A Better Tomorrow (1986) 4/5 (1)
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Rating: The Good – 79
Genre: Action
Duration: 95  mins
Director: John Woo
Stars: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow

A Better Tomorrow is a balletic masterpiece of action cinema. Two triad members and best friends hit rock bottom after one (Ho) is framed and sent to jail and the other (Mark) is crippled while exacting his revenge. To make matters worse, Ho’s policeman brother will not believe he has gone straight when he’s released three years later, partly because the triads want Ho back. John Woo’s Hong Kong sensation is a raw and uncompromising feast of ingenuity. It’s very low budget but aside from a few minor sound production errors you wouldn’t know it. Ti Lung and Chow Yun-Fat are superbly charismatic in the lead roles and combined with the frenetic visuals, sounds, and action choreography, they make this an unforgettable experience. Some of the nighttime shots are truly spellbinding and parts of the score will even sound familiar to fans of Jan de Bon’s later action masterpiece Speed.

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