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City Hunter: Episode 3
by | June 3, 2011 | 222 Comments

Ahh, my initial liking for City Hunter just bloomed into love. It’s slickly packaged, yet manages to keep a sense of heart. That’s not easy to accomplish — and to make that feel so effortless on top of it all is impressive.

On top of that, I’m in love with the tone of this drama. Somehow, its dramatic moments manage to be dramatic without going too far, and that’s key. When a drama overdoes the grand, stately moments, it can often seem bombastic or, worse, cheesy. City Hunter manages to walk that line skillfully.

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EPISODE 3 RECAP

At the welfare building, Yoon-sung sees the nervous employee, Shim Jae-dong, shredding documents and makes note of the building’s layout and security. He sets a fire in a trash can in the bathroom, positioned near a vent to send its smoke through the cubicle farm, and hits the fire alarm.

Chaos reigns as people rush out of the building. Nana looks around for Yoon-sung, but she can’t find him since he’s busy being Spiderman, sidling along the railing several floors above ground level.

I kind of love this about Yoon-sung — admittedly, some of his methods are simplistic for what we’d expect of a trained hit man (a magic whistle to calm attack dogs? o…kay), but the low-techiness has a simple, functional beauty to it. For instance, here he’s at the right angle to avoid being seen on security cameras, allowing him to slip inside the appropriate cubicle to find the register for the food assistance program. A few snapshots and a trip to the shredder bin later, he’s done, and finds Nana outside.

She takes Yoon-sung to task for ditching her, only thinking to save himself. He scoffs that he had enough dignity not to barge into the ladies’ restroom (what a comforting thought, in your hour of hypothetical life-or-death urgency), and carries a plastic bag containing the paper shreds, which he says he grabbed to block the smoke. Shim Jae-dong spots Yoon-sung carrying it away, though he can’t do anything about it.

At home, Yoon-sung painstakingly goes through the strips, taping the documents back together. Like I said, it’s low-tech — but effective, for all that. (Mind you, I’m hoping we get some cool action/intrigue sequences in this drama, but I don’t think you need fancy hypothetical gadgetry to magically all solve problems, either.)

It takes him all night, and when he’s completed the task, he notes that the two abandoned kids, Mi-jin and Do-jin, are in one roster but not the ledger. Simple deduction: The kids starve, and someone else takes the money.

Yoon-sung listens in on a wiretapped call between Shim Jae-dong and Target No. 1, Senator Lee Kyung-wan. Shim reports that the 200 million won siphoned away from welfare funds for children and the elderly have been distributed to five accounts in false names, and is sending over the bank cards and PINs.

Yoon-sung arrives as Shim Jae-dong is leaving for the hand-off, oh-so-casually saunters up from behind, and grabs the pouch containing the documents. He doesn’t even make a break for it, but swiftly takes out his attackers with cool efficiency.

In the DA’s office, prosecutor Young-ju is frustrated that none of Senator Lee’s ledgers match his actual receipts. Clearly these are forged books drawn up hastily to thwart the investigation. Problem is, even if Young-ju’s right, it’s a delicate matter to accuse someone so powerful and his boss shuts him down, warning him not to do anything crazy. I say, define crazy.

Young-ju receives an anonymous delivery, containing the taped-up ledger pages, photos of Lee Kyung-wan meeting with Shim Jae-dong, bank books…and the wiretapped phone conversation.

Ooh, I LOVE this partnership. It’s so Batman-and-Commissioner-Gordon. Working on the same side anonymously by night, fighting over a girl by day. What’s not to love?

Young-ju and his fellow prosecutors must obtain agreement of the National Assembly in order to arrest a sitting parliamentarian (given that the accused wasn’t caught red-handed). Lee Kyung-wan delivers a speech to his fellow assemblymen about being unfairly targeted, vehemently insisting that in his two-plus decades of faithful service, he has not received one penny of dirty money.

Young-ju listens anxiously in a separate room, while Yoon-sung sits in the press box, muttering, “Not one penny? And how much is your one penny?”

Then the vote, which turns out to be a landslide: only 11 vote to arrest, 267 against.

Lee Kyung-wan exults in his victory, while Young-ju positively seethes in fury at the injustice of it all. Equally furious is Jin-pyo, watching the vote from his lair at home, shattering the glass in his hand. Yoon-sung clenches his fist thinking of the two hungry kids.

Senator Lee basks in his moment in front of the press, and turns to tell Young-ju patronizingly to earn his salary catching real criminals. He insinuates that Young-ju will soon be out of a job for using illegally obtained evidence. That’s the rub: because of the dubious sources of the evidence, the prosecution can’t release it to the public, so for now Lee walks away clean.

Senator Lee hears Shim Jae-dong’s accounting of the Tall Dark ‘N Handsome who stole the bank docs. Shim racks his brains — a relatively quick process — and recalls the stranger at the welfare office asking about the children and his tax dollars.

It’s the senator’s face, superimposed over the hungry children’s, that Yoon-sung thinks of as he nails shot after shot on the firing range — so accurately that there’s only one hole in his target. The other Blue Housers brag about how many holes puncture their targets — the more, the better — so it’s with misplaced pride that geeky Ki-joon exults over beating their American PhD. He wonders smugly if he needs to give him pointers.

Nana calls Yoon-sung over for dinner with the kids, and he adorably eats the fish from the sushi before giving the kids the rice. Nana yells at him for eating all the good stuff, until Mi-jin assures her that it’s because they don’t eat raw fish.

There’s an abrupt change in atmosphere when Yoon-sung compliments her jjigae, and she asks proudly, “Isn’t it just like your mom’s cooking?” That’s something he wouldn’t know.

As they enjoy coffee on the rooftop, Nana sighs contentedly, saying that people like Lee Kyung-wan won’t understand this kind of satisfaction. Yoon-sung feigns ignorance at her mention of the embezzling scandal, playing up his image as a careless playboy.

Time to introduce another potential love interest, though it’s just a tease: After his dispiriting day, a weary Young-ju arrives at the office of a vet who greets him like an old friend, though with some coolness. This is JIN SAE-HEE (Hwang Sun-hee), who works in the vicinity of the Blue House and whom Young-ju says he came to see because she’d understand how he feels today.

Interestingly, they both know Nana, and seemingly not just from their nightclub encounter, since he works with her aunt.

Later that night, Yoon-sung eats in his dining room alone, the humbleness of his ramen in discord with the lavish room. It’s cute and a little sad when he calls out a random “Ahhh” just to hear the echo in the room. His conversation with Nana has put him in a homesick mood, and he calls ajusshi Shik-joong in Thailand to say hi. When he reports on Nana’s financially strapped situation, Shik-joong asks him earnestly to help her out.

Yoon-sung asks if Shik-joong’s ever been hungry, like a curious child who’s familiar with words but not the experience of them. Shik-joong says being hungry is the saddest thing in the world, and makes you despair of life. Yoon-sung says that he wishes he could eat Shik-joong’s food, because “To me, that’s what mom’s cooking tastes like.”

Jin-pyo decides that it’s time to send Shik-joong to Korea, and instructs him to join Yoon-sung. Hesitantly, Shik-joong asks if it’s possible to quit the revenge plan, having watched from the sidelines for years, but lets it drop when he sees that Jin-pyo’s not about to entertain that idea. He also recognizes a photo on the desk as Yoon-sung’s mother — he’s keeping tabs on her — but doesn’t press the issue.

The Council of Five convenes in the president’s office, and the divide that existed 28 years ago becomes more apparent: President Choi on the side of the idealists, and the Corrupted Four out to protect Number 1. (Naturally, in a group of shrewd opportunists like this, there are four Number 1’s.)

Smug now, Lee Kyung-wan chuckles about the hot-blooded prosecutor’s “mistake,” but President Choi muses that perhaps there was something backing his charges. He accepts Lee’s declaration of innocence, but tells the council that he believes that any corruption among them deserves justice.

The statement doesn’t go over well with the others, and one of the four (name: Chun Jae-man) notes that those who don’t bend will break. Lee Kyung-wan vows to forge ahead and destroy those who oppose them. To that end, he intends to draw out the mystery avenger using the two children, whom he will summon to present a token gift at his upcoming book launch event.

Da-hae finds the president in his woodshop (a sign that he’s troubled), and cajoles Dad for a new tutor. She’s got just the guy in mind! He happens to be employed at the Blue House, so it’s convenient, and he’s smart. Also really, really hot. Though I suppose the last part is just in her head. (Okay, also mine.)

As Nana runs to work that morning, Yoon-sung pulls over and she bounds up to the car for a ride. I love that she’s already treating him as her buddy, although he locks his door and tells her he isn’t about to drive to work together and feed the rumor mill. Telling her to keep running, he drives off, the cheeky bastard.

By the time she gets to work, Da-hae is pouting by Yoon-sung’s car, demanding he tutor her. He gets out (knocking her down without apology) and tells her no, but she keeps nagging, promising that if he does, her father may even give him…*thinking*…an award! Ha. Yeah, that’s just what the hottie PhD with truckloads of cash wants: a token award, an extra job, and a brat to babysit.

Ki-joon overhears and offers his own services, which go roundly ignored. Yoon-sung calls Da-hae a child, despite her protests that she becomes an adult in two days (i.e., turns 20), and laughs when she offers, “I’ll date you!” Like she’s some prize. (Ki-joon offers himself again, and goes ignored again.)

Yoon-sung tells her she’s not his type, and Nana suggests Da-hae find a different tutor: “That guy’s dangerous.” Suuure, that’s gonna make him less appealing to the teenage princess. Perchance it would be more effective to shoo Da-hae away with warnings that he’s criminally boring. Or geeky. Or gay. (Oh right, that one doesn’t work.)

At lunchtime, Nana finds Yoon-sung to deliver the message the that First Lady wants to see him. Too bad he’s already got a lunch date, with “someone I just have to see every day, or else I go crazy.”

Nana scoffs at his playboyish ways, but if only she knew the truth: It’s Shik-joong he’s so eager to see. She’s totally not jealous (totally in denial, more like) that night as she sends Yoon-sung an oh-so-casual text about how he’s not making much use of his designated driver/errand girl.

His dismissive reply raises her hackles, so she writes back testily that she, Mi-jin, and Do-jin are making decorations for Lee Kyung-wan’s book launch, and that he’d better not to come looking for them. Lol at her inept jealousy management. (“I SO don’t want to see you!…Here’s my address.”)

Mention of the kids being involved in Senator Lee’s book launch piques Yoon-sung’s curiosity, and gives him the idea for the next phase of his plan.

At the event, fellow council member Chun Jae-man warns Senator Lee that there’s still a lot of talk about him in the general public opinion. He’s much warier than the overconfident Lee, concerned because he’s on the hook too, for falsifying the ledgers. Furthermore, the more Lee’s scandal draws media attention, the more people ask for Chun’s opinion, and that makes him uneasy. He orders his henchman to watch Lee and keep him in line.

Also here is Young-ju, who greets Chun politely but with an undertone of Don’t-fuck-with-me, saying that he will root out the truth. A fellow Council of Five-r is also present, Kim Jong-shik, who appears to be Young-ju’s father. (Not positive, but I’m thinking yes.) Ooh, that’ll be a juicy revelation further down the line — righteous prosecutor son destroys corrupt politician father unknowingly. Innnteresting.

Young-ju runs into Nana outside, who has accompanied Mi-jin and Do-jin here to deliver their token gift and meet the senator. (The gift gets tossed into the trash immediately, which is particularly dickish of the aide since he does it in front of the kids, in full view of anybody.)

Nana tells Young-ju that she saw him on the news and encourages him to fight for the people, not caring that such a statement runs counter to the general sentiment here, amongst Senator Lee’s faction.

From outside the building, Yoon-sung monitors the scene via a planted camera, while Shik-joong gains entrée dressed as a maintenance man.

Mi-jin and Do-jin are brought to Senator Lee, who asks about the tall ajusshi they’ve seen around. The older Mi-jin is rightfully wary, though Do-jin lets slip “How do you know hyung—?” before his sister cuts him off.

