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John woo to direct manhunt remake

John Woo, one of Hong Kong’s finest directors, is set to return to making action thriller films with his latest project, the remake of the classic Japanese thriller “Manhunt.”

The 1976 film is centered on the story of man who was framed for multiple murders and pursued by the authorities while fighting for his innocence. It is based on a Juko Nishimura-penned novel, “Kimi yo Eunnu no Kawa o Watar Manhunt” was then top-billed by the late legendary actor Ken Takakura. The well-adored actor died last November. Peter Lam, Media Asia’s chairman, said that when he “found out the John was a huge fan of the late Ken Takakura, I immediately gave him a call, trying to convince him to direct the film for us.”

Media Asia will produce the film, which will start shooting this year. Pre-sales will commence at next week’s Hong Kong Filmart.

We wish Woo all the best.

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