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A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Ying hung boon sik (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 August 1986 (Hong Kong)
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

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Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
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Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
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Shing (as Lee Chi Hung)
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Yanzi Shi ...
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Ken
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Uncle Chan
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Pierre Tremblay ...
Interpol Officer
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This story is the tale of two brothers: one a successful counterfeiter and the younger a fledgling graduate of the HK police academy. The plot revolves around the split when the younger brother learns the other is a criminal and the efforts of the criminal brother to reform. Along the way are plenty of heists, double-crosses, and shoot outs. Written by Victor R. Volkman <sysop@hal9k.com>

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Trivia

Hark Tsui instructed the screenwriters to portray the mobsters as counterfeiters rather than drug traffickers to up the "hero" factor. See more »

Goofs

The cello playing at the "audition" (c.11 minutes) is inaccurately mimed. See more »

Quotes

Ho Tse Sung: Kit...
Tse-Kit Sung: Don't ever call me Kit again! You will adress me as "Officer!"
Ho Tse Sung: Officer... I'm no longer the Big Boss. I haven't the Big Boss for a long time.
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A groundbreaking movie, but it has been surpassed
15 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

John Woo was responsible for creating a whole new genre with A Better Tomorrow in 1986: the heroic-bloodshed genre. ABT is a groundbreaking movie, and Hollowood blockbusters like "The Matrix" would never have existed, if it hadn`t been for A Better Tomorrow. Chow Yun-Fat was launched into superstardom, after his flawless role in this movie. CYF plays Mark Gor, a Hong-Kong gangster known for his coolness. The actionscenes introduced John Woo`s famous twingun-action, and the quality of the actionscenes is very high. The film is VERY violent, and is not recommended for young people. Though ABT is getting a bit old, it can still show American action-directors how to get things right. 7,5/10


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