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Random, thy name is City Hunter

More stills are out for City Hunter and, true to this drama’s promotional trajectory so far, they manage to clear up very little of my confusion about what the heck this show is actually about.

The thing is, tons of dramas are segmented into different parts — there’s a backstory for the hero, a backstory for the heroine, their present situations, and maybe even a secret identity. The problem with City Hunter is that the production hasn’t made much of an effort to clarify what goes where, so I’m left scratching my head. For instance, all of the photos in this post were released in the past several days. You’d think there’d be some organization to the blitz of images, but no, not really.

Example: Obviously our heroine, Park Min-young — judo artist, bodyguard — has a past. She apparently attended high school at some point.

 
And our hero, Lee Min-ho, is somehow involved in the watching of the president’s daughter (Gu Hara):


 
He apparently also likes to party. And gets hit on by women ten years older than him. Sure, why not?


 
You can’t be a “City Hunter” without the sharp city wardrobe, right?

 
But…there’s also a danger element!


 
People die, things explode…

 
And then the hero and heroine go on playful dates in the park?

 
So really, my one takeaway from all this is: Mm, Lee Min-ho sure is hot:

(City Hunter premieres on May 25 on SBS.)

Via TV Report, TV Report

 
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LOL... all it takes for a drama to get interest from people is to cast Lee Min Ho.

can't wait!

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hahaha, when I read the last line, I can see what JB is trying to do:

Showcase everything that the drama has shown so far and let readers draw their own conclusion. And add in the last line to appeal to all of LMH's fans.

Because fangirls are scary! LOL.

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well... AS LONG AS LEE MIN HO LOOKS HOT eh? ;) LMAO

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I admit that I see the name Lee Min Ho and my eyes light up. Everything else about the drama becomes a bit of an after thought, lol.

I mean, the man does cool arrogance like nobody's business and looks gorgeouse in anything he wears... thought I gotta admit his hair is kinda freaking me out here. I'm just not digging the heavy frontswept fringe yet.

And, on a sidenote, what does he have against socks? He drove me nuts in Personal Taste with the high-water pants and boating shoes sans socks look... and from the pics above he's decided to carry the sock rebellion into City Hunter.

Why, Lee Min Ho??? Why?

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Yes, Lee Min Ho is seriously the reason I'm watching this. I can't stand thrillers. I only watched IRIS because of TOP. But the drama seems good so far (by that I mean, he has looked incredibly sexy and acted very cool in every scene).

Cool arrogance is his acting style for real. I mean, Boys over Flowers, Personal Taste, and now City Hunter. Being a jackass is his specialty. I love his hair, though. Its smexy.

And his obvious hatred of socks... I'm not sure much can be said about it. I mean, it never bothered me, I just find it hilarious. I thought it was a character thing but NO, he wears the high-water pants, boating shoes sans sock in everyday life. I have a picture of him and Kim Hyun Joong and they're sitting on the ledge of something and he's got his little high water pants and its hilarious.

Oh Lee Minho, how i love thee.

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All of these crazy stills lead me to believe that.... City Hunter actually has no plot.

I'm probably going to see the first episode just to find out if it has a plot or not, instead of being a long string of cliches.

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Exactly. There really seems to be no plot at all. So far is al about a bunch of pretty people

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i guess u havent watch the 10 minutes sneak peek~ (that was out like 1 week ago) :p

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same here. ill watch the first couple of episodes and then decide whether i will continue watching.

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Perhaps, they hired a fanfic writer? ;)

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Well maybe the plot IS the clichés!

Pretty cold guys trying to act cool - check
Pretty girlz with a sad past - check
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Ah yeah a few explosions to season the whole thing and you have *drum roll* something that I don't think I will watch!

Don't kill me but I'm not a Lee MinHo fan to start with so if he is in a drama with no plot...

Anyway, I'll wait for the recaps to decide!

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Whoo hoo baby! I can't wait till this drama airs. :)

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I'm just so confused. Even with the photos i'm still not sure what this drama is about and how all the characters come into play.

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Thats it blueangel no one really knows..... we have pretty people.. explosion.... more pretty people... uniforms... more pretty people and well a hundred questions. Personally I believe its an advertisement strategy, they give us this randomness so that we are compel to watch it to see what it's about, at the very least the first 2 episodes

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agreed, this show is schizophrenic

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LOL!

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Are you not curious? Maybe that is their strategy to arouse our curiosity. We will watch 1 to 2 episodes and that will be terrific until we cannot stop watching all the episodes. I hope so for LMH.

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Wow. Can't wait till it airs. I think the stills have done the job cos I wasn't too keen on this since it went berserk with the plot and casting and still *laughingly* kept the title of cityhunter.

