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 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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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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This drama is a delicious combination of City Hunter + Healer + Mask + Descendants of The Sun
It has a military plot as DOTS, but with a darker atmosphere. It has the same political and bodyguard theme as City Hunter. Healer comes to this mix because the male lead is the same, and he have to hide his identity.
I also put Mask here bacause it has a similar feeling around the girl in K2 and the male lead in Mask, both from important/rich families that have to hide thenselves or they true selves from public image.
Very good drama! The action is insane and the male lead is superb in his acting, the cast is very very good!
Hope you enjoy as much as I am!
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Has an unexpected event happened, changed both Characters, this is action and romantic heavy too. The male characters deadly in love with the girl just like city hunter, with little crime and action.
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    jxsilicon9 14 hours ago

    I like how the bad guys just stood there waiting for him to beat them up.So ridiculous..

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    greenfields 4 days ago

    Does no one else have a problem with the fact that while Lee Min Ho's Lee Yoon Sung is saving Korea from corrupt politicians, his gadgets and wealth come from the illegal arms trade and drug trafficking in other countries?

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    greenfields 4 days ago

    My introduction to Kdrama obsession began with this one.

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    VictorVice 20 days ago

    wow i just couldn't finish that piece of crap drama. man i still can't believe i wasted my time watching it

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    5Clivi Sep 22, 2016

    finally done with this, this was on my PTW list for a very long time. 8.5/10 only because of Lee Min Ho and Lee Joon Hyuk. if any other actor i guess 6.5/10

    it does live up to its action tag - action / fight scenes were great! for the story... well it's full of Kdrama cliche. it feels like they combine all the kdrama plots into one drama its so bad it can cause you cancer cells.

    IMO this can actually survive w/o the romance. i skipped a lot of cheesy romance fillers. they actually used a lot of songs in here, not just part of the song but the whole song playing while the main characters turn emo...

    still enjoyable, but not worth rewatching (for me)

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    NemiMontoya Sep 11, 2016

    Rewatching for the fourth time. Still loving it.

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    SaraXD Jul 21, 2016

    I think people who watch this drama now will not be thrilled as we were when we watched it a longer time ago. It came out FIVE years ago. It was the BOMB you guys! there was nothing like it. at least for me. I understand how they feel because I went back and watched some "amazing" dramas but found them horrible.

    There is a time for every drama. Only a truly brilliant one would be timeless.

    now if I go back and re-watch CH, I'm sure I'll find so many flaws. Therefore, I would rather just keep the good memory of it in my mind.

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    CatoCat Jun 18, 2016 - edited

    8.7 score. wow . How come someone give this crap of drama that big of score.
    I gave it generous score of 6. This is one of the most overrated drama. Actually story setup in 1st 15minutes is good but after that it is all nonsense and nothing else. This is why kdramas are in regressive state. They know whatever they serve audience will happily take it.

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      AnicsiRoscoe Jun 21, 2016

      Thankyfully different people have different opinions, and thankfully most of the viewers seem to not agree with you on this matter :)

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      ArvisJaggamar Jul 11, 2016

      I'll agree that the story here is pretty bad, but there's more to any drama than just the story, and City Hunter at least does those other things pretty well.

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    Wish Mar 17, 2016 - edited

    i dont know why people like this drama so much? its highly illogical and unbelievable for an action drama

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      kanade Apr 29, 2016 - edited

      " its highly illogical and unbelievable"
      well, same could be said about 99% of all kdramas and about literally every single one action kdrama/jdrama/twdrama

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      Wish Apr 30, 2016

      Healer was not so bad...and Ghost was awesome...i didnt see any consistent errors in those two... but c'mon lee min ho's character walks around hitting people with only a mask on and never gets caught...i couldnt get over that

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      AnicsiRoscoe Jun 17, 2016

      LOL at least his mask covers his mouth and nose and sometimes he wears a hat as well. In Bridal Mask the main character has a mask that only covers the upper part, is so much easier to see who he is, it's that IN YOUR FACE. It actually annoyed me so much more than City Hunter, especially because at least in City Hunter he tries to hide and do his missions where not many people can see him. Anyway, I love City Hunter, and even though of course there are some things that are illogical, that's the case for pretty much every Action drama. It's still very well done, in my opinion :)

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    BB78 Mar 5, 2016

    loved HEALER loved MINYOUNG and realized if she had a slightly bigger role here city hunter would even be greater!
    the second half of the drama was to little of her...

    Still loving it!

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    nightingle Feb 24, 2016

    I like it lee min ho ,he has act so wel just watching him without blinking my eyes

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    hollywillow Feb 19, 2016

    The funny thing is prosecutor Kim Young Joo is everywhere. he even doing some of police's job. I can't stop laughing every time I saw him it's just so annoying lol

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    LuvK Feb 13, 2016

    Hmm. Took me three years to finish this drama, T.T I did like it, but I wasn't drawn in like that either.

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    Monette Pena Feb 4, 2016 - edited

    This drama is good as well as the story but i like the chemistry between Park Min Young and Ji Chan Wook in the Healer.

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      BB78 Mar 5, 2016

      thats the point that misses in city hunter...

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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016

    I love this drama, the story, the actions, and the fact that it's played by Lee Min-ho. I don't remember much of the details, but I think I remember that I dislike the ending since it feels like it's kinda rushed.


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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.


  • Score:

    8.6 (scored by 20,578 users)
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