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City Hunter Manga Gets New Chinese Live-Action Film

posted on by Egan Loo
American Dream in China's Huang Xiaoming stars in film slated for December 2018 or later

A live-action film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's detective comedy manga City Hunter has been green-lit for December 2018 or later in China. Huang Xiaoming (American Dream in China) stars, and Cheng Jiake (Detective Chinatown) is writing the script. Stanley Tong is serving as executive producer.

The manga's rights management company North Stars Pictures, Yomiuri TV, Shanghai Sea & Sun Global Creative, and planning/production company Shanghai Kegon Cultural Arts are collaborating on the project.

The manga follows Ryō Saeba, a sniper and a private eye ("sweeper") based in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward with unrivaled marksmanship and an over-the-top obsession for the opposite sex. He serves as a bodyguard and other duties for his clients.

Hojo's 1985 manga inspired four television anime series, one anime film, and several video and television specials including a 2015 original anime DVD. ADV Films released most of these anime projects in North America. Jackie Chan already starred in a 1993 Hong Kong live-action film that very loosely adapts the original manga. A Korean live-action television series adaptation premiered in 2011, and Hulu streamed this version in the United States.

Hojo launched the Angel Heart spinoff manga in 2001, and that series inspired a television anime in 2005. The spinoff manga also inspired a live-action television series that premiered in 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed this series as it aired.

Source: Comic Natalie


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