A policeman (Leslie Cheung) and a reformed gangster (Ti Lung) meet their dead friends twin, employed by a New York mob boss.
A Better Tomorrow 2 (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Jyutping: Jing1hung4 bun2sik1 ji6) is a 1987 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo. A follow-up to its popular predecessor, A Better Tomorrow, the film stars returning cast members Chow Yun-fat, Ti Lung and Leslie Cheung alongside new cast member Dean Shek. The film was released in Hong Kong on 17 December 1987.
Due to the popularity of Chows breakout performance in the previous installment, he was cast in a new character as the twin brother of "Mark", who was killed in the previous film. A Better Tomorrow 2 is known for its over the top violence, exaggerated blood and gore, and body counts nearing the hundreds.
Film director John Woo and producer Tsui Hark had disagreements over the focus of this film. Tsui felt that the film should focus more on Dean Sheks character. This led to the film being edited by both Tsui and Woo. Their disagreements would lead to a split after this film, with Hark directing A Better Tomorrow 3 and Woo moving on to create The Killer.
A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.
Several years after the events of A Better Tomorrow, Sung Tse-ho (Ti Lung) is offered early parole by the police in exchange for spying on his former boss and mentor, Lung Sei (Dean Shek), who is suspected of heading a counterfeiting operation. Inspector Wu (Lau Siu-ming), the leader of the crime task force, wants to mark his retirement with the capture of a high profile criminal like Lung.
However, Ho, still loyal to Lung, initially declines. He changes his mind when he discovers that his younger brother Sung Tse-kit (Leslie Cheung) is working undercover on the same case, and agrees to go undercover to protect his brother, who is expecting a child along with his pregnant wife Jackie (Emily Chu). While working the case, the two brothers meet and agree to work together on the investigation.
After being framed for murder, Lung seeks Hos help. Ho is able to help him escape to New York, but Lung suffers a psychotic break and is institutionalised after receiving news of his daughters murder and witnessing his friend being killed.
Meanwhile, Ho learns that Mark Lee has a long-lost twin brother, Ken (Chow Yun-fat), a former gang member who went legitimate and left Hong Kong as a teenager to travel across America, eventually settling and opening a restaurant in New York City. However, Ho tracks down Ken and enlists his assistance in freeing Lung and nursing him back to health.
Targeted by both assassins hunting for Lung as well as American mobsters looking to extort Kens business, Ken and Lung (who is still catatonic) go into hiding in an apartment building, and where Ken arms himself. During a shoot-out with the mobsters, but Ken and Lung find themselves cornered. Seeing Ken wounded and in trouble, Lung regains his sanity and kills the last of the Americans pursuing them.
The two return to Hong Kong and link-up with Ho and Kit. The group discovers that one of Lungs employees, Ko Ying-pui (Shan Kwan), is responsible for trying to kill Lung and has taken over the organisation in Lungs absence. Lung resolves that he would rather destroy his organisation by his own hands than let it fall into dishonor and ruin, and the team starts planning to act against Ko.
After doing some reconnaissance in Kos mansion alone, Kit is fatally wounded, roughly at the same time his daughter is born. He is rescued by Ken, who attempts to rush him to the hospital. Knowing that he wont make it, Kit persuades Ken to stop at a phone booth to call his wife. He manages, just before he dies, to name his child Sung Ho-yin (in Cantonese, "the Spirit of Righteousness").
After attending Kits funeral, Ho, Ken, and Lung take revenge on Ko by attacking his mansion during a meeting with a counterfeiting client. An enormous gun battle ensues. The three, assisted by Hos former boss in the taxi company, kill approximately 90 others (including Ko) but are all severely (perhaps mortally) wounded in the process. After the shootout ends, the three sit down in the mansion and are surrounded by the police, led by Inspector Wu. Upon seeing the condition of the men, Wu motions to the other officers to lower their weapons. Ho remarks that Inspector Wu shouldnt retire yet as there is "much work left for [him] to do."Dean Shek as Lung Sei
Chow Yun-fat as Ken "Gor" Lee
Ti Lung as Sung Tse-ho
Leslie Cheung as Sung Tse-kit
Emily Chu as Jackie Sung (Tse-kits wife)
Kwan Shan as Ko Ying-pui (The main antagonist)
Kenneth Tsang as Ken (The taxi manager from the first film)
Shing Fui-On as Kos partner
Lam Chung as Kos partner
Ng Man-tat as Mr Wong (during the early stage of his film career)
Peter Wang as Sam (Lungs priest friend in New York)
Man Yan-lung as Chong (Kos cold blooded hitman)
Louis Roth as Protection Money Collector
Regina Kent as Peggy Lung (Lungs daughter)
Ken Boyle as New York Counterfeit Buyer
Lau Siu-ming as Chief Inspector Wu
Will Rush Toward Future Day (??????)
Lyrics: Wong Jim
Composition and Arrangement: Joseph Koo
Performance: Leslie Cheung
This film contains music cues from other films:"Birdys Flight (From Not One Of Us)"
Composer: Peter Gabriel
From: Birdy (1984)
"Leo Gets It"
Composer: Gary Chang
From: 52 Pick-Up (1987)
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
From: Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Anchor Bay Entertainment released the film on DVD in the US in January 2001. Extras include the trailer and biographies. In June 2004, HKflix.com released it again on DVD along with its two sequels in a boxed set. Hong Kong Legends released a special collectors edition in the UK in September 2006.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 83% of six surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 7/10. Writing in Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head, Stefan Hammond and Mike Wilkins describe the film as "gorged with Woos trademarks" and "a funhouse exaggeration of its central motifs".7th Hong Kong Film AwardsNominated: Best Actor (Leslie Cheung)
Nominated: Best Action Choreography (Ching Siu-tung)