But no matter, because Lee’s next call comes from Yoon-sung himself, who says, “You must be looking for me.” He offers to show himself once the children are dismissed, and Lee takes the deal. Yoon-sung is swiftly apprehended by bodyguards and taken to the back kitchen, where he faces the indignant senator with a shrug and a smile, identifying himself merely as an unemployed guy who hates seeing kids go hungry. Unlike Lee, whom he calls a thief.

Lee Kyung-wan: “Thief? Is the country an orphanage? Why does the country have to take responsibility for children whose parents neglect them? The citizens’ taxes? So what if I help myself to a bit of it? If not me, some other guy’s going to take his cut. In that case, isn’t it a hundred times better if I take it, since I work hard for the people? I’m a champion for the people, through and through.”

Dude, maybe you wanna think twice before spewing all that honesty at a stranger. Have you never seen Scooby Doo? But I suppose this is in keeping with the megalomaniac power trip that he confuses for invincibility. What Lee doesn’t realize is that Yoon-sung’s glasses are more than mere fashion statement, and are recording his declaration. With Shik-joong nearby manning his own tech gadgetry, he’s able to upload this transmission immediately.

Lee leaves Yoon-sung in the care of his thugs while he takes his place at the podium and addresses his partygoers…only to have his own face cut in on the screen. Not only does this play at the book launch, the video — routed through the Blue House — transmits over the internet, overriding any attempts to shut it off…to the entire fucking country. Ahhh, this is great.

Now everyone gets to hear his incriminating speech to Yoon-sung, and I freaking love this effect, because the speech is directed at Yoon-sung, but because of the perspective of the camera, it’s like the senator is talking to the people directly as he says, “The law makes allowances for me, because I have power you don’t. That’s what power is, and that’s why everyone wants it. I eat up guys like you.”

Lee tries to order the video to be cut, while his Council cohorts, Chun and Kim, look on in dismay. Chun orders his minion to escort Lee away, while Young-ju gets on the phone to request an arrest warrant, now that Lee has confessed.

Yoon-sung easily fights off his captors, but the burly chef is another story; he throws Yoon-sung to the ground like a rag doll and reaches for his butcher knife. Thinking fast, Yoon-sung grabs a spoon, digs it into the guy’s shoe, then twirls it around and wields it like a lethal weapon. How resourceful — give the guy an inch, and he’ll scoop up the opportunity. (Ba-dum-ching! Couldn’t resist.)

Spotting Lee about to escape via boat, Yoon-sung uses his backpack to zipline himself down to the dock — gah, why so cool? — which just tickles my fancy, given that his line is a string of national flags. Like he’s a crusader riding the line of public sentiment on his way to mete justice. I bet it’s not even intentional, but I love it anyway.

He leaps off the dock to land quietly on the yacht as it pulls away, just in time to stop the aide from strangling the senator, on Chun’s orders. Yoon-sung tosses the aide overboard, then whips out a gun and levels it coldly at Lee. And shoots —

— a tranq dart.

Disguised as delivery men, Yoon-sung and Shik-joong drop off a package on the steps of the DA’s office, addressed to prosecutor Kim Young-ju. Reporters crowd round, having received an anonymous tip that a trip to the DA’s office would yield “something interesting.”

And inside the slightly moving box? A bound and gagged Lee Kyung-wan, wearing a sash that reads — sarcastically now — “In Korea I trust.”

Lee blusters about being wrongfully accused, but Young-ju points out that he confessed. Curiously, the senator is wearing a bunch of dog tags around his neck, which he knows nothing about. He bursts out, “I didn’t even go to the army—!” before catching himself. Hee! Not the thing to say to restore you to public favor.

Young-ju answers a call from an unknown source — Yoon-sung — who tells him, “I’m leaving that trash Lee Kyung-wan to you.” Then Yoon-sung tosses his phone into the river, mindful of erasing his tracks.

Shik-joong wonders if he got permission from “the boss” to act like this, since he knows Jin-pyo wouldn’t like it. Yoon-sung tells him, “Killing isn’t my way. I go for total destruction.”

As though seeking comfort after his own brush with corruption, Yoon-sung calls Nana for an “errand” — to bring him coffee. In an earlier scene, he’d grimaced at the taste of Shik-joong’s coffee, once his favorite, saying he’s grown used to someone else’s. Now he decline’s Shik-joong’s suggestion to go celebrate, saying, “I’m in the mood for someone else’s coffee.”

He meets Nana and the children at a courtyard and splashes in the fountains like a free-spirited boy. I do love these flashes of the youthful spirit in him, because it shows that his father hasn’t stamped out his real self. These glimpses at that side of him set the stage for what will clearly become a conflict later on — his sense of justice and capacity to love, warring with his revenge mission.

Yoon-sung invites the children to join him, but Mi-jin is particularly bitter with today’s events, telling him that she doesn’t want to live in Korea when she grows up, which is full of fake, untrustworthy adults. Yoon-sung playfully ushers them into the water anyway and, spurred by his energy, the gloom lifts as they play in the water together. Aw, there’s something so sweet about all these people without a family, forming a surrogate one. *tear*

Afterward, Nana brings him coffee and sits back in satisfaction, saying she feels good now that the kids are feeling better.

Young-ju questions Senator Lee, asking him why he was given the dog tags, which currently turn up no information when investigated. Lee blusters that Young-ju ought to catch the guy who did this to him, and Young-ju replies that he will — but for now, he’s more curious to know why the mystery man delivered Lee to his doorstep.

Lee warns, “Do you know that this could happen to your father, too?” Young-ju’s response (“Don’t insult my father”) forebodes that his discovery of the truth is sure to be a doozy.

Yoon-sung drops off the sleepy kids at home, and then declares himself cold and hurries into Nana’s apartment, ignoring her protests. He helps himself to some food, making himself quite at home and even wearing a judo uniform, which I find hilarious since I suppose it’s the only dry clothing Nana would have to offer him.

Jin-pyo sees news of Senator Lee’s arrest and angrily wonders what the hell Yoon-sung is up to. He calls, only to have Yoon-sung ignore the phone.

Nana figures it’s another of his many women, but Yoon-sung just busies himself with dinner, picking all those pesky vegetables out from his food. He whines for some meat, saying he needs it after all the hard work he did today, which makes her scoff. She spots Young-ju on the news and says admiringly that there’s a guy who did good work today — not like somebody who just complains about his food.

The news broadcasts people’s angry, disillusioned reactions to Senator Lee’s corruption scandal. One salaryman declares the need for a person who will hunt down all those corrupt officials — like a modern-day City Hunter. Nana likes this idea, and wonders who could have delivered Lee to the prosecutor, while Yoon-sung keeps up his ignorant front. Ooh, I think I’m gonna love these Clark Kent moments, once Nana starts gushing about the awesome City Hunter…

When Dad calls again, he steels himself and answers. Jin-pyo rails at him for his weak move, saying that they can’t trust the police to punish the criminals, not when Korea’s police kowtow to those in power. Yoon-sung says he’d like to trust them anyway, which Jin-pyo calls foolish trust, saying he should have killed him. Yoon-sung counters that this is the only way to have turned Lee into someone unable to receive forgiveness.

When Yoon-sung comes home, he finds a mountain of kitchenware in his living room, presided over by an excitable Shik-joong, who declares Korea heaven: “Just one phone call, and they deliver!” Haha, looks like somebody caught the home shopping bug.

The mood takes a turn when Shik-joong asks if Yoon-sung’s looked for his mother yet, and gets back the cavalier reply, “Why bother? She’s the woman who ditched me to live happily on her own.” Oooh, interesting. So Daddy Vengeance wasn’t entirely honest about his origins, which goes a long ways toward explaining Yoon-sung’s participation in the revenge plan.

Despite those words, Yoon-sung still has that taped-together photo of his mother (notably missing the face of President Choi — Jin-pyo’s playing that one close to the vest for now). Shik-joong understands that soft-hearted Yoon-sung still cares, and takes it upon himself to start looking, particularly since he thinks he recognizes the building in the background.

The communications team reports to the president that they’ve been unable to source the hacker behind the hijacked internet broadcast, as the trail points back to the Blue House. (I love that they assume that means the transmission must’ve been routed there to confuse people, rather than thinking it originated from within.) The president is more worried about the tax embezzlement, and tells his advisor that he wants to use this opportunity to set an example and punish Lee Kyung-wan justly, to jolt all officials out of complacency.

The president is told of the dog tags, which have been traced back to special agents who went MIA on the same day in 1983. Though the true story is only known by our Council of Five, the advisor has nevertheless made sure that information on the men is blocked.

Shik-joong takes the photo of Yoon-sung’s parents and manages to track down the restaurant where it was taken, which leads him to a woman who recognizes her as Kyung-hee.

He rushes home to share the exciting news with Yoon-sung, who doesn’t take it as expected. Yoon-sung asks in a hard voice, “Whose mother is that? I don’t have a mother. Don’t go around doing these things. I’m not free enough with my time to go looking for someone who threw me away.”

Shik-joong leaves her address anyway, suspecting that Yoon-sung doesn’t mean that, which goes to show how well he knows him. Yoon-sung can’t ignore this chance to see his mother, and finds her working at a snack shop.

He watches from a distance, struggling to keep his emotions in check. Kyung-hee is approached by a man in a suit who says that there’s somebody who wants to speak with her, and leads her to a car parked nearby.

She starts at the sight of President Choi sitting there waiting for her — clearly not pleased — but joins him in the car nonetheless.

Yoon-sung hasn’t noted anything particularly odd about this scene and turns to leave…only to see Jin-pyo standing there. Ohhh, shit.

 
COMMENTS

I know some commenters have had trouble buying Yoon-sung’s motivation in the revenge, which is a point that never bothered me. I thought it made sense, actually, that he’d want to avenge his father’s death once he learned of it. Yes, we can accuse Jin-pyo of stealing his life from him in the name of his vendetta — he sees Yoon-sung as a tool, a means to his end — but you can argue that Yoon-sung would put the blame on the Council of Five more than on Jin-pyo.

And that’s before we take into account what we learn in this episode, which is that he was told his mother didn’t want him. Ahh, now that makes sense. If Jin-pyo positioned himself as the loving best friend who cared for his friend’s child as his own, it follows that Yoon-sung would feel allegiance to his surrogate father, not his supposedly unloving mother.

I love the conflict that’s brewing between father and son, which I had no clue would emerge so soon. I’m always excited when things happen faster than expected because that keeps us on our toes, and why drag out the point when you can get there right away? We’ve seen that Yoon-sung knows how to manage his father — sort of, as much as Jin-pyo can be managed (which isn’t much). I don’t think he’s ever seen himself as capable of being a cold-blooded assassin, no matter his upbringing. Instead, he’s been shrewdly laying groundwork for this philosophical defection, asking his father for permission in advance to carry out the mission using his own methods. And he’s plain about his stance to Shik-joong, saying he opts for total destruction rather than death.

That fits, because Jin-pyo’s out for a personal revenge — death to those who wronged me and mine. But Yoon-sung is out to set right bigger injustices, and for that he needs the destruction to stick. He can’t just wipe out the lives and be satisfied — I’d argue that what he wants is a more complete revenge than Jin-pyo’s bloodlust. So I see Yoon-sung harboring and cultivating an entirely different set of motives than his father, but he’s going along with the plan for now, since both their goals involve the same baddies.

I love the Batman/Clark Kent/Secret Superhero dichotomy Yoon-sung is playing out, because that duality is reflected in multiple levels. There’s the day/night metaphor with his cover job and his City Hunter exploits, and his status as double agent who infiltrates the presidential residence in order to kill the president. We also have the light/dark aspects of his personality, and it’s nice to see that his lighter side is still intact when he’s “off the clock,” usually with Nana. If his father’s the one driving him to the dark side, it’s Nana who’ll pull him back from the brink. (One hopes. Considering the melancholy, moody tone this drama has established, I’m hopeful, but not certain, of a happy ending.)

There’s also the playboy/assassin duality, which is a clever way to twist the original Ryo character, the obvious perv who also fights crime. Here, Yoon-sung adopts the false persona of a playboy to cover his crime-fighting secret identity, like Bruce Wayne — if we must update the premise, it’s nice that it works on a symbolic level.

Then there’s the alliance of our two leading men, which is another thing I love. Young-ju is the lawful one, who’s upright and uncorrupted, but finds that that very sense of justice ties his hands. On the other hand, Yoon-sung has no such qualms about bending the law to obtain his justice by whatever means necessary, like a dark avenger. That makes them the perfect partners…or eventual foes.

