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.
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung,
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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 VietnamWritten by
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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 Die xue jie tou (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 »
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 »
A TIMELESS CLASSIC... I wish i'd say that about ABT1/2 that sadly with the coming years only decreased in quality and really got far from the grandeur of this masterpiece
I remember how once i purchased this film hoping for an action film along the lines of the first two entries in the series. What I got was an epic love story set during the waning days of Saigon. And I loved it! The emotions in this film are real and the response to the them are earned. As a fan of the John Woo films I hate to say it but the gunplay in this film interfered with the human interactions. Not just a mindless action sequences. As a Chow Yun Fat fan I was really impressed with the range he displays here. Instead of the brash cowboy he played in the first two films he shows depth, vulnerability and the best portrayal of this character. And what can you say about Anita Mui: beauty, brains, brawn, and charisma. A true cinematic masterpiece on par with the best Melville, Renoir or Shaffner could have offered there. But then again, who would have thought that exactly this film will be still so cherished after many years. It seems that only the fools reward the films for not being ahead of their time. Wait, what's that... ah i guess i hear as Tsui Hark is having the last laugh there. OK, he deserves that this time.
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