Magazine article Variety

Woo Revisits Thriller ‘Manhunt’

Magazine article Variety

Woo Revisits Thriller ‘Manhunt’

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ACTION!

JOHN WOO, the director who helped define the style of Hong Kong films before applying his style to Hollywood and then China, returns to action with "Manhunt," a reworking of a Japanese film that was the first foreign movie to be shown in post-Cultural Revolution China. The new film unspooled at the Venice Film Festival before moving on to Toronto.

Do you see "Manhunt" as a return to basics? If so, why?

I wish to go back to smaller films because, as the budget gets larger, the pressure gets bigger too. This pressure makes it difficult for me to enjoy the creative process. We are being controlled by the numbers during the entire process, or decide how to shoot a scene because of the budget, not inspiration. Film markets care more about how many tickets you can sell, the quality of our work is decided by whether it is blockbuster. This is an unhealthy atmosphere, with more and more pain. Therefore, I want to go back to the past, and start making some small films, in a way that I will have a relatively free creative environment, and truly enjoy the movie-making process. …

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