• Film

Crying Freeman


Time Out says

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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