John Woo’s (吳宇森) latest cinematic project Manhunt <追捕> has dropped a deafening movie poster featuring main stars Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu (張涵予) and Japanese actor Masaharu Fukuyama (福山雅治). The film will be released in theaters on November 24, 2017.
Manhunt is a police thriller film adapted from the Japanese novel You Must Cross the River of Wrath by Juko Nishimura (西村寿行). Set in Osaka, Japan, Manhunt follows a lawyer who is on the run from his former boss. The film is described as John Woo’s return to his blood-shedding action films that he was most known for back in the 90’s. Much like Woo’s past films like A Better Tomorrow <英雄本色> and Once a Thief <縱橫四海>, Manhunt brings back the nitty-gritty hard-boiled genre that populated Hong Kong cinema in the 80’s and 90’s. It is Woo’s first gun-fu action film in fourteen years.
The movie also pays homage to the 1976 movie adaptation starring Ken Takakura (高倉健), who passed away in 2014. Manhunt was made to commemorate the famous actor.
Zhang Hanyu and Masaharu Fukuyama Are Chemistry-Bound
Manhunt may have been Zhang and Fukuyama’s first collaboration, but the two superstars managed to find their powerful chemistry in no time. Respectively playing a cop and a thief, the award-winning actors fought tooth and neck in this action-packed film. Yet, when it came to teaming up to catch a common enemy, Zhang and Fukuyama showed camaraderie and trust, becoming the ultimate dynamic duo.
Even the language difference did not stop the duo from working together. “When the interpreter wasn’t around, we would use [hand] signals to understand each other,” said Zhang. In regard to working with the Chinese actor, Fukuyama said, “Only he can do the role Du Qiu justice.”
Manhunt also stars Chinese actress Stephy Qi Wei (戚薇), Korean actress Ha Ji-won (河智苑), and Japanese actor Jun Kunimura (國村隼). The film will be released in China on November 24, 2017.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.