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The Godfather 2 revolves around two men, with two stories between past and present intertwined during the 200-minute film. The past belonged to Vito - a son of the land of Corleone, Sicily was forced to leave the country before the threat of killing a village mafia boss. Living in New York, Vito took the surname Corleone to remember his roots and spent days working hard but honestly. Then because of the pressure of another mafia guy, Vito Corleone was forced to play trickery to keep the piece of rice, and that was also the first brick for the Corleone empire later ...

Meanwhile, in the present time in 1958, Michael Corleone was the one chosen to take over that empire. In the first part, the audience has known Michael as a handsome young captain who wants to stay away from the dark jobs that his father directs, and then finally forced to take on the role of his father. Built when the old man is weak due to age and sequelae of the time of being killed. The last scene of part one saw Michael's complete transformation, when from a guy who asserted to his girlfriend "It's your father, not you" to talk about mafia actions at the beginning of the film, Michael became a majestic boss, cold-blooded, ordered the killing of other mafia leaders in New York to capture the underworld.


When making the sequel, director Coppola co-wrote the script with writer Puzo to ensure the quintessence of the first part still inherits. Without Marlon Brando due to disagreements with the producer (he refused to appear even in a short scene at the end of the film), the young Vito Corleone role was given to a potential actor at the time, Robert De. Niro. Coppola still remembers the actor who auditioned for the role of Sonny, Michael ... in the first but failed and decided to choose De Niro after witnessing him play the criminal Johnny in Mean Streets. Bringing the character Vito back in the second part not only helps the audience ease the nostalgia for this clever and emotional character but also helps Coppola introduce the reason why he becomes a "Don Vito".

But there was a great injustice at the Oscars that year when the male lead was not given to Al Pacino. To this day, few people remember the role of the winner Art Carney, while the role of Michael Corleone is always on the list of the best performances of all time. Al Pacino has perfect role-playing, making even viewers can feel the boss's majesty and the rage that is ready to explode at any time.