Very odd. I am in America, and I know that I saw this movie years and years ago. I'm pretty sure that I watched it on VHS rented from a Blockbuster back in the 90's (I know based on what they say, how is that even possible?). I was watching pretty much any video they had in the martial arts section and this was there.
By that time I had already read a good bit or not all of the Viz manga release for Crying Freeman.
At the time, it was a pretty much a let down - which is sad as Mark Dacasco is such a great martial artist and actor. I was especially looking forward to seeing this after seeing Mark's work in "Only the Strong".
If you liked this, you most probably will like the manga far more. It's the old book to movie tale. So much more to be found in the manga. And the ending of this is so much of a letdown for a Crying Freeman fan.
Years gone by and watching it again, it is better than I remembered without the manga fresh in my mind.
This is a gun-toting Yakuza versus Sons of the Dragon (read that as Triad for the most part in this film). It ranges from West Coast America and Japan. Not from one to the other with shots in between just a City (or implied cities) in American to two locations in Japan (three if you count the airport).
A car chase, but mostly gun battles with some martial arts thrown in.
With the basis being on the manga, I would have expected more martial arts, but I guess "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled" were still fresh in people's minds when this was being filmed. Compared to those two films, the gun fights are a bit wild and mild.
The film was still worth watching, and, as I said, I enjoyed it more having years separated from reading the manga.
Kung fu movie? No. No training sequences.