Now though, I'm scratching my head and will tune in just to satisfy my curiosity to 'what exactly is going on??!!'...

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I think you have indeed gleaned the appropriate lesson. It's enough for me, at least at the moment.

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I promise if Lee Min Ho was not doing this drama it would go in the PASS pile.

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"So really, my one takeaway from all this is: Mm, Lee Min-ho sure is hot"

-Yeah, that's pretty much all the pfomotional stills and trailers have told me so far. Still not excited for this drama, but I'll still check it out to see if I can get some idea of what it's about.

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If Bad Guy could be all about how hot Kim Nam-gil was, I don't see why City Hunter can't be about Lee Min-ho's hotness. As long as the soundtrack is as good, the ending better, and the girl doesn't get too much in the way, I think we have a winner!

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That's all we need to know.

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OMFG i FORGOT THIS PREMIERED!

hahaha tells you where my head (and heart!) are ;) that is, with best love and romance town!!! :P

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i take that back...IS premiering soon.

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for best love fans: http://youtu.be/mLlqbaj8y5E

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I can't wait till may 25, cause then I finally will understand what this drama is about.... Or not LOL.

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i don't even care about the plot as long as there is gratuitous lee min ho.

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He's hot, but there's got to be more reasons for watching a whole series.

No, thank you.

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"‘City Hunter’ is an original script based on the world-famous novel by Japan’s Tsukasa Hojo. Since it became public that Korea would be the first remake of this story into a drama, ‘City Hunter’ has been receiving worldwide attention.

‘City Hunter’ has switched the setting from Tokyo 1980 to Seoul 2011, and according to the original story structure, the protagonist becomes a city hunter and his character develops while resolving gratifying cases."

cr: dramawiki

even dramawiki has no idea whats going on...and at that point its time to acknoweldge that maybe their advertising is geared towards making people so confused that they want to watch the drama so that they can be NOT confused

oh well...lee min ho is in it....so who cares! let's get ready to watch it!

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well... if wiki doesn't know, there really MUST be no plot :D

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LOL!

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LOL!!!

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Just not interested in this drama, even with the Lee Min-ho. The drama seems confused with its own identity, so its either going to brilliant or just plain silly. I'm currently leaning towards the former. I'm waiting for GF or JB's recap before I watch this.

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I still don't know what City Hunter is about and I don't think even Lee Min Ho can save this drama. As much as I love LMH I don't think I will be tuning into this drama until maybe after The Greatest Love airs (btw loving this Hong sisters drama)!!

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I'll happily remaing oblivious to the plot so I can girly giggle as I watch LMH! ^-^

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umm...Is Lee Min-ho supposed to be really really popular and well-known for being handsome...?(I personally don't find him that hot and handsome...no offense thou ) I don't know much about korean idols so I just want to ask ^^; I know he was in the super popular drama,Boys before Flowers, and that's all..

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I was more interested in the cute white guy from the previous stills lol.

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i myself prefer jo hyun jae and jung il woo than LMH for being handsome and hot.too hot :3

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I find LMH handsome, but gotta agree with creepykreme, i prefer jo hyun jae's brand of handsome and hotness. there's just something about JHJ that makes me want to cuddle and hug him all the time.

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LMH is gorgeous, but we can't forget that he can act!
His portrayal of Junpyo broke my heart, and this Darcy-JP was the biggest jerk of them all.

He cries so prettily, as this site has pointed out, and genuinely. His trademark giggle warms me every time I hear it. When it comes to bringing the heat, omo, the kiss in PP wins top prize in my hierarchy of Best Drama Kisses of all time.

Involve him in a quality project, and he will shine. Put him in a big hot mess like this, and he will still shine.

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can't wait can't wait can't wait lee min hoo is back to action eventhough I wonder if the drama will be interresting ;)

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"So really, my one takeaway from all this is: Mm, Lee Min-ho sure is hot:"

Haha.....LMH is in Fashion Show called City Hunter. LOL!

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On the contrary, I think they release too much stills and teasers. If we disregard the original storyline of Cityhunter, we do have an outline of the story here.I do not know how interesting they can make it,but it seem like they try to put a lot in. One has to wonder how well developed is the plot and characters. Nevertheless, Lee Min Ho is hot. How often we get to watch such hotness. Such a feast to the eyes.

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Looks like the actor from "Giant" is being type casted.

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What a waste lol.

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Park Sang-min, WHYYYYY??! :(

But about the typecasting, quite the contrary, Park Sang-min is actually (as rare as they come) a character actor, he's played every kind of character under the sun and he plays them all well.
I don't think he'd ever get 'typecasted' but at the same time, I worry about his willingness to play 'any role'. I really want him to become an A-Lister already, considering how many people absolutely freakin' LOVE him (or atleast see the 'shrines' in his name in the DC Gall forums or how many boys idolised him back in the 90s) it's kind of tragic that he's not A-lister material yet.

