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.

  • Native title:

    시티헌터
  • Also Known as:

    ShiTiHeonTeo;

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DramaNoona
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Nov 29, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I watched City Hunter immediately after having finished Boys Over Flowers. Since I was pretty much clueless on K-Dramas and what to watch I only picked City Hunter because it had Lee Min Ho in it. Also, it was the first suggestion on Hulu after I rated Boys Over Flowers so highly. It was a lucky happenstance that I watched this next, but I’m pretty sure that I would have gotten to read more it sooner rather than later anyway. This is in my top three best/most favorite dramas so far. I’ve only watched fourteen dramas in the six months since I discovered Korean Dramas, so I’m sure that as I delve further into dramas my top three will change.

As with Boys Over Flowers it is difficult for me to look at City Hunter with an objective eye. And since this review is just my opinion anyway I’ll just gush over it as much as I want. I really enjoyed this one. Prior to K-Drama’s my usual genre of movie/show was action and adventure. So the fact that this is an action/spy based story line, well I fell in love even more. The basic story is South Korean Spec. Ops group is sent to North Korea by politicians, once there a deal is struck with the States and the South Korean politicians end the mission and hide any evidence of its existence. Then they kill off their own people, only one man survives. He then steals his friend’s baby and raises the child for one purpose, revenge. When the baby, now a man, returns to Korea he completes the revenge for the man who raised him.

I’m not even sure where to start because I loved everything. So I suppose I’ll start with Lee Min Ho. He did an amazing job. The character grows from a rambunctious teen to a young man with a purpose and he truly did a fantastic job showing that. Additionally, Lee Yoon Sung (Lee Min Ho’s character) is being asked to do some truly despicable things by the man who raised him. You can really see the pain Yoon Sung feels at disobeying the only man he’s ever known as family. And that pain only intensifies as Yoon Sung’s past comes to light. He really pulled me in and I felt his suffering with him.

Kim Na Na is my favorite female lead in any drama so far. So often when a ‘tough girl’ part is being cast the actress is not right for the part or just way over acts in order to appear strong. It can ruin a show when the ‘tough girl’ is trying too hard or not believable at all. Kim Na Na was just perfect. She was an excellent mix of strong and tough woman with vulnerable and soft. I truly believed that she could beat the snot out of anyone attempting to harm her charge (the president’s daughter). Though on the other hand when she’s home alone I believe that she just wants someone to lean on and make her feel safe too. Park Min Young did such a phenomenal job portraying Kim Na Na.

Sometimes the chemistry between the leads falls short, but not here. The main leads and their secondary counterparts just had the perfect mix of tension, aggression, attraction, and sensual interplay. Along with that, the supporting cast was perfect. I especially enjoyed Ahjussi, he added just the right amount of comic relief to a story that was intense.

Lee Jin Pyo, who went by Steve Lee when he returned to Korea, was the man who stole Yoon Sung and raised him. Oh I just loved to hate this man. He was so focused on his revenge and so set in his ways that he didn’t care what it was doing to Yoon Sung. He was an evil and horrid man who I hated with a passion. Yet, he’s my favorite villain to date. I loved him, he was so broken, but had such a strong will that he didn’t let his broken heart stop him. And then at the end he redeems himself and I loved him even more.

Additionally I really loved Yoon Sung’s City Hunter look. The face mask and the clothing he wore. It was simple and easily obtained which makes it realistic in the sense that anyone could have those items. He wasn’t wearing anything that was cumbersome or tacky just for the look. It was clean and simple and functional. Also, for me this is my favorite look of Lee Min Ho’s.

The only criticisms that I have are minor and really just a few nit-picking items. Yoon Sung is supposed to be a genius and the Blue House is very pleased to have him there. However, he just comes and goes whenever he wants without a word or a reason. I would assume that the Blue House is tightly guarded, scrutinized, and watched. It seemed a little improbable that he would have such free reign to do some of the things he did while there. Additionally, speaking of improbable. Being raised on a drug farm and then somehow managing to enter the US with valid identification to fabricate a past and go to school. I understand that with most action flicks you need to suspend your disbelief, but this just seemed like to much. Though I’m not sure what they could have done to make it a little more believable.

The last thing that I could possibly say as a negative was the fact that it felt like the characters were written to be particularly slow in figuring out who the City Hunter was. Yoon Sung didn’t exactly cover up his actions very well. I thought it would have been much better had they discovered his identity sooner and we could see the struggle they had in deciding what to do with the information. They had the epiphany too late in the series for my tastes.

However, even with those few small things this is definitely in my top three best dramas of all times. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone and will most definitely watch it again.



Noona's Rating
Overall: 9 (I rated this 5 stars on DramaFever.com)
Story/Writing: 9
Cast/Actors: 9
OST: 9
Sets/Costumes: 9
Feels: 9
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Lynne
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Sep 18, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This drama started off rather confusing - I wasn't sure if this was my kind of drama. I had never watched an Asian drama along the lines of action / suspense / politics. I was happy when it all became a lot clearer towards the end of the first episode.

