|A Better Tomorrow 2018|
|Directed by||Ding Sheng|
|Story by||Jia Zhijie|
|Edited by||Ding Sheng|
|Box office||$9.3 million (China)|
A Better Tomorrow 2018 (Chinese: 英雄本色2018), alternatively known as A Better Tomorrow 4, is a Chinese action film directed by Ding Sheng, starring Wang Kai, Ma Tianyu, Wang Talu, Yu Ailei, Lam Suet and Wu Yue. In this remake of John Woo’s 1986 classic, director Ding Sheng delivers a similar story but with a different setting. Filming took place in a seaside location in the Northern Chinese city of Qingdao, and Japan.
The film was invited to be the closing film at the CinemAsia Film Festival in Netherlands on March 11, 2018. Also, the film had screenings at Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan, Newcastle International Film Festival in United Kingdom, and Far East Film Festival in Italy.
A Better Tomorrow 2018 premiered in China on January 18, 2018.
Zhou Kai (Wang Kai) heads a smuggling ring that ships goods from a coastal Chinese city to Japan. He has a younger brother, idealistic rookie cop Zhou Chao (Ma Tianyu), who knows nothing about his shady dealings. When Kai’s refusal to turn to narcotics creates a rift in the team, the insidious Rubberband sets Kai up on a deal that ends with his arrest. Three years later, Kai is released from prison and tries to live a quiet, humble life with his former partner-in-crime, Mark (Wang Talu). However, the unforgiving eyes of his brother and society at large stop him at every step. When Kai’s former criminal associates force Kai to return to the game, Kai, Mark and Chao are put on a collision path that will end in violence.
|January 18, 2018||China||英雄本色 2018||Beijing Jingxi Tourism Development Co. Ltd. |
Huoerguosi Enlight Media
|January 18, 2018||Singapore||A Better Tomorrow 2018||Clover Films|
|January 19, 2018||Canada||A Better Tomorrow 2018||Asia Releasing |
|January 19, 2018||United States||A Better Tomorrow 2018||Asia Releasing |
|January 25, 2018||Australia||A Better Tomorrow 2018||China Lion Film Distribution|
|January 25, 2018||New Zealand||A Better Tomorrow 2018||China Lion Film Distribution|
|January 26, 2018||Vietnam||Bản Sắc Anh Hùng 2018||Beta Media|
|January 31, 2018||Philippines||A Better Tomorrow 4||ABS-CBN Film Productions|
|February 1, 2018||Fiji||A Better Tomorrow 2018||Asia Releasing |
|February 1, 2018||Hong Kong||英雄本色 2018||China 3D Digital Distribution|
|February 28, 2018||Taiwan||英雄本色 2018||Deepjoy Picture|
|March 22, 2018||South Korea||영웅본색 4||Kidarient Corp.|
|April 19, 2018||Thailand||โหดเลวดี 2018||Hollywood (Thailand) Co., LTD.|
The following are the released date for each festival.
|March 10, 2018||Japan||Osaka Asian Film Festival||男たちの挽歌 2018||Special Screening|||
|March 11, 2018||Netherlands||CinemAsia Film Festival||A Better Tomorrow 2018||European Premiere
|March 31, 2018||United Kingdom||Newcastle International Film Festival||A Better Tomorrow||UK Premiere|||
|April 24, 2018||Italy||Far East Film Festival||A Better Tomorrow 2018||Italian Premiere|||
A Better Tomorrow 2018 grossed $9.3 million in China. It made $7.5 million in its opening weekend.
A Better Tomorrow 2018 received mixed reviews.
Idarklight of Cfensi, in her positive review of the film, wrote "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 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. Pablo A. Tariman of Star Cinema praised the film, wrote "The film delivers as a crime-action flick. The actors give their characters an earthy feel and they remain unscathed all throughout the bloodshed saga."
Conversely, LP Hugo of Asia Film Strike gave the film a negative review, wrote "A solid crime drama on its own terms, A Better Tomorrow 2018 can however not sustain comparison with the original. But despite a wavering tone, some heavy-handed references, it still manages to introduce interesting variations, and benefits from Wang Kai’s charisma." Sean Gilman of MUBI Notebook Column, wrote "There’s nothing especially unusual about a bland, over-edited and undercooked crime movie. And without the A Better Tomorrow connection Ding Sheng’s film would barely be noticed among the sea of mediocrity that is mainstream Mainland cinema."
A Better Tomorrow 2018 received two nominations at the 4th Annual International Jackie Chan Action Movie Week. One is Best Movie Stunt and the other one is Best New Actor In Action for Wang Talu.
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