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Heroes Shed No Tears Review

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A group of Chinese mercenaries are hired by the Thai government to capture a powerful druglord, but the mission proves more difficult than anyone expected.

★★★★★

1986’s Heroes Shed No Tears marks the first time that John Woo brandished firearms with any serious intent, and is an obvious forerunner to his Vietnam-set Bullet In The Head (in every respect a superior film).

Often little more than a series of semi-coherent, sadistic episodes, punctuated by ill-judged ‘humour’ and brief sexual titillation, it follows a ragtag band of Thai-sponsored mercenaries fleeing with a kidnapped drug lord; really of interest purely to see Woo’s emerging style.

Interesting mainly for John Woo enthusiasts.