When it comes to action flicks, John W. stands head and shoulders above his competition. These days, that means action character John Wick, but there was a time when the king was Hong Kong movie director John Woo. It’s been a long time since Woo dropped a bullet-riddled crime flick on us, but the master is back with the upcoming movie Manhunt.
Manhunt will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Birth Movies Death reports that the movie is a remake of a Japanese film of the same name. The original film is culturally significant to Chinese viewers as it is apparently one of the first foreign films allowed in after the 1976 Cultural Revolution. Woo is setting the remake in Japan once again, and the cast is made up of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean actors.
Classic John Woo
The story is that of an innocent man trying to clear his name after being framed for a crime. And in the process, apparently killing lots of people. Oops.
Woo’s signature moves are already in full force in the trailer, complete with doves, dual pistols, and copious overuse of slow-motion effects.
The movie doesn’t have U.S. distribution yet, but Woo movies typically make it there eventually, so look out for this one sometime in the future.