A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)

A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)

Released: 1989
Genre: Action, Genre, War
Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Anita Mui, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Yun-Fat Chow, ,
Run time: 105 min
IMDb: 5.9/10
Country: Hong Kong
Views: 162741


At the end of the Vietnam war, Cheung goes to Saigon, intent on bringing his uncle and cousin back to Hong Kong. In Saigon, Cheung meets beautiful gangleader Chow, and relies on her help for their safe return. A love triangle develops between the cousins and Chow Further complicating matters, Chow’s lover Ho, a gang leader, appears Ho deports the cousins, and kills their uncle. Cheung and his cousin return to Vietnam seeking revenge, while Chow and Ho also become entangled with a local vietnamese warlord. Chow tries to stop the battle, but the warlord kills Chow and Ho. Just before her death Chow gives the cousins the last two air tickets with which to leave Vietnam
Written by
L.H. Wong <[email protected]>
User Reviews: The 3rd in a series, which is actually a prequel. Mark Gor (Chow Yun Fat) goes to Saigon to fetch his cousin and uncle during the Vietnam war. Directed by Tsui Hark (who produced the first 2 movies) instead of John Woo. Not as great as the first, but worth a look.

True to the "Better Tomorrow" series, as well as the whole John-Woo-aesthetic, the movie’s about male-bonding. But this movie also focuses on romance: Mark and his cousin Mun (Tony Leung Ka Fai) both fall for sexy gang leader Kit (Anita Mui).

It was great to see a woman as a gangster for once, and Anita Mui was cool as hell. She looks fabulous while mowing down a dozen men without smudging her makeup once – speaking of which, she overdid the lipstick. Her neon-orange-red lips practically glow and bleed into every scene she’s in.

Of interest to fans: the movie shows Kit teaching Mark how to shoot a gun, and explains where Mark got his trademark coat and sunglasses.

Also notable is that this movie contains Chow Yun Fat’s most authentic kiss with a woman. Usually, he just slams into the girl’s face violently in a convulsive fit – which looks intense but not very real. In this movie, he’s much more gentle. Probably because he didn’t want to eat her lipstick.

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