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A Better Tomorrow/A Better Tomorrow II
A Better Tomorrow/A Better Tomorrow II
Actors: John Woo, Chow Yun Fat
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     3hr 18min

A Better Tomorrow is the John Woo gangster classic that started it all, a romantic, violent, swirlingly stylish melodrama about dueling brothers--with a mesmerizing lead performance by Hong Kong's favorite actor, Chow Yun-...  more »

     
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Actors: John Woo, Chow Yun Fat
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Chow Yun-Fat, John Woo, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/02/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 3hr 18min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Cantonese, English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Often imated, never matched
L. M. Meade | Chicago, IL USA | 11/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These two movies together stand as a milestone achievement of not only Hong Kong cinema but movies in general. John Woo is a god and Chow Yun Fat is justly celebrated for these performances. People who don't like subtitles need to get past their hang-up and view these two landmarks of action moviemaking. All the signature moves now common in action films in the past decade (yes i mean you Keanu Reeves) were copyrighted in these two movies by director John Woo, who has to be the most imitated director since Hitchcock."
More Bang For the Buck
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 10/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The price is right for this terrific set. I rate these two film's equally because they flow together flawlessly as a satisfying epic. The beauty of these film's are that they do not sacrifice characterization for the sake of pyrotechnics. The connecting thread of the films is the complex relationship between two brothers, one an upright Hong Kong police detective(Leslie Cheung) and the other a criminal with principles(Ti Lung). The one thing they share is a distaste for the more unsavory elements of the Hong Kong crime syndicate but part as to the method in which to bring them down. The selling point of these film's is the presence of Chow Yun Fat who is essentially a supporting player in these films. That said, whenever he appears on screen the wattage of his charisma lights up the screen as good as any actor on the world stage. Both film's feature dynamite climactic showdowns as staged by John Woo that surpass anything concocted by Western filmmakers(send a thank you note, Quentin). I would have rated these films five stars but I felt that some of the more melodramatic elements in the scripts bogged down the precedings."