What I want to see from here on out, though, is Young-ju stepping up to put in his contribution. It’s satisfying to watch our Batman do all the dirty work and disappearing into the shadows like a cool cipher, but I’d love to see more of a two-sided dynamic emerge between the men — with all its attendant conflicts if/when they start to clash.

So while City Hunter has got the style of Bad Guy (cool, lush, moody), I’m actually getting some Story of a Man vibes with its plotting structure, which excites me. This is a case where the arc/mini-arc structure really works to build and keep momentum going within each hour, and also from episode to episode. Every hour has a mini-mission, keeping the goals tangible and delivering payoffs on a regular basis, but they’re built into the Bigger Bad.

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222 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mandelbrotr

    Whee! Thank you for soldiering on with all the recaps. I’ll get down to reading now. (drops what she was just working on . . .)

  2. Ani

    Sankyu for the recap ^.^

  3. Christy

    Lee Min Ho is hotter than hell! I gotta pick up this drama!

    • 3.1 hannahkimi

      yeah..definetly agree. but why has this dude to wear lipgloss????whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

      • 3.1.1 Merewen

        Thats better than the dry crusty lips I see a lot of the leading men sporting in dramas

        • 3.1.1.1 Bori

          LOL!!!
          This comment gave me a good laugh.
          A+

      • 3.1.2 Jomo

        Don’t some of these guys HAVE to wear the white stuff because their actual lip color is too pretty?

        I, for one, do not mind seeing L(ips)MH all kissable!

  4. Nokcha

    I also really like this drama. I really wasn’t expecting to, but everything works together well. Lee Min Ho is exceeding my expectations.

    • 4.1 nonski

      actually, i feel the same for this drama.

      initially, prior to the first ep and due to the pre release image, i thought of not following this. glad i did not.

      this one is actually good!

      for those needing english softsubs of this drama, they are available at http://www.darksmurfsub.com

      direct link to the drama:
      http://www.darksmurfsub.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1527-city-hunter-2011/page__st__160

    • 4.2 lucertola

      Same for me. It’s nothing like the original story, but I still like it.
      I’ve a vague idea why they insisted on filming this story under CH title. All in all, I like the story and actors. I hope they won’t put a sad ending just to be current and ‘realistic’. Happy endings are the reason why I watch kdramas ^_~

      Thanks JB for recaps!!!

    • 4.3 Ju Ina-sshi

      Yes, thanks JB for this. I have to admit I longed for this one to read. I decided to not watch in the beginning. But now I’m in love.

      Even though they just combine an endless amount of cliches and famous storylines. This mini-arc thing was always smart – always a reason to watch sailor moon – always left the viewer with a good moral, a feeling of accomplishment and less angst. And leaving out fillers makes it even better.

  5. 78446

    JB, thanks for the recap! whoa, subbed episodes before recaps, i’m liking this! :)

    and i’m loving this show and i don’t know why. something about the combination of LMH and PMY makes it crack-worthy for me. i remember reruns of I Am Sam being shown at an ungodly hour and me staying up faithfully just to watch. and LMH gets the girl this time! (in the other show, LMH and TOP both lost PMY to . . . Yang Dong Geun. YDG FTW!)

  6. Yasmin

    oooh, third!! Thats never happened!! I have been refreshing this page for ages hoping for the recap so thanks!!! I must say, lee min ho’s character is growing on me, i am loving yo sueng at the moment i just hope he and nana get the happy ending they deserve!! Just saw the fourth episode and must say a jealous yo seung is such a cutey!! And the love triangle (rectangle?) begins to have solid ground!! Thanks and hoping for the next episode recap XD

  7. Cynthia

    YES, YES, YES!! ***squees with glee!***

    I’ve been waiting for your recap and hoping that you had the same reaction to City Hunter as I did!
    My LMH love has reached a new level – and just how badass is StepDaddy?!
    Some commentators have stated they want a harder edge to LMH’s character. I’m so glad that the writers are taking the humanistic slant and not gone that way. LMH is bringing such sensitivity to this drama – I find it startling at times from such a young actor. And his leading lady is keeping up with him – there’s certainly no need for her to be defending herself taking on the NaNa role in the media.
    She’s sweet and terrific!
    Can’t wait to see how the reconciliation scenes are played out with LMH and the mommy…..
    :)

    • 7.1 Cynthia

      And forgot to add – after seeing ep. 4 (no spoilers here!)
      all comments JB made are even more concrete – my mouth is still hanging open from viewing this next episode.
      Unbelievable.

    • 7.2 mandelbrotr

      I totally agree! The fact that he has some human sensitivity can set the story for real conflict down the road. Conflict because he will have to make hard choices as he continues to grow. I’m so looking forward to it.
      I think ep 4 gives us even more but I will wait for that recap.

      • 7.2.1 Cynthia

        I can’t believe that I just went and watched ep.4 AGAIN!
        It just gets better. No spoilers, but I do have a few thoughts/observations that won’t make any sense until 4 is viewed.
        FLYING PINK PANTS
        PINK WALLETS & THE BEST DICK-FIGHT EVA!!

        And, on a serious note, City Hunter has one fine OST – absolutely pitch (no pun) perfect and getting better with new tracks added to each episode. 4 ends with a head-banding hard rock cut – it’s not on YouTube yet but I’ll be waiting to add it to my favorites.
        City Hunter’s OST is such a contrast to Miss Ripley’s OST.
        One done right, one done wrong!

        Lee Min Ho. My own adjumma love(r)! :)

        • 7.2.1.1 Cynthia

          Sorry – that should read “head-banGing” not head-banDing (which makes it sound totally ’70’s Hippie)…

        • 7.2.1.2 scarlet

          The song “it’s alright’ is actually the opening song in ep1, but was only released a couple of days back. I had originally thought that it was a japanese song, given its really heavy manga feel!

          • 7.2.1.2.1 wanne

            now that you mention it, i havent seen the opening credit of City Hunter yet! now i’m eager to watch it. i wonder if it has been uploaded anywhere on streaming sites. anyone mind to share?

            i remember watching IRIS’s one and thought it was so cool for a drama.

          • 7.2.1.2.2 wanne

            btw, i really love the 1st OST ‘Love’ by Yim Jae Bum. has been on repeat until now. it’s beautiful and sad . LOVE it!

          • 7.2.1.2.3 scarlet

            City Hunter opening (song “It’s Alright” by a new group called Yanghwajin)
            here u go:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReNh_VQ70M4

        • 7.2.1.3 Linda

          what is that song used in the mud scene?

          • 7.2.1.3.1 Cynthia

            Gee, I don’t know.
            I guess that means I need to do you a favor and go watch LEE MIN HO WRESTLING AND GETTING ALL COVERED WITH THAT REALLY WET MUD…..

            I’ll need to rewind several times to listen to the song track you’re interested in. Several times ’cause I seem to lose my train of thought when the camera focuses in on his face with that mud running into his mouth and down his neck and onto his chest while I’m just staring in amaz………..

            Uhh, what was I saying here?………

        • 7.2.1.4 butterfly

          FLYING PINK PANTS
          that was funny!

  8. Yasmin

    darn missed, oh well sixth is good??

  9. Steph

    Recap in da house! I LOVE CITY HUNTER!! Episode three just did it for me. Lee Min Ho is doign a great job and the story just gets better each ep.

  10. 10 Ann

    I LOVE this drama, I’m hoping that it will see an increase in viewers and ratings! I feel like it’s not getting the attention it deserves.

  11. 11 dotori

    YAY IT’S HERE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  12. 12 ishrooroo

    YAY! I just watched this week’s episodes, like JUST NOW LOL. I thought the beginning of ep3 was rather jumpy which confused me a little but it was better after the first few scenes.
    I LOVED the spoon fight, it was totally awesome but when chefdude smashed his glasses off, my thought was “oh great, that’s gonna come back and bite” especially since he threw away his cellphone to get rid of evidence. The glasses would have his fingerprint on them wouldn’t they? Hmm..
    BTW his driveway/garage totally reminds me of the batcave, just saying~

    • 12.1 78446

      I thought the same thing about the glasses! He’s so meticulous so why did he just leave it there? Wouldn’t that thin have a microchip or something that can be analyzed and traced back to him?

      • 12.1.1 wanne

        i think he totally forgot about it because he even threw away his cellphone *shiver*

      • 12.1.2 scarlet

        He did pick the glasses back, i think. It was beside him in the van when he threw the iphone into the Han River.
        http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/202/e031102.jpg/

        • 12.1.2.1 wanne

          omo, you have sharp eyes!

          but the camera focus to the scene when his glasses fell like it will be a plot device later. i hope the glasses being there in the van was not a plot hole, like it really was supposed to be forgotten by YS and later becoming the evidence for people to track him.

    • 12.2 Steph

      Lol, yep, when the glasses fell I was like, oh snap. That can’t be good. The spoon fight was awesome though. I loved the action this ep. I feel like LMH did a great job showing his character’s cold, cool side.

  13. 13 stars4u

    I’m loving this series more in each episode…

  14. 14 isamouse

    I think Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young are fabulous together. I’m particularly impressed with Park. I guess I never noticed how talented she was. Her emoting is great. I cried twice just watching her cry

  15. 15 Ramya

    Ha! been waiting for this recap for over three days eventhough I have watched the episode. Now I am eagerly waiting for episode 4 as I cannot watch it without subs. Pleeease hurry up girlfriday and thanks very much for all the recaps!

    • 15.1 Cynthia

      Viki.com has it up with full eng subs. Their subbing team is in love with drama!

    • 15.2 wanne

      while i also keep refreshing this site for the recap, i much prefer Javabeans & Girlfriday take their time and enjoy the episode. the mood when you do the recap can really reflect how your recap will turn out. i remember reading My Girlfriend is a Gumiho recap, i thought Javabeans recap sometimes sound unenthusiastic. i thought it was because she didnt really enjoy the show but was surprised later to see the rating she gave to MGIAG. i think she was just exhausted and pressured to do the multiple recaps. haha sorry if i look at it wrongly

      but really, take your time Dramabeans’s ladies!

  16. 16 LMF

    YESYES!!! The wait was so long I thot JB’s giving up on this one! Boy am i glad to see this recap!
    Love LMH!!! And I love how his character was written out. They make

    • 16.1 LMF

      every sense to me judging from how he was depicted in ep1, that soft kind side of him.
      It really pains me to see how lonely this boy is…

  17. 17 Ladymoonstone143

    Thanks Javabeans for this awesome recap….

    I am invested already on this drama…full of intrigue and so many things to anticipate. I zealously watch the raw episodes and repeat it so many times even if most of the conversation, I can’t understand…:)) I am just happy I can see LMH’s face…and boy did he really improve. It is just so funny because he is one of those actors that whenever he smiles, I smile back…hahahaha. Easy to look upon and such smoldering hotness…..whewwwwwwww….

    Looking forward to next week…judging by the preview, it will be so exciting.

    • 17.1 Divyrus

      He he.. Totally same here!
      I never thought its possible to watch a kdrama without subs! But LMH did it for me!!!
      I dont even care if I Understand nothing! Am just satisfied with his beautiful face on screen!!!!!

      *Ep 4 JUST GETS BETTER*

  18. 18 steph

    Thanks!!

  19. 19 holly

    im totally in love with this series already – hopefully it will stay this good all the way through *fingers crossed*

  20. 20 Revy

    Next time i go out i am definitely walking with a spoon to defend myself just in case someone attacks me.

    I am so glad LMH character is not just some cold hearted person just out for revenge since this will make him clash with his fake dad for an epic showdown

    • 20.1 ishrooroo

      Haha that made me laugh. If only I had the training to fight off bad guys with a spoon!

    • 20.2 Daniela

      The spoon fight brought me memories of Robin Hood, when Nottingham says ” I’m gonna cut your heart out with a spoon.”
      And then his explanation is: “Why a spoon cousin? Why not an axe?
      Because it’s dull, you twit! It’ll hurt more.”

      • 20.2.1 Ju Ina-sshi

        haha I remember that scene. But which movie adaption was that? A comical one right? I just remember Men in Tights, but that’s not it right?…right? It was Prince in Thieves – I asked Mr. Wikipedia. That guy in Men in Thights was my first ever crush…woah how time goes by.

