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A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)

Ying hung boon sik III: Zik yeung ji gor (original title)
A man travels from China to Vietnam, on the brink of war with America, to retrieve his uncle and cousin but find complications when he falls in love with a female gangster with a dangerous ex.

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writers:

Yiu-ming Leung (screenplay), Foo Ho Tai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yun-Fat Chow ... Mark Gor (as Chow Yun Fat)
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Cheung Chi-Mun
Anita Mui ... Chow Ying-Kit
Kien Shih ... Mun's father
Saburô Tokitô ... Ho Cheung-Ching / Tanaka
Wai Lun Cheng Wai Lun Cheng ... Pat
Maggie Ho-yee Cheung ... Ling (as Maggie Ho Yee Cheung)
Yeung-Wah Kam Yeung-Wah Kam ... Jimmy (as Andrew Kam)
Ling Nam Lam Ling Nam Lam ... Bond
Hsiang Lin Yin Hsiang Lin Yin ... General with Bond (as Seung Lam Wan)
Chi Wai Wong ... Bodyguard
Kirk Wong ... Bodyguard
Wai Tam ... Bodyguard
Wei Ho Tu Wei Ho Tu ... Soldier
Chi-Mun Ho Chi-Mun Ho ... Mr. Ho's Board Member
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Storyline

At the end of the Vietnam war, Cheung goes to Saigon, intent on bringing his uncle and cousin back to Hong Kong. In Saigon, Cheung meets beautiful gangleader Chow, and relies on her help for their safe return. A love triangle develops between the cousins and Chow Further complicating matters, Chow's lover Ho, a gang leader, appears Ho deports the cousins, and kills their uncle. Cheung and his cousin return to Vietnam seeking revenge, while Chow and Ho also become entangled with a local vietnamese warlord. Chow tries to stop the battle, but the warlord kills Chow and Ho. Just before her death Chow gives the cousins the last two air tickets with which to leave Vietnam Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Genres:

Action | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon See more »

Filming Locations:

Vietnam

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Woo (director of the first two films in the series) wrote the original screenplay for this third installment, but he never got to direct this third entry due to having had artistic differences with producer Hark Tsui during the filming of A Better Tomorrow II (1987). Instead, John Woo took his screenplay and made it into the film Bullet in the Head (1990). Hark Tsui himself would direct his own version of A Better Tomorrow III. The two films have many parallels, most notably, both being set in the Vietnam War. See more »

Goofs

In the subtitled version, Ho reveals that his real name is "Tanaka". However, later in the film he refers to his name as being "Tokito". The role was being played by 'Saburo Tokito'. See more »

Quotes

Mark Gor: Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring.
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Alternate Versions

A 130-minute Mandarin version was released in Taiwan and has appeared on home video several times over the years. No Cantonese version is in circulation, but an English dub appeared on VHS in France. A 145-minute cut is said to exist, but it is unavailable on video and may be apocryphal. The Taiwanese VCD advertises a running time of 145 minutes, but it is in fact the 130-minute edit. See more »

Connections

Follows A Better Tomorrow (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunset Song
(uncredited)
Performed by Anita Mui
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Lacks the magic from its older brothers
8 June 2000 | by action-6See all my reviews

A Better Tomorrow 3 is not a sequel to A Better Tomorrow 2, but a prequel to A Better Tomorrow 1. We get to know how Mark Gor(Yun-Fat`s legendary ultracool gangster from ABT1) became a gun-toting gangster in Vietnam in the 1970`s. The movie itself is okay, but a lot worse than its legendary older brothers. The action is directed by Tsui Hark, a very good actiondirector, but not a patch on John Woo. Also, the gunfights lacks the intensity, smoothness and violence that we have come to expect from the ABT-series. If you`re a fan of Hong-Kong-cinema, ABT3 is worth a go, but remember that the other two are a lot better. 5/10


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