City Hunter

Dear Diary:

What I’m about to tell you is highly embarrassing. As soon as I write it all down I’m going to burn this entry. Where do I find matches, do you know?

There’s a drama that I like. That’s nothing new, right? But what’s new, and what’s making me blush, is how I felt long before I started watching the drama and how differently I feel now. My avowals then. My complete turnaround months later. Even at that time it was a first for me, to be heartily sick of an actor that I hadn’t watched in anything. That cauliflower hairdo. That smirk. That too-pretty face. I got so tired looking at that face. It was friggin’ EVERYWHERE.

Last night, after finishing Episode 8 of this drama, I went online to check how many episodes remained. When I saw that I had twelve episodes to go, I felt instantly relieved. And happy. Because I get to dwell on that face some more.

That face. That face does not look anything like the face that I saw everywhere on blog headers, forum signatures, and product ads. Not that I’ve scrutinized his features, nope; rather, I had grown so averse to his likeness I would look the other way. Lee Min-ho fatigue. Man, did I suffer from it during and after Boys Over Flowers.

But now? Now I don’t see Lee Min-ho when I look at that face, I see only City Hunter. I see only Lee Yoon-sung, a 28-year-old professor who hails from M.I.T., now working undercover at the Blue House. I see a character I feel fiercely protective about, who makes my heart race and ache. I see a man who’s strong but also vulnerable, a man who reminds me of Jung Il-woo’s Iljimae.

I do not know yet if I will love Lee Yoon-sung as much as I love Iljimae, but that is not what’s making me red-faced the last few days. Do you know how many screen captures I’ve taken of our city hunter, dear diary? At least 600. And I had professed to be allergic to that face. Hahaha.

Not only that, my poor readers are going to need umbrellas when they come to the blog. Because it’s raining City Hunter headers. Specifically Lee Yoon-sung headers. I, who used to grumble about people going berserk with the Lee Min-ho headers, am now making them by the truckload. And unleashing them with unbridled glee, never mind that they’ve been cobbled together with zilch artistic flair. Not that anyone’s complaining, mind you, although my sweet pal Softy, who’s recapping City Hunter on her blog, just emailed to say this:

Your latest CH with the mask almost gave me a heart attack – he looks so desperate there.

What Softy does not know is that I have more “CH with the mask” headers stashed away, like this one:

And one sans mask but with a towel instead:

I’ve not added them to the blog because I don’t want to be too obvious. I don’t want anyone doubled over or twittering to the gang, “Good grief, the unthinkable has finally happened. Thundie’s gone potty over Lee Min-ho!” Oh well, no one’s going to be any wiser because I’m telling only you.

Why this sudden craziness? It’s really simple. The drama is crack of the highest order. Lee Min-ho is burning up the screen. See, just like that.

When I stop to think about it, it’s like it’s all predestined. Me caving in, I mean. The drama opens and right away I squeal.

Kim Sang-joong. Park Sang-min.

Two actors I adore and respect. Playing presidential guards in a foreign land, replete with the steely gaze and furrowed brows. Together in the same scene and the next one and the next one, like they’re inseparable. Until Park Sang-min’s character dies early in the episode, in what must surely be the slowest slow-mo death scene ever. (And I’m gutted inside. No one told me Park Sang-min was playing a mere cameo, waahhh! Where are you going, come back!)

One episode is all it takes for everything to fall in place. The ultimate betrayal. The ultimate revenge. A month-old baby wrenched from his mother and then raised for one sole purpose: to snuff out five men who snuffed out twenty including his father. The baby grows into a strapping lad and I do a double take. This is Lee Min-ho? When did he become so tall? Where did that nose come from? And who styled his hair?

Trivial questions, those. Because soon I’m so immersed in the story unfolding on screen I don’t think about the actor behind the character anymore. I’m swept along by the pain and the pathos, Yoon-sung’s mom grieving for a husband who promised to return quickly but doesn’t. Her screams for the baby who has disappeared. Her utter bewilderment at how her world has suddenly collapsed. Her sorrow.

That sorrow mirroring that of Iljimae’s mother. Kim Mi-sook turning in a performance just as compelling and heartbreaking (even if I’m initially taken aback that the drama has her cast as Park Sang-min’s wife, so used am I to the two playing roles which are a generation apart).

