John Woo's Newest Action Movie 'Manhunt' Gets a 90s-Esque Trailer

August 17, 2017
Source: YouTube

Manhunt Trailer

He's back!! Media Asia has debuted a new international trailer for John Woo's latest action film Manhunt, being described as a return to his action roots in the vein of his 1989 classic The Killer. Let's hope that's all true, because we haven't really seen a great action movie from John Woo in a while. Manhunt is about an innocent prosecutor who sets out on a mission to clear his name after being framed for crimes he didn't commit. Zhang Hanyu stars as the prosecutor, and the cast includes Masaharu Fukuyama, Qi Wei, and Ha Ji Won. This is actually a remake of the 1976 Japanese film Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare. I'll be seeing this at the Venice Film Festival when it premieres there in a few weeks. The footage in this trailer looks very weird like it's straight from the 90s, but here's to hoping Woo is totally back and better than ever.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for John Woo's Manhunt, found on YouTube (via SlashFilm):

Manhunt Poster

Manhunt Poster

Action maestro John Woo returns to the mold of his classic The Killer with this remake of a classic 1970s Japanese thriller, about an innocent man who sets out to clear his name after his is framed for robbery and rape. Manhunt is directed by legendary action Chinese filmmaker John Woo, of many films including A Better Tomorrow, Just Heroes, The Killer, Bullet in the Head, Hard Boiled, Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Face/Off, Mission: Impossible 2, Windtalkers, Paycheck, Red Cliff, Reign of Assassins, and The Crossing previously. The screenplay is also written by John Woo; originally based on the book by Juk├┤ Nishimura (turned into the film Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare). This will premiere at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It has a release date in China in February 2018, but no official US release yet. First impression?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


John Woo, old buddy, where have you been?

shiboleth on Aug 17, 2017


The...poster....the...dove.....Ohhhhh the f***ing dove!

Duane on Aug 17, 2017


Boy did I miss him! Trailer is crap but I love me some straight up Woo!

deerosa on Aug 18, 2017


Oh...well...that's a shame. This...doesn't look good. And I'm a huge fan of John Woo's films! Maybe it's because of the generic soundtrack, maybe the trailer wasn't cut looked very generic...even for John Woo.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 18, 2017


Yes the trailer is horrible. John Woo has never let me down when it comes to straight up action.

deerosa on Aug 19, 2017


Just realized the mid-flap of the dove appears as a "W"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DAVIDPD on Aug 19, 2017


Watch trailers for The Killer, Hard Boiled etc... this is clearly a 90's action movie, the cinematography, the special effects, the outfits; he's done a weird homage to his past films. I am intrigued.

El_MUERkO on Aug 20, 2017

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