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A Better Tomorrow II (1988)

Leslie Cheung , Yun-Fat Chow , John Woo  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Dean Shek, Shan Kwan
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Writers: John Woo, Hark Tsui
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Paul J.Q. Lee
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305972729
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Better Tomorrow II" on IMDb

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Disappointing DVD July 20, 2000
This movie is the best of the "Better Tomorrow" trilogy and one of John Woo's best Hong Kong releases after "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer". It takes off right after "A Better Tomorrow" with Chow Yun Fat returning as Mark's twin brother Ken. It starts off a little slow, but it's essential to character development (which most action films of this genre lack). The ending has one of the best and bloodiest shootout sequences in the series. Some of the scenes in this end sequence you may remeber being shown in Tarentino's "True Romance".
The two stars keeping this movie from getting a five star rating was due to the quality of the DVD. Although the packaging of the DVD was nice, the booklet inside was merely an advertisement and had no information for this movie. To my disappointment there was NO EXTRA FOOTAGE or BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE as advertised and it left me feeling ripped off. The DVD just merely contained actor's and director's files which looked like it was taken directly from the IMDB ([...] The subtitles were poorly translated with constant grammatical, spelling and timing errors, which made most the dialogue confusing. The colors were muted and in some of the dark scenes, what was supposed to be black turned a bright blue - yuck!. The only real difference between the DVD and the VHS version was the remastered Dolby Digital sound and widescreen letterboxed aspect ratio (1.85:1).
The only reason that I didn't return this version of the DVD is that the only other version is on VHS and it's $13 more than the DVD. So if you are planning on purchasing this, I'd wait, there are plans for a superior version to be released in the fall.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just enjoy the ride. May 3, 2003
By D. Mok
From the accounts I've read, A Better Tomorrow II was a reluctant endeavour on Woo's part to cash in on an extremely personal and extremely successful film (the first A Better Tomorrow) which had made his career and hadn't been intended as a franchise. But a franchise it became, and the corny, nearly nonsensical plotting of this sequel (the comic-book artist is especially ludicrous -- it's the same guy who had been the counterfeit engineer in the first film!) is the result.
But where this film good-naturedly flubs on logic, it makes up for in spectacle and just pure entertainment. Chow Yun-fat must have had a ball filming this, with his extended English monologue, almost godlike action choreography, and a mischievous character which taps into one of his most effective traits as an actor, a goofball sense of fun which makes his romantic moments all the more engrossing. Ti Lung's character is somewhat passive this time though the actor does a good job. Dean Shek's over-the-top portrayal of a mind unhinged isn't for all tastes, but his performance in the not-crazy scenes is tip-top, and Leslie Cheung had grown greatly as an actor since the first film.
In the end, this film is about an exaggerated staging of the trademark gunfights of A Better Tomorrow, and this sequel delivers on that front in grand style. Once again Chow Yun-fat steals the whole show, dominating both key action sequences (the final demolition of the house and the New York battle against over-the-top slimy mafiosi).
The DVD transfer of this film is not all that great.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK gangster movie March 23, 2001
By Nic
The movie gives the impression of various parts being put together that don`t have much in common. The action sequences praised by some did not have the explosive quality of the action sequences of A Better Tomorrow I, nor the emotional content. There are only two major shoot-outs in the movie: the first one has chow yun-fat gunning down american gangsters in a hotel with a shotgun (a sequence that is a bit too similar to the sequence in The Getaway where Steve McQueen guns down cops with a shotgun in a hotel (Peckinpah is one of the major influences on Woo); the second one is the final shoot-out and it comes close to self-parody (the baddies are mowed down in groups à la Commando) (Watching it, I even woundered if Woo directed most of this shoot-out - I know there were problems between Woo and Hark during the making of the movie.) The actors have more or less no intensity during the whole movie: they hardly seem to be playing the same characters as in the first one. The first third seems to be a rip-off of the Godfather, then the story is chucked out the window with Chow appearing as the twin brother: the first in a series of cheesy moments. The hit-man that kills Leslie Cheung is an obvious rip-off of Melville`s hitman: Le Samourai (A stoic silent hitman that waits for the other guy to draw before shooting). The movie seems like a waste of the talent of everyone involved.
Overall watchable B gangster movie but is no comparison with the original A Better Tomorrow, a mythic melodrama masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful transfer for a John Woo classic! January 9, 1999
If you're like me, you're used to an old, grainy, pan and scan VHS version of ABTPT2. This disc is a welcome improvement! It is finally in the correct aspect ratio and the colors practically jump off the screen. The transfer is top-notch too (very little "artifacts"). The sound (while mono) has been remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 for extremely clear audio. Did I mention the NINE different subtitles and dubbing into Cantonese and Mandarin? All this plus some cast highlights and the trailer. Well worth the price, if you even have a fleeting interest in John Woo this is the only way to go!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Flick!!
Published 3 months ago by Doug Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Way better tomorrow!
Great action and great story, as well as a clever way to bring Chow back for the sequel. Great Ending too!
Published 4 months ago by Zachary Tate
1.0 out of 5 stars False advertisement.
The picture they used was for the american english dub release. What was shipped was a chinese DVD with loads of subtitles for all the various asian markets. Read more
Published 8 months ago by vasecthomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
I love Chow Yun Fat because he is a great actor, but the movie disappoints. Not because it is subtitled, but it is not genuine enough for me. I was disappointed.
Published 9 months ago by Gayle454
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as great as Part 1 and worth watching.
The only things which stops me from rating this 5 stars are (warning minor spoilers below):

Once the story gets past these rough spots, the movie gets way more... Read more
Published 19 months ago by James
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick.
The cd was a little more scratched then I excepted but it still played. it came in on time and still a good flick.
Published 21 months ago by BackBone
5.0 out of 5 stars A Better Tomorrow II
I loved this movie. i have since bought the dvd. It is better than the first one. Even in subtitles. I now have it in english.
Published 22 months ago by gary alan quinn
3.0 out of 5 stars Chow down on this
Not as good as the first (i don't even know what it's called in China) but i have not seen a movie with Chow Yuen Fat in it i didn't like emensly. Read more
Published on April 11, 2010 by BrotherSpider
3.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to A Better Tomorrow
The movie starts out showing Ti Lung in jail. He is given an offer to go undercover to bring down a counterfeit money operation. Read more
Published on June 6, 2007 by morgoth
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD purchase
I ordered A Better Tomorrow II on DVD and received it so fast that I just couldn't believe it. I bought it as a gift and it was extremely well received. Read more
Published on January 29, 2007 by Melanie Cato
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