Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Made In Hong Kong Collection : A Better Tomorrow II
John Woo's A Better Tomorrow II was released by M.I.H.K in 1994 with the catalogue number HK008. The cover and liner notes are below, click to see them full size. The film itself should need no introduction, but here is something I wrote as a footnote for the film on my favourite HK movies list.
John Woo's film is a bloody mess, a disjointed, terribly written jumble of ideas and stupidity and features one of the worst performances I've ever seen in a film from Dean Shek. So what makes it belong on this list? The simple fact is that I've seen the rice scene and the blistering climax of the movie more times than any other Hong Kong movie. When I first got hold of the film on a murky VHS bootleg, I would watch and rewind, watch and rewind until eventually I wore the tape out. To this day I still break out the dvd and watch just those two scenes. Awful and awesome at the same time.