Kim Mi-sook’s Lee Kyung-hee will spend the next twenty-eight years waiting to be reunited with her lost son. Unknown to her, her husband’s best pal is now father to the child he snatched away. Unknown to her, Lee Jin-pyo is now Steve Lee, a man who has lived the last twenty-eight years preparing for one mission.

My favorite King Jeongjo a villain here. Charismatic, cruel. Hell-bent on revenge. His enraged eyes like slits. Possessing an otherworldly ability to pop up when least expected, a maimed leg posing no impediment at all.

The Kim Sang-joong and Lee Min-ho pairing. If you told me two years ago that I would one day trip over myself gushing about this pairing, I would have yelled “Don’t be ridiculous!” so loudly I would likely burst your eardrums.

Some of the most gripping scenes in this gripping drama? Father and son in their dangerous one-upmanship duels, the former obsessed with killing his enemies, the latter adamant that an eye-for-an-eye vengeance is not the City Hunter’s modus operandi.

What will the son do to stop the father? Almost anything.

Because what the City Hunter loves, he protects. That includes the father who raised him from infancy, who has perpetrated a sickening lie that Yoon-sung has yet to uncover. “Your mother abandoned you.”

No, she did not, you villain you. Not content with kidnapping your best friend’s child, you turn him against his mother as well, so that he grows up misunderstanding and hating her? How dare you! And no, don’t you try luring me over to your side with your smile or your shades. This is not Eight Days where I’m a puddle of drool before Your Sexy Majesty.

You know what is amazing, dear diary? Lee Jin-pyo is so sure he has raised an unfeeling beast, but look at how Yoon-sung has turned out!

Not only does he tower over everyone else, his personality and principles stand tall, too. He’s sweet-natured, he’s affectionate. He leaps over buildings but does not mind frolicking in a fountain. He’s smart as a whip but can’t tell the difference between coffee that’s been percolated most professionally and coffee that comes from a cheapo three-in-one mix. He sucks at judo.

Without any effort on his part (and with plenty of embarrassment on my part), Lee Min-ho has turned me into a star-struck City Hunter fan.

To think I used to dismiss him as an overhyped actor with no acting chops. How would I know about the latter if I had not seen him in a single drama or movie? My ignorance, my prejudice. I deserve to be knocked on the head with Lee Jin-pyo’s walking cane.

In an ensemble of veterans who make acting seem so effortless, Lee Min-ho holds his own and then some. In his Lee Yoon-sung I’ve found another unforgettable screen hero, like the Iljimae I continue to miss. His eyes are pools, of compassion and also loneliness. He is committed to his father’s cause; he will die for that cause, if necessary. But his way is different from his father’s way; he will not take a life. Because when it’s all over he wants to live like everyone else. To walk down a street without a care in the world. To love a girl without fearing that she will become a hindrance that his revenge-crazed father must eliminate.

Do I like our OTP (one true pairing) in City Hunter? Oh yes!

When his eyes light up after recognizing her at the Blue House, when she sits triumphantly on him after yet another judo sparring session, when he cooks up an excuse to move into her apartment, when he risks his life to save hers… In all of their bantering and bickering—all that a front for how quickly they’ve gotten under each other’s skin—I’m grinning like one who’s been bequeathed a whole library of favorite books, each one signed by its author.

In a revenge thriller, and with a title that immediately conjures up images of bloodshed and violence, how sweet and adorable is this couple?

I love that they can be quiet next to each other, their body language an implicit nod to their partnership. They feel so right together. Sorry, Micky Yoochun.

Park Min-young’s so pretty, isn’t she, diary? And she’s doing all right, too, except for scenes where she must wail. I vote that the drama rein in the repeated flashbacks of Kim Na-na’s reaction at the accident site which claimed her mother’s life and left her dad in a vegetative state. Hmm, I wonder how Lee Min-ho will do in a similar scene. I can’t see him jumping and screaming in a school uniform, can you? He’s such a giant. A really hot giant.

