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Crying Freeman (live-action movie)

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Alternative title:
Crying Freeeman: Wybrany (Polish)
Crying Freeman - Der Sohn des Drachen (German)
Crying Freeman: Los paraísos perdidos (Spanish)
Freeman: Lágrima de un Asesino (Spanish)
O Combate: Lágrimas do Guerreiro (Portuguese)
O Dragão (Portuguese)
Плачущий убийца (Russian)
クライングフリーマン (Japanese)
크라잉 프리맨 (Korean)
Genres: action, drama
Objectionable content: Intense
Plot Summary: One morning, while painting the landscape on the hills of San Francisco, CA, a Canadian woman named Emu O'Hara witnesses the murder of a Yakuza member at the hands of a man who sheds tears after each kill. He introduces himself to her as "Yo." Because of this, Emu is marked by Chinese Mafia rule as Yo's next victim. When she returns to her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, members of the Shimazaki clan and an Interpol agent named Netah are on the scene in hopes of using Emu as bait to lure in Mr. Yo - infamously known in the crime world as "Crying Freeman." Yo's mission is further complicated when Emu reveals that she is in love with him. As a result, Yo must now protect Emu from both the Shimazaki Clan and "The Sons of the Dragons" - the Chinese Mafia that brainwashed him and trained him to be the perfect assassin.
Running time: 102 minutes
Vintage: 1995-09-14
Premiere date:
1995-09-14 (Canada - Toronto Film Festival)
1996-04-24 (France)
1996-07-15 (Spain)
1996-07-26 (Denmark)
1996-08-23 (Italy)
1996-09-12 (Sweden - Fantastisk Film Festival Lund)
1996-11-23 (Japan)
1997-05-09 (UK)
1997-05-29 (Germany)
1997-09-19 (Mexico)
1998-01-02 (Portugal)
Trivia: We have 8
French and Canadian-produced film based on the first Crying Freeman graphic novel "Portrait of a Killer." Although Viz Communications advertised it on Animerica magazine and their reprints of the Crying Freeman graphic novels, this film never saw a U.S. release until it was streamed online via Amazon Prime on November 2018.
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Dubbing Director: Kanji Fukunaga
Translation: Takeshi Kihara
Executive producer: Takashige Ichise

Co-Producer: Aki Komine
Planning: Mitsuru Kurosawa
Yasuyoshi Hara as Yo Hinomura (voice)
Yūko Sasaki as Emu O'Hara (voice)

Banjō Ginga as Shudo Shimazaki (voice)
Masaya Katō as Ryuji Hanada
Osamu Kobayashi as Detective Netah (voice)
Tetsuo Kanao as Tak Yuen Koh (voice)
Tomoko Shiota as Detective Forge (voice)
Yōko Shimada as Kimie Hanada

Katsuhisa Hōki as Temple Yakuza (voice)

Akimitsu Takase (voice)
Fubito Yamano (voice)
Hiroyuki Yokoo (voice)
Miyuki Ono (voice)
Sayuri Sadaoka (voice)
Seiko Tomoe (voice)
Tōru Ohkawa (voice)
Japanese companies
English staff
English cast
Director: Christophe Gans
Executive producer:
Taka Ichise
Victor Hadida
Associate producer: Michele White
Cinematography: Thomas Burstyn
Production Design:
Alex McDowell
Douglas Higgins
Stunt Assistant: Mike Crestejo
Stunt Coordination: Scott J. Ateah
Deborah Kara Unger as Emu O'Hara (voice - uncredited)
Julie Condra as Emu O'Hara
Mark Dacascos as Yo Hinomura / Crying Freeman

Byron Mann as Tak Yuen Koh
Masaya Katō as Ryuji Hanada
Rae Dawn Chong as Detective Forge
Ron Perlman as Detective Netah (voice - uncredited)
Tchéky Karyo as Detective Netah
Yōko Shimada as Kimie Hanada

