Wah? Of all the dissociative things that pop up in the funhouse that is Korean drama land (such as calling a drama The Thorn Birds when it has no priest whatsoever), this might just take the cake. The K-adaptation of the famed manga City Hunter finally has a female lead to go along with its male lead Lee Min Ho (who will be playing the character of Ryo Saeba). To no one’s surprise, since it’s been bandied about for a few days now, Park Min Young has just been confirmed in the coveted role of the female lead (Kaori Makimura).
EXCEPT….the drama concept as disclosed in the same news reports bear zero resemblance to City Hunter. Park Min Young plays a hardworking girl orphaned at a young age who is a martial arts expert. She lands a job at the Blue House security detail, and starts to butt heads with Lee Min Ho’s character, an MIT grad intelligence specialist. Excuse me for a second, but what the babbity bat shit insanity is this?
I have nothing to say about whether this drama will be any good, and whether the Lee Min Ho-Park Min Young pairing will create sparks or wet noodles. My mind is still stuck at the part where the production called this drama City Hunter and professed to be an adaptation of the Tsukasa Hojo manga (of which I read the entire series as it was released in the 90s, so I know my CH manga). I gave a brief synopsis of the story here. Since I’m just a random bystander, I’ll let the author himself scream sacrilege. I’m merely here scratching my head. City Hunter is slated to follow 49 Days on the SBS Wed-Thurs slot.
[Credit: SPN Daily News]