You know the Yoon-sung scenes I love? When he’s outside Na-na’s apartment or coming down from that building that reminds me so much of the hellhole in the movie Sorum. I bow to you, PD-nim. I bow to you, cinematographer. So perfectly framed, these scenes. Not when he’s on another daredevil mission but when he’s walking alone deep in thought, torn between his loyalty to his father and his love for Na-na. Trying to do his best. Trying to do what’s right. These are the moments when my heart tightens the most for our city hunter.

Eleven episodes into the drama and I’m struck by how tightly the writer has scripted the plot. This has every potential to be convoluted, what with the Hated Group of Five in the top echelons of political power. Yet it has remained singular in its focus and execution. The five to be destroyed ONE AT A TIME. Their stories interwoven and yet distinctive. So exciting the suspense and also so entertaining.

City Hunter is barrels of fun, diary. It engages me on the visceral level but never insults my intelligence. There are no stock characters stuck in there as mere plot devices. Okay, maybe the president’s youngest daughter, who’s there to make the president look stupid somehow. But I don’t really mind her because she brings out the grumpy Yoon-sung. Do you know how cute he is when he’s irked? But not as cute as the positively beaming Yoon-sung when he manages to squirrel his way into Na-na’s apartment as landlord and housemate.

The thing about City Hunter is that it’s not stingy with the dishy; there’s enough to go around. If a viewer’s not taken with Yoon-sung (how is that possible, though?), he or she just needs to look a little farther.

I said “farther,” not “father”!

Oh well, let’s not begrudge the older man his time in the sauna sun; who knew what a dish he might have been years ago? Enough to beget a son like our prosecutor.

The last time I watched Lee Joon-hyeok was two years ago in City Hall where he played Cha Seung-won’s secretary. What a pleasant surprise to see him here in a fleshed-out second lead role where he’s given plenty of room to shine and leave a mark. The prosecutor seeking justice and upholding the law, yet secretly hiding a dastardly secret about his politician father. The divorcee who can’t seem to get over his wife. The Daddy-Long-Legs who’s been supporting and writing to Na-na for ten years. The city hunter’s pursuer.

At one point in the drama Yoon-sung asks Kim Young-joo point-blank: “You follow me around so much, do you like me?”

Of course he does, silly Yoon-sung! Don’t you see how his eyes gleam at the sight of you, and how he fairly salivates? The more I watch the two of you together, the more I see the beginnings of a beautiful bromance friendship. It shouldn’t be long before you two realize you’re on the same side.

There’s another beautiful friendship here and this one is touching in the pair’s devotion to each other. In fact, the older man is practically a mother to the motherless Yoon-sung, feeding and protecting him. Though fearful of Lee Jin-pyo’s wrath, Bae Man-deok will do anything for Yoon-sung, even smearing the latter’s shirt with dollops of snot.

Heart and humor. I didn’t expect to find both in City Hunter but I am. But why am I surprised at the humanity on display here, diary? After all, the second female lead isn’t a bitch but an animal-loving vet. She’s not elbowing Na-na for Yoon-sung, at least not in the eleven episodes I’ve watched so far.

I like Jin Se-hee because of how Hwang Sun-hee plays her, stoic and quietly observant, seeing but not demanding to know. I like her because she’s our city hunter’s friend. Welcome to the Yoon-sung fan club, dear doc. Thank you for not ratting on him to your ex-husband, the zealous prosecutor.

So I’ve found myself a new drama to like. In three weeks it will end and then the sadness will start all over again. I don’t know why, dear diary, but it’s been hard bidding goodbye to the dramas I’ve loved this year. This past weekend was especially difficult.

But City Hunter has come along, an unexpected salve, and I’ve gotten so addicted to it, too. It’s pure escapism. It’s Lee Min-ho. It’s thundie eating her biggest humble pie ever.

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136 thoughts on “City Hunter

  1. Dear Thundie,
    I,too,had entered into the vortex of CH. Last week,unluckily I was home sick..but the good thing was that I had time to power marathoned the 14 ep in less than 24 hrs…LMHMG-you own me *blissful sigh*

  2. Ah thundie I will join you in eating humble pie :D Who knew I’d fall so hard for this drama. Such good stuff. I fell in love with the OST first but finally started watching and oh how hooked I am LOL

  3. Dear thundie, methinks it’s not only you eating that humble pie (me to)….promos and all the drama didn’t look very convincing and BOF was a total overkill of a drama. For me it was the first episode that sealed it. Revenge dramas are my favorite kind of drama. And this drama continues to amaze me.

