John Woo pays tribute to Japanese actor Ken Takakura in new film

The Chinese version of Manhunt stars Zhang Hanyu, Qi Wei and Masaharu Fukuyama.
The Chinese version of Manhunt stars Zhang Hanyu, Qi Wei and Masaharu Fukuyama.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MANHUNT BY JOHN WOO

BEIJING - Hong Kong film-maker John Woo has been a longtime admirer of the late Japanese actor Ken Takakura who died in 2014.

Now, with the Chinese version of Manhunt, which has been screened at the Venice International Film Festival, Woo uses it to honour the star who has influenced generations in China.

The original Japanese film, also called Manhunt and about a man who wants to clear his name, influenced Chinese ideas about screen heroes when it was released in 1978.

It made Takakura one of the most popular foreign stars in China back then.

The Chinese movie stars Zhang Hanyu, Qi Wei and Masaharu Fukuyama.

The new story features the protagonist as a Chinese lawyer working for a Japanese medicine company. After being framed for murder, the lawyer, played by Zhang, attempts to correct the injustice.