        • 20.2.1.1 Ju Ina-sshi

          Pince of Thieves…I’m tired

  21. 21 rose

    i like it so munch , i maynot be a action fan but i like it the simplicity of the gadget well im not into techi munch movie that all u see are gadget that make the hero get a away i like it thanks for the recap

  22. 22 Ace

    Awesome and cool!

  23. 23 melonhead

    I love how it never dwells in angst but keeps moving. And it’s awesome how they’re not really constantly tossing up between he likes her, he doesn’t, but that it’s established pretty up front that he’s interested, but can’t do anything cos of his revenge mission.

    sign you’re addicted? when you’re willing to watch with chinese subs and limited chinese reading ability with google translate open, just so you can watch it a bit sooner.

    <3 loving City Hunter!!

    • 23.1 ishrooroo

      Puahaha I did that with Midas when the viki subs were being sporatic but then halfway through I realized I had to study for finals and then never went back to finish watching..

    • 23.2 78446

      LOL! I do that with Best Love! But there must be a ton of people in love with this drama because the English subs are wicked fast.

  24. 24 Minion

    Thanks for the awesome recap!

    Watching this drama has got me thinking that Lee Min Ho might actually have it in him to be the next Cha Seung Won or Lee Byung Hun – acting wise. I wasn’t convinced before but his portrayal of his character in this drama is getting my hopes up.

    I love Park Min-young! I thought I wouldn’t like her here but she’s just so darn cute, relate-able with just the right amount of sass and fragility. There seems to be a genuine niceness about her that just makes you want to root for her.

    • 24.1 melonhead

      lol I want her monkey toy. it’s really cute. ^^

  25. 25 Kristiii

    Loving this drama big time. 😀

  26. 26 rainerust

    I love the pacing of the drama, although some parts are a tad jarring (death of ahjusshi’s wife for eg – what was up with that?). It helps that so far everyone has been acting aptly and the plot and it’s various dichotomies are so engaging that I can’t help but want to find out what happens next! Revenge thrillers normally are not my thing but I’m totally on board LMH’s ship here, wherever it may go…

  27. 27 Dayan

    Gah, I love this! Of all the craziness of the May dramas, this turned out to be my favorite, but well, only because I haven’t gotten around to watching Best Love..

    But for now, this is what I want to follow. Another crack, finally :)

    Thanks JB! Uhm, I guess I have to get used to the recap sked to avoid the stalking DB for days on end hehe. Thanks so much for this! <3

    • 27.1 butterfly

      Yeah, i’ve been stalking DB since thursday morning and i’m so happy to finally read this recap and jb’s opinion about city hunter. thank you very much javabeans

  28. 28 Bluefyre

    Thank you so much JB!!
    I gotta say that Miss Ripley and City Hunter have got to be the more satisfying dramas this season :)

    I can’t wait to start watching it. Thank you!

    • 28.1 Emeldy

      Totally Agree with you. This are the only drama i am sticking with at the moment. I putting on hold all the Rom-Com.

      But, i believe we are a minority in our taste of drama.

      • 28.1.1 wanne

        romcom is normally my main favourite genre of drama. but since City Hunter started, it stole my attention big time. i rewatched the raw episode multiple times and then while waiting for the recap, thats then i catch up with other dramas. its like, my romcoms now become fillers just to make time flies faster

  29. 29 Nahan

    I’m really liking this show and I’m soo happy about it. Even though they are using a lot of material from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (I mean that scene where he delivers Lee Kyung wan to the prosecutor is from The Dark Knight).

    I’m a huge Batman fan so I’m really liking the similarities since Batman is awesome. Batman/City Hunter, Lee Minho could do both :)

    • 29.1 tomato

      Actually no,

      If you are familiar with the original Manga dated back in 198x, delivering the caught bad guy to the police (or persecutor) in a box while in humiliating state:

      messed up hair, half or almost naked, lecherous in nature-wearing pantie as hat (depending on the crime involved), or others stuff with or without evidence attached in the badguy’s body….

      is City Hunter trademark/staple that lasted for quite a while (long volume of the tankubon/volumes).

      Similarly with Kaori’s (nana counterpart of the heroin – judo throw) staple 100t Hammer bash or overhead throws whenever Ryo Saeba (Yoon Sung counterpart) is caught molesting his clients.

      A lot of material straight referral to the original work of the characters creator Tsukasa Hojo.

  30. 30 adette

    lol@magic whistle… dog whistles can be used to stop barking, youknow :O)

  31. 31 Birdie

    This drama has a lot going for it. Whether the writers can keep the plot and characters development remain to be seen. The cinematography,the ost,the veteran actors and LMH are awesome. My main problem is with some of the things the writers took the liberty of putting in even if it does not make sense and its many coincidences. An inexperienced guard for the president.Kim Na Na couldn’t be poor if she can afford a dog(think of the vet fees),goes around with brand name handbags,etc. It must be nice to be employed in the Blue House,not having to do much work-one has time to stalk the bad guys,and enjoy some judo wrestling. How about not getting arrested by getting your fellow assemblymen to vote against it. How did LYS get off the boat with an unconscious man without being caught by the patrol?
    Also I know Trugen sponsor the 50 outfits LMH wears, but does every shot has to be like a photoshoot and we have to admire him from every angle.
    I do wish they pay attention to the small details so that City Hunter can be better than it is now.

    • 31.1 sanzo

      Exactly, so many strange stuff going on that they could have made a bit more realistic.

    • 31.2 78446

      I agree with those lapses in the writing. It’s for these that I don’t quite understand why I like this drama so much. It requires a LOT of suspension of disbelief from the get-go.

      But they’re pretty good with building the conflict so far, of the killing-machine-with-a-conscience-and-daddy-issues. The fact that I want to know what happens next all the time usually means I’m having a hella lotta fun with it.

      I won’t so far as to compare it to Story of a Man because that show was genius and this is not (or rather what I’ve seen of it so far). So I’m choosing to ignore logic every once in a while to enjoy the not so Shitty Hunter.

      • 31.2.1 tomato

        Exactly,

        There are few voids in writing that cause raising eyebrows and also the acting itself by the lead actor/actress.

        Min Ho acts is like 16 year old trying and forced to act 27-28, rather than a 20+ male with childlike quality that is displayed occasionally. Unstable in many moments, such as when he is alone and does not have to act “fake” to deceive others or to protect himself/hiding his feeling. Sometimes he acts like he is his current age of 20s by the story sometimes 16: The inconsistency of the portrayal of City Hunter while being alone (therefor minus the necessity to act not being the true self).

        Yoon Sung is like one with identity crisis/double personality rather than one trained/cool 20+ male with mischievous traits who has control of the acts.

        Looking at Nana, it comes to mind; what are (if any) qualifications she has to become bodyguard, albeit still rookie/trainee. The acting is more believable if she works for small scale/budget security company rather than one works for presidential.

        Those aside, the drama itself is very fun to watch though. Looking forward to seeing it until the final episode.

        • 31.2.1.1 preetam

          As I told before, Korean people should be banished of making Kdrama versions of (using) japanese Manga/Anime. Even Taiwanese do better than them. RS becomes skinny fashion model KT with guns and pink pants. No comment about Kaori stuck in a “love triangle” ewwwww !

    • 31.3 scarlet

      haha given his look and tall model-like physique, i don’t think he can help it if his every angle looks like a photoshoot, with or without Trugen sponsorship

      • 31.3.1 butterfly

        I totally agree with LMH’s look even you dress him with a rag he will still be outstanding

        • 31.3.1.1 omo_omo

          or even if you dont dress him at all… *sheepish smile* *blush* blush* ^^

          • 31.3.1.1.1 butterfly

            it will be much better, lmh without a dress

      • 31.3.2 Birdie

        Actually I am talking about too much makeup,not a hair out of place and impeccably dressed like in a photoshoot,and the cameraman lovingly going round and round catching every angle. How about roughing him up a bit and make him look more realistically.

        • 31.3.2.1 Cynthia

          Forget it – the boy doesn’t have a bad angle.
          And really, didn’t y’all think he looked especially HOT in the mud wrestling scene?
          No makeup, no neat hair, and practically no clothes.
          I could stare at him all day long. And then some.
          :)

          • 31.3.2.1.1 Birdie

            You got it. He looked a lot HOTTER in the mud wrestling scene and more natural,which is better than a photoshoot look.

    • 31.4 ...

      off-topic (since I don’t watch the drama anyway), you CAN afford to have a dog, even you aren’t rich. just saying 😀

      • 31.4.1 Birdie

        Well in this drama, Na Na is supposed to be in big debt,as she has to pay the hospital bills for her dad who is in a coma for 10 years. She has to work many jobs, the belongings are being repossessed,the house is being autioned off,she cannot afford meat,and only eats ramen.

        • 31.4.1.1 Cynthia

          But isn’t NaNa somehow connected to the veterinarian?
          If so, she could be getting doggie goodies (like food) from her.
          Just a thought. :)

  32. 32 ellewu

    HOLY HALLELUJAH! i LOVE my Wed-Thur, Best Love + City Hunter = simply awesome :) … Lee Min Ho why are you so hott??? sometimes i find it hard to concentrate because his hotness is sooo distracting *wipes drool*

  33. 33 TammieR

    I’ve held off watching this show until BL and LTM are over. I want to savor the beauty that is LMH. :) I hope I can last that long. Quit trying to seduce me in to watching it now! Stop already! Really…. Stop!

    • 33.1 Saima

      true say!! i am currently watching RT n BFB….bad choices coz the subs aren’t out like 1-2 days later!! not that i appreciate them any lesser….. I’ve heard loads of good things abt CYHMH but am holding off until it’s nearing its end so i can marathon it….i’m planning on doing the same for BL n now CH!! reading the recap n comments is really tempting but am gonna hold off!! hopefully it’s gonna work n i don’t give in! 😀

  34. 34 beggar1015

    I wasn’t expecting to be so deeply hooked by this drama, but it’s my newest “I gotta see what happens next” addiction. Great pacing, great action, great visuals, while not drowning in tears when the storyline touches upon the personal tragedies of the characters. I do hope the role of the prosecutor gets beefed up in the future. And what’s the vet’s role in this going to be?

    After watching Ep. 4 (no spoilers), I’m anxiously waiting for next week.

  35. 35 IZ

    I just don’t understand what role does goo hara play in this story ? Her character is annoying and pointless.

    • 35.1 Revy

      ia. As much as i love Hara her character is truly annoying. So glad LMH tells her like it is

    • 35.2 Cynthia

      Actually, I like Goo Hara’s character in this. Her “bratty princess” routine facilitates the plotline – i.e., dragging the bodyguards to the club where all main leads interact.

      I’m pretty sure her character will provide several more reasons for this story to barrel forward – it should be fun to watch. I think she’s doing a really good job for her first big role – girl’s under a lot of pressure to perform and she’s pulling it off admirably.

    • 35.3 Jomo

      What we have here is a loose cannon President’s daughter whose purpose is to:
      1. humanize this man who wittingly allowed all those men to die. They will have deep conversations about life, right and wrong, etc, which will come back to haunt him once the truth is out in a future episode.
      2. Get kidnapped and require rescuing in a future episode.
      3. Take part in a running gag about how cute LMH is because we have not quite figured that one out on our own.
      4. Won’t she also be on the OST?

  36. 36 sanzo

    I like the show but i am very disappointed by the unrealisticness of the bodyguards. I mean you work for the president and you still have time to socialize???????

  37. 37 binzer

    I’m glad that they’re developing LMH’s character (he’s starting to make sense!) but I’m still annoyed that the show is being so lazy about simple stuff.

    I could pick apart pretty much any scene, but I’ll just choose one for now: when he goes after Lee on the yacht.

    When he leaps off the dock and lands on the yacht, the cut is terrible, and makes his jump look extremely fake. I literally guffawed, and my husband said it looked like a take from Army of Darkness (which is a comparison I got mad at him for).

    The rest of the scene cuts back and forth between a boat that is moving quickly, a boat that isn’t moving at all (and everything in between).

