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A Better Tomorrow (Ying huang boon sik) (1986)

  Directed by: John Woo
Written by: Chan Hing-Ka, Leung Suk-Wah, John Woo
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow
Links: A Better Tomorrow on the IMDb, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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"‘I am a god’" - a review by timchuma

Mark (Yun-Fat Chow) and Ho are best friends in a underworld organisation that has much success in trading counterfeit US currency. This part of the story is really only there to show how much of hard arse the character of Mark is — the definition being lighting your cigarette on a $100 bill.

Ho is different to Mark in that he is more serious and won't tell his brother Kit, what he really does for a living. When Kit announces he has joined the police force, Ho is somewhat disturbed as it means they will eventually be rivals.

A routine deal in Taiwan goes awry and Ho is imprisoned. Mark decides to take revenge on the people who got his buddy arrested. This sequence in the film is very well set up, with Mark hiding guns in pot plants while fooling around with a hostess at the same time. I won't ruin the shootout for you by describing it to you.

Three years later Ho gets out of jail to find out Kit is still mad at him and Mark has gone from hard-arse to busted-arse and is working as a car attendant for the boss. As he doesn't want to continue in the old business he joins a taxi company.

For some reason Kit's girlfriend wants to reunite Ho with his brother, but the little dork won't hear any sense. Even when he is told something that is meant to help him he ignores it. Also, don't dump garbage bags in your kitchen, it will piss your girlfriend off.

As expected there is a lot of shooting at the climax and some things you wouldn't expect. I hadn't seen this film before and it was good to see where many of the ideas for John Woo's films were first used. This movie also spawned a cult following of people dressing up like Mark (the way 80's fashion was, it was probably an improvement).

timchuma gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 10 Sep 2004

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