Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Film / HeroesShedNoTears

Go To


Added DiffLines:

** The torture is caused by Chin shooting the Colonel through the eye earlier on from a ScopeSnipe, which the Colonel survives but holds a grudge towards Chin. Later in the climax, [[spoiler: Chin defeats the Colonel by punching him through his bandaged eye]].


''Heroes Shed No Tears'' (1984) is [[Creator/JohnWoo John Woo’s]] first film, though it debuted in America after his better-known ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''.

to:

''Heroes Shed No Tears'' (1984) (1986) is [[Creator/JohnWoo John Woo’s]] first film, though it debuted in America after his better-known ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''.


It tells the story of a small group of Chinese mercenaries, sent into Vietnam in order to capture a general controlling the drug trade in the Golden Triangle and thus put a stop to the flow of drugs into Hong Kong. Things become more complicated soon after the capture when they save a French girl from the local Vietnamese colonel, who swears to hunt them down and joins forces with the general’s soldiers determined to rescue him. The plot has a few additional random elements (like the cannibalism of one of group’s soldiers or the destructive gambling at the village where the group stops over), but it never gets much deeper than that.

----

to:

It tells the story of a small group of Chinese Hong Konger mercenaries, sent into Vietnam in order to capture a general controlling the drug trade in the Golden Triangle and thus put a stop to the flow of drugs into Hong Kong. Things become more complicated soon after the capture capture, when they save a French girl from the local Vietnamese colonel, who swears to hunt them down down, and joins forces with the general’s soldiers Black Squadron, who are determined to rescue him. him.

The plot has a few additional random elements (like the cannibalism of one of group’s soldiers mercenaries or the destructive gambling at the village where the group stops over), but it never gets much deeper than that.

----




* AffablyEvil: The general that team is asked to capture is generally polite and not especially villainous.

to:

\n* AffablyEvil: The general that team is asked to capture is generally polite and does not especially villainous.actually do anything villainous off-screen (not that he had much of a chance to as a captive).



* AssholeVictim: When [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets killed, it’s rather hard to sympathize with the grieving put up over his death.

to:

* AssholeVictim: When [[spoiler: Chau [[spoiler:Chau Sang]] gets killed, it’s rather hard to sympathize with the grieving put up but the rest of the team over his death.



* BadBoss: When his remaining dozen soldiers finally had enough of him and decide to leave, the colonel kills one of them and attempts to get the others, but they manage to flee.

to:

* BadBoss: When his the colonel's remaining dozen soldiers finally had enough of him and decide to leave, the colonel he kills one of them and attempts to get the others, but they manage to flee.



* BoomHeadshot: The fate of Louise near the beginning of the film.

to:

* BoomHeadshot: The fate of the French journalist Louise near the beginning of the film.film.
* BottomlessMagazines: ZigZaggedTrope. Most of the film plays the trope straight, but the final duel between Chin and the Colonel sees both run out of bullets early on, forcing them to melee each other with oars.



* CaptainObvious: “She’s dead.” , said of a body found hanging off a tree upside down with a slit throat.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Chin’s jeep arrives at a Vietnamese checkpoint just in time to witness the execution of a French journalist.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Chin’s son survives a fire started by general’s henchmen by digging himself barely a couple centimeters deep into the ground. Never mind the heat, or the fact that the fire would have burnt out all oxygen in the air long ago.
* CoolShades: Colonel is introduced in a scene where he shaves then puts those on, in a genuinely cool moment.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Louise’s wife shows the soldiers a middle finger at a checkpoint, so colonel’s reaction is to shoot her husband in the head and allow his men to her. Before that, their Vietnamese driver got decapitated for knocking a flag pole over.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: All of Chin’s friends have been killed and he’s going to have to try to raise his son alone, because his sister-in-law is also dead. They still have the general delivered, but all they’re going to get as a reward is a green card to US, and there’s no guarantee it’ll make their situation better.]]
* DualWielding: True to his name, Big Dog is strong enough to fight with two guns. At one point, he even dual wields a grenade launcher and a rifle.
* DyingAsYourself: The [[spoiler: lost comrade of Chin]] does this at the end. He has lived with the guilt of deserting during the war those years ago, and eventually chooses to blow himself up alongside the girls.
* Eagleland: Chin seems to think of America as Type 1, given that he’s volunteered to do this mission to get a green card for him and for his son. However, his friend and former comrade is skeptical of this, telling him this:

to:

