A BETTER TOMORROW is a tale of loyalty
and brothers. Hyoek once left behind his younger brother Cheul and his
mother when escaping North
Korea years ago. He is now a criminal
who deals back and forth between Busan, South Korea
He is partners with another guy, Cheun, who considers Hyoek to be a brother.
It all changes when Cheul shows up in a South Korean jail. He doesn't
want anything to do with Hyeok. A betrayal on a business trip to Thailand
leaves Hyeok in a Thailand prison while Cheul gets released
to train as a cop. When the brothers are reunited, they have to contend
with Tae Min who has built a criminal empire out of betrayal.
A BETTER TOMORROW continues the South Korean
dominance in the Asian crime action genre. It is a remake of the John Woo
film of the same name. I have to say that
ABETTE TOMORROW was one of my least favorite John Woo films, but I do really like the remake despite it being a little
slow in the middle (and yet it pays off with the big action climax). A
BETTER TOMORROW features two other action sequences (with one of them proving you should never wear a white suit to a gun
The original trailer and the USA
release trailer are included on the disc in addition to three short promotional featurettes:
CHARACTER INTRO CAST INTERVIEW features
interviews with the four lead actors. This featurette is under five minutes.
MAKING OF A BETTER TOMORROW is almost four
minutes and gives a very quick promotional fluff look at the making of the film.
INTERVIEW WITH SONG HAE-SUNG & JOHN
WOO is shorter than the other two featurettes and only lasts about two minutes.
FINAL ANALYSIS: I love the action sequences in the remake of A BETTER TOMORROW. It develops the characters and takes us on a journey that focuses on brotherhood
and loyalty. I do wish the extras weren't so brief because I wanted to
know a little more about the making of the film and how the Korean remake is different from the John Woo version (compare
and contrast the two).
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