When a movie can boast its “action scenes rival THE RAID 2”, you should stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately. THE RAID and THE RAID 2 are two epic films with some amazing fight choreography, so any movie that can come close to what they offer is a must-see. NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD is the latest release from director Jeong-Beom Lee, and while it does not offer as much fighting as THE RAID franchise, the film offers the same quality of action and much more. This movie in itself is epic, primarily because it is an emotional drama that is laced with intense action and brutal realism.
If you are not familiar with NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of CJ Entertainment:
Abandoned by his mother shortly after immigrating to America, Gon is raised by the mafia and grows up to become a cold-blooded hit man. Though usually flawless in taking out his targets, Gon makes a terrible 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. Gon’s new target, Mogyeong, is a risk manager at an investment firm and has buried herself in work to bury her grief. She is completely unaware of her role at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy. Finally, she meets the man who wants to tell her the truth behind the death of her child.
I am really impressed with how much emotion is in this film. The cast does an amazing job of conveying the guilt and agony they are experiencing to the audience, which makes this movie very immersive. I was spellbound just as much by the emotional suffering as the intense action sequences.
NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD is shot very well and looks great from a visual perspective. The cinematography is very well done, especially when it comes to the fight scenes. Too many times, cinematographers try to do too much, which makes the fighting choppy and hard to follow; not so, here. These are fluid and well-framed, making the action very enjoyable to watch.
As mentioned above, the cast is phenomenal, with Dong-gun Jang portraying Gon and Min-hee Kim as Mogyeong. Both give stellar performances, and both deserve the equivalent of Oscars, in my opinion. I hope to see both onscreen in future titles.
The fighting in NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD is intense and lethal. Granted, there’s not as many fight scenes as a RAID film, however there are plenty enough here to satisfy action fanatics of all ranks. And the action we get is well-done and entertaining. From fist-fights to gun battles, the blood splatters and the blows land as the cast wages war on each other.
NO TEARS FOR THE DEAD is an excellent film, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good time. The English dub-over is solid in case you don’t feel like reading subtitles, and the HD of the Blu-ray is superb. Give this a look the next time you’re in the mood for a drama with some kick. I doubt you will regret it.