* CaptainObvious: “She’s "She’s dead.” , ", said of a body found hanging off a tree upside down with a slit throat.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Chin’s jeep arrives at a Vietnamese checkpoint just in time to witness the execution of a French journalist.
journalist, and the attempted rape of his wife.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Chin’s son survives a fire started by the general’s henchmen by digging himself barely a couple centimeters deep into the ground.ground, and covering himself with some straw. Never mind the heat, or the fact that the fire would have burnt out all oxygen in the air long ago.
* CoolShades: Colonel is introduced in a scene where he shaves then puts those dark shades on, in a genuinely cool moment.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Louise’s wife shows the soldiers a middle finger at a checkpoint, so the colonel’s reaction is to shoot her husband in the head and allow his men to sexually assault her. Before that, their Vietnamese driver got decapitated for knocking a flag pole over.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: All of Chin’s friends have been killed and he’s going to have to try to raise his son alone, because his sister-in-law is also dead. They still have succeed at their mission of delivering the general delivered, general, but all they’re going to get as a reward is a green card to the US, and there’s no guarantee it’ll make their situation better.]]
* DualWielding: True to his name, Big Dog is strong enough to fight with two guns. At one point, he even dual wields a grenade launcher and a rifle.
* DyingAsYourself: The [[spoiler: lost comrade of Chin]] does this at the end. He has lived with the guilt of deserting during the war those many years ago, and eventually chooses to blow himself up alongside the girls.
two girls who would have otherwise become the Black Squadron's sex slaves.
* Eagleland: {{Eagleland}}: Chin seems to think of America as Type 1, given that he’s volunteered to do this mission to get a green card for him and for his son. However, his friend and former comrade is skeptical of this, telling him this:



* EnemyMine: The Black Squadron and Colonel’s soldiers unite and take on Chin’s crew together: the former get their general, the latter gets to kill Chin. This condition gets broken later when Colonel's soldiers fire mortar at the house Chin's crew is sheltering in, in spite of the Squadron's protests about the general also being there.
* EyepatchOfPower: The colonel sports one for the rest of the film after getting blinded by Chin in their first engagement.

to:

* EnemyMine: The Black Squadron and Colonel’s soldiers unite and take on Chin’s crew together: the former get to rescue their general, the latter gets to kill Chin. This condition gets broken later on, when Colonel's soldiers fire a mortar at the house Chin's crew is sheltering in, in spite of the Squadron's protests about the general also being there.
* EyepatchOfPower: The colonel sports one for the rest of the film after getting blinded in one eye by Chin in their first engagement.



* {{Fanservice}}: The two sex scenes near the end of the film that appears with almost no development but showcase loving shots of the two topless girls.

to:

* {{Fanservice}}: The two sex scenes near the end of the film that appears appear with almost no development but showcase loving shots of the two topless girls.



* GunPorn: The film opens with a loving close-up montage of guns being assembled and reloaded.
* HopeSpot: We get one with Louise when he has a gun put into his mouth and the trigger pulled, only to find out that it was a blank. Then, his wife shows the soldiers a middle finger as they attempt to drive away and the colonel shoots him in the head.

to:

* GunPorn: The film opens with a loving close-up montage of guns being assembled Chin's crew assembling and reloaded.
reloading their guns.
* GunsAkimbo: True to his name, Big Dog is strong enough to fight with two guns. At one point, he even dual wields a grenade launcher and a rifle.
* HopeSpot: We get one with the French journalist Louise when he has a gun put into his mouth and the trigger pulled, only to find out that it was a blank.blank (which in reality could still have resulted in serious burns, if not worse). Then, his wife shows the soldiers a middle finger as they attempt to drive away and the colonel shoots him in the head.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: To the extreme in the film. Enemy soldiers can literally fire hundreds of rounds and miss. When they get a mortar late in the film, it takes them a dozen shots before they finally hit the house.

to:

* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: To Taken to the extreme in the film. Enemy soldiers can literally fire hundreds of rounds and miss. When they get a mortar late in the film, it takes them a dozen shots before they finally hit the house.house they were aiming at.



