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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 Lin ... Pui's Partner
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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nobody ever told Lung that his daughter is dead. Yet even Ken acts like it's a given without being told by anybody from Hong Kong. See more »

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Ken: [in English] FUCK YOU!
[fires shotgun]
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German TV-Version and Rental-Video-Release are edited for violence. Uncut Version was released by Laser Paradise on DVD See more »

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For fans of John Woo or the Hong Kong action thriller
2 July 2007 | by wandering-starSee all my reviews

Chow Yun-Fat is back, teaming up the cop "Kit" and ex-con "Ho" to deal some serious whup-ass on a gang of thugs, for killing their friend's daughter.

This one's not John Woo's best but it's still great in the genre of HK cop movies. The first half is not as good as the second, with some plot holes and kind of weird scenes establishing the state of mind of their friend (whose daughter was killed). Not to give anything away but - you will see what I mean.

Better Tomorrow II proves that nobody looks cooler wielding a 12-gauge shotgun than Chow Yun-Fat (ok, maybe Schwarzeneggar in T2).

The final gun battle at Ko's mansion is phenomenal - it gives Scarface a run for its money in terms of body count and ropes of blood splashing on walls. I love Woo's explosive style of close gun battles and over-the-top carnage. I mean, is it really necessary, once pumping 2 lethal rounds into the bad guy's chest thus assuring his death, to empty the clips from both handguns into him as he is staggering back? Better Tomorrow II states emphatically - YES!


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