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A Better Tomorrow (2010) More at IMDbPro »Moo-jeok-ja (original title)

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A Better Tomorrow -- When his long-lost little brother resurfaces, a successful gangster must balance family loyalties with his complicated professional commitments. Hae-sung Song directs this Korean remake of director John Woo's Hong Kong cinema classic.
A Better Tomorrow -- Hyuk and Chul are two brothers who have been separated since childhood. Hyuk, the older one, has now become a weapon smuggling gang boss, while Chul has become a policeman. Their relationship gets tangled with deep misunderstanding and their destiny heads for an unexpected ending.


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16 September 2010 (South Korea) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Jin-mo Ju ... Kim Hyeok
Seung-heon Song ... Yeong-choon

Kang-woo Kim ... Kim Cheol
Han Sun Jo ... Tae Min
Kyeong-yeong Lee ... Lieutenant Park
Ji-yeong Kim ... Aunt
Hae-gon Kim ... President Jeong
Hyeong-jun Lim ... Detective Lee
Tae-hwa Seo ... Prosecutor Jo
Sin-seong Lee ... Gwang-hee

Directed by
Hae-sung Song 
Writing credits
John Woo (original screenplay)

Hyo-seok Kim (adaptation) &
Taek-kyung Lee (adaptation) &
Geun-mo Choi (adaptation) &
Hae-gon Kim (adaptation)

Hing-Ka Chan  original screenplay
Suk-Wah Leung  original screenplay

Produced by
Terence Chang .... executive producer
Daniel Chun-on Cheung .... executive producer
Il-hyung Jo .... associate producer
Josh Kim .... associate producer
Katharine Kim .... associate producer
Byeong-woo Lim .... executive producer (as Brian Lim)
David Matsumoto .... executive producer
Daisuke 'Dais' Miyachi .... producer
Hyung-jun Park .... producer
Peter Poon .... executive producer
John Woo .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jae-jin Lee 
Cinematography by
Seung-gi Kang 
Film Editing by
Gok-ji Park 
Casting by
Jong-do Kim 
Production Design by
Hong-sam Yang 
Costume Design by
Jong-won Kim 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pornmanus Rattanavich .... assistant director: Thailand (as Pornmanus Silpasart)
Art Department
Nattavut Buranakij .... property master
Sound Department
Romain Bigorgne .... sound effects editor
Tae-young Choi .... sound re-recording mixer
Tae-young Choi .... supervising sound editor
Yong Oh Choi .... foley mixer
Kim Dong-Han .... sound effects editor
Hye Young Kang .... sound designer
Byung In Kim .... dialogue editor
Chung Gyu Lee .... foley artist
Su Hyun Lee .... sound effects editor
Yong Ki Park .... adr mixer
Yong Ki Park .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Kiyoung Jung .... pipeline technical director
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2010)
Il Hwan Na .... art supervisor
Min Jung Shin .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jae-young Lim .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Moo-jeok-ja" - South Korea (original title)
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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout and pervasive language
124 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (DVD rating) | France:U | Japan:PG12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Brothers / Enemies / Killers..., 24 March 2013
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

This 2010 version of "A Better Tomorrow" is not a bad movie, but why it came into being is somewhat of a puzzle to me. Why take something that was so unique back in 1986 and then remake it in 2010? And to go even further, why go from Hong Kong to Korea? Perhaps these are questions not meant to be answered, but it does make for an alright action movie. Just don't put this Korean version up against the Cantonese version, because that is a bad mistake.

If you watch this 2010 version for a stand-alone action movie, then it is a great experience by itself. The story is driven by a good, solid storyline, though it had a tendency of being a bit jumpy and hard to keep track of who was who, unless you pay a very close attentive eye on the movie. And this is what the movie suffers under, it is a bit too skittish.

This version of the "A Better Tomorrow" storyline is driven by a heavy dramatic storyline that is focusing on brotherhood and loyalty, and that does work out quite well in favor for the movie.

Compared to the original trilogy, then the 2010 Korean version has less action and shootings in it, but it is obvious that they have focused more on the aspects of brotherhood and loyalty, rather than just hardboiled action and gunfights.

And the movie was well carried by the four actors in the lead roles; Jin-mo Ju (playing Kim Hyeok), Seung-heon Song (playing Yeong-choon), Kang-woo Kim (playing Kim Cheol) and Han Sun Jo (playing Tae Min). Thumbs up to these four guys for really adding dimension and character to the 2010 version of "A Better Tomorrow".

The 2010 Korean version of this 1986 Hong Kong classic is well worth a watch for fans of Asian action cinema. Just keep this version aside from the Hong Kong trilogy, and you'll be fine.

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