* ImprobableInfantSurvival: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly everyone else around him is dead]].
* ItsPersonal: Vietnamese colonel embarks on personal revenge against Chin after the latter blinded him. He even forbids anyone else from killing him.

to:

* ImprobableInfantSurvival: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly practically everyone else around him is dead]].
* ItsPersonal: Vietnamese colonel embarks on a personal revenge against Chin after the latter blinded him. him in one eye. He even forbids anyone else under his command from killing him.



* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: Chin]] survives being shot in the chest, and then hung by his eyeballs for three hours. After he’s taken off it, he gets to kick ass again after several hours.
* MercyKill: Chan Chung gives one to [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] after he has been mortally wounded with a dozen or so spears. ** Chin’s friend also blows himself up near the end both to set off chain reaction of explosions amidst enemy (though that doesn’t seem to do much) and to give a swift end to the two girls in his command that would have otherwise been Black Squadron’s sex slaves.

to:

* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: Chin]] [[spoiler:Chin]] survives being shot in the chest, and then hung by his eyeballs for three hours. After he’s taken off it, he gets to kick ass again after several hours.
* MercyKill: Chan Chung gives one to [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] after he has been mortally wounded with a dozen or so spears.
** Chin’s friend also blows himself up near the end end, both to set off a chain reaction of explosions amidst the enemy (though that doesn’t seem to do much) and to give a swift end to the two girls formerly in his command that care, who would have otherwise been Black Squadron’s sex slaves.



* NobodyPoops: Averted. At one point, Chin’s son has to go pee, and they have to wait for him and nearly get killed.
* NominalHero: Chau Sang is very much this. He’s a cannibal and a gambler who was entirely OK with winning a girl from a village in a dice game. Luckily for her, Chan Chung bet his money and won her back.

to:

* NobodyPoops: Averted. At one point, Chin’s son has to go pee, and they the mercenaries have to wait for him and nearly get killed.
killed in the resulting ambush.
* NominalHero: Chau Sang is very much this. He’s a cannibal and a gambler who was entirely OK with winning a girl from a village in a dice game. Luckily for her, Chan Chung bet his own money and won her back.



* OffWithHisHead: The poor Vietnamese driver of the Louise’s car gets decapitated, apparently for driving foreigners and crashing into a flagpole.
* ScopeSnipe: The Vietnamese colonel has this done to him by … The bullet gets stuck in the scope, though, so he’s merely blinded by the glass.

to:

* OffWithHisHead: The poor Vietnamese driver of the Louise’s car gets decapitated, decapitated by the colonel's forces, apparently for driving foreigners and crashing into a their base's flagpole.
* RevengeByProxy: The Vietnamese colonel loses an eye as a result of Chin's semi-successful ScopeSnipe at the start of the film, and becomes determined to hunt him down. By the end, when Chin is about to leave Vietnam with the Black Squadron's general, [[spoiler: he hugs his sister-in-law, only for her to suddenly get shot in the back by the colonel, so that he could bait Chin into their final showdown.]]
* ScopeSnipe: The Vietnamese colonel has this done to him by Chin. The bullet gets stuck in the scope, though, so he’s merely blinded in that eye by the glass.broken glass, and wears an eyepatch for the rest of the film.



* StraightEdgeEvil: The general might make fortunes by selling cocaine, but he doesn’t partake in any drugs himself. When offered a joint by his captors, he refuses and says “I never touch the stuff” causing everyone else to laugh at the irony.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets stabbed with a dozen or so spears. Arguably justifiable, given how much punishment the heroes of the film can shrug off before dying.

to:

* StraightEdgeEvil: The general might make fortunes by selling cocaine, but he doesn’t partake in any drugs himself. When offered a joint by his captors, he refuses and says “I "I never touch the stuff” stuff", causing everyone else to laugh at the irony.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Chau [[spoiler:Chau Sang]] gets stabbed with a dozen or so spears. Arguably justifiable, given how much punishment the other heroes of the film can shrug off before dying.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Colonel decides to hang [[spoiler: Chin]] by his eyelashes (or something), to see how long he’ll last instead of finishing him off. To be fair, [[spoiler: Chin]] was shot across the chest before that, but he miraculously recovered.

to:

* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Colonel decides to hang [[spoiler: Chin]] by his eyelashes (or something), to see how long he’ll last instead of finishing him off. To be fair, [[spoiler: Chin]] was ''already'' shot across the chest before that, but he miraculously recovered.recovered regardless.



