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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
Chung Lam ... Pui's Partner (as Chung Lin)
Regina Kent Regina Kent ... Peggy Lung
Siu-Ming Lau ... Inspector Wu
Ken Boyle Ken Boyle ... Bearded Crime Boss
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Storyline

Restaurant owner Ken Gor, twin brother of Mark Gor, teams up with police detective Kit and his struggling ex-con brother Ho to avenge his old friend's daughter's death by a Triad gang. Written by L. Lim <penny1@es.co.nz>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

17 December 1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Better Tomorrow II See more »

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Film Workshop See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Woo: [guns] Yun-Fat Chow uses a gun in each hand. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in Mark's glasses throughout most of the final battle. See more »

Quotes

Ken: [in English] FUCK YOU!
[fires shotgun]
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All 5.1 and 7.1 sound mixes found on various DVD- and Blu-ray editions feature added and re-dubbed sound effects, and vary greatly from the original monaural soundtrack. See more »

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Forward To The Days In The Future
by Leslie Cheung
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Ultra-violence, the Hong Kong way
23 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A BETTER TOMORROW II is the superior follow-up to the John Woo original. This time around, both Tsui Hark and Woo share directorial duties in a typical tale of gangsters. Betrayal, violent shoot-outs and madness are the order of the day, and for the most part you'll be watching for the exemplary action.

Be warned: this is a film that requires you to suspend your disbelief. Chow Yun Fat's character doesn't return from the original - for obvious reasons - so instead his 'twin brother' makes an appearance here. Still, it gives Woo the chance to feature his favourite actor in more outrageous set-pieces, with the stair-sliding scene being a real highlight here.

The storyline involves a couple of ex-cons given the task of going undercover to take down a suspected smuggler (Dean Shek, of DRUNKEN MASTER fame). They soon find themselves embroiled in a murky world where a crime boss is planning a massive takeover and murder is the order of the day. As in GOD OF GAMBLERS, one character's madness takes up a big part of the running time.

What you get here are a number of Hong Kong megastars (alongside Yun Fat, Ti Lung has a welcome role, plus A Chinese GHOST STORY's Leslie Cheung) indulging themselves in some frenetically exciting shoot-outs. Woo's action choreography is superb, with hard-hitting bullets flying around the screen, slow motion blood sprays, and all manner of outrageousness. The ending, which is impossibly violent and over the top, proves a neat precursor to the later madness of THE KILLER and HARD-BOILED.


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