A Better Tomorrow ★★★★

Finally having seen STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER it seems very clear that Woo took inspiration from its social realism and tried to marry that to a Shaw-style story of martial brotherhood using their shared shifting codes of honor as a bridge. Once the catalyst for those shifts was, say, a splinter clan trying to steal a powerful scroll, but now it's an economic bubble emerging from an influx of cheap foreign money. Either way loyalty and fraternity are the only things that end up having real, intrinsic value.

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