* YouKilledMyFather: Said by Chin’s sister-in-law word-for-word after the Black Squadron mooks invade her house. It never comes to much, mostly because said mooks get killed in the next few minutes.

to:

* YouKilledMyFather: Said by Chin’s sister-in-law word-for-word after the Black Squadron mooks invade her house. It never comes to much, mostly because said mooks get killed by Chin's group in the next few minutes.


* Fanservice: The two sex scenes near the end of the film that appears with almost no development but showcase loving shots of the two topless girls.

to:

* Fanservice: {{Fanservice}}: The two sex scenes near the end of the film that appears with almost no development but showcase loving shots of the two topless girls.


* InfantImmortality: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly everyone else around him is dead]].

to:

* InfantImmortality: ImprobableInfantSurvival: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly everyone else around him is dead]].


* GenreSavvy: The general is smart enough not to complain much when is captured and concentrate on leaving a trail for his troops to follow. When gets a bomb attached to him near the end, he is smart enough to take it off him when he sees that Chin has become unhinged after [[spoiler: his friend HeroicSacrifice]] and so gets away with a shrapnel wound.


'''Heroes Shed No Tears''' is [[Creator/JohnWoo John Woo’s]] first film, though it debuted in America after his better-known ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. It tells the story of a small group of Chinese mercenaries, sent into Vietnam in order to capture a general controlling the drug trade in the Golden Triangle and thus put a stop to the flow of drugs into Hong Kong. Things become more complicated soon after the capture when they save a French girl from the local Vietnamese colonel, who swears to hunt them down and joins forces with the general’s soldiers determined to rescue him. The plot has a few additional random elements (like the cannibalism of one of group’s soldiers or the destructive gambling at the village where the group stops over), but it never gets much deeper than that.

to:

'''Heroes
''Heroes
Shed No Tears''' Tears'' (1984) is [[Creator/JohnWoo John Woo’s]] first film, though it debuted in America after his better-known ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''.

It tells the story of a small group of Chinese mercenaries, sent into Vietnam in order to capture a general controlling the drug trade in the Golden Triangle and thus put a stop to the flow of drugs into Hong Kong. Things become more complicated soon after the capture when they save a French girl from the local Vietnamese colonel, who swears to hunt them down and joins forces with the general’s soldiers determined to rescue him. The plot has a few additional random elements (like the cannibalism of one of group’s soldiers or the destructive gambling at the village where the group stops over), but it never gets much deeper than that.
that.

----


* AttemptedRape: The French girl almost gets raped after her husband is executed. She barely manages to flee, with her shirt torn off.



* GratuitousRape: This almost happens to the French girl after the execution of her husband. She barely manages to flee, with her shirt torn off.



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets impaled by around a dozen spears from several directions. [[spoiler: The Vietnamese colonel]] also gets impaled right through at the end.

to:

* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Chau [[spoiler:Chau Sang]] gets impaled by around a dozen spears from several directions. [[spoiler: The Vietnamese colonel]] also gets impaled right through at the end.



* SlashedThroat: Poor [[spoiler: French girl]] is eventually found hanging upside down, murdered in this way.

to:

* SlashedThroat: Poor [[spoiler: [[spoiler:The French girl]] is eventually found hanging upside down, murdered in this way.



* WouldHurtAChild: When colonel and his soldiers capture Chin’s son, they pour gasoline on the ground around him, set in on fire and leave. However, he survives thanks to blatant ConvectionSchmonvection.

to:

* WouldHurtAChild: When colonel Colonel and his soldiers capture Chin’s son, they pour gasoline on the ground around him, set in it on fire and leave. However, he survives thanks to blatant ConvectionSchmonvection.



