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Simon Brew Aug 21, 2017
Director John Woo is heading somewhere back near his roots for his new film, a cop thriller by the name of Manhunt. It’s a remake of a 1976 Japanese movie, and it sees Zhang Hanyu playing a prosecutor wrongly framed for a number of crimes, and subsequently fighting to clear his name.
Also in the cast for this one are Masahuru Fukuyama, Qi Wei and Ha Ji Won. It can’t just be us hoping that the end result of this is something akin to Woo’s early classics, The Killer and Hard Boiled (and if you've not seen either of those films, lord do you have some treats ahead of you).
The first trailer for Manhunt has now landed, ahead of its upcoming festival premieres. It not unreasonably bills the »
The first trailer has debuted for John Woo’s upcoming action thriller Manhunt. An adaptation of Juko Nishimura’s novel Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare, the film is set to receive it world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival; watch it below…
“Action maestro John Woo returns to the mold of his classic The Killer with this remake of a classic 1970s Japanese thriller, about an innocent man who sets out to clear his name after his is framed for robbery and rape.” »
- Amie Cranswick
In a few weeks, The Hollywood News ventures off to Canada for our annual trip to the Toronto International Film Festival. There are many films playing there this year, but one of the ones I’m personally most excited about is Manhunt, the latest from legendary action filmmaker John Woo, one which is being billed as the ‘Return Of The Maestro’ – his return to the action movie genre. You can watch the first Manhunt movie trailer below.
The first Manhunt movie trailer has landed on to little fanfare, hence the reason I’ve decided to write about it. The minute-long promo is full of Woo goodness – including slo-mo, twin gun fury, circling Jet-skis, and many flying bullets. I just hope there are doves. This really does look to be a throw back to Woo’s films of the late 1980s and »
- Paul Heath
He's back!! Media Asia has debuted a new international trailer for John Woo's latest action film Manhunt, being described as a return to his action roots in the vein of his 1989 classic The Killer. Let's hope that's all true, because we haven't really seen a great action movie from John Woo in a while. Manhunt is about an innocent prosecutor who sets out on a mission to clear his name after being framed for crimes he didn't commit. Zhang Hanyu stars as the prosecutor, and the cast includes Masaharu Fukuyama, Qi Wei, and Ha Ji Won. This is actually a remake of the 1976 Japanese film Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare. I'll be seeing this at the Venice Film Festival when it premieres there in a few weeks. The footage in this trailer looks very weird like it's straight from the 90s, but here's to hoping Woo is »
- Alex Billington
John Woo is gearing up “Manhunt,” a return to the crime genre that made him famous in Hong Kong and around the world with such hits as “A Better Tomorrow,” “The Killer,” “Once a Thief,” “Bullet in the Head,” and “Hard Boiled.” The film is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month and then screening at Tiff the following week.
- Jordan Ruimy
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
John Woo is to journey to the Venice Film Festival later this month with his film Manhunt, the film which sees him return to the crime genre. The film is being compared to the likes of The Killer and Hard Boiled, two crime classics from yesteryear which rank as Woo’s best.
The film is a remake of a 1976 Japanese movie, and, according to Variety, is about a prosecutor, played by award-winning Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu, who is framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders and sets out on a difficult solo mission to clear his name. Masaharu Fukuyama plays the detective chasing Zhang’s character.
The festival will also premiere the 3D version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Both films will premiere out of competition.
The 74th Venice Film Festival runs from August 30th to September 9th.
- Paul Heath
John Woo‘s career has had so many ups and downs that we’ve lost track where he stands at the moment.
- Jordan Ruimy
Crime thriller remake will be presented Out of Competition.
The Venice International Film Festival has rounded off the programme of its 74th edition with three world premieres.
The film is a remake of a Japanese classic, telling the story of a Chinese man who is framed for murder in Japan who has to dodge a manhunt and the attacks of mysterious killers as he tries to clear his name.
Woo received the Golden Lion for Career Achievement in Venice in 2010.
Venice will also host the world premieres of Andrea Segre’s L’ordine Delle Cose in Special Screenings and Marco di Castri, Paolo Favaro and Daniele Pianciola’s documentary L’Enigma Di Jean Rouch A Torino - Cronaca Di Un Film Raté in competitive section Venezia Classici - Documentaries.
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- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
The film is about a prosecutor, played by award-winning Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu, who is framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders and sets out on a difficult solo mission to clear his name. Japanese heartthrob actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama plays the detective chasing Zhang’s character.
The film, which is a remake of a 1976 Japanese classic action movie, is produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia.
“Manhunt” marks Woo’s return to the the police thriller genre that made him famous in Hong Kong with “The Killer” and “Hardboiled” before he relocated to Hollywood in the 1990s, where he shot studio blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off” and “Windtalkers.” Woo recently returned to Asia, directing epics including “Red Cliff” and “The Crossing” and also executive producing a remake of cult hit »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paul Martinovic Jul 28, 2017
One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West, a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he can’t have predicted its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history in Star Wars: A New Hope. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of 70’s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and upped the machismo and »
John Woo had already made quite a name for himself in China, thanks to hit action classics such as A Better Tomorrow and The Killer. In 1992 he released the film which would see him transition from Hong Kong director, to Hollywood. The film was Hard Boiled a tale of two cops (one deep undercover within a criminal organisation) who come together explosively and join forces to take down a deranged crime lord who has monopolised the criminal underworld.
At this point the action genre was at its pinnacle for pure spectacle. We’d had the 80’s, full of classics such as Die Hard, the Indiana Jones franchise, and then came Terminator 2: Judgement Day (and the aforementioned Woo films). Jackie Chan too was rising to prominence in Hong Kong, known for the intricacy of his ground breaking fight sequences (and »
- Amie Cranswick
We recommend titles that influenced Ben Wheatley and more.
With his sixth feature, Ben Wheatley finally has a wide release in America. Free Fire might be his most accessible movie yet, consisting a single location and pretty much just one long action sequence. It’s basically a 90-minute third act without the first two acts getting in the way. Also it features Oscar winner Brie Larson, and who doesn’t like watching her act?
If you like what you see, then you’ll want to discover Wheatley’s other work, starting with the small crime film Down Terrace, which kicked off his career. I also recommend the following dozen movies, some of which are direct influences on Wheatley, others being similar kinds of films, and then just whatever else I had determined worthy.
The Truce Hurts (1948)
Ben Wheatley loves Tom and Jerry cartoons and has cited them as an influence on his latest movie. I »
- Christopher Campbell
Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Hong Kong cinema produced many films that to this day are considered to be the best action films ever made. Films like Police Story (1985), The Killer (1989), Once Upon a Time in China (1991), Hard Boiled (1992) and Full Contact (1992) are still impressing new audiences to this day and it is no surprise that Hollywood producers began to take notice of the popularity of such films. It was only a matter of time before film makers like John Woo, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam would be brought to Hollywood and attempt to incorporate their skills into a Hollywood production. Unfortunately a number of these films never lived up to the directors Hong Kong work, with Hollywood studios...
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14 items from 2017
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