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Oh God Do Want: Live-Action City Hunter!

Delicious, delicious City Hunter.

Word on the streets is that Fox has penned a deal with a South Korean media company, SSD, to co-produce a live-action drama adaptation of Tsukasa Houjou's classic manga City Hunter. The action/comedy/drama manga revolves around Ryo Saeba, who is a “sweeper” (read: vigilante) who tries to rid Tokyo of crime. Saeba's role has already been cast: Korean actor Jung Woo-sung will play the oversexed crime-stopper. His girl Friday Kaori hasn't been cast yet.


Apparently the project is meant to be pretty international: the first 13-episode season will be shot in English and will feature Hollywood actors alongside Korean ones, although it will be set in Seoul and Tokyo.


The manga has seen a large number of anime adaptations, including several anime series, movies, and OVAs. There have also been a couple of live-action versions, including one created by Hong Kong studio Golden Harvest starring Jackie Chan in 1993. Fox released that one in English as well, although apparently Chan himself didn't like the film much. Another Hong Kong film called Mr. Mumble (or Meng Bo) changed all the characters' names and was released in 1996.


But this will be the first non-Hong Kong live-action take on the series, and I for one am totally stoked. (I'm allowed to say that, right? Since it's an '80s manga anyway?)

RedZBaylonon Dec. 23, 2008 at 8:08 p.m.
Hahahaha, City Hunter. Made me think of Kisarazu Cat's eye all over again.
giaon Dec. 24, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
RedZ: My favorite J-drama evar <3<3<3

We should put that one in the database...
Death_Flameon Dec. 24, 2008 at 9:02 a.m.
Hey, this looks pretty cool hopefully the "Word on the Street" isn't a rumor!
Morita_Shunsukeon Dec. 24, 2008 at 9:12 a.m.
O_O? Jackie Chan did a City Hunter movie once, it was freaking hilarious XD

One of my favorite movies XD
Death_Flameon Dec. 24, 2008 at 9:23 a.m.
Morita_Shunsuke said:
"O_O? Jackie Chan did a City Hunter movie once, it was freaking hilarious XD

One of my favorite movies XD"
LMAO that's funny!
animemizon Jan. 1, 2009 at 6:20 p.m.
I am actually not really looking forward to this, but to see it is probably a longer lasting option for Houjou's manga. Well Jackie Chan said after this movie, he said he was never going to work with that movie director... Wong Jing again.  Since he felt he was made to be a fool in the movie itself....  

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