Many fans view this gritty, stripped-down film as director John Woo’s (Mission: Impossible) finest hour. Two brothers (one a neophyte counterfeiter, one a rookie cop) try to balance honor, family and duty. Chow Yun-Fat steals the show with his usual flair, and A Better Tomorrow brilliantly fuses fully drawn characters, thrilling action, family bonds and blistering firepower.

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