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A Better Tomorrow II (Yinghung bunsik II) (1987)

  Directed by: John Woo
Written by: Hark Tsui, John Woo
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow
Links: A Better Tomorrow II on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating)
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""Eat the fucking rice!"" - a review by timchuma

Following on from the first movie, Ho is in jail and learns of an operation on his old boss Leung, which he is offered an undercover job on. He refuses, but then changes his mind when he finds out Kit is already on the case.

What they don't know is that Leung has been betrayed by his partner. Ho helps Leung escape to the US where he goes mad after a hit gone wrong.

In a hackneyed plot twist we meet Mark's twin brother from the first film, Ken (Yun-Fat Chow) who is having trouble with badly dubbed mafia standover men in his restaurant. For some reason he picks up Leung from the mental hospital and decides to rehabilitate him (leading to a lot of spilt oranges.)

The whole "Leung Mad in New York" sequence in the film is a bit of a waste really, it is only when the mafia comes after Mark in his house and a dingy hotel that it gets interesting. That shotgun must have super ammo to shoot holes that big in people. The sliding backwards down the stairs trick is good too.

I also liked the bullet hits that have been painted on the film (this was in the days before CGI remember) as they add something to the film.

Leung finally regains his marbles and the film takes off from there, with PILES of bodies in a mansion shootout and the walls ending up being completely COVERED in blood.

It also has some of my favourite lines of dialogue in a Hong Kong Movie:
Ken: "You don't like my rice? What's wrong with with it? It's beautiful to me! To you, it's just rice...to us, it's family. Don't fuck with my family! If you have any dignity, apologize to my rice RIGHT NOW!"

If Quentin Tarantino made films for 1000 years he would still not make a film as good as this one. Go back to cool school Samuel L. Jackson, Yun-Fat Chow is still the king!

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 10 Sep 2004

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