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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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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

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

Connections

Follows A Better Tomorrow II (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Sunset Song
(uncredited)
Performed by Anita Mui
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Worth a look for "A Better Tomorrow" fans.
7 July 1999 | by donleavySee all my reviews

The 3rd in a series, which is actually a prequel. Mark Gor (Chow Yun Fat) goes to Saigon to fetch his cousin and uncle during the Vietnam war. Directed by Tsui Hark (who produced the first 2 movies) instead of John Woo. Not as great as the first, but worth a look.

True to the "Better Tomorrow" series, as well as the whole John-Woo-aesthetic, the movie's about male-bonding. But this movie also focuses on romance: Mark and his cousin Mun (Tony Leung Ka Fai) both fall for sexy gang leader Kit (Anita Mui).

It was great to see a woman as a gangster for once, and Anita Mui was cool as hell. She looks fabulous while mowing down a dozen men without smudging her makeup once - speaking of which, she overdid the lipstick. Her neon-orange-red lips practically glow and bleed into every scene she's in.

Of interest to fans: the movie shows Kit teaching Mark how to shoot a gun, and explains where Mark got his trademark coat and sunglasses.

Also notable is that this movie contains Chow Yun Fat's most authentic kiss with a woman. Usually, he just slams into the girl's face violently in a convulsive fit - which looks intense but not very real. In this movie, he's much more gentle. Probably because he didn't want to eat her lipstick.


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