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New Live-Action City Hunter Film Unveils Full Trailer, More Cast

posted on by Egan Loo
Film previewed on 'Get Wild' Day before April 25 Netflix premiere

Netflix began streaming the English-subtitled full trailer for the new Japanese live-action film of Tsukasa Hōjō's City Hunter manga on Monday. (Monday is unofficially "Get Wild" Day, since TM Network's iconic "Get Wild" ending theme song for the 1987 anime went on sale on April 8, 1987.) Netflix also unveils a new key art and three more cast members.

Image via Comic Natalie

The newly announced cast members are:

  • Tetta Sugimoto as Akitaka Itō, the head of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police's First Investigation Division and Saeko Nogami's superior
  • Ayame Misaki as Tsukino Seta, the president of a cosmetics brand who asked the famous cosplayer Kurumi to appear at a cosplay event
  • Takaya Sakoda as Kunio Konno, Seta's secretary

Image via Netflix Japan's Twitter account

While the manga has inspired live-action adaptations in Hong Kong, South Korea, and France, this is the first City Hunter film to be shot on the real-life streets of Tokyo's Shinjuku ward. The film shifts the setting from the late 20th century to modern day, but retains Saeba's long coat from the manga, instead of the jacket seen in the anime adaptations. (The film turns the manga's Balmacaan coat into a belted trenchcoat.)

Ryōhei Suzuki (HK/Hentai Kamen, Tokyo Tribe, Tokyo MER) stars as Ryō Saeba, and Misato Morita (One Week Friends, Koi Suru Haha-tachi) plays the heroine Kaori Makimura. Masanobu Andō (Rohan at the Louvre, Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Beginning's Shinsaku Takasugi) plays Ryō Saeba's partner Hideyuki Makimura, and Fumino Kimura (Rohan at the Louvre) plays detective Saeko Nogami.

Yuichi Sato (Kisaragi, live-action Nōnai Poison Berry) is directing the film. Tatsuhiro Mishima (live-action Yū Yū Hakusho) is writing the screenplay, and Yoshihide Otomo (INU-OH, Lupin Zero, live-action Orange) is composing the music. Shinichi Takahashi is the executive producer, and Keisuke Sanpei and Kōsuke Oshida are producing. Netflix is producing in collaboration with HoriPro and Office Shirous.

The film's theme song "Get Wild Continual" is a new version of "Get Wild" from the first City Hunter anime.

The film will launch on Netflix worldwide on April 25.

Coamix and Imagineer's MangaHot app and website is publishing the City Hunter manga in English, and MangaHot describes the story:

Ryo Saeba, a.k.a. City Hunter. A sweeper who fulfills all his client's needs. He'll do anything from bodyguarding to contract killing, but he'll only take the job if a pretty woman is involved, or the client's sincerity makes his heart tremble. Together with his partner Kaori Makimura, the kid sister of his late best friend, Ryo fights the evil haunting the shadows of the city!!

Hojo's City Hunter manga ran from 1985 to 1991 and has 35 volumes. The manga inspired four television anime series, one earlier 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. The original anime premiered in April 1987. The City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes anime film opened in Japan in February 2019, and the City Hunter The Movie: Angel Dust film opened on September 8.

Discotek Media announced its license of the original City Hunter anime projects and the recent City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes film in April 2019. Crunchyroll is streaming the City Hunter television anime series, specials, and films.

Jackie Chan 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. A French live-action film adaptation opened in France on February 2019. A separate Chinese live-action film adaptation has been green-lit in China.

Sources: Netflix Asia YouTube channel, Comic Natalie

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