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A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Ying hung boon sik II (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 17 December 1987 (Hong Kong)
A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director:

John Woo

Writers:

Hark Tsui (story), John Woo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lung Ti ... Sung Tse-Ho (as Ti Lung)
Yun-Fat Chow ... Ken / Mark Lee / Mark 'Gor' (as Chow Yun Fat)
Leslie Cheung ... Sung Tse-Kit
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 Peter Wang ... Father Sam
Fui-On Shing ... Pui's Right-Hand Man
Regina Kent Regina Kent ... Peggy Lung
Siu-Ming Lau ... Inspector Wu
Ken Boyle Ken Boyle ... Bearded Crime Boss
Louis Roth Louis Roth ... Protection Money Collector
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Storyline

In this sequel, Ho initially refuses to go undercover to bust the gang he used to work for in exchange for his release from prison. He only accepts after his little brother, the policeman Kit accepts the assignment. Meanwhile in New York Ken Gor, the twin brother of Mark Gor from the 1st movie, shelters the boss of the gang, who has had to flee after it is taken over by a more aggressive leadership. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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John Woo's first cut was about 160 minutes long. He and producer Hark Tsui had disagreements over the focus of the film. Tsui felt that it should focus more on the Lung, while Woo's original version focused more on characters Ken and Kit. Hark also insisted that the film should be shortened to a commercially viable length, which in Hong Kong is considered under 120 minutes, so theatre owners could show the film at least eight times a day.

Woo refused to cut it down and when he and Hark couldn't agree about the focus of the film and how it should be re-edited, Hark went and started secretly re-editing it himself, since he had equal control with the editing along with three other editors (Woo being the fifth). At the same time when Hark would cut some parts out, Woo would secretly put the missing parts back in. With only a week remaining before the film was to be released in theaters, and with pressure from the studio and distributors to trim the film down, Woo and Hark agreed to send the movie to "Cinema City Editing Unit", which meant that they sent each reel of the film to one of Cinema City's editors, who would then go to work on his particular reel. There was no overall supervision whatsoever by either Woo or Hark. Each of these editors just cut things out as they saw fit, then returned the reels. What they came up with is now the official released version of the film.

When Woo saw this final version, which was 105 minutes long, in the theater for the first time he was so shocked to see how badly it was re-edited that he disowned the film; to this day the only part he said he considers to be his work is the final shootout sequence. Woo's director's cut was only shown once to film executives in Hong Kong, before all the re-editing problems began. The Hong Kong trailer--5-1/2 minutes long--is the only source to get glimpses of some deleted scenes; blood-covered Kit being brutally beaten up, Kit seeing his wife while still having injuries from the beating on his face, Ken and Lung playing with the bird. See more »

Goofs

During one of the action scenes at Ken's house you can clearly see that the sparks that are supposed to show the effects of bullets hitting a wall, are actually coming out of a pipe attached to the wall. See more »

Quotes

Ken: Eat the fucking rice!
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Alternate Versions

German TV-Version and Rental-Video-Release are edited for violence. Uncut Version was released by Laser Paradise on DVD See more »

Connections

Follows A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Forward To The Days In The Future
by Leslie Cheung
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Still better than Woo´s Hollywood standard!
7 April 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

Even though "A Better Tomorrow II" is a pretty good sequel to its great predecessor, it is no masterpiece like "The Killer", but still much better than Woo´s awful Hollywood-garbage "MI:2"!!! Once more Chow Yun Fat´s giving an over the top performance, the gunfights are well choreographed and the score of Joseph Koo and Lowell Lo are real adrenalizers! This film doesn´t deserve the predicate "cult movie" and it will never reach the status of it, but nevertheless it´s a fine Hong Kong-actioner that lovers of Asian cinema should check out!


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

17 December 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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