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A Better Tomorrow

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A Better TomorrowJohn Woo’s 1986 film, A Better Tomorrow, about two brothers at opposite ends of the law, is supposed to be Woo’s actual version of Face/Off. The film features Ti Lung as Ho, and Leslie Cheung as Kit, Ho’s younger brother, but most American audiences will recognize only Chow Yun Fat as Mark, Ho’s best friend and partner.

The film starts out as Ho and Mark are rich and cool, working for the gangster organization as counterfeit money runners. Ho’s father is ill and his father requests that Ho quit the business, so that Kit who is in police academy training does not end up arresting his own older brother. Ho thinks it over and decides to run one last job. Kit does not know that Ho is an underground gangster. As fate would have it, Ho’s last job ends up being a setup and he is arrested. Mark finds out that he was double-crossed and he goes after the gang that tried to cheat and kill Ho.

Years later Ho gets out of prison and tries to rebuild his life, but the pull from the gangster life keeps harming his family. His father is now dead and Kit blames Ho for it, and so the two are no longer friendly brothers. Mark is a cripple and a beggar, and Ho tries to help him, but Mark only wants to regain his dignity and money.

The rest of the movie ends up being a gun fight between everyone involved.

The film is a little bit too sentimental in some scenes, but the gun fights and action sequences more than make up for the cheesy moments and background music. By far the best scene is when Mark makes Kit see Ho as a true brother and someone who has always cared for him over everything. It’s the best scene, not because of the dramatic lines of Chow Yun Fat, but because of the cool gunshot and ensuing blood that takes place during his speech. Woo captured the scene perfectly!

If you are in the mood for watching a cool classic film with blood and gunfights, then you can’t go wrong with this John Woo classic.

3 out 5 stars

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