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Crying Freeman (1995)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeshi Shimazaki
Customs Agent
Murray Lowry ...
Head Customs Agent
Mikal Tang ...
Koh's Driver
Detective Forge
Chief Randall
Detective Netah (as Tcheky Karyo)
Shimazaki's Bodyguard
Kiyoto Matsumoto ...
Shimazaki's Bodyguard
Russell Ferrier ...


A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill and later falls in love with him. An intense power struggle for the leadership of the Yakuza Clans ensues as they seek vengeance for the death of their leader. They soon realise the fatal mistake of underestimating the deadly skills of the Crying Freeman. Written by Masken

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Once in a lifetime comes the perfect killer.


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Release Date:

24 April 1996 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Crying Freeman - Der Sohn des Drachen  »

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FFR 30,000,000 (estimated)

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Jason Scott Lee was originally wanted for the role but he had a three-picture obligation for Universal Pictures and could not commit to the project. Mark Dacascos lobbied for the part and eventually went on to became Christophe Gan's actor of choice for future and upcoming films. See more »


Shido Shimazaki: "The Sons of the Dragon" exist! And so does the Freeman!
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Version of Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer (1988) See more »


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25 October 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies you'll ever find! It may be a b movie but it has more class than 10 blockbuster-megaproduction-movies together. The story along with the atmosphere is fantastic, beautiful locations, the acting is quite good, and most of all, the directing is superb. For a debut and a limited budget, the director: Christoph Gans (brotherhood of wolf) made something no one could expect. The story is put on the screen driven by first class camera work and effects, varied with the most stylish action scenes ever made. Beautiful details, special moves, original killings and many slow motion gunbattles(also in a original style) makes every actionfan happy during the entire movie. If you don't like the story (witch would be surprising) you certainly wanna watch this beauty for the actionscenes alone. Christophe Gans takes obviously his influence by directors like john woo, but does this without copying and manages to create a style of his own. He's one of the greatest. Personally, i think it's better than the matrix because it's not so excessively and far-fetched, makes the action more real. In fact, its actually wrong to compare it with the matrix, it's a totally different movie. It's more right to compare it with movies like the killer (john woo) for example. For me, this movie is on my all-time favourite list, and the director has a place in my heart like robert rodriuegez, Tarantino, john woo, johnnie to... Bottom line: If you like non-usual (action)movies that try to be something special, with a little more storyline and competent actors, and/or action packed movies with loads of original and impressive shootouts, this is your thing, no doubt!

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