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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. ... See full summary »

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Christophe Gans

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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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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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Release Date:

24 April 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Crying Freeman - Der Sohn des Drachen See more »

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British Columbia, Canada See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Julie Condra and Mark Dacascos met and co-starred in this film, and then they married in real life. See more »

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Main character - Yo walked closer to Emu on the bed naked but after they had sex, he got off from the bed he wore white briefs already without put it on. See more »

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Shido Shimazaki: "The Sons of the Dragon" exist! And so does the Freeman!
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Version of Hong Chang Fei Long (1990) See more »

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Va, Pensiero, Sull'Ali Dorate
from the opera "Nabucco"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Guiseppe Verdi)
Performed by Deutsche Oper Berlin (as The Chorus and Orchestra of the German Opera)
Giuseppe Sinopoli (as Guiseppe Sinopoli), conductor
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Best thing next to the Manga version
6 May 1999 | by HaN-hAnSee all my reviews

Marc Dacascos is well cast in this role. he has a Manga like face that seems very perfectly symmetrical and too innocent to be a killer. Which adds to the legend that the Freeman is simply a hermit artist, a potter who keeps to himself and, were it not for the Sons of the Dragons, would have stayed that way.

The movie is a close adaptation to the Manga without trying to do the inimitable. Marc Dacascos is an acknowledged martial artist and acrobat which adds only to the credentials he brings to the movie. Of course, as all avid manga watchers will know, there is always a perverted dimension to the Manga movies. This is not so apparent in this movie adaptation, but suffice it to say that the romantic interest in this movie, has a face which seems so beautiful and tender, it could have come right out of a Japanese novel.

Superb watching. I recommend it to anyone who liked the Manga.


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