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12 items from 2017


Tiff Review: ‘Manhunt’ is a Deliriously Entertaining Return to Action for John Woo

8 September 2017 7:11 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Something must have happened to John Woo in the last decade or so. It’s been well over a decade since his last full-blown, modern-day action film, having made the historical epics Red Cliff and The Crossing after leaving Hollywood, and Manhunt — his return to the genre that launched his career — feels like a new kind of John Woo. Now in his 70s, Woo has become fully self-aware, and in doing so seems to have challenged himself to create the most John Woo movie ever made. With Manhunt, he has indeed made the most John Woo movie possible, while also making a film that could just be described as “the most.” It’s a deliriously entertaining thrill ride from start to end, and sure to go down as one of the most enjoyable films of 2017.

Taking place entirely in Japan, Woo’s film follows hotshot Chinese lawyer Du Qiu (Zhang Hanyu »

- The Film Stage

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Venice Film Review: ‘Manhunt’

7 September 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It would be hard not to have a good time, at least some of the time, during “Manhunt,” veteran Hong Kong director John Woo’s return to high-concept, low-brow action, after his foray into period drama with the “Red Cliff” and “The Crossing” movies. But whether we’re laughing with the film or laughing at the film is a slightly less clear-cut question: “Manhunt” is a proudly daft action thriller, that shoots its double guns through the buddy movie and the wrongly-accused-man-on-the-run genre, and even ends up slow-mo sliding into sci-fi later.

But above all of that, it’s a kind of a John Woo Pinterest board, a kitschily self-referential mash-up of the Woo-hoopla he perfected during his decade-long reign of balletic, batshit mayhem between 1986’s “A Better Tomorrow” and 1997’s “Face/Off.” As awesome as that sounds, and sometimes is, “Manhunt” is sadly more pastiche than homage, especially during those moments between action setpieces where stick-figure »

- Jessica Kiang

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John Woo Gets Back into Action in the First Trailer for ‘Manhunt’

16 August 2017 4:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a decade-long stint in Hollywood, which includes the likes of a bombastic Mission: Impossible entry and the infinitely rewatchable Face/Off, in the last decade, John Woo has mostly stuck to large-scale Chinese epics which haven’t quite made a splash stateside. However, that could change which is next project, which finds him returning to his action roots.

Set to premiere at Venice Film Festival before heading to Toronto International Film Festival is Manhunt, Wood’s remake of the 1976 Japanese thriller Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare. Following a man who is framed for a robbery and rape and attempts to get on the right side of justice, the first trailer has now landed. Due to it being an international look, the editing is fairly clunky, but all in all, it’s nice to see Woo getting back to high-octane thrills.

Check out the trailer and images below »

- Jordan Raup

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John Woo’s Thriller ‘Manhunt’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival

8 August 2017 10:38 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The 74th Venice International Film Festival (August 30 – September 9) has just announced the world premiere of John Woo’s action thriller Manhunt as part of its Out of Competition roster. The film is hotly anticipated as it marks the return of the Hong Kong director to the police thriller genre 25 years after his classic Hard Boiled, starring Chow Yun-fat, Tony Leung and Anthony Wong.

Set in Japan, Manhunt is the story of a Chinese man wrongly convicted for rape and multiple murders. He becomes the target of a manhunt by the local Japanese police, while he sets out himself to find the real killers.

The film has Chinese star Zhang Hanyu (The Great Wall, Operation Mekong) and Japanese actor-musician Masaharu Fukuyama (Suspect X, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) in the lead roles. The predominantly Japanese supporting cast includes Yasuaki Kurata, Jun Kunimura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Nanami Sakuraba, Naoto Takenaka and Tao Okamoto. »

- Arnav Sinha

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Fullmetal Alchemist Trailer Arrives with English Subtitles

21 April 2017 6:16 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If you aren't already excited about the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie, or if you aren't aware that it is happening, this trailer may just do the trick. This latest teaser showcases the same footage we saw in a previous sneak peek, but this one comes with English subtitles, providing some much needed context for those less familiar with the material. Or even for those who know the material, but aren't fluent in Japanese.

Warner Bros. released the trailer online recently and it gives us a great, though brief, look at the Fullmetal Alchemist movie, which is set to hit theaters later this year. The short preview packs in a whole bunch of quick moments, including a great shot of Alphonse in action, as well as giving us a good sense of the anime style and what we can expect in terms of the general narrative. A lot of longer trailers »

- MovieWeb

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The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie gets a new trailer

9 April 2017 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A second Japanese trailer has debuted for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s acclaimed manga series Fullmetal Alchemist, which we have for you here…

See Also: Promo artwork and new image from the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film

Fullmetal Alchemist is being directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong) and stars Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, Fas Roy Mustang, Ryuuta Satou as Maes Hughes, Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye, Natsuna as Maria Ross, Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes, You Ooizumi as Shou Tucker, Jun Kunimura as Tim Marcoh, Fumiyo Kohinata as Hakuro, Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust, Kanata Hongou as Envy, Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony, and Kenjirou Ishimaru as Father Cornello. It is set for release in December 1st in Japan. but there’s no word yet on a Us or UK date. »

- Amie Cranswick

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First-look image of Alphonse Elric from the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist

24 February 2017 11:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. has released a new image from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, which gives us our first look at Alphonse Elric, the younger brother of protagonist Edward Elric.

