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A BETTER TOMORROW (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Hae-sung Song

Starring:
Jin-mo Ju
Seung-heon Song
Kang-woo Kim


Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A former Korean gangster decides to get back in the crime game after an old enemy targets his younger brother, who is a police officer. Lots of loud gun-play and action ensues.

Is it good movie?
This really was a convoluted one for me from the get-go. Since it's a Korean film (a remake, no less), that must mean that the plot must be overly outlandish and feature a ton of characters that pop in and out of the story. It also means that there must be a plethora of loud, bloody gun battles. Call me crazy, but at this point, I've grown pretty sick of this type of film. The fact that it was all in Korean with English subtitles didn't help things.

I get that this was trying to tell the story of broken family bonds and hardcore gangster violence. And I do believe that the film did a fair enough job of showing just that. I just didn't care for the manner with which it was conveyed. However, there was nothing wrong with the acting as far as all the leads were concerned. It was just a little hard to follow and I kept confusing who was who.

Now, if this film didn't have so much dialogue and stuck mostly to action set-pieces, I think I would have had a much more enjoyable time. For example, there would be this cool sniper sneak attack, and then 20 minutes of people reflecting on or inspecting the crime. Considering how annoying it got to constantly read the subtitles, I was not a happy camper. Let's just say that during the action scenes, there was not a single word printed on the bottom of my screen.

I'll say it again, in terms of filmmaking, I'm sure that A BETTER TOMORROW succeeds competently. But the way I judge movies is whether or not I'm enjoying sitting through them and this film felt more like a chore to me. I'd never even consider watching it again. Perhaps you may feel different because this is just my opinion.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio Korean dolby digital with English subtitles.

The Extras
A Cast Interview featurette that was all in Korean and not worth sitting through.

A cool Making Of featurette that showed lots of neat behind-the-scenes action.

A Korean Interview with the film's director and the great John Woo.

A couple of the flick's Trailers.

Last Call
This isn't a piece of shit film. It's just a film that I didn't really give a shit about. Too much sappy emotion and stretched out dialogue for a Korean action flick. It didn't keep my interest enough to wholly recommend.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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