-----

to:

-----


* BloodlessCarnage: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] depending on the scene. Sometimes we see good old-fashioned gore, sometimes rows of mooks just fall with maybe a bullet hole on each and nothing else.

to:

* BloodlessCarnage: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]] depending on the scene. Sometimes we see good old-fashioned gore, sometimes rows of mooks just fall with maybe a bullet hole on each and nothing else.



* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: To the extreme in the film. Enemy sodiers can literally fire hundreds of rounds and miss. When they get a mortar late in the film, it takes them a dozen shots before they finally hit the house.

to:

* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: To the extreme in the film. Enemy sodiers soldiers can literally fire hundreds of rounds and miss. When they get a mortar late in the film, it takes them a dozen shots before they finally hit the house.



* InfantImmortality: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly everyone else around him is dead.]]

to:

* InfantImmortality: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly everyone else around him is dead.]]dead]].



* NoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets stabbed with a dozen or so spears. Arguably justifiable, given how much punishment the heroes of the film can shrug off before dying.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets stabbed with a dozen or so spears. Arguably justifiable, given how much punishment the heroes of the film can shrug off before dying.



* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Colonel decides to hang [[spoiler: Chin]] by his eyelashes (or something), to see how long he’ll last instead of finishing him off. To be fair, [[spoiler: Chin]] was shot across the chest before that, but he miraculously recovered.

to:

* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Colonel decides to hang [[spoiler: Chin]] by his eyelashes (or something), to see how long he’ll last instead of finishing him off. To be fair, [[spoiler: Chin]] was shot across the chest before that, but he miraculously recovered.


* StrangledByTheRedString: In a couple of hours Chan Chung goes from pointing a gun at a girl called Misuchi to having sex with her.



* WhatAnIdiot: Amongst other things, Chin and his crew have apparently set out on their mission with ensuring they have enough gasoline to make it back, and so have to walk the rest of the way. Unsurprisingly, this marks the point where they first begin to be challenged and get killed.

Added DiffLines:

[[quoteright:231:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hsnt_7836.jpg]]
'''Heroes Shed No Tears''' is [[Creator/JohnWoo John Woo’s]] first film, though it debuted in America after his better-known ''Film/ABetterTomorrow''. It tells the story of a small group of Chinese mercenaries, sent into Vietnam in order to capture a general controlling the drug trade in the Golden Triangle and thus put a stop to the flow of drugs into Hong Kong. Things become more complicated soon after the capture when they save a French girl from the local Vietnamese colonel, who swears to hunt them down and joins forces with the general’s soldiers determined to rescue him. The plot has a few additional random elements (like the cannibalism of one of group’s soldiers or the destructive gambling at the village where the group stops over), but it never gets much deeper than that.

!! This film features the following tropes:

