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Film: "A Better Tomorrow"

The Freer|Sackler Museum of Asian Art presents a screening of John Woo's "A Better Tomorrow".

November 26, 2016 4:00pm
This screening is held at National Gallery of Art, East Building, large auditorium.
Watch the trailer. 
“The defining urban thriller of ‘80s Hong Kong cinema” (Chuck Stephens, Sex and Zen & A Bullet in the Head), A Better Tomorrow confirmed director John Woo as both a master and an innovator. Enriching familiar genre tropes with stylish camerawork, wrenching melodrama, and balletic action scenes (including its famous restaurant shootout), Woo established the template for the Hong Kong action movies that would take the world by storm.
It features Leslie Cheung as a cop torn between duty and familial obligation to his gangster brother. As a counterpoint to Cheung’s soulful performance, Chow Yun-fat’s charismatic turn as a swaggering, trench-coated assassin helped turn him into an international icon. Don’t miss one of the Hong Kong Film Archives’ “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies.”
Digital restoration by Fortune Star. (Dir.: John Woo, Hong Kong, 1986, 95 min., DCP, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)
Image c/o Golden Princess Amusement Co. Ltd./Fortune Star Media Ltd.
Programs are free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.