A Better Tomorrow
This John Woo Classic from 1986 was the film that launched the career of Chow Yun Fat and caused young men throughout Asia to don trench coats. Amongst the pathos and male bonding that are synonymous with Woo's Hong Kong films, this film has so much action and over the top gun play that you will be begging for more. Well, you're in luck because our DVD copy also includes the sequel A Better Tomorrow II, directed by fellow Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark. And BTW, A Better Tomorrow is also the film in which Chow Yun Fat lights a cigarette with a $100 bill. If you like your violence fast and stylized with a healthy dose of "platonic" male bonding, you have to watch these films. Check out the DVD at the IMC in King Library!
This 1997 film staring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino is the true story of undercover cop Joe Pistone's (Depp) struggles to maintain his sense of justice as he is sucked further and further into the world of gangster Lefty Ruggiero (Pacino). But above all, this film has some very funny dialog amongst the constant suspense. A really good, criminally underrated film with fantastic performances from two excellent actors.