Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer (1988)
"Kuraingu furiman" (original title)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Animation, Crime, Drama
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Emu Hino, a 29-year-old virgin, witnesses a mob hit and fears that the killer will now find her and kill her. Indeed, he sets out to do so; he's Yo Hinomura, a talented potter and artist ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshio Furukawa ...
Steve Bulen ...
 Yô (US 1994) (voice)
Chiharu Kataishi ...
 Emu (voice)
Edie Mirman ...
 Emu (US 1994) (voice)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
 Kô (voice)
Jeff Winkless ...
 Kô / ... (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
 Nitta (voice)
 Nitta (US 1994) (voice)
Takaya Hashi ...
 Ryûji (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan ...
 Ryûji / ... (voice)
Masako Katsuki ...
 Kimie (voice)
Catherine Battistone ...
 Fu / ... (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
 Lèi (voice)
Nobuyo Tsuda ...
Yumi Tôma ...
 Mitsuko (voice)


Emu Hino, a 29-year-old virgin, witnesses a mob hit and fears that the killer will now find her and kill her. Indeed, he sets out to do so; he's Yo Hinomura, a talented potter and artist who's been conscripted against his will to be the prime hitman for the 108 Dragons, a gang within the Chinese Mafia, who are determined to push aside Tokyo's local crime lords. He breaks into her house, and she asks that he make love to her before he kills her; she connects to his inner self, and he becomes her protector. Now he must defend her against the local crime gang, who have connections with corrupt Tokyo police. Will Yo and Emu make it out alive, and will the 108 Dragons triumph? Written by <>

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Release Date:

11 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer  »

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The old woman yells at Freeman that he broke the 101 Dragon's law, but the name of the organization is the 108 Dragons, not 101. See more »


Version of Gong chang fei long (1990) See more »

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A little something for everyone...except kids
8 December 2007 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

I cannot call myself a connoisseur of Anime or Manga comic books. I probably haven't tried a new Japanese animation film on for size since viewing the re-issue(?)of Princess Mononoke in 2000(a beautifully filmed movie,even if it's perhaps a cold and detached story,IMO BTW),but I was always struck by the complex characters,awesome graphics,unique(to the point of bizarre)storyline and the stunning attention to physical details of the human bodies in this film,among the other anime offerings I've seen.

The story of Yo,a Japnese artist who is kidnapped by the HOng KOng-based 108 Dragons and re-educated to become an assassin, has the twist that while he's an almost perfect killer,he still has enough conscience left in his otherwise re-programmed brain that he sheds tears whenever he kills. His encounter of Emu,a bright,sensitive yet lonely 29 year-old virgin becomes far too difficult of an assignment for him when his compassion for her(inspired by seeing a vision of himself coming to kill her that SHE'S painted)combines with his attraction for her. Soon,she becomes an unwitting and yet willing tag-along on his missions,as he seeks to un-fetter himself from his mental prison.

FAr too strong a material for kiddies,this movie is otherwise an enthralling crime drama/love story/action-adventure. Good luck trying to find this at a conventional video store,as enough years have passed and probably a limited amount of copies of this movie(has it even made it to DVD yet)have been circulating stateside.This film could even make believers out of non-Anime enthusiasts,like(I suppose)myself.

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