The legendary John Woo rose to stardom in the late ’80s with A Better Tomorrow, an undisputed action classic. Shortly before that film’s release, however, Woo would release the film he considers to be his first true film — Heroes Shed No Tears. This film shattered expectations for what low-budget action films could be and formed the blueprint that would shape Woo’s future of 0ver-the-top action flicks. On June 25th, Film Movement Classics will release the film on Blu-ray for the first time ever in North America.
The Blu-ray, which features a brand new digital 2K restoration is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
Hong Kong action veteran Eddie Ko (The Mission, Lethal Weapon 4) stars as 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.
- Interview with star Eddy Ko
- New essay by author, film programmer, and Asian film expert, Grady Hendrix