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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.
Audio Korean dolby digital with English subtitles.
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.