Video Review

Video Review: 'A Better Tomorrow' (1994)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Leslie Cheung, Ti Lung and Chow Yun-Fat

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 — or exhilaratingly ridiculous — sequences of its kind. A-

Originally posted Oct 21, 1994 Published in issue #245 Oct 21, 1994 Order article reprints

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