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original title: Kuraingu Furiiman

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  • Taiwanese Version
  • German Version
Release: Sep 03, 2012 - Author: Jim - Translator: DaxRider123
"Crying Freeman" is the manga which the same-titled movie (which is more popular in most countries) was based on. The fact that the movie is more popular might be a result of the fact that the comic has not been available for a long time. The manga about a killer who cries for every victim was released in Germany was released in form of an album and the pictures were all mirrored to be more compatible with a western audience. These issues are out of print for a long time and can only be bought on e.g. eBay.

In the storyline "Abduction in Chinatown" there are numerous retouchings. Most of them concern a member of the "Kidnapping Organization" (short: KO). He has a mustache which was edited out of the Taiwanese version. I'm not sure exactly why they did it. If it was a mustache like Hitler used to wear it (or similar to it) the retouching would be somewhat understandable but here it rather looks like Otto von Bismarck's mustache. Since he was not really a bad man, the retouching doesn't seem to make much sense. However, the similarity of the bad guy wearing a military outfit to Saddam Houssein rather seems to be a sensible reason for the retouching. Only the Taiwanese editors know the real reasons.
Additionally, some sex scenes were altered/censored.


The images of the German version are photographs of the comic, thus the quality isn't perfect. In order to ensure a better visibility, the images were brightened up a little.

In "Abduction in Chinatown" part 1, 104 panels were edited.
In "Abduction in Chinatown" part 2, 2 panels were edited.


Overall, the storyline of Abduction in Chinatown offers 106 edited panels.

All page references refer to the German version.
Whenever it's not mentioned any different, the images on the left side originate from the Taiwanese version while the images on the right originate from the German version.
==Abduction in Chinatown Part 1==

Page 130
The gangster's mustache was edited out.

1 edited panel



Page 132
Ditto.

1 edited panel




==Abduction in Chinatown Part 2==
Chapter 8
This image was used as the German cover. Since the Taiwanese version uses a different amount of chapters per volume, this image is used to introduce a chapter (the same thing was done in the German version). Thus, there's a colored and a black and white version of the image.
Again, the gangster's mustache was edited.

1 edited panel



Page 2
The mustache was deleted.

2 edited panels



Page 4
Ditto.

1 edited panel

Page 5
Ditto.

1 edited panel



Page 7
Ditto.

1 edited panel



Page 8
The monster mask which Freeman's sister finds was altered.

2 edited panels



Page 9
The monster mask was altered again.

1 edited panel



Page 10
Ditto.

4 edited panels



Page 12
The gangster's mustache was edited out.

1 edited panel



Page 13
The characters on the lotus leave was slightly altered.

3 edited panels



Page 17
Again, the mustache was edited out.

1 edited panel



Page 21
Ditto.

1 edited panel



Page 22
The decoration inside the apartment was altered.

1 edited panel



Page 23
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels



Page 24
Ditto.

1 edited panel

Page 25
Ditto.

2 edited panels



Page 26
Ditto.

2 edited panels



Page 27
Ditto.

1 edited panel

Page 28
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 29
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel



Page 30
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 31
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels



Page 32
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 33
Retouched mustache.

3 edited panels

Page 34
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 35
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 36
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 37
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 38
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 44
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 45
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 47-48
A lot of the "decoration inside the room was altered:
- the huge image at the edge of the image (you see a woman performing oral sex on a man) was mostly cropped.
- the image left of it was covered up with a black line and a dot so that you don't see the pubic area.
- two panels later, the Taiwanese version again offers a black line that covers up sexual organs.
- the image on the roof where a woman performs oral sex on a man was colored white - you don't see the penis.

Upper images: Taiwanese version
Lower images: German version

2 edited panels




Page 49
Again, 2 parts were altered:
- the penis (upper left corner) was colored white.
- the panel where Freeman performs oral sex on the woman was altered so that the genital area is completely white in the Taiwanese version. In the German version you actually rudimentarily see the vagina as well as some liquid coming out of it.

1 edited panel



Page 58
When the kidnapper-queen masturbates, the Taiwanese version puts a line abote the genital area. Even the (barely visible) parts of the vagina in the following panel were edited out.

2 edited panels



Page 62
The queen's pubic hair (only rudimentarily shown) was edited out.

1 edited panel



Page 63
When the kidnapper-queen performs oral sex on Freeman, the saliva on the penis as well as the penis' outline was retouched. In the German version, the saliva actually partially visualizes the penis.

1 edited panel



Page 75
The labia (only rudimentarily visible) were edited out. The genital area was completely colored white in the Taiwanese version.

1 edited panel



Page 77
In this panel, there's a (sound-)word covering the genital area. Therefore you again can't see the labia.

1 edited panel



Page 81
The gangster's mustache was retouched.

1 edited panel

Page 88
The pubic area was edited in both the close-up shot as well as the long shot. In the long shot it's covered up by a (sound-)word.

3 edited panels



Page 89
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 92
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 98
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 99
Retouched mustache.

3 edited panels

Page 100
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 101
Retouched mustache.

3 edited panels

Page 102
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 103
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 106
When the woman masturbates, her private parts were colored white.

2 edited panels



Page 107
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 109
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 113
The kidnapper-queen's genital area was covered up with a (sound-)word.

1 edited panel



Chapter 15
Freeman's wife's pubic hair was edited out.

1 edited panel



Page 116
Retouched mustache.

4 edited panels

Page 117
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 118
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 119
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel

Page 120
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels

Page 121
Retouched mustache.

3 edited panels



Page 122
Retouched mustache.

2 edited panels



Page 123
Retouched mustache.

1 edited panel



Page 124
Retouched mustache.

5 edited panels

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