Crying Freeman

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  • Drama
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Based on an epic Japanese comic book of rare intelligence and detail, this is almost too reverential towards its source material: several sequences inspire déjà vu, having literally been story-boarded in the original manga; and both Dacascos, as the eponymous Chinese assassin who cries when he makes a hit, and Condra, as the virgin who falls for the soft-hearted hard man, look the part uncannily. Director Gans tries honourably to put the Art into martial arts, but comes fatally unstuck. Though slo-mo fight sequences distance the action from your traditional Jackie Chan beat-'em-ups, you find yourself longing for some good, old-fashioned shit-kicking. When we finally get it, and discover that Dacascos not only looks like Johnny Depp on steroids, but that he could whup Jean-Claude Van Damme's sorry ass as Hollywood's next action hero, you just wonder what took him so long.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Christophe Gans
Screenwriter: Christopher Gans, Thierry Cazals
Cast: Byron Mann
Julie Condra
Rae Dawn Chong
Mark Dacascos
Masaya Kato
Tcheky Karyo
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