    LMH hesitates before shooting (even though he’s just using a tranq dart) and continues to shoot with one arm just to look like a badass, even though he trained with Weaver-stance as a child (which is a much superior gun-stance).

    We are left to believe that he jumps off the yacht with Lee, but since the two boats arriving on scene are right there, they would obviously see him swimming away since he has the senator with him.

    Usually in action shows flaws don’t bother me (in fact, I expect them). Any one of the things I’ve mentioned wouldn’t bother me on its own, but there are so many tiny things wrong pretty much constantly in this show that it’s becoming distracting.

    It’s not like any of the mistakes propel the plot or have a purpose either; they’re just a result of laziness.

    I’m still enjoying City Hunter and like the overall tone (not to mention the cast) but it’s certainly making my appreciate shows like TBDAW and Iris for their attention to detail.

    Also, LOVE LMH in glasses.

    • 37.1 sanzo

      Yes, a lot of laziness that make episode 4 look stupid…

    • 37.2 crazedlu

      OH. MY. GOSH. i THIS this SO MUCH. being a girl who loves the bourne series and someone who only ever watches action movies in theatres, i was like WHA?? are you SERIOUS?? hahaha. yeah, i’m pretty forgiving, because i actually do like the series for what it is, but any more of these tiny detail slip ups and i might turn my head.

      • 37.2.1 Kiara

        I’m a die hard fan of the Bourne series but to be fair Jason Bourne is a trained CIA assassin and LMH’s character wasnt meant to be a hardcore killing machine from what I’m getting here.

        What do you think of Jeremy Renner in the new Bourne Legacy?. I thought no one can replace Matt Damon but Renner is a great actor so I’m reluctantly giving him a chance.

        • 37.2.1.1 crazedlu

          i’m talking more about the slick, mysterious, super human type lee minho’s character should be coming off as, like bourne, or prison break’s michael scofield. someone who knows exactly what he’s doing, because he’s good like that, and executes well. lee minho is only skimming the surface of that with his performance. i actually think he’s a good actor, but i feel yoon sung should be even BETTER than what lee minho is getting at.

          and i didn’t know renner was stepping into that role!! WOW. but he’s a good actor, so i might give it a shot. he’s too good at playing a bad guy all the time that i’m glad he’s getting a chance to play the hero. still, i LOVE matt damon as bourne! and i would actually be very okay if they just stopped it is a trilogy. haha.

          • 37.2.1.1.1 crazedlu

            *as a trilogy.

          • 37.2.1.1.2 Kiara

            Forgive me for the first part of my post. I think my comment was to someone else. I do agree with your comment though and I’m trying very hard to like it because I’m not a girly girl when it comes to the kind of drama and movies I like. I think one rom.com a year is good enough for me lol. Thank you Best Love.

            I think Bourne Legacy is going to be more of a spin-off so I gueess its safe to say that the first 3 is the triology :).

  38. 38 girl

    thank you for the recaps javabean !! this drama is turning out be pretty awesome ; hopefully there’ll be a happy ending…

  39. 39 anotheraddict

    Awesome recap, as per usual.

    There was too much violence in the first episode for my taste, but I’m really enjoying this drama now. The superhero-incognito element (like Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent) makes it much more fun and I much prefer Yoon Sung’s revenge strategy (make each bastard’s life a living hell) to Jin Pyo’s just-shoot-’em plan.

    Another great thing about watching this drama is that during any scenes that I’m not really into, I can just switch my focus to how breathtakingly beautiful LMH is! ;D

  40. 40 tomato

    Despite others saying otherwise, I think Yoon Sung motivation and his Dad’s make sense.

    Jin Pyo and the real dad relationship seems to be more than mere work colleague, maybe oath brother or some sort, shown in various occasions like how Jin Pyo visited the wife after giving birth (as if she was his real sister in law).

    The kidnapping is also explained in a way that the son should be the one enacting the vengeance repaying the country’s blood debt toward not only the real parents, but also toward the others 20 men (jin pyo being one of them).

    They tell us how Jin Pyo is strict as parent. But, we are not told that Yoon Sung thinks Jin Pyo does not love him as a son. Jin Pyo sacrifices himself to bail Yoon Sung out after getting caught in land mine.

    The above make Jin Pyo accusation for stealing Yoon Sung life for simply Jin Pyo’s personal vendetta just does not quite fly.

    Another thing to note.
    Jin Pyo sees death as the ultimate punishment of crime. Yoon Sung, on the hard, see destroying a person reputation/livelihood/dream/family to be more punishing than death.

    In that sense. Jin Pyo’s view may seem dark. But, by no means “evil” as a number of people voiced. To think about it, turning a person’s livelihood upside down, affecting the person at various levels AND while keeping the person alive to savor the moments (Yoon Sung’s -Destruction-) IS actually more… evil.

    On side note,
    I find City Hunter enjoyable to watch. Some facets of the story and characters share few similarities found in the original Tsukasa Hojo original adaptation.

    On contrary to the story, I find the lead actor and actress inadequate. Aside to how much a hottie he/she is.

    Nana does not convey the feeling that she is “tough”, has undergone hardship to get to where she is. Doing various jobs to extend his father’s life, paying rent, etc just does not show in her acting. Weak teen is the vibes emitted by the character. The Judo scenes does the contrary in convincing that she is an expert to name a few of the long list.

    The same thing can be said about Lee Min Ho. Yoon Sung character simply lacks of charm, mischievousness aura, and the smarts. He is good looking, but he is not “cool” (the kind Cha Seung Won emits, for instance) in City Hunter. Depicting Yoon Sung character lacks confidence and determination and feels very thin. I was looking forward to seeing him improve after BBF and Personal Taste, but dissapointed to see Yoon Sung character turn out to just like food with not enough spice.

    • 40.1 appie

      I totally agree with you there, as much as I find Lee Minho “hot”/good looking, I’ve never been much fan of this acting, I tried watching BOF and Personal Taste, whether its the script or his acting, I wasn’t sucked into his world nor convinced, I felt that something was always “lacking” with him, so I stop watching those dramas. City Hunter on the other has strong plot, moving on a good pace so you’re easily sucked into watching it, even so, I still feel Lee Minho’s “something-that-is-lacking” vibes again, – I guess Tomato’s comment are spot-on.

      From day one I’ve never been sold on Park Min Young playing as Nana, as soon as I heard description of Nana’s character- I thought “wait a minute, PMY won’t suit it” and I wasn’t proven wrong. Even my sister (whose not avid k-drama fan) said “that girl does not suit this character.” And I agree, no matter how many times PMY overthrows LMH on the judo mat, I’m not convinced. I don’t feel the sense of “toughness” from her =/

      Despite somewhat disappointing weakness of main cast, I’m enjoying the drama so far, and the vibes are spot on.

    • 40.2 Jomo

      I agree with you that YJ needs to beefed up, his coolness factor is at 30%, but I think that works for the character.
      (He NEVER would have been able to pull off “perv.” Way too young and clean.)

      YJ has trained to do a lot of fancy daring things, but this is the first time he is planning and executing on his own. I expect that with more episodes, and more successes blowing up locks with gum, or fighting off assailants with credit cards, he will be more confident. The character and the actor, I mean.

      CSW has 15+ years on LMH, and at LMH’s age was already a father. But I’m not sure even CSW was Dokko Jin cool at LMH’s age. I like the comparison, though. Cause as “hot” as we all say LMH is, his charisma cannot compare to CSW’s who physically is not as pretty.

  41. 41 Ojou_Belle

    I laaaavvveeeettt!

    The story is very well done which is the cake to Lee Min

    Ho being the icing. He’s acting very well these days and

    my heart just goes thump when he appears on screen.

    Soooo drool worthy!

    I feel like I should do a Dokko Jin and monitor my

    heartbeat whenever I watch City Hunter!

  42. 42 ME~

    Haha, I’ll laugh when nana talks about how hawt CH must be, and YS going FMLFMLFML

  43. 43 epikredbean

    awesome read. thank you for the recap! v^_^v

  44. 44 Daniela

    Im enjoying this very much. The schizophrenic trailer was, well schizophrenic. But actually they do a good job balancing action, drama and even funny moments. They are at the right time.
    In episode 1, when he asked “And if I kill those five men, will you and I be able to live well again, in a place where nobody knows us?” For me those were the words. I wasnt buying the “That’s my fate” I accepted because it make sense. But for me, his first motivation was to do the revenge job and that way his (fake) dad would be in peace and they can carry on with their lives. But I agree about that now he seeks for a greater good, more than revenge.
    I love when we can see his 17 year-old-self. Also, when he goes to Nana, I remember that he used to talk to Nana´s photo, so this habit to talk to her after stressful moments is something he did before. And now he has the real one.
    More love? Ok. The little bromance between Yoon-sung and Shik-joong. I dont now if bromance is the right word, but their realtionship is…(damn my lack of English Vocabulary). Anyway. I love it and its funny too.
    And last, Ahh Lee Min Ho, so handsome. Im starting to like your hair.

    Thank you for the recap!

  45. 45 letmeeatcake

    City Hunter is getting really good now! Loving the Batman concept 😀

  46. 46 tomato

    About Yoon Sung’s mother abandoning him,

    We learned that Yoon Sung initial knowledge was that his mother had passed away.

    Along the line between the revelation that his birth mother is still alive than his making his remark to Shik-joong about his mother not wanting him, i believe is more of putting up front (the kind like a boy not wanting to admit that he likes a girl when his friend drills him about it in fun gathering).

    We are still kept in dark as in what Yoon Sung know about his mother situation in relation to his being separated…at least up to this episode. But, if we look at his growing up surrounding in the tough/unforgiving/death-is-daily-stuff environment and how he meets Shik-joong after so many years, it is understandable if Yoon Shik does not want Shik-joong to know if Yoon Shik is missing his mother (or not).

    @Belle
    As for Lee Min Hoo doing well portraying the character (or acting well these days)……

    Let’s take the fighting action for instance. There is no weight shown in his punches/kicks. Yoon Sung/Min Ho does not act/show hip movements etc. that more veteran action actors show in their act. His stabs, his kicks, his punches are the kind that go thump but not THUMP, enough impact to know big bald guy down.

    “…City Hunter has got the style of Bad Guy (cool, lush, moody)…”

    I think so too. Even after seeing City Hunter character as not carbon replica of that in the original manga. But, Minhoo still projects his character as if it’s teen high school Private Investigator from school detective club NOT as the “cool, lush, moody” (and lecherous) City Hunter. Don’t get me wrong though. I love Lee Min Hoo, to the point that I will spread my legs, making sure I am always ovulating and ready to conceive his child (or any body contact and fluid swapping exchanges attempts) for him. But, as actor portraying THE City Hunter (Yoon Sung), he is far from adequate.

  47. 47 Lucille

    Thank you for the recap. I am enjoying this drama for what it is. It fun, pretty to look at, and entertaining. Ha ha, btw did anyone else want him to bust out and say

    “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. ”

    when he pulled out that gun. For some reason that popped into my head and I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Ha!

  48. 48 Stephanie

    I love how you pick up loadsss of things I don’t notice and even cross ref it to other dramas. Your wit is just fantastic. That’s why I have to watch the drama before reading your recaps because your recaps are just too awesome for the real thing to beat.

    Of course there are moments where the scene can’t be summarised and put into words. But most of the normal scenes become boring once I know what is gonna happen.

    I always would wanna read your recaps because of this. Because you always pick up things I don’t.

  49. 49 Thatgirl

    Oh. Shit. In-deed.

    Javabeans! I have been stalking this site for days looking for these recaps. Lol.

    Spider-man. Clark Kent. Batman. Damn! a triple threat, superhero. Which is next? Mr. Fantastic? Wait, he’s already that too. Lol. :p

  50. 50 miss_procrastination

    yay!

    I am so thoroughly addicted to this drama.

  51. 51 kukkoo

    what i love about this drama is, damn they have really pretty shots, beautiful pictures and the camera is so damn HD. this is like the first time I’m fascinated by the camera shots. add the pretty leads on top of that. its perfect.

    i just didn’t like how they slow-mo the action scene, why slow-motion? i don’t think there’s a need to do that.

    and i like our city hunter/prosecutor rivalry over Nana, so cute especially the wallet scene.
    it’s interesting to see that Shik-joong’s outfit (shirt?) is always bright colour.
    City Hunter totally owned A Man Called God! no matter how much i like SIG, AMCG did not capture my liking (although i still watched it for the love of SIG)

    • 51.1 Jomo

      I am guessing that the slo-mo is to hide the level of skill that LMH actually has in martial arts and hand to hand combat.

