A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Front Cover Actor
Lung Ti
Leslie Cheung
Yun-Fat Chow
Movie Details
Director John Woo
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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-Fat. In repose, Chow's sleepy magnetism recalls the glory days of Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen, and Takakura Ken; when he's stepping high, Chow has a unique, ebullient star presence, a man who embraces life so unselfconsciously that he becomes vulnerable to all kinds of suffering and heartache (he endures masochistic megadoses of violence here). The sequence in which Chow's Mark avenges his betrayed best friend---by blasting his way into, and then out of, a Chinese restaurant, twin .45s blazing---is a swashbuckling standout. Woo's film technique may have been more polished in later efforts, but Tomorrow has a direct emotional power that is still unique. Kung fu star of the 1970s, Ti Lung is also terrific here as the 40ish established mobster, relied upon by all, who allows conflicting loyalties toward Mark and toward his younger brother, now a cop, to undermine the stability of his position. --David Chute
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 23
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 013131125894
Release Date 2001
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Dolby