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Well, I like him and thats why I think its a waste that hes part of this ...mess? instead of another great drama like Giant.

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when i first saw this picture i was like Lee seung mo!!! ....but i dnt have high expectation of this drama...and it seems hes not playing a main role ...which is just a waste really....how can he follow giant with this???

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Chamkan man-yo --- Park Sang-min?
Chongmal-yo? Chinchill-yo?

OH MY GOD, I am so watching this now instead of marathoning later!

I would follow him to the ends of the earth, uri Seung-mo! I cried for an hour and a half after Giant ended because I was going to miss seeing him on the screen. I hope they give him happy times so he can smile and dance, again.

Aw man, that puts me up to 6 series right now.
TT, CYHMH, LTM, RT, BL, and CH.

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I know, maaan! I'm STILL crying.
This is gonna sound awful but it seems it's just a cameo appearance, one where he dies early on. I'm hoping he dies like 10 minutes in max. Then I won't have to watch this. Haha!

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Oh I did cry for Big Oppa and I'm not usually the type that cries over drama..but he was worth it and Giant was worth it.

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My dad once was in the hospital for two weeks. The first week his roommate was very sick. There was only so much time my dad could take reading, he found himself watching daytime soaps with the sound off. He made up the most interesting plots that way. When the sound was available he was very disappointed. His stories were much better than what was airing.

Java bean, you've been doing an admirable job trying to make sense of what you see coming out. But I propose abandoning reason and going whole-hog on crazy plot suggestions over the next 72 hours.

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okay... Lee Minho is the son of a secret agent. trained to kill (like Hanna) but blends in like normal people. while in thailand, he comes across a sex trafficking ring and somehow gets caught up in the craziness. finds Park Minyoung's photo and keeps it for whatever reason... maybe her father was also trying to bring down the ring, died in the fight and asked him to take care of her.

flashforward: Lee Minho's working for the blue house, and comes across Park Min-young. He's kept his martial arts skills a secret so as not to alert anyone to his potential bad-assness. he can be unassuming (to some extent - not really possible with his looks and wardrobe, lol) and investigate stuff on his own. Maybe he uncovered something related to his Thailand days - a mystery he was unable to solve or whatever. The people behind that ring are now plotting to assassinate the president and put in someone else who will help them succeed in their goal to take over the world. or simply create enough unrest that they can go ahead abd be evil. take your pick.

this is fun! i could go on, but i'll stop here, lol

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I'm enjoying your plot, please continue :)

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me too! and then what happens next? :D

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Aigoo...I thought it was real.Shows you how much I am watching the preview...or not.

Really?Are you sure that's not the plot? :-)

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well.. those who really read original city hunter... really read properly.. there is no much difference in this drama.. thats what DIRECTOR JIN HYUK said at press conference...

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there is a plot... on starting 10 min preview, first voice came from lmh godfather saiding " don't love anyone...if ur true identity got expose...you and i will lose everythings include live...

WOW!!! this words got me so excited... must watch it

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I agree, this is more interesting. Let's hear more. Or, we could all watch City Hunter raw (as in non-subbed videos, not in the raw, unless that's your thang) and make up what we think they're saying.

This reminds me of a time at work when we saw a couple of our "superiors" (and I use that word loosely) having a gabfest in front of our window. One guy was really, really using his hands and arms to talk with, prompting us to make up what he was talking about. At one point I think we had him diving into shark-infested waters and disarming a bomb.

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aww thanks guys! Now that the recap of episode one is out, I feel like I actually picked up on a few things through the previews, lol. while i don't think my plot can compete with the original story, I'll post part two to my story on tomorrow's

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MUAHAHAHHAAHHAH

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"But…there’s also a danger element!"

1st photo of guy with gun

LMAO COG >>> *Choked On Gum*

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I really wish he would be in something good. As cute as I find Lee Min-ho I just can't sit through something terrible for him. I'll give this a chance but my hopes are not high.

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I'm sure when he first signed on this project, the storyline was close to the "City Hunter" everyone loves.

This was a drama could have been a great opportunity for him to expand his acting skills.

I will watch and support him regardless of where this drama takes him. I wish him the best... fighting!!

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Agree!

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the danger photos are hilarious!

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lol my thoughts exactly

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LOL!

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agree! agree.

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Gawd, he is hot. He can't be in the city hunting for hotness because he has it all. I have no desire to watch this though without reading recaps somewhere because I have no clue what it's supposed to be about.

