A lethal assassin for a secret Chinese organisation, who sheds tears of regret each time he kills, is seen swiftly and mercilessly executing three Yakuza gangsters by a beautiful artist. She is captivated by the grace of his kill and later falls in love with him. An intense power struggle for the leadership of the Yakuza Clans ensues as they seek vengeance for the death of their leader. They soon realise the fatal mistake of underestimating the deadly skills of the Crying Freeman.
Kazuo Koike (based upon the comic books created by), Ryoichi Ikegami (based upon the comic books created by), Christophe Gans (screenplay), Thierry Cazals (screenplay), Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik (additional dialogue)