No Tears for the Dead [Blu-ray]
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Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hitman. While on a job, Gon makes the mistake of killing an innocent young girl. A flood of guilt takes over his life and the situation becomes worse when his boss assigns him the job of killing the young girl's mother. The trouble is, he falls in love with her.
No Tears for the Dead is the kind of sleek, precisely constructed genre work that's gone missing from American summer. --NY Times
Action scenes rival The Raid 2 --JoBlos Movie Emporium
The man behind The Man from Nowhere delivers again. --Film School Rejects
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Stray dog / lone wolf / hooker with a heart of gold / killer with a conscience / idealist in a corrupt profession / man with no name / blind swordsman / rebel without a cause / schizophrenic matriarch. Entire movies have been built around this single narrative motif. Directors have ranged in character and artistic integrity from Mario Bava to Akira Kurosawa. Even those ensconced in the pantheon of la nouvelle vague have spun this bottle to good effect. Jeong-beom Lee knows how to run the game like nobody's business. His 2010 THE MAN FROM NOWHERE struck chords all over the place; one of them was mine. He is a thorough professional who is conversant in the brutal as well as the tender. For humans the two matters are not so much opposites as routinely sides of the same bent coin. Neither exist in nature, only appetite and reflex. We oh-so-messy people persons have cornered the market on both and business has never been better. Abeoji gamdog* Lee has a cinematic language that reminds me of Kar-Wai Wong; not so much the febrile palette as the unwavering competence. You can sense his shot composition in the soles of your feet. He directs emotions full frontal, does it well, and if he is understood, gets away with it. NO TEARS has come in for its share of misunderstanding. I don't buy it. If you want Danny Trejo simplicity, go see it; this is a mustang of an alternate hue. If you confuse distress with schmaltz, check out something easier to chew. NO TEAR's principal is as baroquely conflicted as those found in Miike or Kitano oeuvres. It suits me right down to the ground. Said principal's backstory also incorporates a slice that would make Tiger Woods code out. Now I'm ready to finish Joon-Hwan Jang's 2013 HWAYI : A MONSTER BOY. The South Korean vibe is talking to me. It's been a while. (yes, OCD peeps, I used the correct form. buh.)
*Father director - Korean honorific, or so I gamble.
Unless you are fluent in English, Korean, and Spanish, you will need the subtitles, but it's the 21st century, and this movie is worth the tiny effort to follow along. Although, some of the surprises had me holding my breath, and then rewinding to figure out WHAT JUST HAPPENED???!!!
This must be an awesome cinematic experience in a theater with a good sound system. I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye out.....hope it's an experience available in the States somewhere......
to me, it distracts from the movie, and any of it's ilk. Too bad, because other than that, and a few other impossibilities, this could have been a 5 star movie, as the acting and direction are that good.
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an your last job went awry all because your instinct is to shoot first, even though you couldn't see
the target you shoot anyway, that's because your target is behind the door, what he shoot I would
not say that's for you to see, the job was not complete so this is were the family turns on you,
you either finish the job of you're the target, 'No Tears For The Dead' is one hour an more of action,
got to say the one knife fight was awesome, I cringe a little when I saw it, yuk,
What I Love most about this Asian movie all of it is in English that's very very good, thank god for that,
Runtime 116 Min.
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
2.0 Korean with Eng. dub.
5.1 Korean with Eng. dub.
Great Action Movie..As If I Haven't Seen Lot's Of Them..