5.9/10
2,735
22 user 17 critic

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 »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee
Tiger on Beat (1988)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Nina Li Chi, Conan Lee
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Ka-Kui Ho
Once a Thief (1991)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung
Full Contact (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater
The Killer (1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh
Hard Boiled (1992)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities.

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Andy Lau, Joey Wang
City on Fire (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store.

Director: Ringo Lam
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Yueh Sun, Danny Lee
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ko Chun vows to keep his identity hidden while looking for the gangsters who murdered his pregnant wife, in Wong Jing's sequel to his action/comedy classic.

Director: Jing Wong
Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chien-Lien Wu
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

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

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The cut footage existent in the Taiwanese print is available as deleted scenes on the Korean Fortune Star DVD box set. See more »


Soundtracks

Sunset Song
(uncredited)
Performed by Anita Mui
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Prequel to John Woo's first two "Tomorrow" films
1 August 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

Tsui Hark directed this sequel (1989) to John Woo's classic heroic bloodshed films Better Tomorrow 1 and 2 made couple of years earlier, and this third installment is more a prequel than sequel. It concentrates on what happened before the first two films and has more drama than action in it. Chow Yun Fat is again Mark Gor who is in Vietnam and meets there his cousin Mun (Leslie Cheung) who is just released from prison when Mark arrives in Vietnam. They meet mysterious female assassin Kit (the beautiful sweetheart Anita Mui) and both of the men are attracted by Kit. The film concentrates pretty much on the war infested Saigon and the hell that's free in there, so there isn't any particular plot in the film, but that doesn't mean it's not interesting.

I think there's couple of strong scenes of social criticism, mostly the horrific "customs scene" at the airport when Mark, Mun, Kit and Mun's father try to travel away from the country and are abused by the corrupted custom officers. Also the scene at the hospital is very harrowing and is there to underline righteously the state of the world of that time, and unfortunately there are even today places with same kind of circumstances in our world. Fortunately Tsui's attitude isn't this time as underlining as in his Once Upon a Time in China (1991), and Tomorrow 3 is therefore perhaps more noteworthy film as commenting society.

The visuals are also brilliant as can be expected from this director. There are great use of blue smoke again and the gun fights are incredibly beautifully shot and are more effective than any gun fight in some Western effort. The slow motion death scene of one important character in the film's finale is perhaps among the most beautiful "heroic death scenes" I've seen and it is finished very carefully and thus it has such a power. After that scene everyone should know what this name "heroic bloodshed" for this genre means and what makes it so unique. The end is very sad, too, but as we know how Mark ends up in his subsequent adventures, it gives some positivism for the sad ending of this third film. The ending is little irritating due to it's prolonged gun battles and fire power, and I think it should have stopped little earlier in order to be more effective finale for the otherwise pretty great film.

Better Tomorrow 3 is not as great and interesting as Woo's films, but still this is much more than average effort from Hollywood, and due to Tomorrow 3's great look and visuals, I give this gladly 8/10 rating and think this is among the greatest films Tsui Hark has directed himself. He has produced perhaps as many films as he has actually directed and many have said he is better producer than director, but this film shows that he really knows how to direct noteworthy films, too.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed