Think Lethal Weapon is an action movie? THINK AGAIN.Nothing ever produced in Hollywood comes even close to touching this film, especially when it comes to carnage. The plot is overdramatic and has a few silly bits (We killed Chow Yun Fat in the first one, how do we get him back for the second one? Oh, yeah--long-lost twin brother), but for raw, unbridled, bloody, fast-paced action, it simply the best out there.
Watch it! Tonight! The whole thing! Do it!
Not that it matters. I mean, whether you know the plot or not, this movie is all about the visuals.
Chow-Yun Fat plays the twin brother of a character who died in the first film. Ti Lung and Leslie Cheung reprise their roles as a pair of brothers, one an undercover cop (Cheung) and the other a reformed career criminal. Dean Shek plays a crime boss who has finally gone straight. He gets framed and then loses his mind, and ends up getting shipped off to America to stay with Ken (Chow Yun Fat), but not until after we've established that Ken is as much a bad-ass as his brother (don't insult his rice, if you know what's good for you).
You've seen Mel Gibson serve the bad guys a round of whoopass. You've seen Arnie open a whole can. When the going gets tough in A Better Tomorrow II, Chow Yun Fat follows in an age-old Hong Kong tradition, and rolls out the whole damned keg.
Anyway, the little brother eventually bites it in a most heroic way, which naturally means that the three surviving leads must kill every single bad guy on the planet in retribution, and that their sidekick needs to live to tell the tale. The final battle scene in this movie involves a huge mansion packed wall-to-wall with henchmen and a Triad boss in the middle, and has a higher body count than anything I've seen outside of the horror genre.Nobody kills more people with more style than Chow Yun Fat under the direction of John Woo.