    @martha: the OST oh my god it’s good isn’t it? And what i like most is not the OST itself but how it’s used in the episodes. The music pool is big enough so that you don’t get sick of the one song being played over and over (like i fear it’s gonna turn out in Warrior Baek Dong Su). There are also glimpses of themes we will probably never hear in completion like Youn-Joos going rouge theme in ep 14 around the 14 minutes waymark.

  4. Sigh. I don’t know why I forgot to mention the OST. Must be the 600 LMH screencaps killing my brain cells. (It’s not because of that, you dolt; it’s your sheer obstinancy. For crying out loud, take notes and use them! Trying to write every recap/review from memory is obviously not gonna work anymore!! *bonk*)

    I LOVE the OST. :D

  5. Dear Thundie,

    Shall we potluck on the humble pie?

    I did not watch BOF even though my kids and my mom (yes 2 generations divide) raved about it. i just can’t get past the hair!

    I did not watch Personal Taste, coz I can’t handle his not long enough pants and the OTP doesn’t convince me.

    But City Hunter gets to me. So what he wears pink pants, leopard print shirt and pants (what is with the pants anyways?) My heart hurts for him. The eyes…so expressive. I marathoned 14 episodes in 4 days and I am obsessed. I am proudly declaring myself a Lee Min Ho fan.

    I need therapy…..

    • I do share your feelings…..
      BOF where I fell in love in Minho, but not the drama itself, I barely managed to finish that drama.
      Personal Taste, where my love for him was killed off.
      City Hunter, has brought me back to him..and I was so negatively anticipated this drama just like most of you….
      Would you kindly share your pie with me too…?

    • To this day my daughters are using all wiles, ways and persuasion short of tying me down and keeping my eyelids peeled with matchsticks to watch BOF – which according to them is the MUST see drama!! Oooohhh!!! F4 – BUT – the hair.

      I swear everytime I see the hair – no – even just visualise the hair – I dissolve into this hysterical fit of laughter!! So – sorry girls.

      But – City Hunter – O my!!! O my!!!! O my!!!!!! Need i say more?

      • I cant help but laugh because i feel the same way with LMH’s hair in BOF. I wasnt into KDrama back then when BOF aired. The hair bothered me…i cant even looked at the posters.

        I watched Personal Taste because i thought he looked better but couldn’t even finish the 16 episodes. I did get to the game over kiss part though, which i think was a really hot kiss.

        Wasnt quite excited about City Hunter but the rave was all over so i decided to check it out..
        Oh boy, oh boy…BEST DECISION EVER!

        Lee Min Ho is awesome as the City Hunter. Im smitten…

        Thundie, thank you for this post.

    • Funny thing is I didn’t notice his pants in CH until you pointed it out. Too mesmerized by his eyes. I’m really taken by how well he’s able to emote with his eyes alone.

      I don’t think I will pick up BOF ever, although a pal did say (back when BOF was still airing) that I should recap it, at least one or two episodes. She thought it would be a perfect drama to unleash my snark, LOL.

      As for Personal Taste, I was going to try watching it so that I could include it in last year’s year-end write-up for Dramabeans but ran out of time. Check out my awesome guest blogger Ockoala’s review:

      http://thundie.wordpress.com/2010/06/17/personal-taste-mbc-2010/

  6. HA! This time, I’m watching City Hunter first then read your review! Heee! I’m excited to see your post on this. Lol. Didn’t know you’re watching this. *wink

  7. Whoa, seems like everyone has caught the City-Hunter virus. LMH is great (and gorgeous), but somehow I still think he’s a lil overrated, like he’s not really as awesome as people claimed him to be. The guy is very charismatic though and I certainly like him a lot more than I did before. I am more enamoured with the hot prosecutor, it could be because he’s in suits all the time or it could be because he’s played by Lee Joon-hyeok who’s freaking brilliant (esp in ep 13 & 14). I haven’t seen him in anything before but I am so tempted to check on his other works now (puts City Hall on watch list).

    oh OST, me love it too, esp the instrumentals.

