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Crying Freeman

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH An ordinary man is kidnapped and trained against his will to be the world's best assassin, Freeman. After each killing, he sheds a tear for his victim, and becomes known as Crying Freeman. When his latest assassination of a yakuza member is witnessed by Emu, the mysterious killer captures her heart. When she becomes a key witness to the murder for the police, as well as the yakuza member's father, Shimasaki, her movements are closely followed. At city hall, a masked killer assassinates Shimasaki in broad daylight. Emu recognizes him as Freeman, and knows that he will return for her life. But will Emu's love for a man she doesn't even know be enough to stop him? STARING: Mark Dacascos, Julie Condra, Rae Dawn Chong, Byron Mann, Masaya Kato, Yoko Shimada, Mako, Tcheky Karyo, Kevan Ohsji, Debbie Podowski, Murray Lowry, Mikal Tang, Jerry Wasserman, Tong Lung, Kiyoto Matsumoto. There are no reviews for this product. Write a review Your Name: Your Review: Note: HTML is not translated! Rating: Bad Good Enter the code in the box below: Continue

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  • Actors: Mark Dacascos, Julie Condra, Rae Dawn Chong, Byron Mann
  • Directors: Christophe Gans
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L5K3QU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Brian Camp on August 21, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
CRYING FREEMAN: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER (1988) is the first of six Japanese anime volumes based on the manga (comic book) by Kazuo Koike and Ryoichi Ikegami about a handsome young sculptor who is forcibly recruited by the 108 Dragons, an ancient organization of Chinese assassins. We see him trained as an assassin and programmed to kill on their orders. His uncontrolled stream of tears after each killing and his yearning to be free give him the name, Crying Freeman.
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.
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When talking about Mark Dacascos' best movies, this and Only The Srong and Drive usually rate as the top three, at least as far as martial arts action is concerned. I'd say that this actually has less compared to those movies, and I think the French special edition of Strong is the best showcase with Drive being a close second.

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.
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This was a good movie but they shouldn't have called it Crying Freeman! if you're not going to follow the guidelines to Crying Freeman give it another name specially when you have people like me who knows Crying Freeman was a great anime movie. If they stayed with the script they could have made 3 or more movies out of it. I would Love to see Crying Freeman as a live action movie. They started off right then slowly got away from what it was about. Just do it right
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On it's own the movie is moderately entertaining. The fight scenes are good and the special effects aren't to bad. The acting is ok but not great. I am a huge fan of the original anime version of this movie. Knowing the real story, plot, and how the Freeman operates in this series I found this movie lacking in all these areas for a live action movie. If your a fan of this story get the anime or borrow this movie from someone who already owns it.
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I preffer this version than the short anime serie because I saw the animated serie and it wasn't THAT good. :(
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.

Adios.
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