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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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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
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
 
Stunts
Siu-Tung Ching .... 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
 
Location Management
George Camarda .... location manager
 
Music Department
Leslie Cheung .... playback singer
Joseph Koo .... composer: theme music
James Wong .... lyricist
David Wu .... music editor
 
Other crew
Kam-Pui Cheung .... story editor
Wai Jeng .... dance choreographer
Kwong-Hing Ngan .... production assistant
Fung-Yee So .... script supervisor
Siu-Mei Tam .... tea lady
Hark Tsui .... presenter
Hai-Shou Wang .... continuity (as Hoi-Sau Wong)
Sukie Yip .... continuity
 

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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | 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 (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lung Si is meant to be an older, retired crime boss who had previously employed Sung Tse-Ho. In reality, Lung Ti is nearly 4 years older than Dean Shek.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Nobody ever told Lung that his daughter is dead. Yet even Ken acts like it's a given without being told by anybody from Hong Kong.See more »
Quotes:
Ken:[To Ko and Sung, after a bloodbath] We're dying; can we leave now?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Matrix (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Birdy's FlightSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Different from the original, 8 January 2006
Author: roddick-1 from New Zealand

Having seen A Better Tomorrow 1 and thoroughly enjoying it, I was eager to see it's sequel. Even though not all reviews I had read of it were positive, I still thought I should give it a go. I found out that A Better Tomorrow II is quite different from it's predecessor.

Probably the thing that stands out as the most different is the style it has been filmed in. More advanced camera angles etc. plus the picture quality is better.

That may be an improvement, but most of the other changes are not so good. For starters, there a lot changes to do with the characters. Lung Ti's character "Ho", who was definitely the main character in the last film, is turned into a secondary character this time round, but he still does a good job acting. Lung Ti's top spot is taken by Dean Shek, who plays an old friend of Ho's. While good at times, I don't think he should of been given the main role. The rest of the cast do a good job, with the stand out being, of course, Chow Yun-Fat.

One thing that does stay the same is the fabulous shoot-outs. They are more bloody this time and more elaborate, plus there is also more of them than in A Better Tomorrow 1. Even though it changes around some characters, it still has a good John Woo story. Filled with drama, emotion and plenty of action.

Overall it is still a good movie. It does have some big changes, but it does remain an above the average action movie.

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