    • I agreed. I can’t be satisfied with him enough. His acting is a lil bit medicore for me. I remembered read in the comments section of this drama recaps-an objective- one in dramabeans on how LMH acting is not there yet. Something is missing. Not the emotion. But something…

  8. hey Thundie – 600 screencaps? you must have it bad for LMH :) now that i just read how much you love this drama or should I say CH’s YS – I get why there was a sudden influx of CH headers. Keep them coming cuz it’s fun how your humble pie ended up our eye candy.

  9. Sigh. I am afraid to admit that my version of this was more like. “This show now owns me. Please do not start sucking.”

  10. Totally flummoxed! I rarely watch any dramas until they are nearly completed but City Hunter … What have you done to me? I try to watch it as it airs normally during office hours trying hard not to be caught by my boss. Then I will read Softy live recap. The first thing I do when I reach home is to download the episode and re-watched it again in it’s entirety. After that I will check all the various sites/blogs that I frequent to see if anybody has written the recaps. I will then read all of them even though they are for the same episodes! Normally by now, I would have read Softy’s version about 3 times and re-watched the episode a few times. OMG, I think I have been bitten by the bug!!
    I love the OST too especially the instrumentals. I have them as continuous ringtone for my phone and it is driving my family mad because I keep calling myself to listen to it.
    I guess you can the say the show owns me at the moment. LOL!

  11. Keke, someone’s been bitten by the LMH bug, I see! No shame in that. At the height of my LMH bug (and of all times, during BOF), I took my laptop with me on a vacation with friends and showed them photos of LMH all day. I think I may have described him something like “God’s gift to mankind.” *blushes*

    But I’m loving Lee Jun Hyuk more in CH now, and I think I picked up your allergy to LMH. Oh, how fickle is Blue’s heart!

    • Dear Blue,
      LOL on “At the height of my LMH bug (and of all times, during BOF), I took my laptop with me on a vacation with friends and showed them photos of LMH all day. I think I may have described him something like “God’s gift to mankind.” *blushes*”…hehe, you do know that some of us ICOMYMers has coined his nickname as LMHMG(Lee Min Ho My God),right??
      As for me,I cringed through BOF,but fell hard for him on PT(just ask my OT friends how many times I’ve rewatched that drama(at least 4,oops)…@langdon813 was going to send me to rehab(or something like that)if I rewatch it one more time…
      I personally think that LMH is doing quite well in CH. It helps that the PD has yet screwed up the flow & plot so far,but I’m not going to jinx it…*sigh*there’s just too many drama’s that I’ve seen that have gone WTH at the last (couple) epi

    • Hi blue dear, so glad that I don’t have to fight with you for LMH! :lol:

      Lee Jun-hyuk was amazing from Episode 13 (he was all along but this was the episode where he really stood out); thrilled that he got so much screen time. I LOVE LOVE all the complexities in his character. I do think he occasionally overacts in the really intense scenes, kinda like Lee Jun-ki in Time between Dog and Wolf. But overall he’s extremely promising, even back in City Hall where he had to contend with Cha Seung-won’s commanding screen presence.

  12. The good stuff is yet to come, unnie^^ I have a really twisted love-hate relationship with this drama. Some aspects of the drama can’t be taken seriously at all (most of the action scenes. For e.g. ambulance hitchhikes and how City Hunter finds out about hot dad’s super secret mission randomly on TV LMAO-). But it’s ridiculously addicting, and heart-warming too. I’m embarrassed to say that I love this action flick.

    • Ahhh!! I have to agree with you. I sometimes find some scenes funny and not into place, especially the mission and action, but I say LMH as City Hunter is really addicting. I’m LOVING him in recent episodes.

  13. djes likes this post.

    Thundie, I agree with every points you made in this post.
    Didn’t like LMH in BOF, but now obsessed with him. Like the evil father. Love the yummy prosecutor. Ship the OTP so bad ( I never ship PMY with Yoochun, I think she was better with YAI ), love mommy/uncle Shikjoong. LOVE the OST. Happy that it has 20 eps instead of usual 16.

  14. Okay, here’s my humble pie …… I didn’t like City Hunter above the norm. UNTIL episode 6. I don’t know what happened in the Yoon-Sung/Nana battles during episode 6, but suddenly I was on fire for this OTP and I LOVE CH now. Not that I’ve admitted that anywhere else. Oh, humble pie, you come on big chunks.

