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crying freeman (DVD) [ italian import ]

4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Dolby
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005A838N8

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best comic-big screen movie ever made!! 6 Sep 2001
Quite simply this relatively unheard of movie has become one of my favourites, for years i have awaited the DVD release and finally it has arrived. The film itself is based on japanese comics and the Manga cartoon and although i have not seen any of them from every available source it seems the film is a pretty accurate representation of the Mangas, anyway the plot is about a man who was kidnapped by a an ancient Chinese warrior cult called the Sons of the Dragons, who have turned him into a perfect killer. The killer of their group is called the Freeman, and Jo (Dacascos) carries a curse which cause's him to cry when-ever he has to kill. Jo who was formely a potter is a compassionate, and heroic character and his capturers/bosses begin to lose control of his mind when he falls in love with a beautiful woman Emu o'Hara who he is supposed to kill after she witnesses him kill some people, so on comes gun battles, romance, Kung Fu and sword fights aplenty in this wonderfully shot action movie directed by Christophe Gans, a director with a visual flair as good as any and a sense of style and artistry greater than even John Woo's, he is at the helm here and directs with surperb skill there are some superb shots, brilliantly staged and captured action sequences and some of the romantic scenes are outstandingly shot. The films other strengths were the brilliant score from Patrick O Hearn and the performances of Dacascos and Condra in particular they had a real chemistry on screen and its hardly a surprise that they became Man and Wife after this movie. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slick action, manga style 19 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film is not your typical big-bidget american flick that is made up of cliched violence at the expense of story. Crying Freeman does have action, but it is stylishly acted out and appropriate for the would be forgiven for thinking it was directed by John Woo. Christophe Gans has produced a masterpiece in which Marc Dacascos shines, supported perfectly by a competent cast where Byron Mann also delivers a fantastic performance. Not to all tastes but damn good in my opinion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film!!!!!!! 15 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a brilliant piece of action cinema that is generally un-heard of. When i first saw this it was the first film i had seen of Mark Dacascos and since then i have been a fan simply because he is an action star who can act, who is a brilliant martial artist and who you can plainly see in his films that he does alot of his own stunts. This film is based on a Japanese animation which i have not seen but which does'nt matter seeing how good the film is, the plot is a little basic with some flaws but you really are interested in the lead characters (Dacascos in particular) and the direction is absolutely superb and i have to say that Christophe Gans is one of the best directors i have seen and i would rate him higher than John Woo, this film is slick and stylish, the cinematography is excellent aswell as the music in it which really adds to the atmosphere. As for acting, well Dacascos is one of the best actors of the action star lot and his performance is excellent and all other leading characters in the film are good aswell, as for the more background characters their acting is quite cheesy. To top off the superlatives of this flick, the action. Each set piece is masterfully staged especially the sword play at the end. This is really worth watching and is a must buy for any action fan let alone a fan of the cartoon or Mark Dacascos. I hope they release this action classic on DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best movie of its kind 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
this is a stylish and very well done movie there should be an sequal
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good remake 2 Feb 2002
By A Customer
The original Crying Freeman was a series of 6 1-hour anime episodes, following the story of a young man forced into becoming a killer. His compassion is such that he weeps after each killing, hence the series name.
His masters' control of him begins to weaken after he falls in love with a young woman he is meant to kill. The film is a good remake of the first episode or two of the original story. Mark Dacascos plays the title character very well, and has a real screen chemistry with Julie Condra.
If you like traditional Japanese ganster storylines, you will love this because it gives you a whole lot more.
It's well worth the investment!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
whilst aimlessly wandering around a video rental shop a friend of mine spotted the object of this review at the very bottom of the pile of budjet dvd's and i wandered over at first aprehensive as the film obviously had no propaganda because neither i,my friend or the woman at the counter had a clue as to what it was.The only reason i bought the film was three specific words on the back of the box and i quote 'huge japanese swords'.So with apprehension i whacked it in my player however when i whacked it back out again ninety odd minutes later i sat dumbfounded and needed to be beaten out of the comatose state this absolutly incredible action movie had put me in.Do yourself a favor - buy this film NOW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sleek 13 Mar 2009
This is a very stylised film. It is sleek and beutiful. The characters are slightly wooden but..... sleek and beutiful! I enjoyed the Manga cartoons that this film is based on but this live-action blew me away. The main charatcer Yeo, played by Mark Dacascos, (a hugely underrated action star-pulls of the character well) is a reluctant assassin, hyponotised by a witch. Stay with me! On one assignment he has to kill a girl but falls in love and tries to leave the organisation. Some martial arts in it but its not a martial ars film. It reminds me of the 1980's yakuza films but much MUCH better. Some bits will make you think ...........'erm, what!?' However this is one of those films thats like its character - a silent assassin. You dont know its there and how good it is until its got you by the throat. Buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Crying freeman
When I've first watched this movie, I didn't know that it was made by manga comic. It's visaul style just swept of my feet. Read more
Published 9 months ago by sead adzemovic
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal
Still a good first for him, but not his best film that's for sure, drive is the better one way more action
Published 13 months ago by Padman
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior!
s i m p l y d o e s n ' t g e t a n y b e t t e r !
Published 14 months ago by Christian Edlmayer
4.0 out of 5 stars crying freeman
I enjoyed the film its got action,love story, the story is ok not brilliant but if you like martial arty type flicks check it out. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2005 by The Don
3.0 out of 5 stars A very manga film
Nearly a decade ago this film was groundbreaking stuff. Before "The Matrix" introduced the mainstream to the neato visual effects often used in anime and before doing a film... Read more
Published on 27 May 2004 by Christine M Byrom
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous!
All I have to say is that this movie is seriously overrated. It's so damn stupid! When I saw the gunfight, I saw a really unrealistic and cheap looking John Woo imitation. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Just for the entertainment factor
this film is so so bad, but there's just no way that you can't enjoy it. from the poor quality acting (except that of marc dacascos), to the ropey storyline and terrible... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2004 by David Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars good in 1995, still superb in 2003
i saw this film in 1995, when it was first released and loved it then, so when i saw it on amazon i was inspired to buy it. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars one of mark dacascos best films
great film but one problem i have a nice widescreen tv and a dolby digital system but this film is not in widescreen and only has basic stereo i do hope they re-release this but if... Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic "Manga Style" Film
This film might not be to everyones taste, but if you like a mix of action, martial arts & romance then it definitely is for you. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2003 by Helen Prout
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