  52. 52 supeng

    There’s certainly things in this drama that makes you go..”what? can they just do THAAT?” (esp talking about the video transmitting to every fricken single computer in the country)

    BUT. I do think that why the positive reviews are > the negative ones because it goes the same for the storyline. I see City Hunter as a building that is being constructed and its story is the one thats supporting it (foundation and pillars, walls) with carefully chosen materials (cast).

    IMO, the unrealistic flaws are like chipping of the wall paint; making some scenes imperfect. Though not distracting enough and even more certainly, it wont crumble down the whole construction.

    These aside, I would like to give a well-deserved pat on the back to LMH for his acting in CH. I was thinking he might be growing more on the avenge-aggressive side but his soft subtlety with a hinge of childishness wins my vote. I wish he would show this side more than the serious broody one but i know its a little too much to ask for. His transition from one mood to another blends perfectly as well, as shown in the scene where Shik Joong went to his room and LMH teasingly asked if he needs to get more things, but when the topic turns out to be his mum, the whole mood went down. A+ acting(in terms of grasping the emotions well) from such a young actor!

    Looking forward to ep4!

    • 52.1 mars

      AGREED. And eerily this comment was pulled out of my head!

      I nitpick with the best of ’em but I don’t really feel that the imperfections detract too much. But then again I pretty much willing to believe anything the show threw at me when YS took down a dude with a spoon. WITH. A. SPOON. And, aside from how hilariously badass that was, it shows that YS will always choose the non-lethal method to take down his opponent.

      I also think that LMH is doing a great job. I see YS as trying to play this really “cool” guy, but his facade breaks and the softer, playful, REAL YS breaks through. The fountain scene was so cute. I think he pulls it off very well!

      But, anyway, thank you for articulating my thoughts! :DD

      • 52.1.1 supeng

        aww thank you for the kind comment. im glad to see another viewer having the same thoughts!

  53. 53 Shia

    I love this drama to bits! Lee min ho oppa has made a total fan out of me-I didn’t get the whole BOF love-but this had completely converted me to being his fan.

    I love the drama with all the storylines with him and his dad’s methods of revenge and the growing romance and the action kicking butt/taking names!

    And finally, I love Shik-joong and the mother/friend/father relationship they have going on as well.

    THIS IS THE DRAMA OF THE SUMMER!

  54. 54 Stephanie

    Oh and I love how the symbolism is totally not on purpose. Like the flags and the playboy/actual hero thing // batman.

    His playboy image was not created on purpose. It just so happens that Nana first met him that way, and so he decided to stick to it and use it to his advantage.

  55. 55 kaye

    I’m actually getting some Story of a Man vibes with its plotting structure, which excites me. This is a case where the arc/mini-arc structure really works to build and keep momentum going within each hour, and also from episode to episode. Every hour has a mini-mission, keeping the goals tangible and delivering payoffs on a regular basis, but they’re built into the Bigger Bad.

    THIS SO MUCH. Yay for its likeness to Story of a Man.

    • 55.1 Emeldy

      To me it feels more like a lighter version of Time Between Dog and Wolf, which is really a good thing in my book. One of the best drama i have ever watched. And the best Final Episode. (Many may not like it but i did, unpredictable ending)

      And Yah, i get the Story of the Man vibe. We can add Mawang-The Devil vibe as well. That is such a huge compliment. Hope we will not be disappointed in the long run.

      • 55.1.1 Arhazivory

        I agree there’s something ‘Time of Dog and Wolf’ – esque about this one which really makes me love it.

  56. 56 L

    I really shouldn’t be doing facials right now because I just can’t keep a straight face while reading the recaps XD

    I’m loving this drama so much right now. Wednesday please come faster.

    • 56.1 Divyrus

      Ha ha.. You know you really should have known it before.
      JB and GF recaps always makes one giggle like little girls!!!

  57. 57 ladida

    So, yeah. I love this show. Wasn’t expecting to, but I totally do. I love how Nana is bubbly, but not too bubbly, and how she doesn’t take much shit from him, and how she kicks ass. I hope she stays that way and doesn’t go the Gil Ra-im route of starting out awesome and then dissolving into tears. And I, too, love the little bursts of mischievousness in Yoon Sung, especially when it concerns his ajusshi or Kim Nana. Anyway, ep 4 was even more satisfying than this one, just like episode 2 was to episode 1 (at least for me it was). I wouldn’t mind if that were the pattern for the rest of the series.

    Thanks for the awesome recap!

    • 57.1 mim

      I agree with all that you said. I too liked episode 2 n episode 4 better. Ep. 3 was great, but the romantic track wasn’t developed as much as the revenge track. Episode 4 had a perfect blend of both. And I am loving PMY’s portrayal of Nana till now and like you, hope she stays someone knows when to talk back to YS and when to give comfort. YS is trying hard not to get involved with her, but he is fighting a losing battle. As far as LMH is concerned, this is a dream role for him and he is doing a fine job bringing out all the many sides of Yoon Sung. He ‘is’ City Hunter.

  58. 58 anais

    I have one wish – can we have a different music director? Enough with the heavyhanded music.

    • 58.1 Emeldy

      I really like the OST’s.

    • 58.2 wanne

      i love the osts!

  59. 59 Asa

    They’re so obviously lifting off some inspiration from the Dark Knight. It’s not bad mind you, but pretty obvious.

  60. 60 dls

    woooh …. off to watch city hunter now….

  61. 61 Emeldy

    I am so in Love with this drama. From wed-thurs line up this wins hands down for me. It may not be intriguing as Mawang the Devil or engaging as Time Between Dog and Wolf. But City Hunter is so well made in terms of visual. Amazing cinematography and OST’s.

    I am not a fan of LMH or PSH. I am a City Haller (Yah i will watch anything Cha Sung Won does) and a big fan girl of Gong Hyo Jin and Yoon Kye Sang. But i can believe, City Hunter won over Best Love for me. This is THE drama for me. I am a big fan of korean thriller drama. Fugitive was such a big let down. I am so glad City Hunter has prove me wrong, i was so adamant that i am going to hate this drama before it aired.

    And now……… i am totally hooked and addicted.

    • 61.1 tomato

      Ditto,

      Looking forward to see more because of the genre (nice -variety- in addition to the more mainstream-ly watched rom-com, or melo).

      The lead actors do not deliver (want to say sucks in their acting, but afraid to be showered by hail of stones), but so far the plots and developments do. Anticipating how the story will be progressing in the this drama’s own alternate City Hunter world.

      It is also very interesting to see, each stuff from the original manga work brought into drama like how the senator shipped with mouth-tape. Although I am sure, City Hunter trademark erection that’s ‘buff’ enough to lift a furniture, in the original, will not be on drama :). Can’t wait if I can identify more tidbits in the upcoming ones.

  62. 62 crazedlu

    i dig this show a lot, but park min young isn’t delivering for me. i get her character, but i don’t see her as the sweet badarse her character is supposed to be. she’s okay at best. i still wish they would’ve casted differently. anyways, liking it!

    • 62.1 crazedlu

      and seriously, lee min ho is sizzling.

      • 62.1.1 Divyrus

        Well thats one word I haven’t heard before to describe LMH’s hotness!
        And sizzling does sound kinda right!

    • 62.2 Birdie

      I agree with you.No way PMY is conveying that she is tough and is a bodyguard,or that she is very poor and had gone through many hardships. I found her acting 2 dimensional. The vibe I get is cute and sweet high schooler. Unfortunately LSY and KNN interaction is kind of juvenile and lack the sizzling chemistry between leads.

  63. 63 jennyannyen

    I wonder if it is just me. I really see a resemblance in story structure with Return of Iljimae and City Hunter? It’s crazy because the tone is so different and everything but if you look at it, it has some similar arch stories: national history, system of injustice, a dark knight, individualized stories, and a hero that beyond anything else desires normalcy.

    Of course, City hunter is a lot more dramatic and slicker, but I think that it runs a long a similar storyline in terms of idealism and principal. It becomes more apparent in the next episode with matters of life/death centering around “killing” as a justify mean to justice.

    Anyways, I really love city hunter. It just have such complex relationships. And I am digging the relationship between Jin-pyo and Yoo Sung. I can’t wait for the rest of the story to delve into that. What is it like to grown up loving, hating, respecting, and fearing someone that is a parent to you? Someone that is both a role model and a competitor? I love it because both sides are so justifiable. It makes sense that Jin pyo believes that Korean justice system is whacked. He was betrayed by a country that he was willing to die for. He once also believed in such ideals until he was stabbed in the back. His 28 years thirst for vengeance is legit. Yoo Sung, on the other hand, didn’t experience such betrayal. His connection comes from the abandonment from his mother and his love for Jin Pyo. Like he said in episode one, when this vengeance is done, he wants to live normally with Jin pyo.

    Jin pyo is looking for vengeance, but I think Yoo Sung is looking for justice. While Jin pyo wants to eliminate the wrongs, I think Yoo sung wants right them. Then again, they maybe just different people with different personalities.

    I am glad I never seen the original city hunter before. I think it would have ruined my experience with this drama. But from what I hear and read of wikipedia, I think we should just look at this as a completely different story.

    P.S. I know the actor who play Jin Pyo is old. But GOD DAMN is he not one hot grandpa. I want me some of that. 25 years ain’t nothing babe.

    P.S.S. I know it is Yoon Sung. I am to lazy to go over and correct everything.

    PEACE

    • 63.1 tomato

      Yoon Sung negative reaction toward death stems from his relationship with his surrogate mother, the Vietnamese woman whom he finds shelter in his distance land as mother figure.

      It was when she was sentenced to death because of his husband running away with the pack’s goods. Harsh, but a necessity in their not-forgiving society: error means death by the enemy/competing drug cartel. Yoon Sung wanted her to live, hence his first friction with his father giving birth to his differentiating views that killing is(not) the ultimate punishment.

      It is questionable if not unclear if Yoon Sung is looking for “justice”. As his “destruction” of his victims forces the victims to savor every moment of defeat and punishment… for live, in contrary to Jin Pyo’s version of killing, in which, the pain ends as the victim dies.

      Jin Pyo’s vengeance (often relate to negative connotation) is not necessarily more evil than Yoon Sung’s “justice”, if not the other way around.

      And if we look carefully, Jin Pyo’s drive of the vengeance may be attributed to his (brotherly) love or obligation to his benefactor (Yoon Sung’s deceased father who shielded him from the bullet he kept in his body for years). Jin Pyo’s motive is perhaps not as “sadistic” nor “selfish” as it seems. Moreso, if we look at the vengeance from different angle: having the offspring of the wronged dealing the blow.

      Actually, there is very little if NO relation whatsoever between the drama and the original City Hunter, plot and storywise.

      The (small) similarity up to ep3 only goes as far as (some of) the character builds, environment settings, and the “jokes” (like the shipping of senator mouth taped in a box).

      Out of context….

      You can probably understand why the role played by Go Hara existed, had you read the original City Hunter before (not yet disclosed in the story so far).

      In the original, City Hunter character is lecherous (versus, not lecherous, only APPEAR or misunderstood to be lecherous in drama). He will refuse taking cases from men, ugly women, young female (he sees them as kids he can’t make advances)…. but of course, his partner, Na Na, counterpart will try to only take cases from men and kids/teens without his knowing, take the payment, and thus forcing City Hunter to do the job (unwillingly). Sometimes, it does not work as “Na Na” intended as the young males in disguise or the young “kids” are actually beautiful women.

      • 63.1.1 tomato

        Out of context and

        -SPOILER ALERT-

        In the original, City Hunter never kills his target. He disables them (skilled enough to do so) and humiliate them, but never kill.

        … well actually he does one or two total (not even by stander/accidental) for the whole 24-34 volume books, which part of the main plot (I forget the exact # of volumes, as it has been too long ago).

