Sam Houston State’s Department of Mass Communication continues their free classic film screening series at Old Town Theatre presenting A Better Tomorrow on Friday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.
The 1986 classic tells the story of two brothers: one a police officer, the other a counterfeiting ex-mobster, who strive to reconcile their differences amidst gang-violence in Hong Kong. The foreign film, which is originally titled Ying Hung Boon Sik, was directed by John Woo and is a remake of the 1967 Cantonese film called Story of a Discharged Prisoner.
“A Better Tomorrow was the stunning breakout feature of John Woo, launching a career that took him to Hollywood,” Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Grant Wiedenfeld, Ph.D., said. “It is a landmark film for Hong Kong action cinema.”
Upon its release in China’s epicenter nearly 30 years ago, A Better Tomorrow became the top-grossing film in Hong Kong’s history and held that place for several years. The movie was so popular that many kids began wearing long coats and the iconic Ray Ban’s featured in the film, in hopes of copying the characters’ looks.
According to Wiedenfeld, the style of A Better Tomorrow was emulated and brought to America by another famous director, Quentin Tarantino, who “adored” the film. Tarantino is famous for his unique style in films such as Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994) and more recently, Django Unchained (2012).
Over the last three decades, A Better Tomorrow has accumulated many awards including four Golden Horse Awards and two Hong Kong Film Awards, in addition to nearly 15 other nominations. The film is also listed as No. 2 on the Hong Kong Film Awards’ list of the “Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures.”
Following the screening of A Better Tomorrow will be a brief discussion facilitated by Wiedenfeld regarding the history and style of Hong Kong cinema.
“We must delve into the history of China and Hong Kong in the latter part of the twentieth century, and how this film fits within it,” Wiedenfeld said.
The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication at 936.294.2777 or online here.