After hearing about his real father and the circumstances of his death from his foster father, Lee Yun Seong is seeking revenge. His enemies are five of the most powerful South Korean politicians. However, his own feelings start to get in the way of their plan of vengeance.
Aah, the other contender for best drama of the year 2011 (with Choegoui Sarang).
To say that City Hunter is magnificent is such an under-statement. No, City Hunter is so much more than just magnificent. The plot is highly intriguing and beautifully orchestrated. What is most brilliant is the balance the drama found between the main story (the revenge for Operation Clean Sweep) and the father-son relation between Lee Yun Seong and Lee Jin Pyo.
While the father came across as the villain of the drama, I believe his role was the best of all, perhaps because I warmed to his somewhat extreme personality, twisted by anger and revenge. His death was heroic and him taking the fall for his son to offer what he (Yun Seong) always sought (a normal life) was ultimately the best way to express the feelings he had for him as his father but that he never really showed.
Lee Jun Hyeok (Kim Yeong Ju) was brilliant in this role, he really has grown as an actor. His role was awesome too, again : we had the cliché of corrupt father vs upright son and all the angst and conflicted relation that stems for it, but Kim Yeong Ju ultimately falling at the hands of his fathers' minions (in a way) is so tragic and fitting at the same time.
I could go on forever, I should probably stop here. City Hunter is my personal favorite, because it's so gorgeous.
I started watching this drama with my doubts. When I saw the previews, I thought, "oh...another cop/revenge show with a good looking lead that they'll exploit just to get fan girls to watch."
But in the first episode, it showed that it would be the storyline that would be focused on more. And it is a good story. I wasn't sure how Lee Minho would do in this role, since it's quite a different character from what we'd expect. (Would it be just another lady killer prowling the night?) But--as each of the characters were introduced to us, we were shown different sides and watched as Yun Seong carried out the tasks in a way that he believed was right.
What I love most about this drama is that with this type of storyline, the acting and the actions taken by the characters could have all become a bit too over the top and take on the over-dramatic quality that so many Asian dramas have. But here, everything was just right. The characters showed that they could be calm, calculating and collected, but also passionate when the situation arose, which made them so much more believable. So for that, I have to say the writers did a great job for putting absolutely no annoying characters in this drama.
Nana is perhaps my favourite female character in a kdrama, for always maintaining what she believed in and being such a great support for Yun Seong. There was a good balance of entertainment from the side characters as well. I also really liked the prosecutor character, who is determined to catch the City Hunter, as this was what he believed to be the just way.
The ending, while some may wish it was more expanded on, I felt was appropriate for the drama. There were heartwarming moments, but also lots of action and the viewer is always drawn in to cheer for the City Hunter whenever he succeeded. There is a hint of romance, but it doesn't overshadow the main action of the story.
I would definitely recommend this, as it was a nice break from all the cheesy, romantic, or overdramatic dramas out there.