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A Killer's Romance (1990)

Long man sha shou tze yo ren (original title)
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A triad assassin is sent to kill a female witness to a murder only to fall in love with her instead. A Hong Kong remake of the Japanese manga Crying Freeman.


Phillip Ko


Ryoichi Ikegami (comic), Phillip Ko | 2 more credits »



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Credited cast:
Simon Yam ... 'Jeffrey' Yo
Joey Wang ... 'Paula' Emu
Yasuhiro Shikamura ... (as Luk Chuen)
Phillip Ko ... 'Charlie' Chan Ben
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fung-Chi Chan Fung-Chi Chan
Wing-Fu Fok Wing-Fu Fok
Wang-Tat Foo Wang-Tat Foo
Marcus Fox Marcus Fox ... Yakuza fighter
Wai Lun Fung Wai Lun Fung
Chi Man Ho
Yun Ho
Yu Lung Hsiao
Kenichi Ishida Kenichi Ishida
Man Ka Man Ka
Sang Wook Kim Sang Wook Kim


A triad assassin is sent to kill a female witness to a murder only to fall in love with her instead. A Hong Kong remake of the Japanese manga Crying Freeman.

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He was supposed to kill her... Not love her.


Action | Thriller


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Hong Kong | UK

Release Date:

17 May 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Killer's Romance See more »

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Regent Film Limited See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Lau was the producers' original choice for the role of Jeffrey (Yo). But his other film commitments and the production's low budget led to him passing on the film. See more »


Version of Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer (1988) See more »

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Quintessential Hong Kong film
18 April 2006 | by ass_spelunkerSee all my reviews

Check this out if you love HK gangster flicks. This one has it all: evil Japanese, swordfighting, acrobatic gunplay, love, honor, betrayal, kneecap shooting, and ancestor disrespecting, all topped off with a bittersweet finale! Basically plays like a low-rent version of "The Killer". The action is slow to build, coming mainly in the film's second half, but once it starts, it doesn't let up. Somewhat imitative of John Woo's stylings during the gunfights, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Certainly not in the same class as Woo, Lam, or Hark's best work, but a lot more satisfying and exciting than "The Replacement Killers". The DVD from Tai Seng is cheap, but it's also dubbed, fullscreen, and a poor transfer to boot. Still, I consider it 6 bucks well spent on a film I'll definitely watch again.

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