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A Better Tomorrow (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2010)

Jin-mo Ju , Seung-heon Song , Hae-sung Song  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jin-mo Ju, Seung-heon Song, Kang-woo Kim, Han Sun Jo
  • Directors: Hae-sung Song
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HG8VDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A new take on the Hong Kong action classic that launched Chow Yun Fat to international stardom, director Song Hae-seong's remake of A Better Tomorrow features an all-star class including Seung-heon Song, Kang-woo Kim, and Jin-mo Ju. In the treacherous world of the black-market weapons trade, honor and vengeance go hand in hand. Adapted from writer/director John Woo's original screenplay.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy remake November 10, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I've often joked that you cannot put weight in calling yourself a man unless you have seen at least one John Woo film. His early work especially was filled with epic gunfights, explosions, and just all around awe-inspiring action sequences. The only downside is that many of his older films featuring Chow Yun Fat all feel so similar that it's really difficult to distinguish one from another. The storylines are almost exactly the same and many of the same cast members are utilized in each film. It has literally been years since I've seen the original A Better Tomorrow. I was mostly hoping for an upgrade of sorts from Dragon Dynasty since their 2-disc and Blu-ray releases of classic foreign cinema are always top notch. Nevertheless, I do remember holding both the original film and sequel in high regard. I wasn't even aware a Korean remake was on the cards until I received an email informing me of the DVD and Blu-ray details. Given the amount of remakes that hit US shores at such a quickened pace, I was a bit weary of giving this film a chance. But then I began to realize how much I love Korean film and came to notice that John Woo produced the film. So A Better Tomorrow was given its proper chance and folks, maybe it's because I haven't seen the 1986 version in so long but this remake almost seems as worthy as the original film.

Before I get ahead of myself, I love John Woo's film. I want to make that point crystal clear. A Better Tomorrow features some of the most influential action sequences not only of the 1980s, but perhaps of all time. The remake takes a bit of a different route and is more story-driven. There are only a handful of action sequences, but they feel strategically placed and mean a bit more in the long run. Character development is key.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie November 12, 2011
Format:DVD
Fantastic (apparently remake) movie with excellent acting, tone, and story progression. Very similar to some of the "gangster" miike movies and other recent korean action movies (such as the man from nowhere). As with most of these movies they are not wall to wall with action and have better stories than typical action movies.

The action sequences are extremely well done and memorable; actually 3 of them you will remember for a long time (deal gone wrong, revenge, and the finale). The ending is more jaded than typical action movies so it's not for everyone but if you like American and Japanese action movies there's no real reason why you won't like these Korean action movies except for the subtitles. There might be dubbing on the home release...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new point of view on a beleoved classic May 20, 2012
Format:DVD
I have read in other places around the internet about the inferiority of Seung-gi Kang's South Korean remake of the much beloved 1986 Hong Kong film "A Better Tomorrow", which in itself was a remake of a little known (in the U.S.) 1967 movie called Ying xiong ben se (Story of a Discharged Prisoner). I guess a movie with this much baggage behind it is not going to get a fair shake, and how could it, not only did "A Better Tomorrow" launch the international careers of director John Woo and co-star Chow Yun Fat, start a franchise (sequels, knockoffs, etc.), but it started the whole heroic bloodshed movement in HK cinema, and is ranked as the second on the list of the 100 greatest Chinese Motion Pictures. In HK, and other countries, the look of Chow's character Mark led a generation into dressing in long trenchcoats called "dusters" and wearing ray-ban sunglasses while chewing on a toothpick, some even feared it would lead the youth to choose a life of crime and degradation. I have such a strong affinity for the film myself that I can say it is easily one of my favorite films, top 250 for sure. So how does a remake live up to all this, well it can't, but I knew that, and so should you, but based on it's own merits this a is a worthy successor.

Over the past decade or so, South Korea has been a hot bed of exciting, daring and original filmmaking, director Hae-sun Song and his team of screenwriters have tackled the subject of A Better Tomoorow and brought it into a new light just by changing the location of the story. Told from the point of view of two brothers, who were separated years earlier in a semi-failed attempt to cross from North to South Korea: Cheol has never forgiven Hyeok for abandoning him and their mother (i.e.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivets Our Attention November 29, 2011
Format:DVD
Unlike die-hard fans, I don't recall being aware of the original film; so my reactions to this version cannot come from comparison. The Korean 2010 version of "A Better Tomorrow" is powerful. It strikes a chord as the older brother Hyuk played by Joo Jin-mo (as listed on the trailer) has deep regrets from the past and having to abandon his younger brother. Joo Jin-mo rivets our attention on the screen. The actor won a Best Actor Award at South Korea's Baek Sang Awards in 2009 for "A Frozen Flower." His younger brother Chul played by Kim Gang-woo has a nice emotional arc, from bitterness to indifference to revenge and finally brotherly love. The best friend Young-chun likewise has a wonderful transition from the flashy self-assured punk to a crippled used-to-be thug to a true friend. The good looking mob guy played by Jo Han-sun has less range, but goes from trying to control things to cowardice. The film has the grittiness of some of James Gray's American films with Joaquin Phoenix. Because there was such focus on the characters, at times it lapsed into a testosterone-laced melodrama. Overall, this was a moving film well worth watching. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't miss this one it was good
great!
Published 10 days ago by Holly Schneck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Korean action is a wow.
Published 1 month ago by Michael D. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Not as good as John Woo's classic, but still highly entertaining. Plenty of action for those who love a lot of fun.
Published 7 months ago by Dolby Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted
The script is all over the place. Bridging and continuity is so weak, you don't know if you're coming or going. What a shame, it could have been good.
Published 8 months ago by hishamharum
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a lot of shooting and ?
Couldn't keep track of the characters and poor story line and some long dead spots - Always try to get an idea from the trailers but - O well!
Published 8 months ago by Dennis Brooker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Remake
Rarely is a remake as masterful as the original - a must watch for fans of John Woo and the original
Published 9 months ago by ranjit raina
3.0 out of 5 stars Cast
The cast of this one is really talented. But be prepared to see alot of violence & alot of sadness.
Published 15 months ago by kathryn
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
i tend to buy random asain genre movies. didnt realize this was a remake. i really enjoyed this movie. really good watch
Published 17 months ago by Frank Rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Asian family values
I don't really remember the original John Woo film very much right now, but I had a better impression of the film at the time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by totally dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangster action
I do love Korean movies and even more if they are full of action. As always Song Seung heon gives an amazing performance.
Published 19 months ago by Ideliz M Mora
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