Freesia: Bullet Over Tears (2007)

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Freesia: Bullet Over Tears (2007)
Furîjia (original title)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Japan
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Creators
Director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Writer Jirô Matsumoto
Writer Takashi Ujita
Information
Release Date2007-02-01
Runtime1h 43mins
GenreAction
Content Rating
Awards
Company
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Tetsuji Tamayama
Tetsuji Tamayama
Hiroshi Kanô
Mariko Higuchi
Hôshi Ishida
Hôshi Ishida
Young Toshio
Eimei Kanamura
Eimei Kanamura
Ryûji Kasahara
Ryûji Kasahara
Shôji Kôkami
Shôji Kôkami
Sumikawa
Hiroshi Kanô (shônen-ki) (as Taiga)
Kei Suma
Kei Suma
Tsuneo Iwasaki

Freesia (manga)

Freesia (Japanese: フリージア, Hepburn: Furījia) is a psychological action thriller manga by Jiro Matsumoto. It was originally published by Shogakukan in Monthly Ikki between September 2001 and August 2009, and adapted into a film in 2007.


Plot

In alternate history Japan is engaged in protracted war and massive economic recession. Due to massive military spending, many prisons are shut and a Vengeance Act is created instead to allow those who have been hurt by convicted criminals to get revenge. Various Vengeance Proxy Enforcer firms are created to supply the massive demand for these.


Media

Manga

Freesia, written and illustrated by Jiro Matsumoto, was serialized in Shogakukan's Spirits Zōkan Ikki (later Monthly Ikki) from September 29, 2001 to August 25, 2009. Shogakukan collected its chapters in twelve tankōbon volumes, released from July 30, 2003 to November 30, 2009.

It has been licensed in Italia by RW Edizioni and in Spain by Editorial Ivrea.

Volume list

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1July 30, 2003978-4-09-188381-0
2July 30, 2003978-4-09-188382-7
3December 25, 2003978-4-09-188383-4
4June 30, 2004978-4-09-188384-1
5January 28, 2005978-4-09-188385-8
6September 30, 2005978-4-09-188386-5
7May 30, 2006978-4-09-188317-9
8January 1, 2007978-4-09-188353-7
9September 28, 2007978-4-09-188376-6
10June 30, 2008978-4-09-188416-9
11January 30, 2009978-4-09-188438-1
12November 30, 2009978-4-09-188486-2

Film

A live-action film based on the manga was released on February 3, 2007. It was directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, written by Takashi Ujita, and starred Tetsuji Tamayama as Hiroshi.


Reception

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Freesia is Matsumoto's internationally best known work and although not translated into English it has been popular on the scanlation circuit.

Ryan Payton of 1UP.com described it as having "awesome art, intense stakeouts and firefights, and lots of psychoanalysis." Gavin J. Blair wrote for The Hollywood Reporter that it has elements that would attract a Hollywood adaptation and compared it to Purge.

The film adaptation received a four out five rating from The Japan Times's Mark Schilling.