Heroes Shed No Tears

                review by Bobby Blakey

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There is no denying that director John Woo is a master of the action film. He has delivered so many great films in the genre including Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow, Face/Off, Mission Impossible 2 and so many more including one of my Van Damme favorites Hard Target. Back in 1986 before the release of A Better Tomorrow he took on his foray into gun action with Ying xiong wu lei aka Heroes Shed No Tears starring Eddy Ko. Now the film is getting its first US Blu-ray release from Film Movement.

Heroes Shed No Tears follows soldier-of-fortune Chan Chung, the leader of an elite Chinese commando force, enlisted by the Thai government to capture General Samton, a powerful drug lord from the Golden Triangle.  After a successful raid on the general's headquarters, the mercenaries cross into Vietnam and encounter a barbaric colonel (Lam Ching Ying), who is determined to stop them at any cost. Now pursued by both Samton's henchmen and the colonel's troops, the heroes flee for the border of Thailand, outmanned and outgunned by their enemies.

There were so many issues with this film behind the scenes regarding studio interference and editing that it is far from what Woo has stated was his vision of the film. That being said this is a pretty mixed bag in its final iteration, but one that still brings some of the classic Woo action in abundance. There is very little story here, with just enough to set something up to allow the rest of the film just be essentially one long action sequence. There is an attempt at trying to make an emotional side to it involving a father/son relationship, but it is constantly lost on the ot