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Heroes Shed No Tears [DVD]

Yuet Sang Chin , Doo Hee Jang , John Woo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Yuet Sang Chin, Doo Hee Jang, Ho Kon Kim
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cine-Asia presents Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DF7NIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From John Woo, the director of Hong Kong movie classics including Bullet in the Head and The Killer comes his ferocious war movie Heroes Shed No Tears.

Eddy Ko stars as Chinese mercenary Chan Chung who is hired to kidnap an infamous Thai drug baron and bring him to justice. On the trail they conflict with a Vietnamese general and from that point on find themselves fighting on two increasingly vicious fronts with more yet to come!

Anyone tiring of the formulaic Hollywood John Woo will revel in this, his first slo-mo gunfest of gory glory, where an eye for an eye is played out in unforgettable flesh tearing action. This is Woo at his most brutal and with an arsenal of explosive mayhem, he pulls out all the stops to show the true hell of war: John Woo style!

Special Features:

- Digitally re-mastered and restored DVD Transfer
- 16:9 Anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TV s
- Cantonese Language with re-mastered English subtitles
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio Tracks
- UK Promotional Trailer
- From Hong Kong to Hollywood: An Interview with John Woo
- A tribute to Lam Ching Ying"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars John Woo : "We Need More Explosions!" 25 Mar 2012
Heroes Shed No Tears was filmed in 1984/1985 but didn't get a release until after the success of A Better Tomorrow in 1986 and is considered to be Woo's transition from Kung Fu films to his now trademark explosion filled gun-play action films.As with most Cine Asia releases we the consumer are treated to a fair amount of extras on the disc and a print that has been digitally remastered.
I bought this film on the basis of it being a war film and although it is set during the Vietnam war it's not your average war film.It doesn't take the usual route of Americans fighting the V.C or NVA, in fact there is only one American GI on show and he's a deserter.
The plot is as simple as they come,a group of Chinese mercenaries employed by the Thai government and under the leadership of Chan are tasked with capturing a drug lord.If they succeed the men are promised green cards to enter the U.S.It seems that capturing the drug lord is the easy part but delivering him safely is another matter altogether.
The mercenaries succeed in capturing the drug lord in an opening scene that had so many explosions that I was sure Woo had blown (pardon the pun) the whole budget in the first ten minutes.They are then relentlessly chased across Thailand,Laos and Vietnam by a whole range of over the top colourful characters and are occasionally aided by friendlies.
The 1980's saw a plethora of Hollywood mercenary films with the likes of the Delta Force franchise and the Dogs of war to name but a few.The only difference here is the obvious Hong Kong style this genre is shown in.The friend I watched this with is a huge Hong Kong fan and loved it from start to finish.
For me the film was like a coin,with one side blowing me away and the other making me laugh uncontrollably.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars John Poo! 30 Sep 2012
Let me start by saying that Hard Boiled and The Killer are 2 of my favourite HK films ever and take pride of place in my DVD cupboard next to countless over HK relases, right so that aside let me start with the review. Learning only after I'd watched it that Woo was deeply ashamed of this film has his image not been tarnished in my mind, It's a garbled mess of misogony and p*ss poor gunplay. *Spoiler alert* In the battle at the climax they are taking cover behind sand bags as the enemies are advanicing they are only 5 yards away and then they throw a grenade and they're 30 yards away then 5 then 20... I can't even be bothered to write any more on this runny puddle of crap, this is just another example of making money off a director / actors name and a very poor quality film, shame the late Lam Ching Ying couldn't even save this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early but good Film by Master John Woo 21 Jan 1999
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When I first saw this film it was only because one of my fav. directors, John Y. Woo made it. But it is surprisingly good for an old lo-budget HongKong movie. The direction is all right and when the action turns on, you can see the master's handwriting. This film is gross but entertaining and it's worth a rental. Avoid the dubbed Version!
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of Heroic Bloodshed 12 Oct 2013
By Muzzlehatch - Published on
"Heroes Shed No Tears" is usually considered the first proper entry into Woo's cycle of "heroic bloodshed" films, though it was his next film "A Better Tomorrow" from the same year (1986) which really put him on the map. It's easy to see why this one didn't really connect - for all the excellent action, it's kind of dull as a story and the characters don't really have the romantic pathos of Woo's best material. And it's non-city setting is something we don't usually see in Woo's work though it does look forward to his masterpiece "Bullet in the Head" to some extent, setting-wise.

