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 25, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is probably one of my favourite Action, Crime, Law, Mystery, Political, Romance, Suspense drama's ever. Honestly I don't normally watch action, crime, law or political drama's unless they have some sort of romance between the lead characters. I thought that a romance drama was the only type of drama that I could be interested in watching, boy was i wrong. Although there is not much romance in the drama and read more the law/political side of the drama is a bit mehh, the action scenes and the smart strategising "city hunter" uses to capture his enemies, makes up for everything else! It has a realllllllly smart story line, which I admit I love (smart things), but it was also executed great!

I'm no film critic, or pro actor/actress, but I seriously think the acting in this drama was greatttttt! I love Lee Min Ho fullstop. But that does not make me biased towards his acting skills, I honestly think he is a great actor, especially in this drama. He played a good looking guy who is good at everything, and uses his everything for well planned revenge. Park Min Young's character was quiet different from the normal female lead as she was strong, yet pretty and feminine, however it was still the usual poor female, rich male type of drama (not saying I don't like this type of drama, I actually find it more entertaining than a rich female and poor male...). Although there wasn't much romance in this drama, the lead character's were so well together, that without being romantic, you could feel their love and affection for each other. The second lead male was really good to, but he never really made me want to give him Kim Nana (Park Min Young). If he were to be any part of the drama, I really wanted him to be best friends with Lee Yoon Sung/City Hunter (Lee Min Ho). They were so cool together on screen.

Because the music was good, this helped to make the drama even better (like music does to any drama). It wasn't the best OST I have heard (like BBF or Secret Garden), but it is still nice and matches the drama well. Whenever it comes on in my iTunes, it does make me nostalgic, sometimes making me want to watch it again. Notable songs from the OST are: "So Goodbye" by Jonghyun, "Love" by Yim Jae Bum and "I love u, I want u, I need u" by Apple Mango.

Yes I would rewatch it, and I do often. Of course I don't watch the wholeeeee thing again, because I will admit there are parts of the drama that you can only really watch once in your lifetime, because they aren't that interesting. But any scene with Lee Min Ho in it is bound to be rewatched many times.

I honestly did not watch this drama until probably a year after it came out, because the genre did not interest me. But after watching it, I regret holding off for so long. EVEN if you only watch romance dramas, I recommend this drama! I also recommend this drama if you like to watch action, strategy type dramas, because it is goooood!
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Jul 26, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
This drama was simply INCREDIBLE!

It took me some time to get through the very first episodes but when they were finished I sat glued to my computer.

City Hunter is a bit different from the other dramas I watch. Mostly lovey-dovey romantic comedies are dominant in my heart but I'm glad I got, finally, made myself watch this one. It has everything; action, love, friendship, relations overall and a freaking amazing read more plot that is very complicated but still easily understood for someone who isn't that familiar with Korean politics and other relevant areas.

Number one in this drama was, of course, the beloved Lee Min Ho, and yes, his character was awesome in every thinkable way! Handsome, kind, heroic and fights like a king! Yet, he is not the only one to impress. Park Min Young made a great job with her character Kim Na Na, and Go Ha Ra surprised me in the part as the spoiled President's daughter. Lee Joon Hyuk is now another actor that I will stalk to death. I also finally admitted that old people can act!

There is especially one of the instrumental pieces that I seriously love! It's dramatic and has a lot of emotions in it. It is the City Hunter drama translated into music. SHINee's Kim Jonghyun's ballad (So Goodbye) totally set the mood in the sad scenes, and yes, I love that guy...

There are quite a lot of episodes (20) á 60 minutes. There are MANY cliff hangers and sometimes the tension is just killing you, so I would be careful to watch this too often since it probably isn't good for your heart... But I will rewatch this drama, no doubt!

Except for the first one or two episodes that are made to introduce the watchers there is one tiny little thing that disappointed me, and that would be the ENDING. There were tons of drama and guns were fired etc. really cool and brilliant, but the very ending of the ending was a superduperteenytiny bit... dissatisfying. You have been WARNED !!!
But the drama is still worth watching! :D
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First of all, both star either Lee Seung Gi or Lee Min Ho, who would past that up?

Second, both consist of action (City Hunter has more action), and the acting between the two leads are very similar.

They both have very cold demeanors, but of course have a vulnerable side as well. I love both romances within the dramas, although the female lead in You're All Surrounded might have been more similar. It's difficult to explain, but if you liked this. YOU WILL LOVE CITY HUNTER. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN CITY HUNTER. SHAME ON YOU!

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Same director, same feel (at least for the first episodes of DS). One has a medical-spy plot with political implications, whereas the other concentrates on the political-spy part.

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    goldenphoenix16 7 days ago

    Sounds interesting. How much romance is in this though?

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      KrisSilva 4 days ago

      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 4 days ago

      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 19 days ago

      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 16 days ago

      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 16 days ago

      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 15 days ago

      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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    Mcrew05 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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      EvesSecret May 16, 2014

      I am on the same page as you. I woke up this morning with City Hunter on my mind, I still can't get over it as well. I rewatched in the making

      I am also planning on watching Two weeks

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      Mcrew05 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 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 <3 :* the best drama.. :* )))

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    palak Jan 14, 2014

    I like this drama but the romance was just average. The chemistry wasn't that good. And the ending was not satisfactory (romantically).

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    kirindwaeji Dec 29, 2013



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    South Korea
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    May 25, 2011 to Jul 28, 2011
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.


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