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A Better Tomorrow (2010)


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Release Date: Oct 14, 2010 Limited



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John Woo established himself as one of Hong Kong's premiere action directors with this ultra-hip, ultra-violent action classic. The film centers around the complex relationship between two brothers: Sung Tse-kit (Leslie Cheung) is a recent graduate of the police academy while Tse-ho (Ti Lung) runs a massive counterfeiting ring along with his gangland associate, Mark Lee (Chow Yun-fat). Tension between the two brothers comes to a head when their father is murdered after a crime deal goes sour and

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Woo took the old-time story of two brothers, one a cop and another a counterfeiter, and raised the stakes on it.

March 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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More melodramatic and operatic than any of Woo's subsequent films.

October 20, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

While it doesn't rely on style quite as much as [Woo's] later films, it has a complex plot, hundreds of flying bullets and buckets of flowing blood.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for A Better Tomorrow

Who could had imagine, way back in the 80's, that this would be the beginning of the revolution of the action genre as we know it these days. Sure, peckinpah was already doing slow mo shootouts before this, but Woo just took it to a whole different level.

The film hasn't aged so well, and the usual HK melodrama can get way too heavy in some parts. Woo would later top himself with both The Killer and Hard Boiled, but it can't be denied the importance this film had on the genre. Also, for making Chow Yun Fat one of the most recognizable icons of the genre. Boy do i miss the days of the heroic bloodshed.
October 16, 2011
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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An unstoppably explosive and magnificent action classic.A masterpiece of bullet-riddled carnage and mayhem that truly rocks from start to finish. An exhilarating action-packed thriller that's intensely powerful and emotionally enduring. A breathtaking and unforgettable movie.
March 22, 2011

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One of John Woo and Tsui Hark's earliest hits, this was when gun fu was becoming what it is. Though it wasn't perfected yet, this was an operatic drama of brotherhood, family, blood and crime, one of premier gangster films. The story revolved around two borthers, Kit, a cop, and Ho, an underworld figure. The older brother, Ho, makes a promise to his father to leave behind his life so that he and Kitwould not cross paths. But when he and his best friend, Mark, are betrayed, he suddenly finds himself in prison, his father killed by an assassin, his life in ruins. When finally released, Kit rejects him and threatens to imprison him and his old gang, disbelieving any attempt to lead an honest life. On the other hand, Kit is also chasing after Shing, who betrayed Ho before, who is know a Kingpin. Reuniting with Mark who was also rejected by the gangs, they set out for revenge and to regain their dignity, and save Kit from being killed.

Simple and straightforward, dont expect the mass of violence and bullets as we are accustomed to in Woo's work... this was the prelude to the masterpieces of The Killer and Hard Boiled - but more storytelling than gun fighting, which is due to Hark's genius in creatvity. The story revolved around the oppurtunity of a second chance, the search for a better life and the importance of family and brotherhood.

This is one of Chow Yun's breathrough roles, a classic figure who's charm and style was a winner on the screen, playing a crippled but deadly gunman.

Watch this if you are a fan of Woo or Hark, or the series or Chow Yun. Or if you just like a good gangster film.
June 28, 2009
Khris N

Super Reviewer's dated, melodramatic, cheesy soundtrack, over the top action... somehow it all comes together to make a really entertaining film. just go with it. chow yun-fat steals every scene
March 25, 2009
Stella Dallas

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