Chow Yun-fat, Ti Lung, Dean Shek and Kenneth Tsang prepare to battle
A Better Tomorrow II (1987) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese – 英雄本色 2
Title in Pinyin – Ying Xiong Ben Se 2
Genre – Action
Subject/theme – A group of friends team up to avenge the death of their friend’s daughter and fight for justice
Language – Cantonese
Region – Hong Kong
Hong Kong – 17th December 1987
Japan – 1st July 1989
France – 28th July 1993
Movie runtime – 105 minutes
Director – John Woo
Cast & Role Played
Chow Yun-fat – Ken, Mark’s twin brother
Ti Lung – Sung Tse Ho, ex triad member and friend of Mark
Ng Man-tat – Boss Wong
Leslie Chueng – Sung Tse Kit, police officer and brother of Ho
Emily Chu – Jackie, Kit’s wife
Dean Shek – Lung Si, retired triad member and businessman
Kenneth Tsang – Ken, taxi company manager
Several years after the end of the original “A Better Tomorrow”, Ho is aspected to leave and spy on his ex boss Lung who is suspected of leading a counterfeiting ring. He refuses because to spy on his Lung would be dishonourable. He later accepts when he learns that is brother Kit is working under cover on the same case. Kit’s wife Jacky was pregnant and due to give birth any day. Lung is set up by his own people and framed for murder.
Ho helps him escape to New York where he is put under the protection of Ken. Lung is involved in a shoot out and goes temporarily insane after watching the murder of his close friend and hearing of his daughter’s death in Hong Kong. Lung recovers and returns to Hong Kong with Ken to seek revenge. Once back in Hong Kong, Lung and Ken team up with Ho, Kit and Ken in a quest for justice and the down fall of the bad guys.
Editor’s Review A Better Tomorrow 2 – Score 8/10
After the 1986 classic A Better Tomorrow defined the future of action movies, smashed box office records and established John Woo as a world class action director, a sequel was inevitable. A Better Tomorrow 2 shamelessly ignores minor details such as Chow Yun-fat’s character dying at the end of the first movie and reintroduces him in A Better Tomorrow 2 as Mark’s twin brother 2. Normally this kind of move would kill a movie but John Woo does this so blatantly and Chow Yun-fat being effortlessly charismatic on screen that you don’t even care.
A Better Tomorrow 2 is excessive and over the top in so many ways that you can’t help enjoying it and wanting more. The final action scene where the main characters arm up with pistols, shotguns, grenades and bombs and storm a mansion full of bad guys is incredible. John Woo went berserk in this scene and the main characters were full of bullet holes but still killed dozens of bad guys. At one stage during this carnage Ti Lung even used a samurai sword to kill a room full of bad guys.
In one scene John Woo makes fun of the original movie when Mark is working in a restaurant, he scolds his workers for wearing trench coats and dark glasses that were made so popular in the original movie. Another classic scene is when Chow Yun-fat forces a mafia bad guy who came to shake up his restaurant to eat fried rice. Over all, A Better Tomorrow 2 is an explosive action movie with a number of easily forgivable flaws that is great to watch.
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