- First Installment Wins: The first film is the most well-known and respected among the public and critics alike, though the second film isn't without its fans.
- Genre Turning Point: The film is credited with kickstarting the Heroic Bloodshed subgenre and revitalising Hong Kong action cinema.
- Memetic Mutation: Chow Yun Fat approves◊.
- Tear Jerker:
- Mark's final words, spoken to Kit right before Shing shoots him. "To be a man..."
- Kit's death in the second film. His final deed is to name his newborn daughter.
YMMV / A Better Tomorrow