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Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer -- Emu Hino, a 29-year-old virgin, witnesses a mob hit and fears that the killer will now find her and kill her...


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  (in credits order)
Toshio Furukawa ... (voice)
Chiharu Kataishi ... Emu (voice)
Ryûsei Nakao ... Kô (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Nitta (voice)
Takaya Hashi ... Ryûji (voice)
Masako Katsuki ... Kimie (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Lèi (voice)
Nobuyo Tsuda ... (voice)
Yumi Tôma ... Mitsuko (voice)
Yasurô Tanaka ... Sergeant (voice)
Masaharu Satô ... Cop (voice)
Ken Yamaguchi ... Cop (voice)
Masato Hirano ... Cop (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Thug (voice)
Yukitoshi Hori ... Thug (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ... Thug (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ... Thug (voice)
Nobuo Yana ... Shûdô (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Battistone ... Kimie / Fu / Mitsuko (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Steve Bulen ... Yô (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Dean Elliot ... Cop (US 1993) (voice: English version) (as Dean Wein)

Michael Forest ... Shûdô (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Eddie Frierson ... Cop / Walla (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Kerrigan Mahan ... Ryuji / Walla (US 1993) (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Nitta (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Edie Mirman ... Emu (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Simon Prescott ... Mark (US 1993) (voice: English version) (as Sy Prescott)
Mike Reynolds ... Elder (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Kirk Thornton ... Cop (US 1993) (voice: English version)
Jeff Winkless ... Kô / Walla (US 1993) (voice: English version)

Directed by
Daisuke Nishio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryoichi Ikegami  comic
Kazuo Koike  comic
Gregory Snegoff  dialogue: english version

Produced by
Carl Macek .... producer (english version)
Shoko Takahashi .... producer
Original Music by
Hiroaki Yoshino 
Production Management
Scott Narrie .... production manager (english version)
Sound Department
Ernie Sheesley .... sound re-recording mixer (english version)
Ernie Sheesley .... sweetening: english version
Dave Walsh .... sound mixer (english version)
Visual Effects by
Mark Richardson .... paint artist: english version
Casting Department
Carl Macek .... casting (english version)
Other crew
Frederick Patten .... story editor: english version
Kara Redmon .... production coordinator: english version

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kuraingu furiman 1: Kira no shozo" - Japan (original title)
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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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Continuity: 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 »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A little something for everyone...except kids, 8 December 2007
Author: S.R. Dipaling from Topeka, Kansas, USA

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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