        That may explains the character Yoon Sung distaste toward killing which is adapted from the original book. The drama may have some changes as to the reasons City Hunter chooses his way of “total destruction” over “killing”. However, from the look of it, as far as the episodes progression, killing abstinence trait has great likelihood to be part of City Hunter traits in future episodes.

        • 63.1.1.1 Jennyannyen

          I agree with you that killing is not necessarily more evil than ruining someone’s life. But I think that it stems from a fundamental moral conflict between the Jin pyo and Yoon Sung.

          I do use the word justice loosely. The council of five committed a “crime”. Jin Pyo see it as a personal betrayal because he was personally betrayed and experience the event. Thus, when Jin Pyo desires justice it comes out as vengeance. I just don’t think Yoon Sung desires that sort of vengeance. Jin pyo feels betrayed, while I think Yoon Sung feels wronged. Furthermore, it is not about whether killing is the ultimate punishment. But I think Yoon SUng just don’t believe in killing period. I would argue that his distaste for killing is something inherent in his nature. His affection for his surrogate mother is an expression of that. ANd when she died, that is when he find a reason to kill. He is triggered emotionally.

          So the conflict between Jin Pyo and Yoon sung goes deeper than just a distaste for killing. I think at the end, both Jin Pyo and Yoon SUng is just trying to find peace because they both fee; wronged, abandon and betray. But their method of finding peace is different. Jin Pyo can’t rest until he sees those responsible for the death of his comrade dies. Yoon SUng can’t rest if he kill someone’s close one because he knows what it is like to lose someone you love ( his surrogate mother). So to me, it is never a question which is more evil. It is the fact that their desires of this vengeance is coming into a clash because of a fundamental moral wall between the two.

          I don’t know if I make sense.

          P.S. I just don’t understand Gu Hara’s character’s purpose. Maybe she’ll serve as some plot device for him to get close to the president.

          • 63.1.1.1.1 wanne

            and add conflict to the love relationship between YS and Nana

          • 63.1.1.1.2 wanne

            and maybe at some point YS will become close with her or at least understand/feel for her that he wont have the heart to bring down her father later.

  64. 64 b

    Some thoughts:

    – I want to see Jin-pyo’s artificial leg. Call me weird.

    – I have the same kind of shredder that Shim Jae-dong used. It cuts sheets into neat, vertical, equally-shaped strips. Now I’m thinking of investing in one of those cross-cut or diamond-cut shredders. It might be worth it.

    – At first, I thought the first lady might be Yoon-sung’s mom. But it turns out in the end that wasn’t the case. Or maybe she is. It’s just her hobby to make dukboki.

    – javabeans, I like your spoon pun. It made me chuckle like a clever spoonerism (har).

    – Best Love has Iron Man and Spiderman. Now City Hunter has Batman. I love superheroes!

    • 64.1 wanne

      now that you mention it, i wanted to ask about the ‘first lady’ too. Who is she? the one that Nana mentioned to YS that she wants to see him.

      by the way, our City Hunter is a REAL hero mind you! LOL

  65. 65 Miyoung

    I am seriously, seriously, SERIOUSLY in love with the editing team. Everything about this drama is so beautiful. It helps that the cinematography itself is well done, but the editing! Seriously, eyegasms all over the place (plus there’s the fact that Lee Minho is prancing around the screen for an hour, love).

    Okay and the product placement? So ridiculous… but totally working because now I want an iPad 2. Like, badly. DAMNIT CONSUMERIST TENDENCIES.

    This drama is seriously growing on me.

    • 65.1 wanne

      this drama is really beautiful to look at!

      the lighting, the color, the location combine with eye-candy casts, its like coming out straight from a magazine. and i agree with Girlfriday in her EP2 recap, it has that sexy & comic look going. it also gives the melancholy feel.

      love it!

  66. 66 crzycpl

    I am totally hooked on City Hunter – translate = I watch it before Best Love! OMO! OMO!

    This was a great episode and proves that LMH can do comedy and drama. LOVE IT!

  67. 67 etic

    Should it be Batman/Bruce Wayne dichotomy instead of Batman/Clark Kent?

    • 67.1 anais

      Batman/Bruce Wayne is much more appropriate a comparison than Clark Kent. The Clark Kent comparison only works insofar as Yoonsung is supposed to be a PhD in computing, a field more Clark Kent than Bruce Wayne. But Yoonsung is womanizer first and foremost. The computing wizardry is much more akin to Bruce Wayne’s cave of high tech batman gadgets.

  68. 68 Ally

    I love this show too! I was afraid there was going to be too much action sequences, but there’s just the right amount and a really good plot!

    I’ve never seen Athena or Iris, but would you guys say City Hunter is better?

    And I love all the gadgets and awesome fighting moves Lee Min Ho does 😀

    Where in the episode does it show the Prosecutor works with the Nana’s aunt again?

    • 68.1 tomato

      “I’ve never seen Athena or Iris, but would you guys say City Hunter is better? ”

      Well, better in terms of what?

      I do not think City Hunter and Iris quite in the same category to make apple-apple comparison.

      If you are talking about the action scenes…. Iris wins hands down by huuuuuge margin in terms of many (important things): details, acting, believability, artwork, etc.

      Action scenes acting in City Hunter is mediocre (polite term: average) so far. Very apparent if you are familiar or have good exposure to action dramas/movie.

      But then again it is only up to ep.3 of City Hunter so far, so it may change as the we get to later episodes.

      Both are charming in its own ways.

      • 68.1.1 missjb

        in terms of action scene yes, iris is better. But in terms of plot? i don’t think so…..

        • 68.1.1.1 tomato

          Iris has more serious tone, and appeal to different target audience and not quite in the same genre (and sub genre) City Hunter is in.

          Of course it will be/get reflected in the plot of both dramas.

          I suspect Ally to be more into the type who usually enjoys the more lighthearted action drama such as what City Hunter provides.

          Hence, it cannot be made to have apple-apple comparison.
          You can get into more details when talking/dissecting the plots and make comparison plot facet vs plot facet, but that is a different matter.

          It is like trying to compare…

          rom-com highschool theme vs the more serious one like queen of housewive (sort of… you ask a teen to watch work-place drama comedy or not… it just won’t click with the person; the age/knowledge of the person does not lend to understanding what’s being shown), or j-drama vs k-drama, action rpg vs turn-base console rpg, rap vs classical. Too broad to make meaningful/somewhat objective measure of which is better than which… plot-wise.

          UNLESS you are comparing something that is universally more obvious mediocre vs something universally accepted good plot.

          • 68.1.1.1.1 missjb

            we have different opinion after all…. Iris were too focus on action scene that sometimes they didn’t even know where they were going with the plot and create some big plot holes. some of character action didn’t make sense and so many useless flashback with useless romantic scene.

            in city hunter, the plot so far move forward and explain why character act that way. Even when some scene didn’t make sense, but character action so far still believable. The tone might not as serious as some action thriller, but i think i like it. It’s not suppose to be as dark as iris.

    • 68.2 binzer

      I think on a technical level Iris is probably better in pretty much every way. They definitely had some heavy-duty consultation done for that show. Even the choice of ammo was carefully thought out, and my detail-obsessed hubby was shocked at the accuracy of such things (it’s better than almost anything Hollywood produces).

      I have to say that the acting in Iris is better too. No offense to LMH, but Lee Byung Hung pulled at my heartstrings a LOT more, as did the other leads.

      All that being said, I am usually a trendy-rom-com kind of gal, and despite City Hunter’s MANY flaws I still enjoy it as much as Iris (and I’m sure I’ll like the ending a whole lot more).

      Hands down my favorite show in this type of genre is the Time Between Dog and Wolf. It’s the least flashy, but the acting, romance, and plot are all pretty much perfect. Even with its small budget the action scenes are excellent because the lead is awesome at martial arts IRL and the production team actually paid attention to detail. Go watch it if you haven’t yet :)

  69. 69 Karolyn

    Lol. It’s not a magic whistle. High frequency dog whistle. Dogs’ ears can pick up a wider range of frequency of sound. Thus the “silent” whistle can b used to stop dogs barking…

    City hunter is so cool… I hope he wont get killed in e end… He is like e modern iljaemae..

  70. 70 koreandramalover/kdl

    Thank you so much Javabeans for recapping this drama. 😉

    Your deeply cerebral and highly insightful and entertaining comments makes this drama all the more worth watching.

    I cannot thank you enough! 😉

  71. 71 Hana

    Is it a thing in korea when you tie someone up you use green tape? lol it was in romance town as well~

    • 71.1 Jomo

      That is so funny! I was thinking the EXACT same thing.

      How come we always have ugly grey duck tape over here on the tv?

  72. 72 wanne

    woot! have been waiting for this

    THANK YOU JAVABEANS!!

    *off to read*

  73. 73 Dara

    Thanks JB, I’m in luuuuuuuurve with City Hunter and Kim Nana! Seriously, he kept looking at her like he wanted to KISS her all the time, Jeezzzzz keep me on my toe, and when it really happens…..*nosebleed*

    • 73.1 Divyrus

      Yeah! He adores her too too much and THAT JUST MAKES ME ADORE HIM LIKE HELL!!!

      Ah… Lee Min Ho..Why are you So HOT??!?! And ADORABLE???

      Thats a dangerous combination enough to make anyone lose their mind!!!

    • 73.2 Cheinay

      Jealous when MIn Hot looks at Nana like that! Oh…those gorgeous, gorgeous eyes and lips. Lee Min Ho is so freaking hot!!! Okay…let me die now!

  74. 74 grizette

    I’m inlove with this drama!!! And with Lee Min Ho, too! He’s so sexy, hot, and AWESUUUUMMMM. The scenes are great and there’s no episode yet that I my jaw didn’t fall out of schock or amazement. I will continue to watch this.

    I love Park Min Young as well! I wonder what will happen to the love triangle in the future. /excited

  75. 75 rae

    Ohh maaahhhy GOOOOOOOSSSHHH!
    Lee Min Ho is cool, hot, awesome, and very Handsome.. hahaha…

    I just noticed, he looks like Yoon Eun Hye, and I think they’ll have a good chemistry together… even if Eun Hye is older than him.., I think they will make a good pair…or maybe an EXCELLENT one??? whattaya think?? haha… I just so so so so love love love LOVE him! haha….

    • 75.1 Divyrus

      Woah.. LMH + Eun Hye??!??! Both AMAZING FANTASTIC KISSERS!!!!
      Well thats enough reason for me! 😛

  76. 76 KDrama Fan

    I liked this episode on the whole. Mostly because I like looking Lee Min Ho.

    I dislike the writers/producers for being so blatant with the ‘cute’-the hair and soft toy of Nana. It turned me off.

    • 76.1 KDrama Fan

      No offence to LMH but does anyone else think he runs funny?

      • 76.1.1 Linda165

        Yes… I’ve always thought that. Ever since the first time I saw Gu Jun Pyo running on that beach.

      • 76.1.2 Birdie

        Yes I noticed that from BOF,too. I wonder if it is because of the serious leg injury he sustained from the accident he had. Do you know which one of his dramas is before the accident? Perhaps we can compare then.

        • 76.1.2.1 Cynthia

          It’s definitely from the car accident – he was in the hospital for months and still has issues with his damaged leg.

        • 76.1.2.2 Linda165

          Oh… now that I remember his car accident, I feel bad for making fun of him :(

          I think Mackerel Run was before the accident.

      • 76.1.3 wanne

        the boy has steel in his leg

        lets applaud him for his passion and dedication in acting and a job well done as City Hunter so far!

        his leg still feels hurt especially when its cold. what more doing all the fighting scenes.

        Lee Min Ho, you are doing great! thumbs up!!

        • 76.1.3.1 scarlet

          metal rod was removed in 2009, 2 weeks before his birthday. But he did confess he still feels the pain and ache whenever there’s weather change. poor boy.

          • 76.1.3.1.1 scarlet

            And i heard from some fans, he sorta developed driving phobia, after that fatal car accident he and Jung Il woo were involved in (their friend was killed and LMH was bedbound for more than 6 months). Must have taken him a lot of courage to overcome all his emotional and physical distresses.

          • 76.1.3.1.2 wanne

            oh, i didnt know that! thanks for the clarification.

  77. 77 Linda165

    Yes, yes, yes, YES! Shitty Hunter is GREAT!

    Lee Min Hot is GREAT!