See Also: Promo artwork and new image from the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film

If you’re not familiar with Fullmetal Alchemist and are wondering why Alphonse looks like a suit of armor, that’s because he lost his body while he and Edward attempted to resurrect their deceased mother using alchemy. Edward also an arm and a leg during the experiment, but manages to attach Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor, and the two brothers set of to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone, an object that will enable them to restore their bodies.

Fullmetal Alchemist is being directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong) and stars Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, Fas Roy Mustang, »

- Gary Collinson

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Glasgow Frightfest ’17: ‘Shin Godzilla’ Review

24 February 2017 10:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Ôsugi, Akira Emoto, Kengo Kôra, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Kunimura, Pierre Taki, Kyûsaku Shimada, Ken Mitsuishi, Shingo Tsurumi, Kimiko Yo | Written by Hideaki Anno | Directed by Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

Godzilla, officially The King of the Monsters, returns to his Japanese roots following the 2014 Gareth Edwards directed Us film in Shin Godzilla. Set in present-day Japan, the film sees an unexplained seismic event occur off the coast of Shinagawa, causing ripple effects all the way to the capital. Ministers scramble to figure out what’s going on but only cabinet secretary Rando Yaguchi knows what the audience already does. That Godzilla has majestically returned and has his fire-breathing, stomping sights on Tokyo once more…

It’s hard to belive that Godzilla, such a symbol of the nuclear fallout of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and (to a lesser extent) the Daigo »

- Phil Wheat

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Attack on Titan U.S. Remake Planned with Fantastic Beasts Producer

17 January 2017 4:32 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros is negotiating to acquire the big screen rights to Attack on Titan, for a U.S. remake that will be shepherded by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman. It isn't clear how far along these negotiations are, or if the studio is eyeing a director and/or screenwriter to bring this project to life quite yet. The studio has previously tried to bring the iconic manga Akira to the big screen, but that adaptation languished over a number of years. It remains to be seen if this film will move forward with more speed and efficiency.

Deadline reports that the movie will be an adaptation of the two-part Japanese manga adaptation that debuted in 2015. The first movie earned $25.7 million in Japan, although the second movie dropped significantly, earning just $13.2 million, hitting theaters just one month later. Both films were released in the U.S. »

- MovieWeb

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Here Are the Nominees for the 11th Annual Asian Film Awards

17 January 2017 11:23 AM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

The nominees for the 11th Annual Asian Film Awards were announced last week.

The ceremony is to be held in Hong Kong after a long stint in Macau. The reason for this changeover is to pay homage to the 20th anniversary since the handover of Hong Kong. This year, 34 films received nominations. Out of those 34, 21 are of Chiniese-origin, and 20 are South Korean, making South Korean films the second most nominated.

Some of the best releases of 2016 are up against each other this year. Park Chan Wook’s, “The Handmaiden,” although it did not receive a nod for best film nor best director, it did receive a levy of other nominations including: best supporting actress (Moon So-ri), best newcomer, best screenplay, best editing, best costume design, and best production design. Another strong Korean film up for several awards is “Train to Busan.” This outrageously popular zombie-horror film is up for five »

- Lydia Spanier

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Promo artwork and new image from the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film

2 January 2017 3:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in November we got a teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the acclaimed manga series Fullmetal Alchemist, and now we have a look at a piece of promotional artwork and a still from the movie, courtesy of the official website (via Anime News Network)…

Fullmetal Alchemist is being directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong) and stars Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, Fas Roy Mustang, Ryuuta Satou as Maes Hughes, Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye, Natsuna as Maria Ross, Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes, You Ooizumi as Shou Tucker, Jun Kunimura as Tim Marcoh, Fumiyo Kohinata as Hakuro, Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust, Kanata Hongou as Envy, Shinji Uchiyama as Gluttony, and Kenjirou Ishimaru as Father Cornello. It is slated to arrive in Japanese cinemas in Winter 2017. »

- Gary Collinson

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Fullmetal Alchemist Movie First Look Photos Arrive

1 January 2017 2:25 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Warner Bros. released the first Fullmetal Alchemist trailer, which gave fans a first look at this live action adaptation based on the beloved manga. While it remains to be seen when the next footage will be released, two new photos have surfaced, offering a new look at Ry&#333suke Yamada as Edward Elric, as he fights one of the film's iron giants in the streets. The movie is set for release in Japan this coming December, but a domestic release date has not been issued at this time

The photos surfaced on the official Warner Bros. Japan website for the movie. Fumihiko Sori is directing the film with the director teasing new details about his approach to this story in a new interview. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below, about why he thought it was important to have an all-Japanese cast.

"I want to create a »

- MovieWeb

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