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Crying Freeman (1995)

A woman sees an assassin outside San Francisco killing yakuza men and later in Vancouver. She's been told that he leaves no witness. Will she be his next victim or...?

Director:

Christophe Gans

Writers:

Kazuo Koike (based upon the comic books created by), Ryoichi Ikegami (based upon the comic books created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Condra ... Emu O'Hara
Kevan Ohtsji ... Takeshi Shimazaki
Mark Dacascos ... Yo Hinomura / Freeman
Debbie Podowski ... Customs Agent
Murray Lowry ... Head Customs Agent
Byron Mann ... Koh
Mikal Tang Mikal Tang ... Koh's Driver
Rae Dawn Chong ... Detective Forge
Jerry Wasserman ... Chief Randall
Tchéky Karyo ... Detective Netah (as Tcheky Karyo)
Mako ... Shudo Shimazaki
Tong Lung ... Shimazaki's Bodyguard
Kiyoto Matsumoto Kiyoto Matsumoto ... Shimazaki's Bodyguard
Paul McGillion ... Detective
Russell Ferrier Russell Ferrier ... Detective
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Storyline

A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill and later falls in love with him. An intense power struggle for the leadership of the Yakuza Clans ensues as they seek vengeance for the death of their leader. They soon realise the fatal mistake of underestimating the deadly skills of the Crying Freeman. Written by Masken

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Once in a lifetime comes the perfect killer.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

Based on the manga Crying Freeman. There is also an anime based on the same manga, "Kuraingu furîman". See more »

Goofs

Yo is clearly naked when he approaches Emu's bed, but after the love scene he suddenly has a white jockstrap on. See more »

Quotes

Shido Shimazaki: "The Sons of the Dragon" exist! And so does the Freeman!
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Crazy Credits

Leaves Wrangler: insert unit, Los Angeles - Gilles "James" I See more »

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Version of Crying Freeman (1988) See more »

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Performed by the Fung Hang Orchestra
Courtesy of Fung Hang Record Ltd.
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Brilliant work of art
7 December 2004 | by starpeopleSee all my reviews

Some spoilers may follow.

"Crying Freeman" is one of my favorite movies ever. I can watch it again and again many times. This movie is first of all a work of art. It is uncanny beautiful, in every small detail. Almost each episode I can watch through as if it were a picture of a talented artist. Graceful, elegant, very aesthetic - CF is a masterpiece of visual art. I fell in love with it when I first saw the starting credits: a wonderful katana sword turning and revealing the title in a flash: "Crying Freeman". And the rest of the credits, no less beautiful. I thought that if the creators of this movie could make the opening title so stunningly beautiful, then the movie itself would not disappoint me as well. And it didn't. But besides visual beauty, CF has a marvelous plot, actors and... Well, I'll simply say the whole blend of all things that make a movie is perfect in the "Crying Freeman". And again, when I try to describe my impression from some part of the movie, I can think of only one word - beautiful. No, even "fair". Yo Hinomura, deadly and elegant, as a katana blade. Beauty of death. And his another side - soft and artistic. Beauty of art and poetry. Emu O'Hara, fair and tender. Beauty of peace and modesty. Lady Hanada. Even she has the beauty - of pride and honor. Beauty can be found in every detail.

And deep layers that accompany each Christophe Gans' movie... You might watch "Crying Freeman" a hundred of times and on the hundred and first you'll something you haven't seen before.

I am very grateful to all the people that made the creation of "Crying Freeman" possible.


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Release Date:

24 April 1996 (France) See more »

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British Columbia, Canada See more »

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FRF30,000,000 (estimated)
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