A BETTER TOMORROW II
With the original
A Better Tomorrow
being a huge success in
Hong Kong and the rest of Asia, it was only a matter of time before
a sequel surfaced. Director John Woo once said he didn't like making
sequels for his films mainly because sequels seem more of a
"Hollywood thing". Nevertheless the director will break this rule in
order to help out his friend, comedian Dean Shek who was having money
troubles at the time.
A Better Tomorrow II never did came close in topping it's
original but the film did showcases much more action sequences
than the first.
One year after part I, Ah Ho (Ti Lung)is still serving time in prison while
his brother Ah Kit (Leslie Cheung) continues to rise in the police force.
Ah Kit's newest assignment is to go undercover in a shipping company
ex-triad boss, Ah Lung (Dean Shek) who also happens to be Ah Ho's former mentor.
Ah Ho declines an offer to commute his sentence by working undercover
to expose Ah Lung but later agrees when he found out Ah Kit is also
involved in the case.
Matters become complicated when Ah Lung is framed for a murder by
another triad boss. Forcing to flee to New York, he meets up with
Mark's twin brother, Ken
(Chow Yun Fat)
when helps him when an army of hired assassins comes gunning down
for him.Over in Hong Kong, Ah Ho and Ah Kit faces a dilemma when the
triad boss suspects that one of them is working undercover.
Being a big fan of the original
A Better Tomorrow,
I had really high expectations for the sequel.
A Better Tomorrow II tries hard to
follow the trend of it's original but falls flat in execution.
The relationship between Ah Ho and Ah Kit is rarely explored, instead
most of the film's story centres around Ah Lung which I personally
found boring. The first hour of the film is really hard to sit
through, one can get lost in the plot as the film is at times
confusing. It seems both John Woo and Tsui Hark took turns to edit
the film without knowing what the other did, resulting in a
very uneven film.
Thankfully the action sequences did prove the saving-grace for the
film. A Better Tomorrow II had one of the most violent
shoot-out even shot, which is probably the only factor which the
sequel manage to improve on. In A Better Tomorrow II, you can really
see a much more polished John Woo style of action especially the
movie's finale when the three heroes goes to the mobster hideout to
settle the score.
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