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Things get complicated when Freeman is forced to undertake the elimination of a witness to one of his killings. She is a beautiful, lonely, single Japanese woman and, like Freeman, an accomplished artist. They recognize each other as soul mates and he risks his life�and hers�to convince the organization of her value to him.
This 52-minute animated production is almost a perfect adaptation of the manga story and stands out as the best of the CRYING FREEMAN animated series. The dramatic mood and visual elegance of the black-and-white drawings are surprisingly well-captured by the anime, despite the bright colors and lighting. Daisuke Nishio, the anime director, knows how to pace a scene and establish the proper sense of time and place. It helps that Ikegami�s drawings and his sense of cutting and composition are so astutely cinematic in the first place.
The Crying Freeman manga is notable for its high doses of nudity, near-pornographic sex and extremely bloody violence. The anime doesn�t stint on these elements either, although it takes great pains to stay within R-rated limits. However, the sheer beauty of their presentation here may win over otherwise hesitant viewers, while fully satisfying the already jaded fans of more hard-edged anime.Read more ›
But what it does have is impressing. I'm not going to give things away, but there are some pretty spectacular displays of Mark's skill here. Not just with martial arts, but his general athletic skill.
In addition, it's one of Mark's best acting roles, at least in his earlier movies, and the story is pretty well done, with some nice philosophy in places. Christopher Gans likes action, but he likes something a bit weightier than the typical martial arts and action storyline. You can see this in Brotherhood of the Wolf too.
Unfortunately, like that movie. Chris does stumble in places. There are inconsistencies with the plot that detract slightly from your overall enjoyment, but not enough to ruin what is otherwise a great movie.
The real draw of this special edition is the extensive bonus material, most of which showcases Mark quite often, especially in preparing the fight scenes. Let's be honest, that's what the viewers want, and you won't be disappointed here. I have the Crow: SWTH collection and a lot of the behind the scenes material is of other actors trying to find their character's "motivation" that I'm sure most aren't interested in seeing in place of Mark kicking ass.
The animation was so-so, the graphics were not so inspiring, some of the characters looked stupid, the action was NOTHING great and the storyline was a little slow.
NOW THIS ONE! is the "worth buying it". There is SLOW-MO ACTION like in the John Woo films, FAST gun-fights, BIG explotions, good acting, GREAT martial arts movements and COOL one man army swordman scene!!! ;D
If you think that the story is more important then I recomend the anime version, but if you are looking for COOL FAST action then I recomend this one.
This movie have basically the same story as the animated serie but a little summarized.
About the dvd: The picture quality is very good but when the camera goes to "close-up" there are some brieff purple lights in the picture but is not THAT annoying, besides, it's only at the begining of the movie, the last best action scenes doesn't have that. The sound hears good but is low volume, so you have to turn up your tv volume to hear the sound much clearer.
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I love this movie. It is an action packed romance. I read all the graphic novels, watched all the anime and bought an undubbed vhs tape many years ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catbabe
Anime. Action. A means to add to your collection of streamline vhs set.Published 20 months ago by David M. Conway
This movie is in the wrong zone area so I was not able to see the movie. Wasted my money.Published on July 7, 2014 by Beverly Lovett
Because the movie wasn't region 1 and it didn't work on any of my networks. it happened twice when tried to purchase this dang movie.Published on December 8, 2013 by Melissa S.
Great film and great story. Underated film made on a low budget. Based on the Manga character, I just wish it was HD.Published on December 7, 2013 by Freshie Boy
It was an extremely poor copy, a green line down one side of recording and it did not fill the screen either, I doubt will ever order another movie through... Read more
i've watched this movie several times since i got it in the mail and it is better than i expected to be. its got everything that you could ever want in a movie. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by author
CAREFUL with seller they may or may NOT return your call and/or email if you have and issue with a product you purchase from them. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by sunnyaz
lots of action and the story is really good,the condition of the package and dvd is in great shapePublished on September 25, 2010 by koaboy1