Based on the novel “Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare” (translated as “Hot Pursuit”) by Juko Nishimura, the original film was screened on 1978, with Ken Takakura in the leading role, and became a massive hit as the first foreign film to be shown in post-Cultural Revolution China.
Japanese actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama (Midsummer’s Equation, Like Father, Like Son, Suspect X) , China’s award-winning actor Zhang Hanyu (Assembly, The Taking of the Tiger Mountain) and actress Stephy Qi Wei (Coming Back, Broadcasting Girl) will lead the cast of John Woo’s upcoming film, that is set to screen in 2017.
The film, sees a prosecutor (Zhang) framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders set out to clear his name, while Fukuyama will play a detective chasing him.
The action-thriller is backed by Hong Kong’s Media Asia and will be produced on a budget of some $30 million. Shooting will largely take place in Osaka, Japan.
Media Asia said that “Manhunt” will be made with elements in Chinese, Korean and English languages.
When asked about the reasons he wanted to shoot the film John Woo answered:
“Ken Takakura is one of my favorite actors in the world. He was my idol, and he has influenced a lot of my films. [Hong Kong actor] Chow Yun-Fat’s image in A Better Tomorrow was inspired by Takakura’s image and style. I wanted to make a movie dedicated to Ken Takakura. I like him so much. He is such an influential actor. During the funeral of [Japanese director] Kinji Fukasaku, Takakura read out a eulogy I sent. A few months ago, I was looking for material to make a film to commemorate Takakura, and [Media Asia chief] Peter Lam called me and asked me to remake Manhunt. I was very excited.”
“I think Manhunt goes back to my old style. It’s exciting because it’s nice to get back to the action! Actually, there’s a lot more besides the action; it’s a very romantic, human story.”
Source: Variety, Hollywood Reporter