Oh boy, this isn’t looking too good for my boy Lee Min Ho and his turn as City Hunter. The second trailer is out, and the WTF-ery level actually didn’t go down from the inexplicably odd first trailer. This trailer makes it look like two completely different genre dramas spliced together, the comedy rom-com with the taunt thriller.
Look, even if CH manages to execute both portions well, it’s very difficult for a drama to integrate the two disparate styles, stories, and elements into a cohesive end product. CH the manga was in fact a thriller and a slapstick comedy, but the manga medium was suited for that type of toggling of elements.
Second trailer for City Hunter:
Okay, based on this trailer, I’ll hazard a guess of the plot, taking into consideration my familiarity with the source material. Looks like Lee Min Ho’s character will be a mercenary-esque soldier just like the original City Hunter was, this time based in Southeast Asia. By the way he looks at Park Min Young‘s high school picture, looks like his relationship with her will somewhat follow the manga – which is she is the younger sister of either his good friend or someone he owes a life debt to, either way that person is dead and now he feels obligated to take care of her.
So Lee Min Ho, probably to get out of the war trade and also to look out for Park Min Young, goes back to Seoul. If she’s already become a bodyguard in the Blue House, maybe Lee Min Ho manages to fake a background as a MIT computer specialist to get a job in the Blue House and take care of Park Min Young. Back in Seoul, he encounters crime and people needing his help, which is how he becomes a City Hunter. And likely somewhere down the line, Park Min Young finds out and becomes his girlfriday.
In the manga, City Hunter referred to the duo of the hero and the heroine’s older brother, who dies in the first chapter, and she takes his place despite the hero’s reluctance to have her involved in crimefighting and other sundry dangerous assignments. Anyways, I think CH the K-drama looks weird, and will continue to have that impression until I see something that convinces me otherwise. SBS released a batch of new stills for the drama, so have a look at some of the highlight selection.
Also, just my opinion, so don’t stone me, but I don’t see any chemistry between the two Mins from the production materials release so far. They give off a comfortable best friends vibe in all the previews and stills.