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


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 A Better Tomorrow.


The director has a special relationship with Venice, where he was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 2010.


The Venice Film Festival will run from August 30 to September 9.



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