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FilMart: Zhang Hanyu, Masaharu Fukuyama Join John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’

Japanese heartthrob actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama, China’s award-winning actor Zhang Hanyu and actress Stephy Qi Wei will lead the cast of John Woo’s upcoming ”Manhunt.”

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.

The project is a reboot of a 1976 Japanese movie of the same title, which was adapted from the Japanese novel “Kimi yo Fundo no Kawa o Watare” (translated as “Hot Pursuit”) by Juko Nishimura. The original film, starring Ken Takakura, became a massive hit when it came out in 1978 as the first foreign film to be shown in post-Cultural Revolution China. Media Asia acquired movie rights from publisher Tokuma Shoten.

Fukuyama will play a detective chasing Zhang, whose character is a fugitive who has been framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders.

During its FilMart presentation, Media Asia also unveiled several other new projects headed by veteran Hong Kong directors. They include Johnnie To’s “Three,” a crime thriller about a doctor, a detective and a gangster, and starring Vicky Zhao, Wallace Chung and Louis Koo.

(To is also producer of “Trivisa,” which opens the Hong Kong International Film Festival next week.)

Gordon Chan will direct period action drama “God of War,” and “The Legend of the Condor Heroes 3D,” a 3D martial art picture adapted from a wuxia fiction by renowned novelist Louis Cha.

Chan will also produce the animation “Novoland: Legend of the Naga Pearls.”

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