  15. Episode thirteen is when I realized he could act. The boy can act and I never realized he had it in him. I saw BOF and I wasn’t impressed, gave up halfway after seeing how ridiculous the whole concept was, and pedestrian the acting. In Personal Preference (Taste), I tried to like him, but the drama relied mostly on his pretty and to my estimation Son Ye-Jin carried the whole thing. Then, I saw this drama. At first, I wanted to see if they would stay with the manga plot lines–it didn’t, of course, and I was mad but then I was won over by Kim Sang-joong as his eventual father and Kim Sang-Ho as his surrogate mother–however, the supporting cast just gosh darn it made me want to see more. This lasted for a good six episodes then I saw flashes of gravitas and pathos in our young hero. I steeled myself, and I wasn’t convinced. I thought of it as a fluke. I continued watching for the humour of Baek Sik-Joong and the coldness of Lee Jin-Pyo. I admit, I was reticent; I didn’t want to believe that LMH had it in him. He’s just sooo gosh darn pretty. He was like kpop groups for me: no substance.

    Like I said it was Episode 13 that won me over, particularly the end. How could I not love his performance. He was magnificent. With only his eyes, he conveyed how he lost his humanity and in an instant gains it back. I would never had thought he could pull that. I re-watched the last 10 minutes five times just to make sure. I was reeling. I thought to myself: “shit, the boy could act!” He reminds me of Kang Dong-Won at that moment, able to express emotional depth with only his eyes – Duelist, Psychic, Maunday Thursday.

    I hope and wish he follows my favorite K-actor after he wraps this drama. Kang Dong-Won chose parts that made him grow as an actor. I wish and hope Lee Min-Ho will do the same. He’s rough around the edges, but there’s brilliance there. I’m hoping for a transformation. He started with cute and nauseous (my humble opinion, friends), and followed with something quirky and mediocre (again my humble opinion), but really shined with his portrayal of Lee Yun-Seong.

  16. I’m loving City Hunter too but one question bugs me. Perhaps more astute viewer can answer for me.
    In the beginning, Jin Pyo said that he knew the identity of only one of the FIVE because it was the only face that he saw while lurking outside the window. But shouldn’t Jin Pyo also know that the one who is now President was in that group too coz he was the one who rallied up the team for the secret mission?

    • In my opinion he was lying to Youn Sung when he told him that he knew only one person of the five, he friggin talked to the now president after he listened to their talk.
      It’s kinda sad that we only have 6 episodes remaining, because that means we have to take care of the villan of the week AND decide what to do with the president – who by the way is the only one actually feeling remorse. Oooh the possibilities still to come.
      Personally I support dramabeans and girlfridays plead for a second season wholeheartedly.

    • I agree with Nildrorah that he was lying to YS. For one, because he’s the president and his fall would be the greatest. (Save the best for last?) Second, since YS will be working at the Blue House, he probably didn’t want YS to be at risk of being found out even before he got to the others. Third, I wonder if JP realizes that the president was the only one who disagreed with the 1983 plan from the get go. I mean, he did overhear the conversation between the prez and target #1, and the president guy did express remorse even back then.

    • i think he didn’t want YS to know about the president cos he wanted to leave him til last. he probably felt presidents betrayal hardest as they were friends…
      JP wanted YS to get into blue house – probably to get close to president and to give opening later when he wants YS to kill him. also since its now hinting that YS is presidents son JP obviously planning for a while that YS to kill president as worse form of vengeance – son kills father

      • I’ve read somewhere that “If there are no stupid questions, then do stupid people get smart right before they ask stupid questions?” I don’t know if that’s true, but here is a stupid question for you. Who is Soomp? Is Soomp the same person as Soompi? I mean no disrespect. Just very curious. I’ve always assumed Soompi was someone who founded Soompi’s forum but retired. Is Soomp un-retiring or just doing cameo appearance?

        Hi Thundie. You (or Soomp) don’t have to answer that. It just seemed like a nice segue to discuss not LMH but PMY. Yes, he’s a pretty boy, but I’m far more interested in Park Min-young. Even though I haven’t yet finished SKKS, I find her somewhat more appealing here than there. I love her character, her bantering, her teasing, and most of all, her devotion to LMH.

