Friday, March 6, 2015

"No Tears for the Dead" Blu-Ray Review - Written by Abraham Phillips

No Tears for the Dead (2014)

Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Min-hee Kim, Brian Tee, Anthony Dilio, Alessandro Cuomo

Plot: A hit man traumatized from accidentally killing a young girl during a job is given the mission to eliminate her mother, and begins the ultimate fight to save her life.

My Review and Thoughts:

Martial arts, guns, and violence, all come together to create, an awesome action packed, and ass kicking good time. A perfect blend of drama, with a no holds bar fight fest, and eye opening adrenaline. Perfection in storytelling, and an ultimate imagery of violence that comes off as real, and also tension filled.

This is a great modern action film.

Your main character is a hit man named Gon. His last job, did not go so well and he ended up shooting and murdering a child. Now he is haunted by his action, but the bosses want him to finish the job, he flubbed up. A micro-chip containing a file could not be found and so now he must finish the job that he is haunted by. 3 people possibly have the file. Gon must locate all three. One is the mother of the child he accidentally killed. Written and directed by a true action and story teller master Lee Jeong-Beom. He created one of my favorite films, The Man from Nowhere. Lee is able to film brilliant fights. He is able to bring a truly memorable story together, and No Tears for the Dead, is one of those films that stand out, and brings awesome choreographed fights and bloody gun action.

Starring the amazing Dong-gun Jang. Jang is one of the greatest modern film actors around today. He has been in so many thought provoking foreign films. A true Korean performer that owns and displays perfection in the art-form of acting in many powerful pieces of cinema. He plays Gon the haunted Hitman to a perfect clarity. He makes you believe, and understand, and follow along with his character.

The main female lead is played by the stunningly beautiful Min-hee Kim. Gorgeous, and a brilliant performer. She plays the character of Mo-kyeong, the mother of the murdered child. She is, a relatively new comer to the acting world. Starting her career in 2000. She has a wonderful and fantastic emotional appeal to her ways of performing, and her part in this showcases her extraordinary unbelievable talent, as the grieving mother.

Also starring the amazing multi-talented Brian Tee. A true bad ass, and perfect acting performer. Always is a sight to see. I loved him in this role. His character of Chaoz, is truly brutal and twisted. Also starring is two bad ass thugs, Alessandro Cuomo and Anthony Dilio as brother characters, Aponte and Juan who both dominate in pure force and gun action and give off a true vibe that is believable and bad ass. I have to say the one star that sticks and shines in his character in the idea of total brutality, and sadistic perfection is, Hee-won Kim. His part is just dynamite. He crafted pure evil and creates in the viewer watching deep, tension filled emotions. I absolutely loved his performance.

What stands out in this movie is the emotions. The emotional reality of the characters and the many deep moments of the story. Yes there is great action and twisted violence, but there is also brilliant story, both emotional and adrenaline pumping.

The extras:
You get a behind the scenes program.
A making of feature.
A director’s commentary.
Brian Tee Interview
Deleted Scenes. I absolutely loved the deleted scenes, and it filled in some of the gaps. The movie is perfect the way it is, but the deleted scenes give so much more answers to questions that you the viewer might have after watching. These deleted scenes, filled that gap, and I think really works, and would have been nice in the film.

You also get a Character Spot-Mogyeong and a Character Spot-Gon
An action Highlight which showcases many of the action moments.


The audio has an option of 5.1 or 2.0. Subtitles English. You can watch this film in two different ways, the original Korean or English Dubbed. The video and audio is stunning. The action is a force through the sound effects and the audio displayed.


Gun fights, dirty cops, gangsters, assassins, foot chases, explosions, knife fights, buckets and buckets of blood, and perfection in showdowns. Some of the coolest hit men, snipers, and real nasty bad guys. Loved this movie. I found it a great watch. Action, bloody perfection. The why the film is filmed, it's like an art-form on crack.

Bloody good time.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Review by: Abraham Phillips

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