Classic KDrama 101: City Hunter

Classic KDrama 101: City Hunter

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Classic KDrama 101: City Hunter City HunterIn our series Classic KDrama 101, we cover dramas you may have missedbut are worth seeing. If you want to make a suggestion for dramas thatyou would like included in this series, please let us know.

Obviously, there may be some excellent examples that we missed. Also,if you think a drama we cover does not make the Classic KDrama grade,please say so and let us know why. Dramas appeal to viewers-or don't-fordifferent reasons.

That said, let's move on to this week's drama, "City Hunter," which was based on the Japanese manga of the same name.

"City Hunter" is the story of a man whose whole life has been apreparation for revenge. He has the skills needed to take on the badguys. He only has one thing to fear: falling in love. And that is onearrow he cannot dodge.

The story of the 2011 hit series starts in 1983 when a bomb killshigh-ranking South Korean officials. To retaliate, a covert North Koreanoperation is planned but those in charge have a change of heart anddecide to end the mission already underway, destroying all evidence bykilling the team they dispatched.

This prompts the sole team survivor Jin Pyo, played by Kim SangJoong, to kidnap Lee Yoon Sung, the son of his fallen comrade. He takesthe infant to Burma planning to train him in all the skills required toavenge his father. After growing up in Burma, Lee Yoon Sung gets adoctorate at MIT. He returns to Korea in 2011, where he enters the BlueHouse as an IT expert. He is solely focused on accomplishing his missionuntil he meets a presidential bodyguard Kim Na Na, played by Park MinYoung.

While working at the Blue House, he discovers who killed his fatherand comes up with a plan for revenge but his less than violent plan doesnot satisfy his adopted father. Lee Yoon Sung is suddenly faced withconflicting loyalties, as well as the overwhelming desire to protect KimNa Na.

This drama provided a breakout performance for Lee Min Ho, who bythen had already turned heads in "Boys Over Flowers." Histough-but-sensitive portrayal of Lee Yoon Jung is a pleasure to watch asthe character learns the true meaning of justice and the cripplingnature of revenge.

The action-packed drama won Lee Min Ho a Top Excellence Award for acting, a Top Ten Stars Award and a Netizen Popularity Award.

And "City Hunter" is also a series that men seem to like as much aswomen, so it's a great way to introduce your favorite men to kdrama.

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Korean drama of the week

Korean drama of the week "City Hunter"

Korean drama of the week "City Hunter" (2011)

Directed by Jin Hyeok

Written by Choi Soo-jin, Hwang Eun-kyeong

Network : SBS

With Lee Min-ho, Park Min-yeong, Lee Joon-hyeok, Hwang Seon-hee, Goo Ha-ra, Kim Sang-joong,...

20 episodes - Wed, Thu 21:55

Synopsis

This intense, beautifully shot romantic thriller loosely based on a manga of the same name by Tsukasa Hojo, is a revenge drama done right.

In 1983, 21 South Korean military operatives are sent into North Korea on a secret mission. After completing their mission, they are executed by their own side by a government cover-up. The sole survivor, Lee Jin Pyo, watches as his closest friend died beside him. Taking his friend's son under his wing, Jin Pyo raises him as his own and trains him with one goal: to take revenge on the men responsible for this massacre.

Some twenty years later, a brilliant young man joins the international communications team of the Blue House (Korea's White House). Lee Yoon Sung (Lee Min-ho) has but one mission in mind: to find and bring down the five men responsible for the murder of his father. To do so, he must hide his identity and fighting skills to infultrate the government. During his quest for revenge, however, he also enacts justice, and is given the nickname "City Hunter" by the populace, who knows only of a shadowy figure exposing corruption in their city. Torn between his surrogate father's drive for vengeance and the innocent girl he loves, Yoon Sung must fight to survive, and choose the path he will take.

Broadcasting dates in Korea : 2011/05/25~2011/07/28

Available on DVD from YESASIA

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City Hunters Lee Min Ho Gets Ready to Time Travel

City Hunters Lee Min Ho Gets Ready to Time Travel

“City Hunter’s” Lee Min Ho Gets Ready to Time TravelLee Min Ho is getting ready to bend time and space in upcoming series “Faith,” co-starring Kim Hee Sun. Earlier today, the actor updated fans with a tweet and selcs. He wrote, “From the present to the past. From the past to the present. It’s crazy,” and attached two photos of himself getting into his latest character.

In the photo on the right, Lee Min Ho is dressed in modern clothes, with a simple tee and blazer. On the left, he’s seen in a traditional warrior’s garb with his hair loosely tied. Both photos are displayed his left side profile; and netizens were drawn to his sharp nose, slim jaw, and dark eyebrows.

Netizens commented, “I can’t wait to see Lee Min Ho in his new drama,” “He is absolutely handsome,” “Hwaiting Lee Min Ho,” “Totally watching ‘Faith’ for Lee Min Ho,” and more.

“Faith” is another time-warping, historical fusion drama where a female plastic surgeon, played by Kim Hee Sun, mysteriously meets a strange man dressed as a warrior from the Goryeo Dynasty, played by Lee Min Ho, claiming that he’s here to take her “back.” The series marks Lee Min Ho’s first sageuk (historical drama) since his debut and Kim Hee Sun’s return to the small screen in six years.

SBS will air the pilot episode of “Faith” on Monday, August 13, at 9:55PM KST.

“City Hunter’s” Lee Min Ho Gets Ready to Time Travel

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Lee Min Ho's "City Hunter" Fascinates Japan

Lee Min Ho's "City Hunter" Fascinates Japan

Lee Min Ho's City Hunter Fascinates Japan

Lee Min Ho has become the latest Hallyu sensation in Japan. Previously, one of the biggest privately owned broadcasting company Fuji TV aired "City Hunter" with a new title, "City Hunter in Seoul" in February and garnered much attention. As a result, "City Hunter" will start airing again every Tuesday at 7pm on Fuji TV's cable channel, BS Fuji.  

