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Video Review: 'A Better Tomorrow'

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A Better Tomorrow

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Leslie Cheung, Ti Lung, Chow Yun-Fat
director:
John Woo
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A-

If you’re tired of the pro forma thrills that most American-made action movies deliver, the Hong Kong import A Better Tomorrow will provide a welcome jolt. And believe it or not, this early John Woo opus is even more overtly melodramatic than the director’s classic, The Killer. In Tomorrow, the cop and criminal who unite against a common enemy happen to be brothers. This video version is hideously dubbed, but Chow-Yun Fat’s sleek underworld charisma and intense emotion still come through. As for the action scenes, the dubbing affects them not a whit: They’re as dizzying as any Woo has concocted, and the climactic gun battle has to be one of the most ridiculously exhilarating ā€” or exhilaratingly ridiculous ā€” sequences of its kind. A-

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