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City Hunter Anime Live Action is Coming to Netflix

City Hunter Anime Live Action is Coming to Netflix

L- R:  Ando Masanobu (as Hideyuki), Ryohei Suzuki (as Ryo), 

Misato Morita (as Kaori), Fumino Kimura (as Saeko)

The eagerly awaited Japanese live-action adaptation of “City Hunter,” the legendary manga that captivated Japan and sold over 50 million copies, will premiere on April 25. City Hunter follows Ryo Saeba (Ryohei Suzuki), a premier “sweeper” who navigates the shadowy depths of modern-day Shinjuku, Tokyo. Balancing a cool demeanor with a fun personality, Ryo takes on high-stakes challenges in the underworld. Misato Morita steps into the role of the heroine, Kaori Makimura, in this action-packed adventure.

In an exciting development, additional cast members have been announced for the characters of Hideyuki Makimura and Saeko Nogami, portrayed by Masanobu Ando and Fumino Kimura respectively. The character art of their on-screen personas has also been released, complementing the character art earlier revealed for Ryo and Kaori. 

Masanobu Ando plays Hideyuki Makimura, Kaori Makimura’s older brother and Ryo’s close friend and “sweeper” partner. Once a skilled detective, he’s now retired due to an incident. However, he continues to use his abilities to support Ryo. Reflecting on his pivotal role, Ando says, “I felt immense pressure to do justice to the character, considering its popularity in the original manga and animation. I hope both existing fans of City Hunter and newcomers alike will enjoy the film.” 

Fumino Kimura plays Saeko Nogami, a detective from the Metropolitan Police Department who has a mysterious relationship with Ryo. Saeko and Hideyuki used to work together, and because of this relationship, she and Ryo still exchange information about the underworld. Her beauty, allure, and entertaining banter with Ryo have made her a fan-favorite in the original series. “The role of Saeko was a daunting offer, and I couldn’t imagine myself playing it,” Kimura admitted. “However, having the support and guidance of Ryohei Suzuki, our leading man and a fan of the original work, was incredibly reassuring. I’m confident that both longtime fans and new audiences are in for a treat with this film.” 

Mark your calendars for City Hunter, streaming April 25, exclusively on Netflix

Project Details:

  • Cast: Ryohei Suzuki, Misato Moriya, Masanobu Ando, Fumino Kimura
  • Director: Yuichi Satoh
  • Screenplay: Tatsuro Mishima
  • Producers: Keisuke Sanpei, Kosuke Oshida
  • Production: Horipro, Office Shirous
  • Produced by: Netflix
  • Based on the manga “City Hunter” by Tsukasa Hojo 

Courtesy of Coamix
©Tsukasa Hojo/Coamix 1985

About City Hunter

City Hunter (Japanese: シティーハンター, Hepburn: Shitī Hantā) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It was serialized in Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991, with its chapters collected in 35 tankōbon volumes. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. The anime series was popular in numerous Asian and European countries.

City Hunter spawned a media franchise consisting of numerous adaptations and spin-offs from several countries. The franchise includes four anime television series, three anime television specials, five animated feature films (including a film released in February 2019 and an upcoming one in September 2023), several live-action films (including a Hong Kong film starring Jackie Chan and a French film), video games, and a live-action Korean TV drama. It also had a spin-off manga, Angel Heart, which in turn spawned its own anime television series and a live-action Japanese TV drama.

- from Wikipedia


David Shen D'Angelo

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