City Hunter – Korean Drama
City Hunter is a 20 episode South Korean drama based on the hardboiled manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo from 1958-1991. It was adapted to an animated television series in 1987 which three television specials, two original video animations, animated feature film and an action film starring Jackie Chan and now a korean live action drama shown in television. The live rendition of Siti Hyunteo (Korean romanization of the title) was aired in SBS started on May, 2011.
Lee Yoon-Sung (Lee Min Ho) was kidnap when he was still a baby and brought up from by Lee Jin-Pyo who among with Lee Yoon-Sung father worked as bodyguards at the South Korean President’s home at the Blue House.
Lee Jin-Pyo, carrying out a promise to his fallen comrade and good friend Park Moo-Yul, goes to Park Moo-Yul’s home and snatches away Moo-Yul’s baby, while Moo-Yul’s wife hangs some clothes outside. Lee Jin-Pyo then moves to Thailand with the baby setting up a camp in the jungles of Thailand, while growing and trafficking illegal narcotics. He raises the baby Lee Yun-Seong and eventually trains him into an elite soldier so he can have his revenge someday.
Seven years later, Lee Yun-Seo finally arrives in South Korea. Prior to arriving in South Korea, Lee Yun-Seo studied at M.I.T. in the United States. He was also warned by Lee Jin-Pyo, prior to entering South Korea, to avoid falling in love because he would not be able to finish his mission.
But upon entering the Blue House, Yoon-Sung meets Kim Na-Na (Park Min- Young) who also works as a bodyguard and their love story begun. The drama also marks Goo Ha Ra’s acting debut and she will play the role of the President’s daughter, Choi Da Hye.
Original work: Manga by Tsukasa Hojo
Producer: Kim Young Sup
Director: Jin Hyuk
Screenwriter: Hwang Eun Kyung, Choi Soo Jin
This drama series was one of the most expensive korean series and will be shown at ABS-CBN Channel 2 this January 2012. I know the Pinoy/Filipino korean drama lovers will look forward in this new korean series.
City Hunter Spoiler:
I always love to watch Korean Drama because i think they were beautiful, well created , the actors and actresses are really good and the story are thought provoking. The story of city hunter was a perfect mix of action, romance, and family conflicts with solid characters and strong direction.
The main actor, Lee Min Ho was one of the handsome actor in South Korea. He is best known for his leading role as leader of F4 “Go Joon Pyo” in Boys Over Flower, a korean adaptation of Meteor Garden.
I can consider that this was one is his best acting so far, not just he looks really cute in the series but the dialogues and the plots makes it more interesting, you can see yourself waiting for the next day to find out what will happen to their characters. In this series, you can see that Lee Min Ho can act not just his usual bad boy image but with a solid character. Although, i really don’t like the end of it, I can basically say that this series is one of the best so far.