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A Killer's Romance (1990)

Lang man sha shou zi you 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.


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Release Date:

17 May 1990 (Hong Kong) 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 »


References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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Less than killer, falls flat
14 March 2017 | by dworldeaterSee all my reviews

A Killer's Romance is a pretty poorly made action movie from Hong Kong that is based off of Crying Freeman(Japanese Manga). This also film tries pretty hard to emulate John Woo, but fails miserably with poor direction, bad editing, poor characterization and mostly lackluster action scenes. The romantic scenes between Simon Yam and Joey Wang are horrible and they seem awkward towards each other and possess zero chemistry. Speaking of which, check out the incredibly cheesy sequence where the couple go horseback riding, Yikes! I am not insulting the talents of Simon Yam and Joey Wang as they both are excellent in a whole lot of other HK movies, many of which are classics.(plus I always thought Joey Wang was one of the prettiest actresses in HK cinema) To put it mildly, A Killer's Romance is less than killer and far from the quality and class of The Killer which this movie attempts to rip off left and right. It should also be noted leading man Simon Yam was cast in John Woo's Bullet In The Head the same year. He had a supporting role in that film, but tears it up in that film with a memorable performance that nearly steals the show from the 3 leading actors. Overall, A Killer's Romance is a fairly poorly made heroic bloodshed movie that is barely watchable besides a few decent gory action scenes that rip off A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and every other movie like that. Nothing new to see here and surely not done well and not very exciting.

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