Actually, my first priority in Asian dramas is romance and love. But while watching City Hunter, I got addicted to the fighting read more scenes (sheez Lee Min Ho looks good in those D:) and the constant suspense. I watched the entire drama in just a few days because I was so curious to its story, and eventually its ending.

The use of music was magnificent. The instrumental scene music was used very well, the OST fits the drama well. I was glad to notice City Hunter did not get your typical dramatic romantic soundtracks - but actual good songs that differ from the typical ones. I listen to the OST once in a while to remind me of City Hunter, I'm very keen on Kim Bo Kyung's 'Suddenly'.

I rewatched the drama three times already. I always discover new things I didn't notice before, I love that City Hunter will always be interesting. Every time I watched it, it gave me many feels too. You'll notice (or will have noticed) that some scenes really are tear jerking. On the other hand, other scenes will have you watching every single second of it, not daring to look away to miss something.

I recommend this drama the most of all dramas I've ever seen. I hope you can enjoy it (or have enjoyed it) as much as I have.
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so exciting..wonderful acting.....and really incredible.....!!!!!!!!!!!
Recommended by saraneh2
Both action dramas with breathtaking fighting scenes and all. Lee Min looks hella sexy just like Jung Kyung Ho <3
Recommended by PrincessJennifer

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    Melissa M 20 days ago

    One of the best dramas I've ever seen! I love it!

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    saraneh2 Aug 29, 2014

    love it......!!!!!!!really exciting !

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    goldenphoenix16 Jul 25, 2014

    Sounds interesting. How much romance is in this though?

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      KrisSilva Jul 28, 2014

      Enough to keep me interested till the end. I thought the show had a good balance of action, drama and romance.

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      goldenphoenix16 Jul 28, 2014

      Thanks :) It bothers me when a action drama is overloaded with romance. I think I might check it out.

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    LOveKdrama Jun 19, 2014

    does anyone know a drama like this? not too much action tho

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      Lolee Jul 13, 2014

      I think you should watch "The Bridal Mask". I watched both dramas and totally fell in love with City Hunter, but after i watched The Bridal Mask, (for me) i think it's way better. It's simply a MUST WATCH, if you liked City Hunter, you'll absolutely love The Bridal Mask. Give it a shot! Just watch the first two episodes and then it'll attract you that you're not gonna be able to pause or stop watching!! Woah, you're SO LUCKY you haven't watched it yet TT^TT

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      LOveKdrama Jul 16, 2014

      actually i did watch the first 4 episodes but i didn't but it on my list because i wasn't sure if i would ever complete it hahaha put i think i am going to put it on hold since i thought it was okay/fine, not that great, but anyway should i continue? :)

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      Lolee Jul 16, 2014

      You watched the first 4 episodes and still don't think it's great!? Mmm, well i'm not sure if u're gonna like it then. Maybe u didn't like it because it's full of action, cuz the story is great! Anyway, i'll say u should give it a chance, continue watching two more episodes. The 6th episode has a very good heartbreaking scene </3 Enjoy!

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      LOveKdrama Jul 17, 2014

      Okay thanks! :)

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    Esther Jun 13, 2014

    If only it hadn't that disappointing ending....
    But Lee Min Ho was sexy :P

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    ShabanaAzmi Jun 6, 2014

    best drama of li min hoo

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    parkshinehye May 21, 2014

    it was the best drama i have ever seen

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    sissy May 21, 2014

    The ending confused me.

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    EvesSecret May 16, 2014

    Its been two years, I still can't get over this drama!

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    LittleBozSheep May 14, 2014

    It's been 2 years since I watched City hunter, Will there ever be another drama -that-in-my-mind- will live up to the hole this left?

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      LittleBozSheep May 16, 2014

      Let me know how you get on with Two Weeks :)

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      EvesSecret May 17, 2014

      It's not bad, I finished ep 6, it does keep me on the edge of my seat. Try it if you have time.

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    artessiaw Apr 2, 2014

    Just got done watching City Hunter...like 2 minutes ago lol. This drama was pretty good. I love my melodramas, but I was looking for something with a little more action in it and that is exactly what I got with City Hunter.

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      rainruma Apr 30, 2014

      Try IRIS, also excellent...Also Slave Hunters (Chuno) was amazing, great story and action w/ Jang Hyuk!

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      artessiaw May 1, 2014

      Thank you for the recommendations...I will check them out :)

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      rainruma Jun 13, 2014

      artessiaw, let me know how you liked them after you watch them :)

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    Yourtear_myrain Mar 8, 2014

    It was a pretty good drama c: i enjoyed it.

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    onewbaby Feb 25, 2014

    it was pretty well made but not enough action or romance... it should have a lot of at least one of those. instead it's just a tiny amount of both with a lot of talking inbetween

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    Mariaaaaaaa Feb 14, 2014

    love..love..love <3 :* the best drama.. :* )))

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 13,790 users)
  • Ranked:

    #33
  • Popularity:

    #24

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