A Better Tomorrow (2010)
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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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This version has top Korean stars Joo Jin Mo and Song Seung Heon. There's also a third top star whose face I recognize but he's not one of my favorites so I don't remember his name. Nothing deep here but it's fun to see this guys outside of their usual romantic lead roles.
A Better Tomorrow has a great story; a story of brothers, betrayal, and loyalty. It started off a little rough and a bit confusing, but I quickly got accustomed to the characters and their roles. There are a few amazing shootout scenes in this film that standout, especially the final 15 minute gun fight; these are brilliantly choreographed, and beatifully shot. Also, this film doesn't solely rely on its action as it alson packs in engaging dialogue/conversations. The ending of the film was intense, dark, and unexpected, like most South Korean films. This is a major plus because it doesn't follow a predictable formula, especially for those that haven't seen many South Korean films. (There are so many amazing films from this region, check out my other reviews surrounding this one for recommendations.) I enjoyed the dark/gritty tone, and the great music. The acting was also great from the entire cast.
Overall, A Better Tomorrow is an amazing action/drama film, with a great ending and amazing shootouts. I highly recommend a purchase for action and/or South Korean fans, and a rental otherwise.
A Better Tomorrow has very strong violence and blood. No sex or nudity.