        • Hi dear Michael!

          Soomp is none other than da Soompi BOSS, the lady who founded Soompi! :D

          Thundie’s Prattle is honored to have Soomp as a friend. She also judged one of our blog giveaways previously.

          All of us love Soomp! And Soompi of course, hehe.

          (Psst, check out this post where I mentioned Soomp.)

  17. I’ve been a silent lurker for too long. I have to say something now…
    This is my drama crack, but not any crack… Crack with chocolate sprinkles, side dish of pizza and a huuuuuuuge plate of my nana’s home made pasta. Wow it’s AWESOME!
    I always thought LMH was cute but boy, has he become a hottie of the hottest or what? His eyes have bewitched me! He can say and express sooooooooooooo much through them! Again: WOW!
    The rest of the cast is fantastic. The script is sharp, tight and right on the spot, and I love me a few comic relief scenes. The music is delightfull (have to confess I’ve downloaded a few of them >.<) Aaaaaaand I have even called my best friend in the middle of the night (well, it's her middle of the day in that other distant continent…) to tell her to stop being such a biatch and to trust me on this: you have got to watch this (and immediately procedeed to send links for her to watch).
    Looooooooooooooove CH and I am already scared about the withdrawal symptoms I'll feel in a few weeks, but for now I say: thx Thundie for your post, pls don't be mean and share the screencaps and also – as I have a sweet tooth- what kind of pie are we talking about here? ;)
    .

    • A humble pie, LOL. Ingredients:

      Contrition
      Embarrassment
      Enlightenment
      Adulation

      Here, two screencaps for you, Gabitis! Thanks for delurking.

      Oops, in case anyone thinks otherwise, I do have lots of screencaps of the other characters, especially of the hot prosecutor and Lee Jin-pyo (my kingly crush from the cable drama Eight Days).

  18. I thought I would be smart and save my May and June dramas and start watching them later so that I wouldn’t have to wait for the episodes to air and then for the subs. So I wouldn’t be so desperate to watch raw video then read the recap then watch the same episode subbed into English. That plan has now failed as it only took 4 days (with working a full time job and caring for a family) to completely catch up with City Hunter. Next time I will just have to wait out longer.

    • Good luck! If you succeed tell me how you do it.

      I am obsessed with K drama. I am full time worker, part time student and a mom of three. Zero will power to wait. I watch raw, read recaps, rewatch with sub, go back to blogsites to rant and rave. In between I try to look sane and have normal conversation with colleagues and family if I am not grinning crazily at the computer screen or giving it the evil eye.

      I need to pace myself out too. But CH is my current crack AND…I have started on Heartstring too. The latter I solely blame on my daughter for getting me started. (chanting I have to be strong, I have to be strong)

  19. At first, this show’s narrative plotholes drove me bananas (cuz seriously? Nana as presidential bodyguard had me worried over the state of Korea’s elite security force). But my god, City Hunter is turning out to be one hell of a drama. The last time I was literally gnawing at my nails from the suspense was The Slingshot. Loving the headers by the way (I keep refreshing so I get a new one, hehe).

    And oooh, sweaty Young Joo/Guk’s former assistant. *saves screencap as wallpaper*

  20. Hi Thundie, we finally agree on something! Yey! I am awed by your talent and respect you a lot, but I don’t always get your choices. But now I just adore you for being humble enough to admit… that Lee Min Ho is Awesome!!!! oh, yeah!! And you just wait, because… he gets better, and hotter, and awesomer. CH became my next crack after a super-addicting-and-still-can’t-get-over last drama. Thanks for the post. Can’t wait to see your screen caps…. more, please moooaaarrrr!!!!!

    • I know, wits! :oops: For dropping that “super-addicting-and-still-can’t-get-over last drama” so early, I ought to be whipped! Will you forgive me if I present you with this? :D

      • Love… means never having to say you’re sorry…(your loss – jokes) Instead, I will say THANK YOU *hand in heart* for this beautiful picture. So apt… see his expression, was he snarking or what!???

  21. Oh Thundie,
    How can you get sick of such a pretty face even before watching his drama? I feel like robbing the cradle but I’ve been a fan of LMH since day 1. LOL. But in all seriousness, I truly believed that he had potentials during his BOF day, especially during the angst moments. But City Hunter really showed the rest of the world, I think, or rather proves to the rest of the world that Lee Min Ho is here to stay, and for good reasons! But to give credits when they are due, the writing, directing, acting, and even the music are awesome in this drama. What I really love about City Hunter and note the differences between it and other K dramas are the secrets are not kept until the last 15 minutes of the final episode. It’s like turning the pages of the book and the secrets are flying straight out at you, and issues are resolved right there and then, while everyone is still focusing on the main stories. I love it, love it, love it.

    And last but not least, I love your blog, and visit it daily. Keep up the good work and thank you for blogging for us K-addicts :-)

    Oh and I do love the Im Joo Hwan banner. That’s another underrated actor in my book. I don’t know how many times I watched Tamra Island, both the regular and extended versions.

  22. Glad Thundie found a new drama that she likes! 5ves!

    City Hunter is a delectable treat. The story isn’t particularly fresh or new, and somehow comes across too simple and easy (Yoon Sung always always wins, and wins easy!), but hey, you know something’s engaging and fun when you see it. It doesn’t complicate things and instead gives us stuff to laugh and giggle in between. And yet it doesn’t overshadow the revenge story too much.

    The OTP is major cuteness, BUT Lee Min Ho is the one who takes the cake. BOF and Personal Tastes were major fail for me, but City Hunter? I can only say that guy has chosen the right project to showcase whatever he’s got in him. Love love love it when he’s all angsty. ^^

    OTOH, I am catching up on CYHMH (just got done with 17), and officially in love with this drama. *bawls*

  23. I didn’t watch the whole BOF cause I can’t stand the acting of the whole cast. But his pretty face is hard to forget. Personal Taste came along, I thought i’d give him another chance. But I can’t stand the leading lady, so, I didn’t finish. Then.. City Hunter. One of my favorite mangas when I was growing up. I heard Lee Min Ho was cast. mmm.. Will this drama destroyed my favorite manga like “playful kiss” (my other beloved manga)? Good thing, I decided to give it a chance. Episode one captivated me right away, and I saw his acting improved a lottt.. Now.. I am so crazy about Lee Min Ho. absolutely crazy.

    • This is the very first korean drama that makes me get up 6 am in the morning faithfully to stream live every Wed/Thu without subs. I don’t even speak korean :) I just simply can’t wait. Then, later I’ll watch it again with the subs. That’s how crazy I got.

  24. LOL! Welcome to the CH craze~~ it had me from episode 1 too, and was so thankful JB & GF did the recaps as additional material for my crack. I’ve downloaded episodes so I can transfer them to my Apple device, ergo Lee Min-ho anytime, anywhere. Learned how to to take screenshots too just because I can’t get enough of the pretty.

  25. Oh Thundie, finally …. I’ve never expect to addict to this show, too. I following this drama like crazy. haha…

    Thanks for your article, thundie. So glad u join the bandwagon, keke

  26. Thanks for all the comments! I’m finally all caught up with Ep 15 and it’s not 600 screencaps now, it’s 1100! *falls off chair*

    Why must the boy have eyes like limpid pools so that weak-willed people newly minted fans have no choice but to capture every single expression, aigoo?! What to do with so many pics? Am not even recapping the series, help!

  27. people watch it cause lee min ho,,,city hunter anime/manga fans hate it,,story sucks very bad,,,it destroy city hunter badass image

    • Oh, not thundie. Definitely did not pick this up for Lee Min-ho.

      Not familiar with the City Hunter anime, but this k-version doesn’t suck at all, it’s awesome! :D

  28. Oh thundie, oh THundie… each day my admiration for you grows bigger, bigger… I love you blog, is one of my daily web stops, and you writing really impress me, but when you have these “honesty and sincerity acts”, I love you most… Thank you… and As you I’m trapped on those eyes ( I’m not slightly anything closer to a LMH’s fangirl)…

  29. Thundie, i love you for your humble pie.

    This drama is awesome and freaking addicting. and Lee Min Ho, he breathes and lives City Hunter. Welcome to the madness!

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