A Better Tomorrow II

A Better Tomorrow II

1987
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 45m
A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter. (imdb)
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A Better Tomorrow II

1987
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 45m
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Avg Percentile 60.36% from 298 total ratings

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Rated 15 Sep 2021
82
82nd
It's a heartwarming tale of a man overcoming a mental breakdown and debilitating trauma by re-learning how to stylishly gun people down. It takes a while to get there, but goddamn is the action good when it finally arrives. The bloody, explosive climax is up there with the best action Woo ever shot. A battle-ax and katana inexplicably entering the middle of the gunfight is just the icing on top.
Rated 15 Jul 2009
92
92nd
For me, the greatest of the Hong Kong movies. Few things in cinema can match the simultaneous hilarity and pathos of watching Chow Yun-Fat, international movie badass, sobbing and stuffing rice down the mouth of a catatonic old man.
Rated 08 Dec 2006
48
12th
Might be the best movie ever made.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
95th
The gun battle in the mansion at the end of this film is one of the finest ever filmed. Essential viewing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
76th
While varying wildly in quality, ultimately this film --which made the Killer and Hard Boiled possible, thus revolutionizing the crime action genre-- is a very enjoyable romp with some very fun moments.
Rated 16 Mar 2008
80
46th
It's nowhere near as good as the first one, but the ending sequence is fantastic and there are few scenes in film history that make me laugh harder than Chow Yun Fat's fried rice scene.
Rated 28 Aug 2008
88
95th
While the twin-brother idea is a little tired, the rest of this movie is anything but. Everything from the fried rice scene to Ho wrecking the gangsters with a katana -- I loved it!
Rated 06 Jun 2010
85
86th
The best tomorrow.
Rated 14 Feb 2009
70
61st
For fans of John Woo. Scenes strong. I liked the final gun battle in the mansion.
Rated 08 Dec 2016
83
79th
A classic if "Batshit" were a subgenre. Action becomes an end to itself, informing the plot and cadence beyond the point of self-parody - mutating into not simply a cacophony of bullets but of shooting stars, mystery twins, and fried rice. Any scene with Yun-Fat and food rivals the most megalomaniacal of Nic Cage - fully committing himself to lunacy. One of the characters goes insane and back again, just like us.
Rated 14 Jul 2009
85
86th
This fried rice FUCKIN sucks!
Rated 12 Nov 2014
80
80th
This film is completely insane. My rational mind got blown up, shot to a pulpy mess, karate-chopped, stabbed, strangled, ran over, cut in half with a katana, bombarded with random food-objects and then finally, cried over in heroic rivers of manly sentiment. John Woo at his cheesiest, most operatic and utterly lovable.
Rated 18 Sep 2013
78
58th
77.500
Rated 29 Aug 2022
61
46th
Completely bonkers plot. So many things make absolutely zero sense. Why is Kit at an insane asylum? Why is Ken acting like his very pregnant wife doesn't exist? Wait, I thought Peggy was staying at Kit's house for her safety? And then we have Lung's cartoonish lunatic phase. And of course the famous fried rice scene. That said, the shoot-outs are gorgeous, and you gotta love it every time that awesome theme song plays.
Rated 15 Jan 2014
63
67th
I remember liking this sequel better than original, but now I would put it a few steps behind first part of this trilogy. It lacks the artistry of TBT, that redeemed all the overacting and melodramatics. Editing and flow of the plot is weird, I just couldn't get into it. I enjoyed it the way over-the-top films are usually enjoyed - in so bad its good way. Final shootout is great!
Rated 09 Apr 2018
79
72nd
A lot of the movie is a confusing mess, resulting from John Woo and Tsui Hark fighting over the way this movie would transpire. But if you stick around and stay to witness some of the most unintentionally hilarious and awful moments in Hongkong cinema history (APOLOGIZE TO THE RICE!) you will be rewarded with one of the greatest freaking finales in film. It's that good.
Rated 15 Jul 2020
75
26th
Viewed July 14, 2020. Uneven, but occasionally dazzling.
Rated 10 Jun 2021
75
59th
Though to rate as it hardly qualifies as a comprehensive movie thanks to a lot of quarrels behind the scenes, but the final quarter is prime Woo, and the way there holds various joys, stemming from both absurdity and earnestness. One can only dream of what a masterpiece this might have been if Tsui and Woo had actually seen eye to eye.
Rated 15 May 2013
100
98th
Watch with the Engrish subtitles (if you speak English), especially the restaurant scene. Baller in every way.
Rated 16 Aug 2011
4
70th
Easily the silliest plot of any of Woo's Hong Kong films, but it took him no time at all in the wake of the original's success to develop his maximalist Heroic Bloodshed choreography to the full force of its expression. Some of the shootouts here, particularly the outrageous finale, rank with his finest setpieces.
Rated 20 May 2010
65
27th
Stupid but the end shootout was amazing.
Rated 19 Apr 2009
4
71st
"High octane action of the type Woo does the best."
Rated 23 Jan 2009
75
79th
Fantastic action from John Woo. Poor acting (aside from charismatic Chow Yun-Fat) and plot from John Woo.
Rated 23 Nov 2008
5
40th
Plot was a bit too soap-opera for me. Still, the action scenes were good and the rice scene was memorable.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
90
97th
Very Great
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
84th
Much more entertaining for me, along with much better tension. And of course the end battle scene is truly an action scene to behold. It's got grenades and even swords! Radical, radical!
Rated 06 Jun 2007
70
55th
So much action it sometimes feels like a parody of a John Woo film rather than the real thing... and giving Mark a twin brother just so Chow Yun-Fat can come back is silly. It's worth it just to see Chow speaking English, though. Much like its predecessor this is a fun movie

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