A Better Tomorrow

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A Better Tomorrow is a 1986 action film by John Woo and produced by Tsui Hark, featuring Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, Ti Lung and Waise Lee. The story follows two brothers on opposite sides of the law.

This film put John Woo on the map and kick-started the Heroic Bloodshed genre, along with codifying most of the tropes associated with it. It led to the establishment of Hong Kong's film rating system because of the film's violence. It led to a period where a lot of young people wore longcoats much like Mark (in fact, the Badass Longcoat is still known in Hong Kong as "Brother Mark's Coat"). And it would provide a springboard for Chow Yun-Fat's career as a badass action star.

It would also spawn two sequels: A Better Tomorrow II, which would see Chow Yun-Fat's return as the twin brother of Mark Gor, and A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon, a Prequel directed by Tsui Hark and set in Vietnam War-era Saigon in which Chow Yun-Fat reprises his role as Mark Gor.

Tropes used in A Better Tomorrow include: