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|Also known as||시티헌터|
|Created by||Tsukasa Hojo|
|Written by||Hwang Eun Kyung
Choi Soo Jin
|Directed by||Jin Hyuk|
|Starring||Lee Min Ho
Park Min Young
Lee Joon Hyuk
Hwang Sun Hee
Lee Kwang Soo
|Opening theme||It's Alright by Yang Hwajin|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (South Korea)
|Producer(s)||Kim Young Sup|
|Running time||Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 (KST)
Monday - Friday 22:45 (PST)
|Original channel||SBS (South Korea)
|Original run||25 May 2011 – 28 July 2011 (South Korea)
23 January 2012 - 13 April 2012 (Philippines)
|Preceded by||49 Days|
|Followed by||Protect the Boss|
PlotIn 1983, the South Korean president and his delegates are visiting Burma when a bomb planted by North Korean agents explodes, killing some high-ranking officials. This historical event is called the Rangoon bombing (also known as the Rangoon incident). To strike back, a group of five South Korean officials plan a covert operation to enter North Korea and kill several top members of the North's high command, codenamed "Clean Sweep." Lee Jin-pyo and Park Moo-yul, two Presidential Security Service bodyguards and best friends who were present at the bombing, organize a 21-man team for the mission. However, as the team wreaks havoc in Pyongyang, the officials abort the plan to avoid an international crisis if the mission is discovered. Their major concern is that the United States will withdraw its nuclear protection if the mission is made public, in light of Seoul's official declaration that it will not retaliate.
The operation is successful, but as the troops swim out from Nampo to an ROK Navy submarine assigned for their extraction, snipers from the submarine open fire on them. An already injured Park sacrifices his life to save Lee. Lee swims back to shore and returns to South Korea, where he finds out that the assault team's service and personal records have been erased.
Vowing to avenge his fallen comrades, Lee kidnaps Moo-yul's infant son. He flees to the Golden Triangle to raise the child as his own and trains the boy intensively in combat. Following an attack on a village they are living in, Jin-pyo confesses his long-term plan for revenge to the child, Lee Yoon Sung (Lee Min-ho).
Seven years later, after successfully finishing his college years and attaining a doctorate in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yoon-sung returns to South Korea to fulfill his step-father's plan for revenge. He enters the Blue House as an IT expert under the National Communication Network Team. He is warned by Jin-pyo not to trust anyone and never fall in love, as doing so will put the people around him in danger.
While working at the Blue House, the plot takes off after Lee meets bodyguard Kim Na-na. Eventually Kim helps him to take revenge, as they discover that they have the same goal in mind. Problems occur as Jin-pyo's revenge plot unfolds, especially when Lee defies his surrogate father at several occasions as they try to identify and kill the officials, known as the "Council of Five."
Cast(Notes: Names in parentheses appear in the Philippine-aired version)
- Lee Min-ho as Lee Yoon-sung/Puchai (Johnny Lee)
- Park Min-young as Kim Na-na (Nana Kim)
- Lee Joon-hyuk as Kim Young-joo (Jiro Kim)
- Kim Sang-joong as Lee Jin-pyo (Steve Lee)
- Kim Sang-ho as Bae Man-duk/Bae Shik-joong (Lyndon/Dindo Bae)
- Hwang Sun-hee as Jin Sae-hee (Clarisse Jin)
- Goo Hara as Choi Da-hye (Nikki Choi)
- Chun Ho-jin as Choi Eung-chan (William Choi)
- Park Shin-yen as Park Mu-yeol (Andrew Park)
- Kim Mi-sook as Lee Kyung-hee (Susan Lee)
- Lee Seung-hyung as Song Young-duk
- Yang Jin-sung as Shin Eun-ah (Olga Shin)
- Lee Kwang Soo as Go Ki-joon (Anton Go)
- Jeong Joon as Kim Sang-gook (Brandon Kim)
- Lee Hyo-jung as Lee Kyung-wan (Oscar Lee)
- Choi Jung-woo as Chun Jae-man (Conrad Chun)
- Choi Il-hwa as Kim Jong-shik (Francis Kim)
- Choi Sang-hoon as Seo Yong-hak (Randy Seo)
- Min Young Won as Min Hee (cameo)
- Yoon Ye Hee as Mrs. Yong (First Lady) (cameo)
- Kim Byung-choon as Jang Woo-hyun
- Shin Young-jin as Kim Mi-ok
- Chae Sang-woo as young Puchai
ReceptionThe series has received good reviews.
Lee Min-ho's role netted him the Special Drama Top Prize plum at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards, as well as an endorser for the Hyundai Veloster in China. He would later be recognized by the Seoul Prosecutor's Office as an "Honorable Prosecutor" in a ceremony on January 4, 2012.
In between December 2011 and January 2012, the Asian-American Donor Program partnered with the Transplant Informers blog to run a special raffle for a full DVD boxed set of the series, as part of an awareness campaign for bone-marrow transplants. The promotion was held to recognize the show's authentic depiction of a bone-marrow transplant (when Yoon-sung had to donate some for his mother).
- South Korea
|2011-05-25||1||9.5 (9th)||11.8 (6th)|
|2011-05-26||2||10.0 (9th)||12.2 (7th)|
|2011-06-01||3||11.9 (4th)||13.6 (5th)|
|2011-06-02||4||12.6 (5th)||15.0 (4th)|
|2011-06-08||5||13.0 (4th)||15.7 (3rd)|
|2011-06-09||6||13.2 (4th)||15.4 (2nd)|
|2011-06-15||7||13.6 (3rd)||16.7 (2nd)|
|2011-06-16||8||12.7 (4th)||14.2 (2nd)|
|2011-06-22||9||13.8 (4th)||15.2 (3rd)|
|2011-06-23||10||14.4 (4th)||16.4 (3rd)|
|2011-06-29||11||17.4 (3rd)||19.5 (1st)|
|2011-06-30||12||18.3 (2nd)||20.5 (1st)|
|2011-07-06||13||18.5 (1st)||20.5 (1st)|
|2011-07-07||14||18.3 (2nd)||20.6 (1st)|
|2011-07-13||15||17.4 (3rd)||19.6 (1st)|
|2011-07-14||16||17.5 (3rd)||18.8 (1st)|
|2011-07-20||17||17.9 (2nd)||19.6 (1st)|
|2011-07-21||18||18.6 (1st)||20.3 (1st)|
|2011-07-27||19||17.2 (3rd)||18.7 (3rd)|
|2011-07-28||20||19.1 (3rd)||20.6 (1st)|
VideoThere have been multiple video releases in Asia:
- a Korean boxset consisting of 7 DVDs including English subtitles.
- a boxset from Hong Kong on 5 DVDs including English and Chinese subtitles and dubtrack. This boxset is fullscreen.
- a multi-boxset from Japan with a Japanese dubtrack only, box 1 with 6 DVDs or 5 BDs has been released. It is titled 'City Hunter in Seoul'.
- a Taiwanese boxset on 5 DVDs including Chinese subtitles and dubtrack
SoundtrackThe soundtrack of "City Hunter" was released in seven parts.
|[show]City Hunter OST Part 1|
|[show]City Hunter OST Part 2|
|[show]City Hunter OST Part 3|
|[show]City Hunter OST Part 4|
|[show]City Hunter OST Part 5|
|[show]City Hunter OST Part 6|