City Hunter

City Hunter (2011)

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Lee Yoon Sung is a talented MIT-graduate who works on the international communications team in the Blue House. He plans revenge on five politicians who caused his father's death with his surrogate father Lee Jin Pyo and eventually becomes a "City Hunter". ~~ Based on the manga "City Hunter" by Tsukasa Hojo.

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Jul 10, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
City Hunter is obviously one of the fewest well-made action dramas in South Korea.

This drama’s story centers on revenge, action, friendship and romance: the ultimate combination to create various story’s developments all the time excluding any chance for dragging or slow moments. The intense events were always present to create cliffhangers at every turn in each episode. What I appreciated the most about this drama’s screenwriting was the action and revenge read more departments; they were really well done in a way that will make you believe they’re the core of the drama regardless of any other subjects. I also have to refer to the masked hero theme that was used in a great way.

The acting department was actually good. Lee Min Ho can be quite stiff but that doesn’t deny that his action scenes were pretty well done. Other cast were also appreciated since they could deliver feelings especially Kim Sang Joong who portrayed the villain role in a perfect way. As for characters, I believe they were nice to follow considering the fact that their developments were quite good.

As for music, I have to give this drama’s OST credit; not only they were well chosen but they were also put at the right moment creating an enjoyable atmosphere.

This drama can be watched by those who like action dramas mixed with revenge and romance or those who like the masked hero theme and thrilling stories. However, this drama should be avoided by those who dislike Lee Min Ho or those who are looking for a light drama.

If you’re willing to watch City Hunter, get ready to throw yourself in an endless circle of intense events without a drop of slow moments.
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Jul 29, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Alright...Let's break this bad boy down!

Story: What a story! The writer/s of this drama know how to write! This was action, adventure, revenge and romance done right. As you watch this drama, you notice it is almost like riding a ride. Some of the episodes are packed full of dramatic tension and zip by so fast that when the credits roll you sit there thinking "The hour is over already?" There read more is a depth and smartness to how the characters are written and for the most part, the pacing of the 20 episodes is framed very well. All good stories need moments of 'set-up' and because there are so many bad ass episodes when the action calms and there is a need for some exposition you don't understand that its necessary and it builds up the tension for the next stage of "The Plan". There are surprises around so many corners, moments where you suck in your breath. There are times when you want to pump your fist and times when you want to sob your heart out. There are well timed comedic moments that will have you laughing out loud. Pulling these physical and emotional reactions from the audience is the mark of great story telling. It's the best praise and prize a writer can get and the writers of City Hunter certainly got it from me.

Characters: Again, the characters are written so they are not dumbed down for the audience. They are fleshed out so well that you end up having sympathy for a character you know you ought to hate...who deserves your disdain and yet, you feel their pain. Or you may find yourself loving a character that is on a dogged search for and could just bring down your beloved hero. The character of Yoon Sung (City Hunter) is a flawed and fallible hero but he's smart and ultimately good and I found myself behind him and his cause. You get to see so many moments of kick-assery but you also get to see the price he pays; whether it is his body or his psyche. Also, those he's fighting aren't stupid either so he has got a fight on his hands. I like that the writers didn't make the antagonists stupid and they weren't always easy for City Hunter to catch. It made this show a delight to watch.

Romance: While I am all for some loving, hugging and kissing...I like that this drama knew when to quit. They didn't sacrifice the story to serve up the audience lots of drippy, gooey love. Yes, the love is there and the story shows the discovery and build up of that love but City Hunter has a mission. He's got stuff to do! We get to see how that love changes the City Hunter, puts the "true North" to his moral compass, gives him a reason to want to live beyond revenge and that is a beautiful thing. But thankfully, the writers weren't afraid to place that story on the back burner. Not only because it made sense in the framework of tale but also, they didn't pander to us mushy romantic types and force more into play.

Acting: I could go on and on (I know, I already have) but I'll just say t his. Lee Min Ho does a fantastic job. I was not a huge fan of his prior to this drama but now I am. And I would add that there isn't one actor in this whole drama that does a bad job. The main characters were cast well for their roles. There wasn't a time as I was watching this where I cringed or felt cheated that the actor wasn't serving the story or phoning in a performance. Lee Joon Hyuk (Prosecutor Young Joo) was amazing. Park Min Young (Kim NaNa) was often luminous and pretty bad ass in her right. Kim Sang Joon played (Jin Pyo) so well I hated him and had real moments of sympathy for him. Kim Sang Ho (Ahjussi) ~ I love you! I want to buy you an American Express Black card and let you home shop to your heart's content!

