City Hunter (2011)
Oh, Young Joon! When are you gonna be pals with City Hunter and work with him? Just a secret wish of mine – but the thing with City Hunter is that you just never know what’s gonna happen next. For all we know Young Joon could end up being the next City Hunter! (Now, wouldn’t that be awesome?)
I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the series already. Mum and I are gonna sit down and watch the drama in one nice stretch
Oh no! Is Yong Soon going to do something he’s gonna regret for the rest of his life? Will Young Joo finally go down the Javert road? Damn you, City Hunter. Why are you so addictive?
Transcript for the preview, courtesy of Soompi:
Eun Ah: Tell Lee Yoon Sung sshi thank you for the food!
Shik Joong: Yoon Sung didn’t make it….I did…
Yong Joo: It’s still not too late. Please turn yourself in.
Jong Shik: Turn myself in?! Shut up!
Yong Joo: I resent being your son. Take care of yourself.
Jong Shik’s secretary: I’ve sent out some guys to tail people who are close to Kim Nana.
Jong Shik: Find her and kill her.
Prosecutor head: You are no longer part of this city hunter case.
Yong Joo: I have an idea of the key suspect.
Yoon Sung: As a father, what can you do for your son?
Yong Joo: Father!
Yong Joo: Come quickly. Lee Yoon Sung.
City Hunter has become the No.1 show in its time slot in South Korea. This is great as sometimes great shows just don’t get the ratings recognition they deserve. Hopefully City Hunter will avoid this fate and break the 20%, heck, 30% ratings threshold. That’s because I secretly hope for City Hunter: Season 2.
Oh wow, Episode 11 had such a cruel cliffhanger. Here’s the translation of the preview, courtesy of Soompi:
Shik Jong Ahjussi: How can she be that pretty! My heart is going to burst!
Seems to be Kim Jong Shik’s secretary’s voice: There is someone who want to donate for the scholarship anonymously.
Kyung Hee: My name is Kyung Hee and I don’t want my name to be known.
Jin Pyo: I’ll take care of Kim Nana. We need to get rid (of her).
Yoon Sung: Save Nana!
Young Ju: It’s not to late. Confess please.
Kim Jong Shik: I do not want to.
Young Ju: What if I bring to you the law’s stance?
Yoon Sung: Why did you do that?
Jin Pyo: because it is our fate.
Yoon Sung: You ruined my life like this…I will never forgive you even if I die.
Oh. The. Angst.
As I watch the preview, all I can think of is this: Where the hell is Nana?!
Way to be cruel, producers….
Translation of preview from Soompi:
Jin Pyo: The men who killed Moo Yeol also killed your son.
Kyung Hee: You said he was alive!
Jin Pyo: I lied!
Young Joo: I want to see my father apologize for all his wrong doings
Jong Shik: And if I refuse…
Yong Joo: Then I will show you the consequences of the law that I work to protect
Nana: Punishing people like Kim Jong Shik…that’s the power of law. Right?
Yong Joo: I have something to tell you
Yoon Sung: Where did Lee Kyung Hee patient go?
Nurse: She disappeared after a man with a cane visited her.
Jin Pyo: If your identity is revealed, you will have to die.
Yoon Sung: If you get in the way, I won’t forgive you.
City Hunter’s episode 11 preview shows that lies will be built upon lies as Yoon Sung’s bad daddy will tell yet another lie to keep Yoon Sung, aka his weapon of revenge, in line. And although many folks in the City Hunter community do not like the prosecutor Young Joo, I love him. He’s just a righteous man who is caught up in circumstances he doesn’t understand, and I hope the writers will not go all Les Misreables with the story and turn him into Javert. He has a sense of justice and righteousness, yes, but he’s not rigid like Javert is. My hope is that he teams up with Yoon Sung to take down the Gang of Five, but that could get complicated since (highlight to read) one of them is his dad.
I’m hooked, I tell you, hooked to this show. This is probably one of the best Korean dramas I’ve watched. Writing the proper review for the paper now, so stay tuned – it will be published next week.
So if some of you lucky folks have One HD (I’d kill to have it, but my apartment complex is not equipped for the service) you should try tune in.
Too impatient to wait for the show to air on TV and wanna watch it live with the Koreans? You can! Just:
- Log in to Soompi forums’ official City Hunter thread and someone will be live blogging the show during telecast.
- In the forum there are links to stream the show live on your computers. Thanks to laggy Malaysian broadband speeds, that’s nigh impossible for me to do, but you may be luckier.
- Just an hour later links to watching the show raw, without subtitles, were up. Ah, the power of the Internet!
I’m not sure if I want to continue doing this though. It’s not exactly good for my sleeping habits
I’ve never been more glad for an assignment – I’ve been tasked to review the Korean drama series City Hunter, which will premiere on Astro’s OneHD on July 4 (Mon – Tue, 9.05pm), and I’ve taken to the task gleefully.
It doesn’t hurt that City Hunter is played by Lee Min Ho (Boys over Flowers, Personal Taste) who is not just fine to look at, but have acting chops to accompany his looks too.
But City Hunter is not one of those pretty, empty shows – it has a great story (so far), the leads have great chemistry and the episode cliffhangers are absolute killers. Case in point, episode 8 ended with an intense cliffhanger (judging by the recap at dramabeans) and fans (including this one) are frantic to know what happened after the tense few minutes of episode 8.
Malaysia kdrama fans, looks like a winner is coming to our TV screens in July!