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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
... Mark (as Chow Yun Fat)
... Sung Tse-Kit
Emily Chu ... Jackie
... Shing (as Lee Chi Hung)
... Father Sung
... Inspector Wu
Yanzi Shi ... Mr. Yiu
... Ken
... Shing's right hand man
... Mr. Wang (as Hap Wong)
Chi Fai Chan ... 'Little' Wang
Ming Leung ... Uncle Chan
Hing-Yin Kam ... Mr. Mok
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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Brothers by blood. Enemies by chance. Killers by nature. See more »


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The translation of some of the characters' names are incorrect in the English versions. Kit's proper Chinese name is Ah-Git, and while "Mark" is correct, "Mark Gor" is inaccurate as in a first and last name. "Gor" means "brother" in Cantonese hence Mark Gor is translated as Brother Mark in English. See more »

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The cameraman can be seen in the reflection of the characters' sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Ho Tse Sung: Wow. You're good at bullshitting. Your english has improved. You can even say "Of course."
Mark Gor: [in English] Of course!
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Referenced in The Big Hit (1998) See more »

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Several Blast and Rain
Performed by Roman Tam
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Still holds up
6 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie kick-started many things. The very fruitful partnership between John Woo and Chow Yun Fat, the successful career for of them, the heroic bloodshed movie (don't try this at home or let kids watch them) and a lot of imitators! So one should be really thankful to Tsui Hark, because it's a really good thing he couldn't direct. Otherwise we most likely wouldn't have any of the above!

But being as it is, you can watch this movie and see how it is done correctly. Replacement Killers eat your heart out! This movie still is superior to imitators such as the named one or a few others. Yes I know that some have argued that it is dated and other movies (such as Matrix) have not only copied some of it's styles, but improved them. Not for me, they haven't! Because it's not only about copying a slow motion effect here, it's about the story too. And the characters and their believes. And of course the acting!


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