The first half of the City Hunter series really explores the differences in perceptions of revenge. The father wants the 5 officials assassinated outright whereas the City Hunter wants them to suffer a fate worse than death by publically exposing their corruption, humiliation and eventual imprisonment.
Episodes 10-20 are essentially a race between the City Hunter and his father to find the identity of the responsible officials and how to deal with them; that is, outright murder as the father wants versus the public humiliation and the subsequent fall from grace leading to a “fate worse than death” as advocated by the son.
There are many sub-plots involving the City Hunter’s love with Kim Na Na, a member of the Korean Secret Service that the father is trying to end (even going so far as to try to kill her) because he believes that it will distract the City Hunter from his mission of revenge.
Also, a young aggressive prosecutor is hot on the trail of the City Hunter and his father, knowing who they are but unable to prove it. To further his problems, the City Hunter is becoming a Robin Hood type hero of the Korean people bringing the corrupt to justice literally gift wrapping them for the authorities.
The City Hunters methods are meticulous and obviously the result of a highly trained Special Forces soldier. He always has an alibi at a hotel near any missions he must accomplish and has all angles covered from prepared incriminating materials and multiple escape routes.
Here the City Hunter discovers massive embezzlement by the secretary of education who has been hoarding money meant to be distributed to the students to make tuition more affordable. Well the City Hunter wants it back so he can return it to the students, but so does his father for other reasons. The Clip is a fine example of the competition between the two to take revenge.
In this next clip the City Hunter publicly exposes the corrupt official while his son is accepting an award for his efforts. Talk about a fall from grace, the timing could not have been better. Humiliating both father and son alike for their reprehensible conduct.
One of the remaining officials has become a captain of industry and operates a chemical plant that is slowly killing its workers while denying any responsibility. Well the City Hunter is determined to prove that the chemical cornerstone of this corporate empire operates in violation of law and thus give the employees the evidence they need to pursue their claims for the resulting life threatening side effects. While the City Hunter’s father is using the money as bait for the financially troubled corporation so he can later hang them out to dry.
The father even goes so far as to let the President know that he can get to him. At a lunch for Korea’s industrial leaders, Steve Lee calmly eats his lunch while the President (who is one of the responsible officials) gets shot with a paint bullet. Showing just how serious Steve Lee is intent on revenge.
The race between the father son team and their resulting styles continues for the remainder of the episodes. However, I will not spoil it the ending for you. This is a must see and even appears on the Net Flix instant watch so it is not a difficult series to watch.
We here at JPFmovies assert that the City Hunter it is a fine example of how Asian programing has clearly surpassed the sludge churned out by our domestic entertainment industry. How the Asians got there I am not sure, but I have acquired several resources on the subject and will keep you updated as my research continues.
There is no excuse not to watch the City Hunter, you have easy access to the series via Net Flix complete with subtitles and I hope it will confirm my theories about where entertainment is going versus where it has been.