    I found my very first ahjussi crush. Psycho Daddy is HOT, he looks GREAT on those white shirts. Forgive me for saying this, but I’d totally do him!

    Or don’t forgive, don’t care :)

    • 77.1 Jomo

      Yes, me, too, but I would not pick him over Park Sang Min, who played YS’s dad.

  78. 78 fan_or_not

    Although I really enjoy this show, at the back of my head is the thought that this guy’s money comes from manufacturing and selling drugs….
    There was one particularly nauseating moment, when the adopted dad says that the drugs they sell cannot be sold in south korea. It thought that was sick. Is that supposed to make him heroic?

  79. 79 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

    I love this show.

    Did I mention that I LOVE THIS SHOW?

    AS IN…………I REALLY LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! :) :) :)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    One question though, and I hope that someone
    from here can explain it to me: LMH saves a fellow
    Korean from a bunch of bad guys. (Snappy escape
    running across the boats in the Thailand floating
    market, huh?)

    Anyway, the guy has a photograph of “his daughter.”
    LMH falls in love with the girl in the photo.
    Back in Korea, he meets her, yet “her father” is in
    a 10-year coma at the hospital. Eventually, the
    Korean guy returns to Korea, holding an ash-filled
    urn, one supposes it to be of the lady who he
    was nursing in a previous scene. (This is NOT
    the surrogate mom who raised baby LMH, since
    she was already shot dead in a previous scene.)

    SO…….WHAT’S GOING ON??????

    *

    • 79.1 tiaradiamond

      That lady was his wife. He marriend with Thailand woman

      • 79.1.1 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

        Thanks ~ tiaradiamond ~ for clearing up
        the “nursing the ill lady—cremation urn”
        part, of my confusion. Obviously, I must
        have somehow missed the part of the
        storyline that the Korean guy in Thailand
        was married.

        *

    • 79.2 scarlet

      The guy LMH saved never gave an answer when the latter asked if she’s his daughter, so their relationship remains a mystery, even up to ep 4 when LMH asked again on how he’s related to her. The ashes belong to the lady he was nursing, not LMH’s surrogate mom, not sure if they got married though.

      • 79.2.1 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

        Thanks ~ scarlet ~ for your help, too. :)

        I watched the available CH episodes on You Tube,
        so I think that part of the problem was the English
        translation. (Not that I’m complaining, mind you.) :)

        I appreciate it whenever somebody takes the time
        and trouble to do all of that work, but SOMETIMES
        the words don’t make an awful lot of sense in English.

        That’s where my confusion came from, and why I
        thought that the Korean guy had a photograph of
        “his daughter,” instead of LMH just asking him if
        the photo WAS of his daughter.

        *

        • 79.2.1.1 wanne

          when LMH asked him if she’s his daughter, he also added, ‘but she has different surname from yours’

          • 79.2.1.1.1 wanne

            and the conversation just stop at that. it has never been cleared out until now. we still dont know whats the relationship between Nana and that ahjusshi

  80. 80 asianromance

    Thanks javabeans!

    This drama has become even more engaging now that the set up episodes with their need for the audience to suspend believe a little bit are over. I’m still a bit iffy on the Yoon-sung and Nana characters, but the story is very interesting and the directing pretty awesome. I wish that this drama’s made a few years later so that we’ll get a more seasoned Lee MinHo and Park Min Young for the leads.

  81. 81 Lilly

    Loving story also and hoping no sad ending to it.
    Sad ending makes it seem evil wins anyway in stories like this.

  82. 82 T

    ITA!! Thanks for the recap. Do you mean Batman/Bruce Wayne or Superman/Clark Kent?

  83. 83 more

    IM SORRY BUT KOREAN DRAMAS NEVER DO THE REVENGE PART RIGHT. I DONT EXPECT HIM TO GO THROUGH WITH ANYTHING

  84. 84 SeRa

    JB, thanks for the recap, even though I only visit this site to read your comment at the end of it. 😀

    After watching Episode 3 & 4, I have to say that “City Hunter” and “Best Love” are truthfully the best dramas this season. The reason? Well, the episodes are very satisfying, the OST’s are very good, the plot is moving just in time, not to mention that the actors do their jobs quite well (and are eyecandy).

    I’ve watched Lie to me, Romance Town and Baby-faced Beauty and I must say there wasn’t a single Episode that satisfied me 100% and even get me excited to watch the next one. All the factors I mentioned above what make “City Hunter” and “Best Love” the best dramas of this season, are missing in LTM, RT and BFB. Lately, I’m thinking of dropping them.

    It’s too early to judge Miss Ripley but the OST is a failure!

  85. 85 houstontwin

    City Hunter is much more like playboy Bruce Wayne than goody-goody nerd Clark Kent.

  86. 86 Felix

    Fantastic. So human drama action. I love how they write the story for this drama. Keep up the good work. Really glad I want watch City Hunter. Well maybe I like watch Japan anime version and Jackie Chan City Hunter. Thanks production team for making this drama. It worth my time.

  87. 87 mars

    Hmm. I’m wondering what exactly PMY has to bring to the table to make Nana seem “tougher” or to show that shes “gone through hardships”. I do agree that the writing has failed the character in some parts and there are some wardrobe blunders (but point out a drama that doesn’t dress its poorer characters in fashionable clothing). I think she’s pulling off Nana very well. She’s tough, she’s determined, she doesn’t let much get her down. I want to root for this girl to achieve her dream of guarding the President. So what if she’s sporting some fashionable clothes? So what if she’s girly? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. All action heroines don’t have to be the same.

  88. 88 cont'd

    He’s so cheeky i’m gonna die!

  89. 89 Jomo

    Thanks for the recap, and thanks for giving us time to watch the show!
    I had a wonderful catch up watching day today for Shitty Hunter, CYHMH, Twinkle, and Romance Town (getting really good now in Ep 8)

    I have one word nobody has mentioned:
    ——— > DIMPLES!!
    We only saw them twice, and both times were premeditated face adjusting dimple arousing events.
    After he taped the shredded docs back together, he pressed his lips together around 3:35.
    Screen shot:

    http://lemmesee.shutterfly.com/pictures/11

    There was another one later, too.

    I feel I have done my civic duty pointing this out to you, fellow viewers.

    I like the cinematic, comic-book reality of the show. This is not real SK, or real Seoul. It is Gotham City or Metropolis. The BAD guys are really bad, and the good guys win.

    I LOVE THE FACT that he shot all the bullets through one hole, but they thought he hit it once. The shooting range made me remember SKKS when they shot all the arrows in the same spot. Which reminds me, I see flashes of PYM’s SKKS face in this show, especially her indignant face. That is OK, she’s cute n all.

    LipsMH continues to be the main draw for me, because I really want him to do well in this show, and continue develop his acting chops. After his Army stint, when we get to see his abs, he will have more physical and emotional weight to draw on. Right now, I am liking the earnestness and the pretty.

    • 89.1 wanne

      LOL i didnt notice the dimples!

      when you mention dimples my mind just thought about Seunggi. no one can beat his cuteness gah! but Minho is Lee Min-Hot!

  90. 90 Farah

    So I’ve been reading everyone’s comments and all I can think us: Wow y’all must be theatre majors or professional trained actors cuz some of yall are going in on these actors. Take it from someone who actually goes to school for acting, they are going a better job than you ever could. Geez guys relax a little, enjoy the show for what it is and give the actors a little break. SMH SIDENOTE: thank you so much Dramabeans & Girl Friday for the recaps, as I do not speak any Asian languages it truly helps to get and understand the little detail. Ladies y’all are AWESOME!!!!!

  91. 91 wanne

    i really really really love this drama!

    it has the right amount of everything!

    – its intense but let me breath after that

    – love the mini arc. each episode has its goal and provides satisfaction after that. and it moves in such fast pace that no scene feels like filler.

    – i love the low-tech! i always cringe when some dramas for the purpose of being dramatic make the hero photostat the evidences when really, you could just use your handphone to snap it which is much faster! and when one person meets the bad people to confront it and gets nothing from it aside from trouble. this drama is quick to use the recording glasses, so satisfying. i honestly love the tech-cool moves in this drama. its fitting with our generation now. the pen when sidling the railing, the hijack. of course it has been used in many of the hollywood movies but i think this is the first time i see in a korean drama, so thumbs up to City Hunter!

    – the character development and complexities. love the duality in YS’s character. and the right amount of each of his personality. makes him very likable from the get go. he’s not too rough, he has enough of sensitivity, he can be playful, can be playboy, can be moody just the right amount of it. making the transition each time believable as well. and the complexities in the president character. his betrayal is bad, the justice he wants regarding the corruption is good. him searching for Jinpyo is intriguing because i’m wondering what will he do when he finds out.

    – it has its moment of comedy and heart. what i love most about this drama is, its not all style and intense like what most of action kdramas have been right now. they dont need dramatic when they want to give sad. YS shouting in his empty dining room and the sight of him, Nana, and the children playing together in the fountain already makes me tear up. its such a simple scene yet affect me enough to cry. and they were not done randomly too, there were enough build up to make me able to feel for the character.

    – love the interaction between the characters. the buddy-romance between YS and Nana, the anonymous partnership and rivalry between YS and the Prosecutor. the father against son relationship with JP, and the sometimes funny sometimes sweet relationship with the ahjusshi.

    so much to say about this so far awesome City Hunter, but i’ll stop now with….

    I’M CRAZILY IN LOVE WITH CITY HUNTER

    this is the best drama of this season for me

    • 91.1 wanne

      also! there’s enough mystery to keep me anticipating every episode!

      i hope City Hunter will just continue to do well or even, better, like what it has been doing so far now.

      it has high potential to be a really great drama,
      so please dont waste and ruin it!

      City Hunter, fighting!!

    • 91.2 Jomo

      You’re right about the low tech. I liked how they showed the grueling work of taping that shredded paper back together. No fancy scanning and matching devices for our hero!

      • 91.2.1 wanne

        yeah, its relatable too. like i could really do that if i was in his situation. minus the martial art skill of course haha.

        it has been satisfying because YS always did before i even asked him to do something. like before i think ‘he should record a conversation with LKW’ to prove his wrongdoing, he did it.

        some people said its ridiculous YS was able to tape together the shredded papers in one night. but i must say, if someone like Seunggi who is known as the master of puzzle asked to solve it, he can really do it in one night! lol

    • 91.3 Lilian

      the shouting part and him eating alone at the long table in the dining room SO SO SO reminded me of Gu Jun Pyo in Boys over flowers =)

  92. 92 fm

    Actually I don’t think Jin Pyo took YS from his mother just as a tool for revenge.I think in his mind,he think as a son,he must take revenge on those who has killed his father.Looking at how he sacrifice himself in order to save YS from the bom explosion in ep 1 already show us how much he cared for YS as a son.It just that he didn’t want to show much that he really did care for him.I think what make a conflict between father and son lattr on is the way/method to paid back to all person that responsible for the death of the love one.

  93. 93 itsme

    I see some philippine action stunts I’ve seen in old filipino action movies. Neat. Maybe ill watch this

  94. 94 Abbie

    Thanks for the recap, Javabeans! I totally agree with you on everything. I’m nervous and excited about how Yoon-sung’s story will play out with Jin-pyo. And how his mother knows the President! OMG! I can’t wait for episode 4!

  95. 95 lover

    actually before i watch this i thought it would be another high budget n lame story drama.. but after episode 2 i’m impress~~

  96. 96 sangey

    i am biggest fan of lee min hjo and i have lots of collection of his photo. in this film i fan will dont mind if he wear lipglosscoz he is always no. 1 hero. i really like you. and give up too easily . we you fan are always with you.sarangey and chuyahyo

  97. 97 Cheinay

    The reason why I love k-drama! LEE MIN HO tops that reason. Thank you Dramabeans for the recaps!

  98. 98 im_eve

    jin-pyo…jun-pyo! :p

  99. 99 Lilian

    Ooh…thanks for the details. I was wondering what the words were on the paper wrapped around the cheating loser when he was parcel-sent to the prosecutors’ office =)

  100. 100 jdkk09

    Do we know why JinPyo kidnapped Yoon Sung at infancy if he was just going to end up gathering his own team to revenge the 20 men? Why kidnap, bully and train his friend’s son?

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