ManHunt 追捕 is the latest John Woo film to hit the big screen, and it features an international cast that brings together Zhang Hanyu, Fukuyama Masaharu, Qi Wei and Ha Ji Won. The story which revolves around a man framed for a crime he didn’t commit is based on a novel of the same name by Juko Nishimura which also paved the way for the hit movie Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare in 1976.
Now, I don’t know which of these pieces of information carry more weight, but I am smelling a blockbuster success. The main protagonist is an upstanding lawyer who gets caught in the middle of a murder case. In spite of the dangers, he resists arrest and becomes a fugitive in order to get to the bottom of the truth. Along the way, he is helped by a mysterious woman as his escape takes him all over the city. Meanwhile, the detective assigned to catch him also suspects foul play, yet he must fulfill his duty as a cop.
Filming took place mainly in Japan, and it looks like the characters will be conversing in Mandarin, English and Japanese (wow, that’s a lot of languages to cover). Given the sensitive nature of the hallyu ban, there hasn’t been any mention of Korean actress Ha Ji Won’s involvement in the project on the movie’s official weibo page, but yes, she is in the trailer playing an assassin!
Release Date: November 24, 2017