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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 »
User Reviews:
A Better Tomorrow has yet to arrive. Will it ever come? 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

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

Did You Know?

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:
Ken:There's no such thing as can't. You always have a choice.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Matrix (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Birdy's FlightSee more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Better Tomorrow has yet to arrive. Will it ever come?, 24 June 2004

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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