thug
Seng-Kwong Chang ... Pui's Thug
Shu-Kei Law ... Ballroom Guest
K.K. Wong ... Ballroom Guest
Fook-On Shing ... Boss Wong's Thug
Dean Harrington ... Hitman in the hallway
Wayne Archer ... Assassin
Waise Lee ... Shing (archive footage)

Charles Dumas ... New York Cop
Paul Francis
Sammy Lee
Marco Wo
Sing Chau Wai
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Directed by
John Woo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hark Tsui  story
John Woo 

Produced by
Paul J.Q. Lee .... associate producer
Hark Tsui .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph Koo 
Lowell Lo 
 
Cinematography by
Wing-hang Wong 
 
Film Editing by
David Wu 
 
Production Design by
Andy Lee 
Chi Fung Lok 
 
Costume Design by
Pauline Lau 
Nancy Tong 
 
Makeup Department
Billy Chan .... makeup artist
Bones Chan .... makeup artist
Nancy Tong .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kuo-chung Chou .... post-production manager (as Tony Chow)
Fung-jun Fung .... assistant production manager
Kin-cheong Jue .... assistant production manager
Wai-Lun Lam .... assistant production manager
Ting-Kit Lo .... assistant production manager
Kar-Man Won .... production manager
Ting-cho Wong .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Leung .... assistant director
Randy Ostrow .... assistant director: New York
Tai-Yung Wu .... assistant director (as Donald Wu)
 
Special Effects by
Matt Vogel .... pyrotechnician
 
Stunts
Siu-Tung Ching .... stunt coordinator
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Phil Neilson .... stunt performer
Peter Rocca .... stunts
Chi-Lung Wu .... assistant stunt coordinator
Tak Yuen .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Burkhart .... assistant camera
Kim-Kit Chik .... lighting technician
Jules Labarthe .... director of photography: second unit
Ho-Wing Lee .... assistant camera
Clay Liversidge .... gaffer: New York
Frank Prinzi .... cinematographer: New York
 
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
 
Music Department
Leslie Cheung .... playback singer
Joseph Koo .... composer: theme music
James Wong .... lyricist
David Wu .... music editor
 
Other crew
George Camarda .... location manager
Siu-Tung Ching .... action choreographer
Siu-Tung Ching .... action director
Kwong-Hing Ngan .... production assistant
Hark Tsui .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ying hung boon sik II" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Better Tomorrow: Rapid Fire II" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Ireland:18 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:18PL | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1988) (2008) | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Includes incidental music from the films Parole de flic (1985) and 52 Pick-Up (1986).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Kit gets shot in the basement, we can see a shadow of the camera.See more »
Quotes:
[Ko has Lung pinned down and at gunpoint]
Ko:What makes you think that the good guys always win?
[Ken and Ho both shoot Ko. After Ko hits the ground, Lung shoots him in the head]
Lung:What makes you think that the bad guys always win?
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Grindhouse (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Set-UpSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
For fans of John Woo or the Hong Kong action thriller, 2 July 2007
Author: wanderingstar from Toronto

Chow Yun-Fat is back, teaming up the cop "Kit" and ex-con "Ho" to deal some serious whup-ass on a gang of thugs, for killing their friend's daughter.

This one's not John Woo's best but it's still great in the genre of HK cop movies. The first half is not as good as the second, with some plot holes and kind of weird scenes establishing the state of mind of their friend (whose daughter was killed). Not to give anything away but - you will see what I mean.

Better Tomorrow II proves that nobody looks cooler wielding a 12-gauge shotgun than Chow Yun-Fat (ok, maybe Schwarzeneggar in T2).

The final gun battle at Ko's mansion is phenomenal - it gives Scarface a run for its money in terms of body count and ropes of blood splashing on walls. I love Woo's explosive style of close gun battles and over-the-top carnage. I mean, is it really necessary, once pumping 2 lethal rounds into the bad guy's chest thus assuring his death, to empty the clips from both handguns into him as he is staggering back? Better Tomorrow II states emphatically - YES!

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