City Hunter Japanese Live-Action Movie Gets April 25 Release on Netflix

The Japanese live-action movie adaptation of the popular City Hunter series will be released on April 25 globally on Netflix. The announcement was part of the platform’s live-action lineup for this year, with a promo video also released.

Netflix Japan 2024 Live Action Promo, featuring the new City Hunter live-action adaptation

Yuichi Sato is directing the series, with lead actor Ryohei Suzuki as playing the role off Ryo Saeba and Misato Morita as Kaori Makimura. The new live action adaptation was first announced in December 2022. No other details about additional cast members have been released as of this writing.

The City Hunter franchise, based on Tsukasa Hojo’s manga, spawned a number of media adaptations, which include the first anime series from 1987 that ran for 51 episodes. The second season aired from April 2, 1988, to July 14, 1989; and the third one followed from October 15, 1989, to January 21, 1990. Several films have been produced from the series including .357 Magnum (1989), Bay City Wars (1990), Million Dollar Conspiracy (1990), The Secret Service (1996), Goodbye My Sweetheart (1997), and Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba (1999).

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The franchise also sprang multiple live-action adaptations, including two Hong Kong film adaptations that premiered in 1991 and 1993, as well as the French comedic film adaptation Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon in 2016. A South Korean live adaptation brought the title back to popularity and aired from May to July 2011. South Korean actor Lee Min-ho led the role for the live series adaptation.

An anime movie, titled City Hunter the Movie: Angel Dust, was released on September 8, 2023. It was animated by Sunrise and The Answer Studio under the direction of Kenji Kodama. The Japanese rock music band TM Network also returned to perform the film’s ending theme “Get Wild.”

Source: Netflix Japan
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