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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...?

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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

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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

24 April 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Crying Freeman - Der Sohn des Drachen See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Jason Scott Lee was originally wanted for the role but he had a three-picture obligation for Universal Pictures and could not commit to the project. Mark Dacascos lobbied for the part and eventually went on to became Christophe Gan's actor of choice for future and upcoming films. 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: [sits at a table with laughing police men. With a forceful loud bang onto the table he breaks their laughter and says:] '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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Living work of art
27 January 2003 | by rudebuzztardSee all my reviews

This movie is brilliant, it's just the way action movies should be. Not about explosions, stunts or violence, but brought with a certain pain, desolation and pure poetry. You can tell that the base for this movie lies in Japan because the movie itself is a bit like a manga movie. It get's really confusing of you are not focused and it's fast paced and in your face. And Dacascos is brilliant as well, he doesn't have much lines of texts (thankgod for that!) and his actions and the way it is filmed is truly amazing. The only thing that keeps this movie away from greatness is the lack of good music to go along with the movie. That and the fact that this movie is not about actors, but about pictures and action. But hey, you can't have it all.. I give 7 out of 10.


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