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U-neun nam-ja (2014)

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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.

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Jeong-beom Lee

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Jeong-beom Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dong-Gun Jang ... Gon
Min-hee Kim ... Mo-kyeong
Brian Tee ... Chaoz
Hee-won Kim ... Director Byeon
Jun Kim Jun Kim ... John Lee (as Jun Sung Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Bosco Edward Bosco ... Hacker (voice)
Jennifer Buttell ... CPS Officer
Yo-han Byun ... Song joon-gi (as Yo-han Byeon)
Skoti Collins ... Rescue Sheriff
Alessandro Cuomo ... Aponte - The Sheriff
Darell M. Davie Darell M. Davie ... Gang Member
Anthony Dilio ... Juan
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Mijin (voice) (as Johanna Luis)
Todd Haberkorn ... Detective Jang (voice) (as Todd Stone)
Chris Hackney ... John Lee (voice) (as Christopher Hackney)
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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 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. Written by CJ Entertainmnet America

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His first mistake is his last chance for redemption

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 June 2014 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

El redentor See more »

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2.35 : 1
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In Spain the movie was released directly on VOD (digital platforms) and Blu-ray/DVD, but was previously a technical release in Barcelona (Phenomena) for 1 day in subtitled version. See more »

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Gon: If you ever break into my home again, I'll kill you!
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Smooth Operator
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Another enjoyable entry from the director of "The Man From Nowhere"
6 July 2014 | by youngster50See all my reviews

If you enjoyed "The Man From Nowhere", you will most likely enjoy this as well. It's not nearly as flawless as "The Man From Nowhere" which I will explain shortly.

The reason I bring up the "The Man From Nowhere" is that "No Tears For the Dead" (or "Crying Man" in Korean) is a very similar movie but shot on an entirely different canvas. What I mean is you have the typical protagonist or anti-hero with a vague background that gets slowly revealed and starts developing a conscience after botching his last assignment when he accidentally kills an innocent child. He is then hired to go after the child's mother but can't bring himself to do it after he starts developing feelings for her and races to save her from his and her employers.

"No Tears For the Dead" is in no way original and the story is almost forgettable since it's been done to death but the action sequences are what makes it stand apart. The bloody and brutal fight/shooting scenes gets your adrenaline going throughout the movie. The night shots of Los Angeles are especially gorgeous which reminded me of Michael Mann's signature visual shots of Los Angeles in his flawless crime thrillers, "Heat" and "Collateral".

The lack of character development in "No Tears For the Dead" is what makes "The Man From Nowhere" so much better. In "The Man From Nowhere", you actually cared about the characters and what the protagonist goes through to save his neighbor's child. Here, it is almost nonexistent since the action sequences leave no time for them to get acquainted. However, both use the exact same format of revealing the protagonists' past that made them become who they were and it is also effectively done in "No Tears For the Dead". I came to care about the protagonist but there should've been more between the killer and mother.

The ending was also disappointing since it wasn't clear what really happens to everyone. But the final scene was a good way to end the movie on a tragic note which pretty much explains the title of the movie.

Overall, it's not as good as "The Man From Nowhere" in terms of plot and character development, but "No Tears for the Dead" is nevertheless another enjoyable entry from its director.


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