Basically a group of mercenaries lead by Chan Chung (Eddie Ko) go into the Vietnames jungle to capture a drug lord, and the movie is mostly their journey as they add members, and then get whittled down one by one through copious amounts of gunfire, explosions, martial arts and knives. There are definitely a few good slow-mo over the top sequences that make one think "wow, this is the real thing" but the non-action stuff is really not particularly interesting and it all feels rather programmed. I had fun with it, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't really like Woo and his sort of mayhem.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic. . . but overdone 12 Jun 2000
By Tyler Parkford - Published on
When I first saw this film on television, I laughed my pants off. It's one of those movies that you've seen, time and time again, made fun of, due to its poorly timed dubbing and spiratic violence. The picture quality was horrible, which fit its cheap attitude perfectly, and more than three quarters of the movie was spent using extremely primitive sound-effects. Yet, despite these small glitches, the movie seemed to draw forth more of my attention than it deserved. I couldnt help but revel at how consistant John Woo was through his natorious use of explosions, stunts, and hardened drama. The movie didn't glorify violence, however, but made it almost humorously insignificant. The killing rate was undoubtedly outragous, where ten to twenty "bad guys" in a scene would fall to their death as the hero spray's unplotted bullets everywhere. The drama was very low, as well as unbelievable, and the relationship between characters was poorly stimulated. However, this is the beauty of John Woo's films (and action films in general). He expressed each character through pure violence and tension; nothing more. Most of the drama in the movie derived from such violent siduations, and this tactic proves very effective. Because of this, John Woo unfortunately delivered an excess amount of action; to the point of exaustion. This was the main setback, since it lowered the appreciation of John Woo's poetic action sequences greatly. The cinematography quality was on and off, sometimes exceptional and sometimes very very poor. The script was horrible, consisting of cheap one-liners and poorly thought-out reactions. Never the less, I loved this movie not for its basic script and storyline, but for the attitude that the action sets forth (especially the laughs). Call it cheap, call it trash, but any sane action-movie critic out there will call it classic. I would recommend seeing the movie before buying it, but I would definately recommend buying the movie just for the heck of it. Enjoy!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just as good as Woo's films, better than most of them 25 Dec 1998
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Unbelievable! This film was real nice. I got it just cuz it looked entertaining, maybe it would make me laugh. It did more than that. the acting is superb and unbelievably powerful at times. I love this movie and will probably watch it several times a year for many years to come. Rent it if you can find it, but it's definitely worth buying if you can't
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Foreshadowing of FUTURE WOO (but not quite there!). 1 Jan 2001
By "dequinix" - Published on
This is obviously a rather early John Woo film, made right before A Better Tomorrow, which was his breakthrough epic. Watching it, I felt like it was a foreshadowing of Bullet in the Head (my personal favorite John Woo flick), but not as refined. It has some great action scenes, such as the Sniper Shot scene (mentioned by another reviewer as well) and the swamp fight against the natives. The massive, unrelenting action scenes will leave you at the edge of your seat: but there's still a problem. Being that it is an earlier Woo flick, it isn't (as I've said) as refined as A Better Tomorrow or Hard-Boiled. Also, it DOES lack Chow Yun Fat. The cohesiveness of the plot/ action/ story/ characters/ etc that is found in his later films is missing in this. Often I was left thinking, "Dood. This doesn't make sense." And thrown in is a scene where basically girls get naked: A VERY Un-Woo scene. I was both shocked and dissapointed to see this scene, but again, it is an earlier film so it shall be excused.
If you liked Bullet in the Head, this will dissapoint you, but I think it's still something to watch if you can call yourself a Woo fan. But if you're not really into the Woo style of things, go rent Full Metal Jacket or something instead.
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