Season 2: When the 20 episodes are over...chances are, you are going to want one! Watch this if you are hesitating. There's a reason why there's about a thousand reviews of this Drama.
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In both Healer and City Hunter the male lead has more than one identity and works undercover alongside the female lead. The plots of both shows focus on uncovering and exposing the mistakes of the past and things end up being much more intertwined than they first appear to be. Park Min Young also plays the sharp-witted female lead in both shows. While I think the tone of City Hunter is slightly more heavy than that of Healer, the two shows are quite similar to each other.
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They are both revenge dramas where a carefree man is transformed into a violent one through tragic circumstances.

There are also some similarities in how the father-child relationships are played out, as well as the way in which the main characters are hunted to reveal their true identities.
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    irish 3 days ago - edited
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    Fahim 5 days ago - edited

    The drama is just awesome..this is the second time I am watching it..I like it more and is one of the best drama I have ever seen

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    ruzgrig 8 days ago

    watched this masterpiece for the second time>>>>>>>>>>>>>> one of my MOST favorite dramas that brought me to the dramalend ^_^

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    Miyuu 10 days ago

    I LOVE the action scenes so much!!!!!!!!!!!
    Really enjoyed this Drama! *^*

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    MokaAkashiya Oct 26, 2015 - edited
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      Miyuu 10 days ago

      would be nice if u edit and click on that "spoiler" button (Can I call it Button? xD)
      So that no one get's spoiled anymore~

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    Dia Oct 17, 2015
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    Aegi-sshi Oct 10, 2015

    why it ending like that just whyyyyyy

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    winnerlove Sep 27, 2015

    This is like my fav. drama.. really. With Cruel City and YHCFTS.

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    goocze Sep 17, 2015

    I just finished watching the show and I have to say I'm so disappointed at the ending!!! Especially the last few minutes...I feel like they just gave up on the last few minutes and leave the ending like that...otherwise it was a decent show...

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    leila Sep 8, 2015 - edited

    healer cant even touch the feet of city hunter it was an epic daebak healer was just good

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    Kachiiing Jul 14, 2015

    I wish people would stop acting like Healer is a godsend to the viewing public, because although it was a good drama, it was jam-packed with cliches as much as the next drama. City Hunter is a little similar, but at least, I was more invested in the action. Healer is more romance based.

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    shaghayegh Jul 1, 2015 - edited

    please stop comparing city hunter and healer!!! there are two completely different storyline .just the action part maybe like each other but overall they are so different from eachother. both are really great dramas . love both <3

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      SORENA Jul 8, 2015

      i think city hunter has best story if we compare it with healer story..

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      shaghayegh Jul 10, 2015

      yes personally i love city hunter more :D and city hunters story is better than healer but the love story in healer is more beautiful :) thats my idea :*

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      ryubin Oct 23, 2015

      'please stop comparing city hunter and healer!'
      *compares city hunter and healer*

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    noathings Jun 18, 2015 - edited

    awful ending

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      SORENA Jun 29, 2015

      it wasn't bad..
      why u think in this way?
      director gives to us an open ending!

      maybe for next city hunter :)) :D
      but its not awful, i think.

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      noathings Jul 3, 2015

      Well, to be honest, it's been a while since I've watched it. I vaguely remember I felt frustrated because of how lame I thought it to be, at the time. I knowmy word of choice isn't well thought, I'm basically hating on it, but the the fact that I managed to watch the whole thing till the ending means it must have been an okay drama. i just think it wasn't that worthwhile. Yhanks for your reply!

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    shaghayegh Jun 16, 2015

    its one of those dramas that NO ONE can say its bad. i mean just sooo perfect

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    -kaze- Jun 12, 2015

    No matter how many times I rewatch this, the feels come on so strong!! Favorite drama.


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    South Korea
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    May 25, 2011 to Jul 28, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 17,558 users)
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