Crying Freeman, Talk:Crying Freeman
is a manga
and an anime
) about an assassin who cries after he kills his targets.
The Crying Freeman manga series is renowned for its artwork and gratuitous graphic violence
. Crying Freeman devotes its time to a study of the titular assassin, a Japanese man retained by the Chinese Mafia (called the "108 Dragons") and covered in a vast and complex dragon tattoo
(see Kitano's film Brother
for displays of many similar yakuza tattoos). A quiet but complicated killer, Freeman cries after each and every killing.
Plot SummaryYō Hinomura (火野村窯)
, a Japanese potter
, comes into the possession of some film showing a killing by an agent of the 108 Dragons, a powerful Chinese mafia. When he refuses to turn the film over to them, they kidnap him. Hypnotized, he is trained as an assassin for them and his body is tattooed with dragons. He is given the codename 'Crying Freeman,' because he cries whenever he kills and because he can never again be free.
One of his killings is witnessed by Emu Hino (日野絵霧)
, a lonely and beautiful Japanese
artist. Knowing he must kill her, she paints his portrait and waits for him to come. When he does so, she tells him that she is tired of being alone and wishes to end her life. She asks for a favor before he kills her - to have sex with her, so that she will not die a virgin. He grants her wish, but finds he cannot kill her and they fall in love. The killing she witnessed was of a yakuza
boss, however, so the yakuza want to find her so that they can find the killer. One of the yakuza attempts to enter Emu's home and force her to disclose the name of the killer, but she is critically injured in the attack. Freeman takes her to the hospital and tells her to meet him at Hinomura Kiln, where he intends to part with her. Instead, she accompanies him back to the 108 Dragons, where he tattoos her with tigers and they marry.
The heads of the 108 Dragons decide to name Freeman as their heir. He is given the Chinese name Lóng Tài-Yáng (龍太陽)
, and Emu is renamed Hǔ Qīng-Lán (虎清蘭)
(Tiger Orchid), as both pass the tests given to them. It's not as easy as that, however, as they must contend with challenges on the inside for leadership from Bái-Yá Shàn (白牙扇)
(Ivory Fan), the granddaughter of the leaders of the 108 Dragons, and challenges from the outside from other underground organizations.
Members of the 108 DragonsYō Hinomura/Crying Freeman/Lóng Tài-Yáng
- the protagonist of the storyEmu Hino/Hǔ Qīng-Lán
- his female partnerHǔ Fēng-Líng (虎風鈴)
- also known as Grandmother Tiger, one of the former heads of the 108 DragonsBái-Yá Shàn (白牙扇)
- Hǔ Fēng-Líng's granddaughter who challenges Freeman for leadershipHuáng Dé-Yuán (黄徳源)
- The member of 108 Dragons, who accompanies Freeman on his missions and assists him
Live Action Films
There are two live-action films from Hong Kong, both made in 1990, that are based on story of Crying Freeman. Dragon from Russia
(紅場飛龍) directed by Clarence Fok Yiu-leung
and Killer's Romance
(浪漫殺手自由人) directed by Phillip Ko
. In 1995, French director Christophe Gans
directed another live version, Crying Freeman
, staring Mark Dacascos
It's possible Crying Freeman may have partially inspired Ichi The Killer
's title character, who weeps after killing targets.Category:Manga seriesCategory:Anime seriesCategory:SeinenCategory:Romance mangaCategory:Romance animeCategory:Action mangaCategory:Action animeCategory:Fictional assassinsCategory:Viz Media mangaCategory:Anime of the 1980sCategory:Manga of the 1980sde:Crying Freeman (Film)fr:Crying Freemanja:クライング フリーマンsv:Crying Freeman