Akio Higashi as Yakuza Boss
Alex Diakun as Antonio Rossi
Annie Lee as Bordello Girl
Debbie Podowski as Customs Agent
Ed Hong-Louie as Soya Plant Supervisor
Floyd Faircrest as Gallery Assassin
Giorgio Miyashita as Ryuji's Bodyguard
Hidemine Endou as Temple Yakuza
Hiro Kanagawa as Temple Yakuza
Jerry Wasserman as Chief Randall
Ken Shimizu as Temple Yakuza
Kevan Ohtsuji as Takeshi Shimazaki
Kiyoto Matsumoto as Shimazaki's Bodyguard
Mako as Shido Shimazaki
Mark Oki as Mr. Dogaki
Michael Hirano as Yakuza
Mikal Tang as Koh's Driver
Minh Ly as Yakuza
Morgan Lam as Boy in Lobby
Murray Lowry as Head Customs Agent
Paul Wong as Photographer
Peter McGillion as Detective
Ravinder Toor as Detective
Russell Ferrier as Detective
Tong Lung as Shimazaki's Bodyguard
Victor Favrin as Gallery Assassin
Yuka Kobayashi as Lady Hanada's Maid
Yukio Kasukawa as Yakuza Boss
Zuien Konomura as Priest
English companies
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (United Kingdom, DVD, 2001)
August Entertainment (Australia, DVD)
Pathé (United Kingdom, Theatrical; United Kingdom, DVD)
Reel DVD (Australia, DVD)
Roadshow Entertainment (Australia, VHS)
Internet Streaming: Amazon Prime Video
Korean staff
Korean companies
Distributor: EOS
Korean cast
French companies
French staff
Metropolitan Film & Video (Laserdisc)
TF1 Vidéo (Laserdisc)
Licensed by:
Metropolitan Filmexport
TF1 Vidéo (expired)
French cast
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
ADR Director: Antonio Lara (Spain dub)
Translation: Josep Llurba (Spain dub)
ADR Script: Antonio Lara (Spain dub)
Belén Roca as Emu O'Hara (Catalan dub)
Claudi Domingo as Yo Hinomura/Freeman (Catalan dub)
Daniel Garcia as Yo Hinomura/Freeman (Spain dub)
Nuria Mediavilla as Emu O'Hara (Spain dub)

Alicia Laorden as Kimie Hanada (Spain dub)
Antonio Lara as Tak Yuen Koh (Spain dub)
Eduard Itchart as Tak Yuen Koh (Catalan dub)
Juan Antonio Bernal as Ryuji Hanada (Spain dub)
Julia Gallego as Detective Forge (Spain dub)
M. Carmen Alarcón as Kimie Hanada (Catalan dub)
Maria Lluïsa Magaña as Detective Forge (Catalan dub)
Miguel Ángel Jenner as Detective Netah (Spain dub)
Pep Torrents as Detective Netah (Catalan dub)
Santi Lorenz as Ryuji Hanada (Catalan dub)

Aurora García as Mery (Catalan dub)
Claudi García as Forge's Boss (Spain dub)
Eduardo Elías as Chief Randall (Catalan dub)
Ferran Llavina as Shido Shimazaki (Catalan dub)
Gal Soler as Antonio Rossi (Catalan dub)
Jaume Mallofre as Detective (Catalan dub)
Joaquín Díaz as Shido Shimazaki (Spain dub)
Miquel Bonet as Detective (Catalan dub)
Vicky Martínez as Kari (Catalan dub)
Spanish companies
Distributor: Tripictures (Spain)
Dubbing Studio: Sonoblok (Spain dub)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Francesca Guadagno as Emu O'Hara
Vittorio Guerrieri as Yo Hinomura / Freeman

Luca Biagini as Detective Netah
Luciano Roffi as Tak Yuen Koh
Roberta Greganti as Lady Hanada

Angelo Nicotra as Shudo Shimazaki
Graziella Polesinanti as The Witch
Roberto Certomà as Takeshi Shimazaki
Italian companies
Distributor: Pioneer LDCE, Ltd
German staff
German cast
David Nathan as Yo Hinomura / Freeman

Gerald Paradies as Ryuji Hanada
Joachim Tennstedt as Detective Netha
Petra Barthel as Kimie Hanada
Thomas Nero Wolff as Tak Yuen Koh
Ulrike Möckel as Detective Forge

Michael Christian as Antonio Rossi

German companies
Kinowelt Home Entertainment (DVD, 2011)
Rapid Eye Movies (Theatrical)
Turbine Medien (DVD, 2017; Blu-Ray, 2017; Blu-Ray, 2018; Ultra HD Blu-ray, 2020)
Warner Bros. (DVD)
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Arcade Pictures (DVD, 2000)
Bridge Entertainment (DVD, 2000; DVD, 2001; DVD, 2003)
Dutch cast
Russian staff
Russian companies
Distributor: MC Entertainment (DVD)
Russian cast
Polish staff
Polish companies
Distributor: Vision (DVD)
Polish cast
Swedish staff
Swedish companies
Distributor: Scanbox
Swedish cast

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