* AffablyEvil: The general that team is asked to capture is generally polite and not especially villainous.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Chin’s sister-in-law slaps him several times near the end to convince him to go on in spite of all his friends that were killed. It does seem to work.
* AssholeVictim: When [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets killed, it’s rather hard to sympathize with the grieving put up over his death.
* AttackAttackAttack: Black Squadron and other mooks just don’t know how to give up. Eventually, when the body count reaches into hundreds, the last dozen of Colonel's soldiers do see sense in deserting colonel. The Black Squadron remains steadfast.
* BadBoss: When his remaining dozen soldiers finally had enough of him and decide to leave, the colonel kills one of them and attempts to get the others, but they manage to flee.
* BerserkButton: When Louise attempts to defuse the situation with colonel and say that they’re friends with Vietnamese, the colonel mentions the French invasion of Indochina and gets even more pissed off.
* BloodlessCarnage: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] depending on the scene. Sometimes we see good old-fashioned gore, sometimes rows of mooks just fall with maybe a bullet hole on each and nothing else.
* BoomHeadshot: The fate of Louise near the beginning of the film.
* CarChase: There’s a rather unspectacular one where the Black Squadron jeep chases after the heroes’ one, only to get rapidly gunned down.
* CaptainObvious: “She’s dead.” , said of a body found hanging off a tree upside down with a slit throat.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Chin’s jeep arrives at a Vietnamese checkpoint just in time to witness the execution of a French journalist.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Chin’s son survives a fire started by general’s henchmen by digging himself barely a couple centimeters deep into the ground. Never mind the heat, or the fact that the fire would have burnt out all oxygen in the air long ago.
* CoolShades: Colonel is introduced in a scene where he shaves then puts those on, in a genuinely cool moment.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Louise’s wife shows the soldiers a middle finger at a checkpoint, so colonel’s reaction is to shoot her husband in the head and allow his men to her. Before that, their Vietnamese driver got decapitated for knocking a flag pole over.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: All of Chin’s friends have been killed and he’s going to have to try to raise his son alone, because his sister-in-law is also dead. They still have the general delivered, but all they’re going to get as a reward is a green card to US, and there’s no guarantee it’ll make their situation better.]]
* DualWielding: True to his name, Big Dog is strong enough to fight with two guns. At one point, he even dual wields a grenade launcher and a rifle.
* DyingAsYourself: The [[spoiler: lost comrade of Chin]] does this at the end. He has lived with the guilt of deserting during the war those years ago, and eventually chooses to blow himself up alongside the girls.
* Eagleland: Chin seems to think of America as Type 1, given that he’s volunteered to do this mission to get a green card for him and for his son. However, his friend and former comrade is skeptical of this, telling him this:
--> ''"Do you think that America is paradise? It just has good and bad people there, the same as Hong Kong."''
* EnemyMine: The Black Squadron and Colonel’s soldiers unite and take on Chin’s crew together: the former get their general, the latter gets to kill Chin. This condition gets broken later when Colonel's soldiers fire mortar at the house Chin's crew is sheltering in, in spite of the Squadron's protests about the general also being there.
* EyepatchOfPower: The colonel sports one for the rest of the film after getting blinded by Chin in their first engagement.
* EyeScream: Chin gets suspended by his eyeballs (or something of a kind) when he’s captured by the Colonel. When he’s recovered, the picture is not pretty, though he still retains his eyesight.
* Fanservice: The two sex scenes near the end of the film that appears with almost no development but showcase loving shots of the two topless girls.
* FatalFamilyPhoto: On two levels. Firstly, there’s the boy’s grandfather, who gets killed immediately after looking at the photo of the whole family. Secondly, there’s [[spoiler: Chin’s sister-in-law]] who also looked at the photo and gets killed right at the end.
* {{Flashback}}: There’s one when Chin meets his lost friend to the moment when the latter deserts from the shared engagement, presumably during the Japanese invasion of China.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: The first member of Chin’s group gets shot while they’re capturing the general. Everyone forgets about him soon after.
* GenreSavvy: The general is smart enough not to complain much when is captured and concentrate on leaving a trail for his troops to follow. When gets a bomb attached to him near the end, he is smart enough to take it off him when he sees that Chin has become unhinged after [[spoiler: his friend HeroicSacrifice]] and so gets away with a shrapnel wound.
* GratuitousRape: This almost happens to the French girl after the execution of her husband. She barely manages to flee, with her shirt torn off.
* GunPorn: The film opens with a loving close-up montage of guns being assembled and reloaded.
* HopeSpot: We get one with Louise when he has a gun put into his mouth and the trigger pulled, only to find out that it was a blank. Then, his wife shows the soldiers a middle finger as they attempt to drive away and the colonel shoots him in the head.
