Review: A Better Tomorrow 2018

A Better Tomorrow 2018 is a bold visual and auditory delight and a boatload of fun.

From some of the boldest music choices to drastic switches in tone of cinematography to one of the most interesting shootout scenes in a while,   A Better Tomorrow 2018英雄本色 2018 felt like a firework so  bursting with life that  it left me too busy savoring every minute details of brilliance to think about its flaws. You can just feel how much love and thought director Ding Sheng and the cast put into every scene.  Even all the jokes avoid lazy one-liners but instead are all carefully set-up earlier to land perfectly.

Spoiler level: little more than what you would know from the trailers

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U.S./Canada CNY Film Releases

Chinese New Year is coming up, and that means some of the year’s biggest blockbusters will be coming. Watch out for a post on all the films premiering, but for those of you in U.S./Canada, here’s a list of films you might catch near you. I’m pretty sure all of these will also show in Australia, and a few in the U.K.     Go on the distributer’s sites to find more about whether they’re playing at a theater near you.

HCollective

A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色2018 –  Jan 19

  • Director: Ding Sheng
  • Starring: Wang Kai, Wang Dalu, Ma Tianyu

Monster Hunt 2 捉妖记2 – Feb 18

  • Director: Raman Hui
  • Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-wai Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Li Yuchun

China Lion Film

The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes 前任攻略3:再见前任- now 

  • Director: Tian Yusheng
  • Cast: Han Geng, Zheng Kai


Youth 芳华 – now

  • Director: Feng Xiaogang
  • Cast: Miao Miao, Huang Xuan, Zhong Chuxi, Yang Caiyu

Till the End of the World 南极绝恋   – Feb 2

  • Director: Wu Youyin
  • Cast: Mark Zhao, Yang Zishan

I’m going to guess that they’re also going to pick up Chinatown Detectives 2 唐人街探案2 as well, but there has been no official announcements.

Well Go USA:

Goldbuster 妖铃铃 -now

  • Director: Sandra Ng
  • Cast: Sandra Ng, Francis Ng, etc. 

The Monkey King 3 西游记之女儿国   – TBD

  • Director: Cheang Pou-soi
  • Cast:Feng Shaofeng, Zhao Liying

Operation Red Sea 红海行动  – TBD

  • Director: Dante Lam
  • Cast: Zhang Yi, Du Jiang, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing and Prince Mak

A Better Tomorrow 2018 to screen in U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand

This movie has already won for having some of the prettiest posters yet (ignore the 0119).

Known for his action flicks that often reminds one of the golden days of Hong Kong cinema, director Ding Sheng pays tribute to a Hong Kong classic in A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色 2018.  The film will be shown in select theaters in  North America (US and Canada) beginning January19th and in Australia and New Zealand beginning the 24th.

If you’re one of the rare Cfensi readers who live in Asia,  the film will screen  in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, India and other unnamed parts of South Asia.  

Synopsis –   Zhou Kai (Wang Kai) is a reformed smuggler trying to make amends with his up-and-rising police star brother (Ma Tianyu). While he struggles  between his love for his little brother and loyalty to his former partner-in-crime Ma Ke (Darren Wang), the three all become entangled in a smuggling plot by the new leader of Zhou Kai  and Ma Ke’s old gang.

Teaser 1; Teaser 2 ; Teaser 3 ; song by Wang Leehom ; only good song; song by Wang Kai