City Hunter / 시티헌터****½ (2011)
SBS Drama / 20 episodes
Genre: Action Drama
Director: Jin Hyeok (진혁)
Screenwriters: Choi Su Jin (최수진), Hwang Eun Kyeong (황은경)
Cast: Yi Min Ho (이민호), Pak Min Yeong (박민영), Kim Sang Jung (김상중), Yi Jun Hyeok (이준혁), Cheon Ho Jin (천호진), Hwang Seon Hee (황선희), Kim Sang Ho (김상호), Yi Kwang Su (이광수), Gu Ha Ra (구하라)
In 1983, in retaliation to the Rangoon bombing, a council of 5 officials send a small elite military force to North Korea to kill the high command: operation Clean Sweep. Yi Jin Pyo and Park Mu Yul, 2 presidential service bodyguards choose about 20 men for this and head to Pyeong Yang. The operation is successful but to avoid an international crisis, the council of 5 decide to erase any trace of the mission. As such, right before they return to their base, the commando is executed. However, Mu Yul sacrifices his life to save his companion and best friend Jin Pyo.
Infuriated and full of hate for the council of 5 who decided to sacrifice the lives of his men, Jin Pyo vows to avenge their death. To do so, he kidnaps his best friend new born baby, that he names Yun Seong, and flees from Korea. In the Golden Triangle, he raises the child for combat and accumulates wealth thanks to drug trafficking. When the child reaches adulthood, he tells him about his plan and send him to the US to complete his training. Once Yun Seong graduates from MIT, he comes back to Korea to execute his father’s plan…
This is a free adaptation of a manga by (北条 司) Tsukasa Hojo, シティーハンター (Shitī Hantā). I haven’t read the drama but I imagine manga fans wouldn’t be too pleased with this as the story has been modified quite a bit. The drama is good but I still put IRIS first. Very good performance by Min Ho but at some point, I felt the story was repeating itself so it was a less interesting until the final episodes come up. Very good cast, good fights and action scenes. The production team put some money on the table and it shows. Yeong Ju is a really too stiff character. Kara‘s Gu Ha Ra needs serious improvement. I was happy to see Hwang Seon Hee in very different role than in Sign. This is definitely an enjoyable drama.