I’m sure all of you have heard the casting news, that Lee Min Ho (henceforth known as LMHMG – please consult the glossary section of AKP for the definition) has been cast as the lead in the K-drama adaptation of famed 90s-era Japanese manga City Hunter.
I can’t say I am a City Hunter expert, but I did read the entire manga in real time (i.e. as it was published during its 6-year run in the 90s). I have also read author Tsukasa Hojo’s earlier art thief caper Cat’s Eye (love), and his City Hunter spin-off Angel Heart (loathe). I guess this makes me a tad more qualified to talk about the casting then people who simply love or hate LMHMG.
This is just my 2 cents – I find this entire City Hunter K-drama project really weird, from the casting of LMHMG (too young, and conceptually I have a hard time picturing how its going to play out) to the forum (a drama as opposed to a movie?). I’m not saying it’s not going to work, or that I don’t like it, per se. I’m just getting a really strange vibe is all.
City Hunter is a story about a former military mercenary with deadly fighting skills and an even deadlier aim, who abdicates his former life and now resides in Tokyo as a private eye. His current partner/girlfriday is the younger sister of his now-deceased former partner. Together they solve crime, render aid, and have a love/hate relationship with each other. Clients leave the crytic XYZ note at a posting board in Shinjuku train station (OMG, so dated now!) and Ryo decides on whether to take the case based on how hot the chick is (if it is a woman to begin with).
Like I implied, the protagonist, Ryo Saeba, our private eye? He’s a manwhore. Yup, his other claim to fame, other than his military prowess, is his male prowess. The manga involves him constantly getting an erection when he meets hot ladies, and 99% of his clientele are hot ladies, as are the other secondary characters.
So…..LMHMG is playing a crack-shot ex-mercenary current manwhore. Yup, I can see this ending somewhere…… quite interesting. Either the K-drama will be vastly revised, and become more like “inspired by City Hunter”, or we’ll be getting a lot of blacked out scenes. Because the manga definitely was R-rated.
The story alternated between jokey scenes and uber-serious moments as the characters dealt with life and death situations, and how to do the right thing. Plus, Ryo has several serious flirtations that could have derailed the OTP (and I so wish it did, as this was one story where I actively hated the OTP and couldn’t stand the holier-than-thou female lead). I think I will keep a close eye on this drama development, in a rubber-necking way if for any reason.