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China’s Tencent Pictures Ratchets Up Role as Next Generation Film, TV Powerhouse

China’s Tencent Pictures Ratchets Up Role as Next Generation Film, TV Powerhouse
Tencent Pictures, the film-making arm of Chinese Internet giant Tencent, has unveiled a 43-title production, distribution and investment slate for 2018, including “Zombie Brother,” co-produced with Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin’s Free Association. The lineup is further evidence of Tencent’s intention to become a major content producer in addition to its role as a distribution and marketing platform.

If Chinese cinema’s recent up-and-down year is supposed to have dented the ambition of local film groups, this represents pushback by a company confident that its multimedia approach can take it much further than its rivals. Of the 43 projects, 20 are feature films; the rest are animation, TV series and made-for-Internet shows.

The announcement Sunday night at a glitzy event in Beijing marked the second anniversary of Tencent Pictures, just one of social-media-and-games giant Tencent’s initiatives in mainstream film and TV entertainment. Held at the spectacular Phoenix Center, the gathering was a tightly choreographed affair, with
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‘Manhunt’ Trailer: John Woo Returns With His Latest Action Thriller — Watch

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‘Manhunt’ Trailer: John Woo Returns With His Latest Action Thriller — Watch
After working on historical epics for more than a decade, John Woo has returned to the present day with “Manhunt.” The “Hard Boiled,” “Face/Off” and “The Killer” director’s latest just screened in Toronto, where the conspiracy thriller earned favorable reviews. Watch the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Tiff: “Du Qiu (Zhang Hanyu) is a successful international lawyer from China who has long been working for Tenjin, a powerful Japanese pharmaceutical company. On the very night he announces his break with the company — at its lavish 65th-anniversary party — he is assaulted in his home, knocked unconscious, and wakes the next morning with a knife in his hand and a murdered employee of Tenjin in his bed. Pursued by authorities, including a police captain who begins to suspect his innocence (Masaharu Fukuyama), Du
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Review: Manhunt (Tiff)

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Plot: A Chinese lawyer (Zhang Hanyu) working for a Japanese pharmaceutical company in Osaka, is framed for murder, and must clear his name, all the while being chased by a pair of assassins and a dogged cop (Masaharu Fukuyama). Review: Manhunt is director John Woo’s long-awaited return to hardcore action, after several years dedicated to epic historical melodramas, like Red Cliff and The Crossing.... Read More...
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Tiff Review: ‘Manhunt’ is a Deliriously Entertaining Return to Action for John Woo

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
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Venice Film Review: ‘Manhunt’

Venice Film Review: ‘Manhunt’
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
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John Woo Returns To Action With ‘Manhunt’ – Here’s The First Trailer

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.

Manhunt movie trailer – John Woo’s return to action

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

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.
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John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ to World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ to World Premiere at Venice Film Festival
Top Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo’s hotly anticipated thriller “Manhunt” will world premiere out-of-competition at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival.

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
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ABC Pickups Include Comedy About African-American Donald Trump — But He’s An Unlikely Mayor, With Advisors Who Actually Help

ABC Pickups Include Comedy About African-American Donald Trump — But He’s An Unlikely Mayor, With Advisors Who Actually Help
ABC has picked up four new series from its sister ABC Studios, including a new drama from Shonda Rhimes’ company, a drama about saving the world (starring Jason Ritter), a series about refugees… from America, and comedy that sounds like it might take a few cues from the recently installed White House inhabitant.

In “The Mayor,” Brandon Micheal Hall plays an aspiring young rapper, Courtney Rose, who decides – as a publicity stunt – to run for mayor. He did it solely to generate buzz and become rich and famous. Instead, he is actually elected mayor, an outcome he never predicted. Now he must lean on his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown) and friends, including Valentina (Lea Michele) to become the mayor he didn’t think he wanted to be.

Sound a bit Trumpy?

The series also stars Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears. Executive producers include Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), writer Jeremy Bronson (“Speechless,
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ABC Pickups Include Comedy About African-American Donald Trump — But He’s An Unlikely Mayor, With Advisors Who Actually Help

ABC Pickups Include Comedy About African-American Donald Trump — But He’s An Unlikely Mayor, With Advisors Who Actually Help
ABC has picked up four new series from its sister ABC Studios, including a new drama from Shonda Rhimes’ company, a drama about saving the world (starring Jason Ritter), a series about refugees… from America, and comedy that sounds like it might take a few cues from the recently installed White House inhabitant.

In “The Mayor,” Brandon Micheal Hall plays an aspiring young rapper, Courtney Rose, who decides – as a publicity stunt – to run for mayor. He did it solely to generate buzz and become rich and famous. Instead, he is actually elected mayor, an outcome he never predicted. Now he must lean on his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown) and friends, including Valentina (Lea Michele) to become the mayor he didn’t think he wanted to be.

Sound a bit Trumpy?

The series also stars Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears. Executive producers include Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s “Hamilton”), writer Jeremy Bronson (“Speechless,
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'This Is Not What I Expected': Film Review

A cloying Chinese rom-com so full of clichés that it instantly qualifies for a Hollywood remake, Derek Hui’s directorial debut concerns an uptight businessman and free-spirited chef who meet cute, instantly detest each other and, naturally, fall in love. That they bond over a shared love of fine food marks the only distinguishing element of This Is Not What I Expected, whose title belies its overly familiar content. Still, the film has its charms, mostly found in the culinary offerings so gorgeously shot they qualify as food porn.

The lead characters are Lu Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro, The Crossing and...
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Film Review: ‘Everybody’s Fine’

Film Review: ‘Everybody’s Fine’
The kids are more than all right in “Everybody’s Fine” — in fact, they’re such goody-goodies that they turn this Chinese remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1990 travelogue drama into parent porn. Following a retired widower’s journey around China to look up each of his four adult children, the film is elegantly shot and sometimes engaging. However, helmer Zhang Meng trips over himself in an attempt to please senior audiences, offering heartwarming but simplistic closures that hardly ring true. The pic could, however, suit the viewing taste of some Japanese audiences.

Resembling a continental take on “Tokyo Story” starring Marcello Mastroianni, Tornatore’s “Everybody’s Fine” took stock of the disappointments of adulthood, frayed family ties and Italy’s social changes; a same-titled 2009 Hollywood remake was co-written by Tornatore and helmed by Kirk Jones, and starred Robert De Niro. Although the new film’s screenplay (by Liu Ya and
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John Woo Finally Ready To Love And Let Love

In a recent interview, Chinese actress Zhang Zi Yi, currently back in the limelight with the release of her new martial arts epic, The Grandmaster, has confirmed that cameras are finally ready to start rolling on John Woo's much-delayed period romance Love And Let Love. The film, a romantic epic set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese War, has been hit by a series of almost farcical obstacles, and cancelled on more than one occasion. A dispute over rights to the script, originally titled 1949, saw the project put on hold indefinitely way back in 2009. The film then came back on track in late 2011, with Korean acress Song Hye-kyo (pictured above) as the lead, and Zhang and Taiwanese actor Chang Chen named in supporting roles....

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Alexandre Aja Get His Teeth into Vampire Saga Undying Love

Image Comics’ Undying Love is a tale free of the sappy undertones, but loaded with the grit and grime that the undying would undoubtedly accumulate over the centuries. Last July, Warner Bros. picked up the rights to Tom Coker (pencil) and Daniel Freedman’s (color) noir-ish, horror work and now Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja is [...]

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