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A Better Tomorrow II
A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.
"A Better Tomorrow 2 originally ran about 160 minutes. Tsui Hark insisted that the film should be shortened to a commercially viable length (which in Hong Kong is considered under 120 minutes, so theatre owners could show the film at least 8 times a day). Woo refused to make any cuts, so Hark secretly cut stuff out while Woo secretly put the things Hark had cut out back in. The two had a falling out and could not agree what should be cut and what not. So they had the film recut by the "Cinema City Editing Unit", which meant that they sent each reel of the film to one of Cinema City's editors, who would then go to…
I feel so sorry with my rice
"We use our tip money for tuition!" And all that had to happen was everyone died for that future generation. At least the Americans love the fried rice.
It's a shame that the New York scenes, most of which are performed in English, feel beamed in from another movie entirely. Played way too broad and cartoonish, they detract from what is, on the whole, a more ambitious and satisfying film than its predecessor.
The high-octane melodrama of the original - the sweat, the suffering - is replaced with the kind of grandeur and opulence of an early Francis Ford Coppola film, as evidenced by early scenes featuring ballroom dancing and mugging crime bosses.
The story is not overly complicated and relies on cliches such as lost twin brothers, but it's told in an efficient manner and satisfyingly builds to a positively apocalyptic conclusion.
John Woo would go on…
Much of what works in this sequel is merely a recreation of events from the first film. While John Woo does his best to make the transnational narrative something worthwhile, it does not possess the complete control that made the previous film or his follow up works so excellent.
"Apologize to the rice right now!"
"Fuck your rice! And fuck you too!"
This movie is nowhere near as good as the original, but it's so damn enjoyable for so many reasons that I couldn't help but love it. The absurd over the top nature of it reminds me of films like Rome Armed to the Teeth and other crime films Umberto Lenzi did in the 70s. There's absolutely no focus whatsoever in this movie, and every second scene seems to exist in order to make the audience pay attention.
I would love to see the 3 hours cut of this film as this shortened edit really hurts what Woo was going for. The story is that originally Hark edited…
Living room, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Dan J.
Filled with ridiculous moments (example: the paintings) but the brute force of the action scenes and the blunt characterizations expertly used by Woo and Co. make up for it. You can definitely feel there was a creative struggle between Tsui Hark and Woo in the first act but that feeling goes away somewhere around the middle mark of the movie.
This film exemplifies something.
Film je nebuloza sa bratom blizancem glavnog junaka koji se ne pominje u prvom filmu i služi samo da bi Čo Jun Fet mogao da ode i pobije sve zle kineze u Hong Kongu. Stoga i 4 zvezdice, jer je poslednji obračun zlata vredan!
My second time watching this, or third? There is more of it I don't remember as well as Part 1. That ending is a riotous masterpiece of mass (human) destruction. So great you can overlook the duller in-between moments. (Was it only A BULLET IN THE HEAD where Woo's earliest films got the drama right?) But Leslie Cheung seems woefully out of place in these films.
A bit wonky of a sequel... (own on DVD)
"It's so hard to be a good guy"
John Woo's sequel to his film A Better Tomorrow is twice as good as the original film.
The fight scenes have more body counts, there's a samurai sword fight scene not to mention the sort of return of the best character in the film franchise.
Much like an episode of Game of Thrones, shitloads of good characters die throughout the film, which makes you root for the good guys to massacre the bad guys in the end.
A Better Tomorrow II outbeats the first film in the franchise by a long shot.
Final shootout is just glorious. John Woo made action sequences art.
Aside from a few memorable scenes ("You don't like my rice? What's wrong with with it? It's beautiful to me, but to you, rice is nothing... to us, it's just like my father and mother. Don't fuck with my family. If you have any dignity, apologize to the rice RIGHT NOW!"—best line ever), and an interesting perspective on how white people sound like to Chinese people, this movie was hard to follow: it was filled with plot holes, jump cuts that made me wonder if the version I watched was flawed, and a shaky storyline that tried to hold itself together.
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