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.