Freesia: Bullet Over Tears (2007)
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.
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.
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.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||July 30, 2003||978-4-09-188381-0|
|2||July 30, 2003||978-4-09-188382-7|
|3||December 25, 2003||978-4-09-188383-4|
|4||June 30, 2004||978-4-09-188384-1|
|5||January 28, 2005||978-4-09-188385-8|
|6||September 30, 2005||978-4-09-188386-5|
|7||May 30, 2006||978-4-09-188317-9|
|8||January 1, 2007||978-4-09-188353-7|
|9||September 28, 2007||978-4-09-188376-6|
|10||June 30, 2008||978-4-09-188416-9|
|11||January 30, 2009||978-4-09-188438-1|
|12||November 30, 2009||978-4-09-188486-2|
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.
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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.