"City Hunter in Seoul" has been almost continuously airing on several local channels since March, proving Lee Min Ho's grown popularity among Japanese viewers. Fuji TV started a huge promotion, getting ready for "City Hunter" on BS Fuji. They have prepared a wrapping-bus (bus wrapped in advertisements) to route every major streets of Tokyo. Moreover, they have been showing promotional videos of Lee Min Ho on a large video billboard in Shibuya. 

Fuji TV also held a marketing event named "Shibuya Hunter" during the Japanese Golden Week (April 28-May 14). Traditionally, Japanese people spend their time taking trips to different places and enjoying Hanami (Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms) during this time. However, many excited female fans put their special vacation plans aside for a "City Hunter" marathon during this time, claiming "Lee Min Ho over flowers." 

Lee Min Ho's City Hunter Fascinates Japan

Numerous Hallyu magazines are also covering Lee Min Ho. Local entertainment business officials explained, "Around the same time 'City Hunter' started airing on Fuji TV, Lee Min Ho's other drama, 'Personal Taste," was introduced on TBS. Such double-attack created a synergy effect and boosted Lee Min Ho's popularity in Japan." Lee Min Ho's Japanese fans comment on him, "A cute hunter of the city," "the man I want," and "a complete dream package. Dreamy eyes and gentle software equipped with masculine built hardware!" 

As a result of such "Lee Min Ho Fever," many Japanese TV shows and magazines are eager to have an interview or special coverage on Lee Min Ho. However, all his international promotions has been stalled as Lee Min Ho is solely focusing on filming upcoming drama "Faith."

A representative from Lee Min Ho's agency said, "'City Hunter' has been nonstop airing on several Japanese TV channels at both national and local level. Due to 'City Hunter's big success, we have been getting many inquiries and requests from Japan. However, Lee Min Ho is preparing to start filming 'Faith' this month, focusing on learning the script, horseback riding, and action scenes." 

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Min Hyo Rin Positively Considering Role for "Faith" Which Stars "City Hunter" Lee Min Ho

Min Hyo Rin Positively Considering Role for "Faith" Which Stars "City Hunter" Lee Min Ho

Min Hyo Rin Positively Considering Role for Faith Which Stars City Hunter Lee Min Ho

It looks like there is a high chance that the beautiful Min Hyo Rin will play a princess in the upcoming drama “Faith.” (Also known as Shin Eui) As we reported before, “Faith” is about a warrior during the Goryeo dynasty and a doctor (Portrayed by Kim Hee Sun) from the present trying to make a king that heals common citizens.

A representative of “Faith” stated, “Currently the production company of ‘Faith’ and Min Hyo Rin’s representatives are in talks about her appearing in the drama. When casting is finished, we will begin to film the drama.”

If Min Hyo Rin takes up the offer, she will appear as Princess “No Guk” who was captured by China but is returned to Goryeo. On her way of returning to Goryeo, Princess “No Guk” gets injured and Lee Min Ho’s character brings Kim Hee Sun’s character to treat her.

A representative of “Faith” stated of Min Hyo Rin, “We believed that Min Hyo Rin would be perfect for the princess role because she played a beautiful and haughty character in last year’s blockbuster ‘Sunny.’”

Currently Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun are confirmed for the drama. Lee Min Ho will portray the captain of the king’s guard, who will later become a general.

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"City Hunter's" Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young Back Together Again! Dating Rumors Resurface

"City Hunter's" Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young Back Together Again! Dating Rumors Resurface

City Hunter's Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young Back Together Again?! Dating Rumors Resurface

Earlier today one local news outlet reported that former couple and "City Hunter" co-stars Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young were seeing each other again, much to fans’ surprise. According to the report, there were rumors that the two were in a fight during the time of their January breakup. The constant media scrutiny burdened both and led them to announce their "breakup," but the two have been seeing each other since. However, both parties fervently denied the rumors.

A representative of Lee Min Ho’s agency, Starhaus Entertainment, firmly stated, “The rumors are not true. They are just colleagues, nothing more nothing less.” Likewise, a representative of King Kong Entertainment stated, “We asked her about the rumors, but she told us that the two have not met since their breakup.“ 

City Hunter's Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young Back Together Again?! Dating Rumors Resurface  

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City Hunter Lee Min Ho Is Considering the Drama "Faith" Not Cast Yet

City Hunter Lee Min Ho Is Considering the Drama "Faith" Not Cast Yet

City Hunter Lee Min Ho Is Considering the Drama Faith Not Cast Yet

There were rumors that Lee Min Ho would be appearing in the drama “Faith.” (Sin Eui) On February 28 an article even appeared with the rumor. However, the news came as a surprise to both Lee Min Ho and his representatives. Lee Min Ho is currently in Hong Kong. He had left for Hong Kong on February 27 in order to film a commercial film.

City Hunter Lee Min Ho Is Considering the Drama Faith Not Cast Yet

Lee Min Hos’ agency stated on February 28, “Lee Min Ho has received many offers and is in the process of carefully reviewing them. ‘Sin Eui’ is a drama that he has been considering but we did not know an article would appear. Currently Lee Min Hos is very busy with fan meetings and filming commercials in Hong Kong. He will decide on his next project when he returns to South Korea.”

A representative of Lee Min Ho’s agency also stated, “Lee Min Ho will probably spend busy days in Japan and China until the end of March. He will greet you on screen with a good project within the year, so we ask that you wait a little bit more.”

Lee Min Ho will return to South Korea early March. 

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