A Better Tomorrow

Synopsis: Arms trafficker Hyuk and Young-chun are practically brothers and nothing can separate them. When the two managed to escape from North Korea, they left behind Hyuk's younger brother Chul. Hyuk can never shake off the guilt as his family was punished for his treason and his mother died in prison. Three years later, Chul finally makes his way to South Korea and join the police force. Hyuk tries to earn the trust and love of his younger brother, but abandonment and betrayal are hard things to forget. Things come to a head when Young-chun pulls Hyuk into doing one last gig for the gang. It happens to be the case that Officer Chul is in charge of. The three brothers meet again one final time.
Genre: Action, Drama
Production: CJ Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min


JOO Jin-mo

SONG Seung-heon

KIM Gang-woo

JO Han-sun

That idiot.

Open your mouth.





It's just business.

It's good for your nerves.



Smile. Smile.

I can smell the money.

It's real.


Go ahead.

Thank you.

What happened?

What's the address?


I'll send my friend there.

The shipment has arrived.

But I don't think you'll find

what you're looking for there.

But I'd still like to

check it out.

I really wish you happiness,

my friend.

Thank you, Boss.


You're amazing.

Back there,

when you did this...

If you say so.


You take it.

But this is so expensive.

Thank you.

I'll think of you every time

I look at it.

I really admire you.

Ro... Rolex?

How does it look?

I know your type.

You'll go on kissing my ass,

then turn around

and stab my back.


Border between Thailand and Laos

3 months later

What the hell?

God dammit!

I got gum on my shoe.

Hurry up!

Who the hell did this?

What's your hurry?

It's not like we're his slaves...

We were late last time.

This is how you condition people,

so they don't expect too much.

No one expects anything of you.


Even you?


I'm not going.

Where you going?

Let me go!

I said I'm not going!

Okay! Let go!

It hurts!

You worthless piece of trash.

Who the hell do you think you are

pulling sh*t like that?

You think I met those Russians

for my own sake?

I'm doing this for us.

Trust me. Please.

I want to!

But you still got a ways to go.

You think anyone can do

what they did?

No way.


How long are you gonna

make me fill out these books?

Uncle, if you keep on

like this...

What did you just do?

I got my own plans.

That book is worth

more than you.

Pick it up.


Pick it up!

That little prick.

He's not a nephew.

More like a son of a b*tch.

Choong-shik, look at you!

Why are you drinking so fast?

Just like your old man.

Show some respect.

I'm almost sixty.

I've known you since you were a baby.

What should I say then?

Please Mr. Choong-shik, sir?

That's enough.

What's keeping those bastards?

- What the hell is this?

- Put it on.

- It smells.

- Just put it on!

Today is my little

brother's first day of school

Is that all you can

talk about?

I was always with him,

wasn't I?

What did Young-chun write...

My Ideel Woman

You idiot.

It's been three years.

You still can't spell?

It's "My IDEAL Woman!"

Give me a break.

I barely have time to make ends meet.

Nonsense. Come here!

What's this?

I know what you're up to.

Sending out money,

trying to find your brother.


once you find him,

wash your hands of all this.



Thailand, Laos,

Myanmar and Mongolia.

How long in Mongolia?

About 4 months.

Other family or relatives?

Any family or relatives!

No one. I'm alone.


KIM Chul.

Smart little bastard,

aren't you?

Kim Chaek University

of Technology?

Answer me, a**hole!


Then you had it good

over there.

Why the f*** did you leave?

Hello? Debriefing room.

You could've come here

straight from Thailand.

Why go through Myanmar?

Taking a pleasure cruise

around Asia?

Answer the f***ing question.

I was looking for someone.

Oh, really?


Who were you looking for,

damn it!

The man responsible

for my mother's death.

Watch out for the puddles.

What's with the damn rain?

Making a living ain't easy,

is it?

Or maybe it's easy for you.

No, sir!

F***, I told them

to come yesterday.

Welcome to Korea!

Thank you!

Korea's pretty cold, huh?

You dumb f***!

Look at this. Gold mine!

I'll get them the money soon!

Hyuk, take Tae-min

to Thailand this time.

There's something

he's gotta do there.

Young-chun, you need to

stay back and help me.


Don't get me wrong.

He just needs some

more experience.

This one's nice.

What's that bastard

going to do in Thailand?

He left safely.

Hyuk and I make a good team.



Not bad.

Alright, let's go.

You out of your f***ing mind?

Where you going?

You and I need to talk.

I'm serious.

- No thanks.

- Hey, stop!

Lieutenant PARK?

Hyuk, it's your lucky day.

I found him!


Go see for yourself

if it's really your brother.

We don't usually let

people do this.

I know, thank you.



It's you, right?

It's me, your brother.

Look at me.

Do you remember this?

You tied this on my wrist

at the beach.


- Just a second...

- Open the door, please!

- Please open the door!

- Look at me.

Listen to me.

I have something to say.

At the border, I tried...

Look at you? Fine.

Take a good look!

Look at me!

Look at the face you abandoned!

Because of you, they dragged

mom away and beat her to death.

Look at the face

that saw it all.

You're gonna get it.

You deserve to die.

Stop staring at me.

F***. I said don't look at me!

I'm going to kill you!

I'll take your eyes out!

Die, you coward!

KIM Chul!

Get a hold of yourself!

Let me go!

Tae-min will bring the cash.

Let's hit it big this time.

And Hyuk,

shouldn't we throw a parade?

We'll call the

Busan Girl's High School band.

Hang up a banner saying,


Hyuk found his brother!

What do you think?

There you go again.

No, I really want to do this.

If he's anything like Hyuk,

he's gonna be brave.

No one can mess with us now.

The three of you are

gonna own Busan.

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John Woo

John Woo SBS (Ng Yu-Sum; born 1 May 1946) is a Chinese-born Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his highly chaotic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and frequent use of slow motion. Woo has directed several notable Hong Kong action films, among them, A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Killer (1989), Hard Boiled (1992), and Red Cliff (2008/2009). more…

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