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San ying hung boon sik (1994)

An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.

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Duke Simon (as Man-tak Wong)
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Chili (as Suk-ching Yau)
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Lui Wei (as Kwok-bun Lam)
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Holland Boy (as Sing Ngai)
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Barrister Wong (as Jim Wong)
Paul Chun ...
Fred Simon (as Pui Chun)
Parkman Wong ...
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Ting Tong (as Pui-chi Leung)
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Chiu (as Tung Ching)
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An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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Otoko tachi no banka 4  »

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The Chinese title translates to "New - Color of Heroes", which indicates that it is a remake of the original "A Better Tomorrow" (a.k.a. YingHongBoonSik). However, HK cinema defines remake very differently from Hollywood. HK remake often has a completely different cast and a different story line altogether. See more »

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Nothing to do with the John Woo classic. But good film none the less.
9 December 2002 | by (Yarm, England) – See all my reviews

Let me get one thing straight before I start reviewing Return to a Better Tomorrow. It is in no way a sequel, or prequel to John Woo's class "A Better Tomorrow" starring Chow Yun Fat.

Return To A Better Tomorrow is like many underrated Hong Kong action movies. It has great action sequences, good unknown actors and a healthy storyline. The great thing about Hong Kong movies is that no matter how small the budget, it always seems to pull off pretty well. Like Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" for example, even if it's not a Hong Kong action movie, considering it's budget ($7000) it's a great movie.

Anyway back to Return to a Better Tomorrow. Although it has nothing to do with A Better Tomorrow, this movie does seem to take a leaf out of John Woo's classic film. Some of the scenes in RTABT do have a slight "deja-vu" feel to them, I thing the director was heavily influenced by A Better Tomorrow and decided to base a lot of the action within RTABT from Woo's ABT.

The storyline has all the classic elements of a gangster/Hong Kong action movie: faith, brotherhood, trust, treachery etc, just like A Better Tomorrow, this is when RTABT does start to feel like it's been heavily influenced by the classic John Woo movie, none the less...it's still a great film, if underrated.

This should please most action junkies out there, but please...don't consider it a sequel to A Better Tomorrow.

7/10.


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