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Release Date:
17 December 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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  (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Broad ... Mark Lee (voice) (uncredited)

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
Bones Chan .... makeup artist
Chi-Yeung Chan .... makeup artist (as Billy Chan)
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
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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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Lung Si (Dean Shek) is meant to be an older, retired crime boss who had previously employed Sung Tse-Ho (Lung Ti). In reality, Lung Ti is nearly 4 years older than Dean Shek.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Kit gets shot in the basement, we can see a shadow of the camera.See more »
Ken:[To Ko and Sung, after a bloodbath] We're dying; can we leave now?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Hit (1998)See more »
Forward To The Days In The FutureSee more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Better moments make a better sequel, 17 November 1999
Author: Robin Warder (r& from Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

The original "A Better Tomorrow" changed the face of action films forever. A shoot-em-up gangster melodrama from a then-little-known filmmaker named John Woo, "Tomorrow"'s rampant violence and stylish action scenes instantly established Woo as one of the greatest action directors in the world, and the result was one of Hong Kong's highest grossers ever. After the trend-setting scene where Chow Yun-Fat burst into a room and gunned down a group of bad guys in all sorts of stylish and inventive fashions, everybody in Hong Kong had to go out and buy a trench coat like the one he wore, which guaranteed the actor instant stardom as well. Naturally, a sequel had to be made right away, and in 1987 came "A Better Tomorrow II". You can tell it was rushed into production because it's a little rough around the edges (which probably explains why John Woo has never made another sequel since). And, unfortunately, most of the copies you are likely find of this movie will be marred by atrocious subtitles, which are hard to read, chopped off at the sides of the screen, and are fraught with spelling errors. You're not even two minutes into the movie before you see "hopefully" spelled "hope_lully". But bad subtitles do not ruin a film where what you see on the screen is too explosive to be described with words.

This was the film where John Woo demonstrated that he could just go all-out, and two of his works that followed this, "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled", are placed by many among the ranks of the greatest action films of all time. While "A Better Tomorrow II" is certainly a dynamic piece of work by Woo, it will never be looked upon as a strong example of action movie storytelling. The plot is often confusing and lazily constructed, and commits the ultimate "sin of sequels" when Chow Yun-Fat is introduced into the story. You may recall that his character, Mark, was killed at the end of the original "Better Tomorrow", so how can he return for the sequel? Why, by saying that Mark had a twin brother, of course. Normally, absurd contrivances like that are enough to destroy the credibility of an entire movie, but all is instantly forgiven in Chow's introductory scene when he responds to a mafioso kingpin's bullying by forcing him to eat his rice. It's a delightful, hilarious sequence, and NO other action star could've pulled it off. After watching it, I was quite happy that Mark had a twin brother.

It's the individual moments like that which make "A Better Tomorrow II" an action classic. On an overall scale, it may not be as good as its predecessor, but the moments that do work turn it into a much more exciting film. And boy, when this film works, it WORKS! The final twenty minutes may be the best you see in ANY action film! A very powerful death scene is immediately followed by an absolutely incredible finale in which the heroes barge into the home of the villain and deliver carnage like you've never seen it before. The heroes use guns, grenades and even a samurai sword to mow down the opposition and, by the end, there are more bodies than one can count. This is the first action set piece in which John Woo just decided to go completely berserk, though it would certainly not be the last. Of course, everything in "Better Tomorrow II" is over-the-top melodrama and would probably seem laughable if seen in an American action picture, but what sets the Hong Kong genre apart from all others is that the sheer energy and passion in the filmmaking can make even the hokiest of situations work wonders. And at its best, "Better Tomorrow II" does work wonders. It is so easy to overlook a film's flaws when it makes the can't-miss decision to deliver the goods in the most electrifying ways possible.

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