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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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Ryoichi Ikegami (comic)
Kazuo Koike (comic)
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Cast

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Toshio Furukawa ... Yô Hinomura / Freeman
Chiharu Kataishi ... Emu Hino
Ryûsei Nakao ... Húang Dé-Yúan (Kô Tokugen)
Yûsaku Yara ... Inspector Nitta
Takaya Hashi ... Ryûji Hanayama
Masako Katsuki ... Kimie
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Lèi Qi-Lóng (Rushichiryû)
Nobuyo Tsuda ... Hû Feng-Líng (Kofurin)
Yumi Tôma ... Mitsuko
Yasurô Tanaka ... Sergeant
Masaharu Satô ... Police A
Ken Yamaguchi ... Police B
Masato Hirano ... Police C
Kôji Totani ... Gangster A
Yukitoshi Hori ... Gangster B
Daisuke Gôri ... Gangster C
Kazumi Tanaka ... Gangster D
Nobuo Yana ... Shûdô Shimazaki
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Battistone ... 'Lady' Kimie Hanada (voice: English version)
Steve Bulen ... Yô Hinomura / Freeman (voice: English version)
Tony Clay ... Larry Buck (voice: English version)

Burt Kwouk
Kerrigan Mahan ... Ryuji 'The Blade' Hanada / Ryuji Hanayama (voice: English version)

Michael McConnohie ... Inspector Nitta (voice: English version)
Edie Mirman ... Emu (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Daisuke Nishio 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryoichi Ikegami  comic
Kazuo Koike  comic

Produced by
Carl Macek .... english language producer
Shoko Takahashi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hiroaki Yoshino 
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Richardson .... paint artist: Manga Video
 

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Also Known As:
"Kuraingu furîman" - Japan (original title)
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60 min
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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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Version of Crying Freeman (1995)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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