Director John Woo Returns To Police Action With Manhunt

Director John Woo Returns To Police Action With Manhunt

John Woo returns to the  police action genre that defined his most popular films with his latest work, Manhunt

John Woo, a director from Hong Kong, made a name for himself with the stylistic over the top action sequences and frequent use of slow motion.

The films that garnered him the most attention where A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Killer (1989) and Hard Boiled (1992), which features an intense action shootout in the corridors of a hospital.

America was impressed and he emigrated to try his luck there. He directed Jean-Claude Vam Damme in Hard Target (1993) which was a modest success but not with critics.

From there he went on to direct Broken Arrow (1996), Face/Off (1997) and the peak of his American Success, Mission: Impossible 2 (2000).

John’s next two films, Windtalkers (2002) and Paycheck (2003), both received disappointing box office results and he returned to Hong Kong.

You can’t keep a good man down and John Woo still directs and make movies. His latest is Manhunt, a film based on the novel Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare by Juko Nishimura and was already adapted into a film in 1976.

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The story is about a police prosecutor who is accused of crimes he didn’t commit and he must fight to clear his name.

John say’s this new film is dedicated to actor Ken Takakura, one of John’s favorite actors who starred in the 1976 adaptation of the story.

It certainly looks like John has returned to the action sequences of old with the use of slow motion and characters brandishing double guns!

Title: Manhunt

Release | Canada/Italy: September (Toronto / Venice International Film Festival)

China: Early 2018 | WorldIMDb


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