* ImAHumanitarian: Early on in the film, Chau Sang and Chan Chung gamble over the steak the former has cooked. Once Chan wins it, he asks what it’s made of and learns that it’s cut from dead soldier’s behind. Cue VomitIndiscretionShot.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets impaled by around a dozen spears from several directions. [[spoiler: The Vietnamese colonel]] also gets impaled right through at the end.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: To the extreme in the film. Enemy sodiers can literally fire hundreds of rounds and miss. When they get a mortar late in the film, it takes them a dozen shots before they finally hit the house.
* ImprovisedWeapon: In their final showdown, Chin and the Vietnamese Colonel end up fighting each other with oars after running out of bullets.
* InfantImmortality: Yes, Chin’s son does in fact survive the film, when [[spoiler: nearly everyone else around him is dead.]]
* ItsPersonal: Vietnamese colonel embarks on personal revenge against Chin after the latter blinded him. He even forbids anyone else from killing him.
* JustAFleshWound: Big Dog gets stabbed in the leg with a spear at one point, but walks fine in the next scene. Similarly, Chin gets shot in the chest, then apparently hung up by his eyelids (or something of a kind), yet still lives.
* KarmicDeath: After behaving like a greedy, immoral asshole in his scenes, [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] is finally killed when he attempts to steal jewellery off a corpse that wasn’t actually dead.
* KilledOffscreen: The decapitation of a Vietnamese driver is not shown on-screen: we only see him dragged behind his car and the soldier’s sabre rise and fall. Given the level of gore in other scenes of the film, one suspects it was done because Creator/JohnWoo has run out of budget.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Big Dog, the mercenary with a machine gun and grenade launcher.
* MadeOfExplodium: The car driven by Louise and his wife gets blown up like in every other action film.
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: Chin]] survives being shot in the chest, and then hung by his eyeballs for three hours. After he’s taken off it, he gets to kick ass again after several hours.
* MercyKill: Chan Chung gives one to [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] after he has been mortally wounded with a dozen or so spears. ** Chin’s friend also blows himself up near the end both to set off chain reaction of explosions amidst enemy (though that doesn’t seem to do much) and to give a swift end to the two girls in his command that would have otherwise been Black Squadron’s sex slaves.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: See ScopeSnipe below, although in this case, it’s not lethal.
* NobodyPoops: Averted. At one point, Chin’s son has to go pee, and they have to wait for him and nearly get killed.
* NominalHero: Chau Sang is very much this. He’s a cannibal and a gambler who was entirely OK with winning a girl from a village in a dice game. Luckily for her, Chan Chung bet his money and won her back.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Chau Sang]] gets stabbed with a dozen or so spears. Arguably justifiable, given how much punishment the heroes of the film can shrug off before dying.
* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: The heroes initially seem invincible as they mow down dozens of Vietnamese soldiers and General’s personal Black Squadron alike. Yet one by one, they fall, until there’s no-one but [[spoiler: Chin, his son, and the general]] left alive.
* OffWithHisHead: The poor Vietnamese driver of the Louise’s car gets decapitated, apparently for driving foreigners and crashing into a flagpole.
* ScopeSnipe: The Vietnamese colonel has this done to him by … The bullet gets stuck in the scope, though, so he’s merely blinded by the glass.
* SeriousBusiness: The small village where Chin and his crew stop over appears to take gambling in this way. They refuse multiple offers by Chang Chung to walk away, even leave his belongings, and instead continue to gamble more and more of their wealth away.
* SlashedThroat: Poor [[spoiler: French girl]] is eventually found hanging upside down, murdered in this way.
* StraightEdgeEvil: The general might make fortunes by selling cocaine, but he doesn’t partake in any drugs himself. When offered a joint by his captors, he refuses and says “I never touch the stuff” causing everyone else to laugh at the irony.
* StrangledByTheRedString: In a couple of hours Chan Chung goes from pointing a gun at a girl called Misuchi to having sex with her.
* TooDumbToLive: Some of the Black Squadron’s mooks somehow manage to run into the path of the mortar fired by their allies.
* WhatAnIdiot: Amongst other things, Chin and his crew have apparently set out on their mission with ensuring they have enough gasoline to make it back, and so have to walk the rest of the way. Unsurprisingly, this marks the point where they first begin to be challenged and get killed.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Colonel decides to hang [[spoiler: Chin]] by his eyelashes (or something), to see how long he’ll last instead of finishing him off. To be fair, [[spoiler: Chin]] was shot across the chest before that, but he miraculously recovered.
* WouldHurtAChild: When colonel and his soldiers capture Chin’s son, they pour gasoline on the ground around him, set in on fire and leave. However, he survives thanks to blatant ConvectionSchmonvection.
* YouKilledMyFather: Said by Chin’s sister-in-law word-for-word after the Black Squadron mooks invade her house. It never comes to much, mostly because said mooks get killed in the next few minutes.

-----

Showing 13 edit(s) of 13

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report