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Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)

San ying hung boon sik (original title)
An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.


Jing Wong


Jing Wong




Credited cast:
Ekin Cheng ... Tong Chun (as Yee-kin Cheng)
Ching Wan Lau ... Big Lobster (as Ching-wan Lau)
Michael Wong ... Duke Simon (as Man-tak Wong)
Chingmy Yau ... Chili (as Suk-ching Yau)
Ben Lam ... Lui Wei (as Kwok-bun Lam)
Collin Chou ... Holland Boy (as Sing Ngai)
James Wong ... Barrister Wong (as Jim Wong)
Paul Chun ... Fred Simon (as Pui Chun)
Parkman Wong ... Detective But (as Pak-man Wong)
Isabel Leung Isabel Leung ... Ting Tong (as Pui-chi Leung)
John Ching ... Chiu (as Tung Ching)
Meng Lo ... Black Ox
Chi-Fai Chan ... Tsui (as Chi-fai Chan)
Chung-yee Fung Chung-yee Fung ... Little Lobster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ju Fang ... Old Patient's Wife


An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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In a world of crime Brotherhood is the most important weapon...


Action | Crime | Thriller


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The Chinese title translates to "New - Color of Heroes", which indicates that it is a remake of the original "A Better Tomorrow" (a.k.a. YingHongBoonSik). However, HK cinema defines remake very differently from Hollywood. HK remake often has a completely different cast and a different story line altogether. See more »

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The movie's violence was heavily cut to receive a Catagory IIB rating. See more »

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Detailed storyline but lacked action. 6/10
9 January 2016 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: I quite enjoyed this Hong Kong, mafia style movie but you do have to wait some time for the action to kick in. It's about a Hong Kong triad crime boss, Tong Chun (Ekin Cheng), who takes out another triad boss, the Black Ox with the help of a newly recruited member called Lobster (Ching Wan Lau), who, in my opinion, was the best character in the film. During the lengthy gun battle, Lobster gets shot and Tong takes him to the hospital to save his life, even though there is the possibility that he will be captured by the police. While the Lobster is in hospital recovering from his wounds, his wife is constantly bothering him for money so Tong steps in to help out his family. Lobster then finds out that his wife has been having a affair and his little girl has been abused, so he confronts the man who has been living in his house and he ends up throwing him out of his window, which leaves him badly injured. During the alteration, his wife gets killed which leaves him alone with his daughter. As Lobster has been accused of killing his wife, Tong and his girlfriend bring up Little Lobster as there own, until the case is over. Lobsters dodgy lawyer manages to get him cleared of all the charges but Tong and his crew are under attack from Black Ox's men, in retaliation for his murder. He then goes into hiding and his partner in crime, Wei (Ben Lam) takes over the business. As the business is under Tongs name, Wei uses the company to smuggle drugs to the US and as the years past, Lobster takes over the company. Wei constantly tries to find Tong and he damages his girlfriend after 2 days of torture. She becomes addicted to heroin and she's unable to use her arms and legs but Tong is still in hiding because he knows that Wei wants to kill him, now that he knows of his criminal activity within the business. After 2 years in hiding, Tong is now working in a restaurant with a new identity but when a rival gang kidnaps the restaurant owners son, he turns to his old friend, Lobster, to get guy back. He then finds out about his girlfriend and he also finds out that he has cancer so he goes through the necessary treatment for his condition whilst trying to help his girlfriend come off of heroin. When he tells Lobster about Wei's drug smuggling activities under his name and what he done to his girlfriend, Lobster helps to take down Wei but he gets killed when he comes face to face with his henchmen, who also kill Lobsters little girl. After everything that Wei has done to Tong, he seeks revenge, against his girlfriends wishes and it leads to a showdown which is definitely worth watching. The acting throughout the movie is great, especially from Ching Wan Lau who played the Lobster but I did struggle with the subtitles. The storyline does cover many elements and there is enough material to keep it interesting throughout but there are a few dull moments, like the love story which showed Tongs weakness. Apart from that, I quite enjoyed the film and I'm surprised how detailed the story lines are in these Oriental movies. I haven't got used to the various actors yet but they really do give there projects there all. Anyway, this movie isn't as good as the Chow Yun Fat versions of A Better Tomorrow but it's still worth a watch. Watchable!

Round-Up: This movie was directed by Jing Wong who has made over 100 movies for the Oriental market, which include Meltdown, City Hunter, the New Legend of Shaolin and the God of Gamblers franchise. Although this movie didn't have a massive budget, the director done well with what he had to work with. The movie doesn't look dated and I would like to see this film made for a English market. 

I recommend this movie to people who are into their action/drama movies starring Ekin Cheng, Chingmy Yau, Michael Wong and Ching Wan Lau. 6/10

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14 July 1994 (Hong Kong) See more »

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新英雄本色 See more »

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