* Mark Gor's theme, which plays near the end of the restaurant shootout, is "Birdy's Flight" from the NicolasCage Vietnam movie ''Birdy''.
* The English title "A Better Tomorrow" is the translated title of the song sung by the two school kids (in Mandarin) in the middle of the movie. It's a New Year's Eve song, usually sung by large groups.
* Mark Gor is based on a character (the "wandering knight") from a previous JohnWoo kung fu movie, ''LastHurrahForChivalry''.
* Even though he is now universally known as an action hero, one of the main reasons JohnWoo wanted to cast ChowYunFat was because he didn't look like one.