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No worries, things will be cleared up in a couple days.

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"So really, my one takeaway from all this is: Mm, Lee Min-ho sure is hot"

LOL !!!! Love your article!!!! Thats why I love your Dramabeans! Thank you !!!

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so i read everything and then all i could remember is
okay lee min-ho is hot :D
lol i love your writing style

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these stills remind me of the taiwanese Black & White, from the genre (detective/mystery, romance) to the characters somewhat (hero is a police/spy who's flirtatious and his love interest can kick ass)

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At first I was excited about this drama because I would be able to see a live-action Saeba-san, but then they made it clear this is NOT City Hunter, at least not the one presented in anime. It must be the CH that they wanted or hoped for or envisioned could have existed before the mangas began. Either way, this is the first time in all my drama years that the more I see, the less I want to see. With every new pic, preview, synopsis, I get more and more disappointed and more and more concerned that this drama's success.

LMH looks great and I'm glad but I'm really not at all pressed to see this one. No excitement whatsoever and I actually hate that this is the case.

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OMG I didnt need anymore of a reason to watch this but
Jeezus Lee Min-Ho is HOT !!

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Are socks not in the budget?? Why won't they put some socks on him??

I'm not sure about this drama, but I will watch it just because. I'll probably B&M the whole way thru, then I'll see him smile and go all gooey inside.

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I was wondering the same thing about socks lol
Maybe it is a stylish thing for some reason

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I'm liking the assumed plot more than the mysterious unknown real plot!!

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Me and my friend we're talking abouth this drama, how we can't figure out what it's about. But because Lee Minho is in it we have to watch it lOl :D

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Oh plot, shmlot. Give me Lee.Min.Ho.My.God!!!

2 days 03 hours remaining as per Viki countdown

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City Hunter is a japanese manga...the mangaka is somehow friends with the Fist of the North Star guy (yes I know of him via the FONS guy LOL)

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uhhhhh... YEP! I'm still confused and I bet there'll be a lot of flashbacks. :S

I like LMH and I love PMY but since they positioned this drama as the dark action type, I'm kind of afraid how this story will end. (remember Bad Guy?! ARGH!)

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My feeling is "Enough with the stills and just get this drama over with..."

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Final pic of Lee Min Ho for this post - thank you, PTB!
I could stare at his beautiful color job endlessly. And run my hands thru those silky, caramel locks ....

As for caring what the plot of City Hunter might be - honestly, I could care less. LMH could be in a Kdrama coma and still have my undivided attention.

Because he's hot.

:)

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Tsukasa Hojo must be desperate to let this bunch of BS associated with the beloved City Hunter manga/anime. This is just terrible.

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8.1 will work for soju May 23rd, 2011 -

"If (Delete: Bad Guy Insert: FUGITIVE PLAN B OR PLAYFUL KISS) could be all about how hot (Delete: Kim Nam-gil Insert: RAIN OR KHJ) was, I don’t see why City Hunter can’t be about Lee Min-ho’s hotness. As long as the soundtrack is as good, the ending better, and the girl doesn’t get too much in the way, I think we have a winner!"

THIS! Hey, if the formula ain't broke, don't fix it. : )

While I agree that City Hunter previews have been all over the place and I haven't a freaking clue what the hell it's about, I'm looking forward to finding out!

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His hair in the last still looks like Zai Zai's from the taiwanese drama Silence... (or maybe like Light Yagami in the manga)... just sayin' =)

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isn't this based on the similar named manga and anime? that would provide a plot^^

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Oh Lee Min-ho... you're the only reason why people give a crap about this drama.

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city hunter? What comes to my mind when i heard this drama is the japanese comic w/ the same title. Pro detective w/ 'extraordinary' ability in cases n women. I kinda confused when i look @ this drama, is this going to follow the original characters?

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Nope. This drama will be nothing like the manga it's remaking:

http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/03/city-hunter-holds-its-first-script-rehearsal/

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this post is why i love this site. it's snarky, but there are justifications for the snark-in photo essays. awesome. keep up the good work jb!

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I hope Lee Min Ho will deliver great acting because I only see one expression from him in all the pictures above.

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That expression is called Hawtness!!!

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Don't get me wrong, I adore him but sometimes he looks a little bit boring for me. Sometimes he looks a little bit too polished, everything on him is a little bit too much into places and it's kind of killing my feeling for him.

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HAHAHHAHA! THIS.

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Its really random... adorable... I don't get Lee Minho charms sometimes but there is this naughty element there in him that makes him smoking hot...

The date where they got wet, just reminded of The Wannadies playing at the back and HanK yul and Eun Chan and gang playing in the park... oops wrong drama... I miss my Coffee Prince!

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