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* AlmostLethalWeapons: Codified by the second film. In the final scene, approximately 80 mooks are killed with every weapon imaginable. The heroes also suffer injuries, but appear to suffer no ill effects. At the end, they calmly sit in their blood-soaked clothes and wait for the cops to arrive.



* CoolGuns: This was one of the first films ever to feature the Beretta 92F, which had been on the civilian market for less than a year at the time of filming.



* FallenOnHardTimesJob: When Ho gets out of prison, he's shocked to find Mark working as a janitor.



* GunsAkimbo: The TropeCodifier for its usage in action and crime films.

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* GunsAkimbo: The TropeCodifier for its usage in action GunsAkimbo:
** Mark uses a pair of Berettas to blow away a restaurant full of bad guys to avenge the betrayal that got Ho sent to prison.
** In the second film, Ken does this during the motel shoot-out
and crime films. during the siege on the mansion.
* HandCannon: Kit uses a Colt Python during the climax. He later gives it to Ho, who uses it to kill Shing.



* IronicEcho: In Ho and Kit's first scene, Kit playfully frisks him. In a later scene, Kit aggressively does it for real, showing just broken their relationship is.



* ManHug: Ho and Mark do this when they're reunited.



* MexicanStandoff: In the second film, Ken pulls a gun on a gangster out to extort his restaurant, then another gangster pulls a gun on him.



* ReformedButRejected: When Ho gets out of prison, he makes good on his efforts to go straight, but Kit wants nothing to do with him. Not helping matters is Shing trying to pull him back in.



* RichesToRags: Mark somehow loses his status during Ho's incareration and is reduced to working as a janitor.



* SacrificialLion: Mark is blown away by Shing near the end of the movie.

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* SacrificialLion: Mark is blown away by Shing near the end of the movie. Kit gets killed in the second film.


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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In the climactic shootout of the second film, one mook gets shot more than ''20'' times.


* TragicKeepsake: For the climax of the second film, Ken wears his brother's bullethole-ridden coat.





* DoomedByCanon: In ''A Better Tomorrow III'', Mark Gor has to survive and have no love interest.

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* DoomedByCanon: In ''A Better Tomorrow III'', Mark Gor has to survive and have no love interest.interest, which is bad news for Chow Ying Kit, Anita Mui's character in that film.

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* TrueCompanions: Ho's taxi depot is made up of people who generally help him out due to everyone's shared background as ex-convicts with little job prospects.


* MidfightWeaponsExchange: During the climactic battle of ''A Better Tomorrow II'', Ken Gor and Chong do this at the very end of their duel.

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* MidfightWeaponsExchange: MidfightWeaponExchange: During the climactic battle of ''A Better Tomorrow II'', Ken Gor and Chong do this at the very end of their duel.



* PapaWolf: Kit and Ho's father.

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* PapaWolf: Kit and Ho's father.father, especially his attempt on convincing Ho to quit his criminal career and saving Kit during an assassination attempt.



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* BackupTwin: Mark Gor is killed near the end, but thanks to Mark being insanely popular, Chow Yun Fat returned as Mark's twin brother Ken in ''A Better Tomorrow II''.



* BattleButler: In ''A Better Tomorrow II'', Chong is given a pile of cash by his terrified employer, but completely ignores it, indicating that his only concern is finding a WorthyOpponent, which he ultimately finds in Ken Gor.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: In ''A Better Tomorrow II'', Kit dies just as his daughter is born.



* BloodBrothers: Mark and Ho.

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* BloodBrothers: Mark and Ho.Ho are probably the best known examples in a HeroicBloodshed movie.



* CoolShades: Mark's Alain Delon aviator shades. Alain Delon himself sent Chow Yun-Fat a personal thank you note after the film's release, as the film helped drive sales of the sunglasses in Hong Kong.

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* CoolShades: Mark's Alain Delon aviator shades. Alain Delon Creator/AlainDelon himself sent Chow Yun-Fat a personal thank you note after the film's release, as the film helped drive sales of the sunglasses in Hong Kong.Kong.
* CounterfeitCash: This is Mark and Ho's line of business.



* DoomedByCanon: In ''A Better Tomorrow III'', Mark Gor has to survive and have no love interest.



* IAmWhatIAm: Initially, Mark is convinced that gangsters like him can't really change their ways and run an honest life, and at one point even scolds about it to Ho, who is trying to do just that. But later on, Mark acknowledges the fact that only by taking their destinies straight in their hands, people can really call themselves free, and even ends up being killed while lecturing Ho's brother (who is a cop and quite the Inspector Javert of the situation) on the goodness of Ho's efforts.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: Done to a truly awful degree in ''A Better Tomorrow II''. In order to bug a mob boss, Kit gives him a ship in a bottle. But instead of building the bug into the ship he attached the huge obvious thing to the outside. The kicker? He doesn't attach in it advance, but instead stands right outside the guy's office sticking it on.
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: Not quite a funeral, but it starts to rain when Kit and Jackie visit his father's grave.



* MidfightWeaponsExchange: During the climactic battle of ''A Better Tomorrow II'', Ken Gor and Chong do this at the very end of their duel.



* PrisonerExchange: One of these sets off the final shootout of the first movie.

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* PrisonerExchange: One of these An exchange between Shing (who Ho, has captured) and Kit (who Shing's mooks have at gunpoint) sets off the final shootout battle of the first movie.



* StormingTheCastle: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' ends with the three remaining heroes going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge through a whole ''mess'' of mooks at the BigBad's mansion.



* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: The TropeCodifier for many gangster movies to come in Hong Kong.

