Manhunt is a 2017 action thriller film produced by Gordon Chan and co-written and directed by John Woo. It stars Zhang Hanyu, Masaharu Fukuyama, Qi Wei, Ha Ji-won, and Jun Kunimura. The Chinese-Hong Kong co-production is based on Juko Nishimura's Japanese novel Kimi yo Funnu no Kawa o Watare, which was made into a film of the same name in 1976. Woo decided to make an adaptation in honor of the film's lead, Ken Takakura, who had become a cultural figure in China when the picture was the first to be released in the country after the Cultural Revolution.
The film was shot on location in Osaka and Kansai, Japan, with a cast that includes Chinese, Japanese, and Korean actors, with dialogue in Mandarin, Japanese, and English. Woo has described it as a return to his previous manner of films, citing The Killer as an example. The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and was released on November 24, 2017 in China. On May 4, 2018, Netflix distributed it worldwide.
Manhunt is the story of Du Qiu, an international lawyer who is accused of murdering a female colleague during his departure party. Detective Yamura is dispatched to track down Du, but when the fugitive manages to flee on several occasions, the hard-boiled detective learns to respect him and believe in his claims of innocence. In the end, the two come together in search of the truth.