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* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: The TropeCodifier for many gangster movies Mark Gor inspired a generation of Chinese kids to come walk around in Hong Kong.dusters and sunglasses while chewing on toothpicks. Mark Gor is a romantic in a cynical world, who steadfastly holds onto notions of brotherhood and honor, and would gladly lay down his life to protect innocent women and children.
* UnflinchingWalk: Accidentally {{subverted}} during the big mansion shootout from the finale of ''A Better Tomorrow II''. Ken Gor, tosses a grenade into the mansion and turns to nonchalantly stand in front of the ensuing explosion. But Chow was standing a few inches too close to the pyrotechnics when they went off, and he flinched away as his hair was singed.


* TooDumbToLive: Kit nearly gets himself killed by charging in to "arrest Shing" with no support or backup. It is, naturally, a trap.


''A Better Tomorrow'' (also known as ''Ying Hung Boon Sik'', or "True Colors of a Hero" in Cantonese) is a 1986 action film by JohnWoo and produced by Tsui Hark. The story follows two brothers on opposite sides of the law. Ti Lung plays Sung Tse Ho, a respected member of a triad whose principal operation is printing and distributing counterfeit US banknotes. Mark Gor, played by Creator/ChowYunFat in his breakout role, is Ho's partner in crime. Creator/LeslieCheung plays Sung Tse Kit, Ho's brother who has joined the HKPD. Ho cares deeply for Kit and encourages his career choice, but keeps his criminal life secret from him. When a job in Taiwan goes to hell, Ho is arrested while his accomplice, a new guy by the name of Shing (played by Waise Lee) gets away. Mark, as Ho's sworn brother, is mad as hell about this, and in one of John Woo's most iconic action sequences, he takes revenge on Ho's betrayers with both guns blazing, but near the end of the shootout, one of his kneecaps is blown out.

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''A Better Tomorrow'' (also known as ''Ying Hung Boon Sik'', or "True Colors of a Hero" in Cantonese) is a 1986 action film by JohnWoo Creator/JohnWoo and produced by Tsui Hark. The story follows two brothers on opposite sides of the law. Ti Lung plays Sung Tse Ho, a respected member of a triad whose principal operation is printing and distributing counterfeit US banknotes. Mark Gor, played by Creator/ChowYunFat in his breakout role, is Ho's partner in crime. Creator/LeslieCheung plays Sung Tse Kit, Ho's brother who has joined the HKPD. Ho cares deeply for Kit and encourages his career choice, but keeps his criminal life secret from him. When a job in Taiwan goes to hell, Ho is arrested while his accomplice, a new guy by the name of Shing (played by Waise Lee) gets away. Mark, as Ho's sworn brother, is mad as hell about this, and in one of John Woo's most iconic action sequences, he takes revenge on Ho's betrayers with both guns blazing, but near the end of the shootout, one of his kneecaps is blown out.


* TheRemake: Believe it or not, this movie is actually a remake of an old 1967 Cantonese film called ''Ying Xiong Ben Se'' (Story of a Discharged Prisoner). Creator/TsuiHark had been toying with the idea since his days in the TV business, but because of an overwhelming workload, he had to pass the directorial reins to JohnWoo.
** In addition, a 2010 remake of ''A Better Tomorrow'' was made in South Korea.

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* TheRemake: TheRemake:
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Believe it or not, this movie is actually a remake of an old 1967 Cantonese film called ''Ying Xiong Ben Se'' (Story of a Discharged Prisoner). Creator/TsuiHark had been toying with the idea since his days in the TV business, but because of an overwhelming workload, he had to pass the directorial reins to JohnWoo.
Creator/JohnWoo.
** In addition, a A 2010 remake of ''A Better Tomorrow'' was made in South Korea.


* ReCut: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' was severely cut from 160 minutes to 104. The Taiwanese version of ''A Better Tomorrow III'' runs 145 minutes long, which is the complete uncut version. The Hong Kong version runs only 114 minutes long despite saying 130 minutes on the cover.



* ReCut: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' was severely cut from 160 minutes to 104. The Taiwanese version of ''A Better Tomorrow III'' runs 145 minutes long, which is the complete uncut version. The Hong Kong version runs only 114 minutes long despite saying 130 minutes on the cover.


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* ReCut: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' was severely cut from 160 minutes to 104. The Taiwanese version of ''A Better Tomorrow III'' runs 145 minutes long, which is the complete uncut version. The Hong Kong version runs only 114 minutes long despite saying 130 minutes on the cover.



* ReCut: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' was severely cut from 160 minutes to 104. The Taiwanese version of ''A Better Tomorrow III'' runs 145 minutes long, which is the complete uncut version. The Hong Kong version runs only 114 minutes long despite saying 130 minutes on the cover.

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* ReCut: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' was severely cut from 160 minutes to 104. The Taiwanese version of ''A Better Tomorrow III'' runs 145 minutes long, which is the complete uncut version. The Hong Kong version runs only 114 minutes long despite saying 130 minutes on the cover.


* StarMakingRole: Mark for Chow Yun-Fat

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* StarMakingRole: Mark for Chow Yun-FatSuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Kit dies in the second film]].


It would also spawn two sequels: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' (1987), 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'' (1989), a {{prequel}} directed by Tsui Hark and set in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]]-era Saigon in which Chow Yun-Fat reprises his role as Mark Gor.

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It would also spawn two sequels: ''A Better Tomorrow II'' (1987), which would see Chow Yun-Fat's return as Ken, [[BackupTwin the twin brother of Mark Gor, Gor]], and ''A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon'' (1989), a {{prequel}} directed by Tsui Hark and set in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]]-era Saigon in which Chow Yun-Fat reprises his role as Mark Gor.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Mark Gor. Modern viewers can be puzzled that he's not actually the main protagonist of the first film, but Chow Yun-Fat's charismatic performance led to him becoming the most popular character and the later two films would have him in a leading role.

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