Lee Min Ho – as Lee Yoon Sung
He is the "City Hunter".
He is the son of Korean army, Park Moo Yul who died in a covert secret mission in Burma. He is adopted by his father's friend, Lee Jin Pyo that is why his name was changed to Lee Yoon Sung. He is an MIT graduate and works that the South Korean presidential palace, The Blue House.
Park Min Yong – as Kim Na Na
She is a pretty bodyguard and works with Yoon Sung. She is Yoon Sung's love interest. Yoon Sung's adoptive father warns him that pretty women like her will be Yoon Sung's downfall.
Lee Joon Hyuk – as Kim Young Joo
He is s good prosecutor who is against the corruption in South Korea. He has the same goal as Lee Yoon Sung but he wants to finish off his goals within the context of the law, he wants to do things rightfully versus the City Hunter's way of doing things.
Kim Sang Joo – as Lee Jin Pyo
The only survivor of the slaughter 28 years ago, full of anger, he wants to kill of the people who ordered the execution. He pretends to be an investor from America and starts his revenge thru his dead best friend's son, Lee Yon Sung.
The story starts in 1983. The South Korean president and his delegates are visiting Burma (now Myanmar) when a bomb planted by North Korea explodes, killing some high ranking officials. This historical event is called the Rangoon bombing (also known as the Rangoon incident). To strike back, five South Korean officials plan an underground operation to enter North Korea and kill North Korean agents. Unbeknownst to the South Korean president, Lee Jin Pyo (Kim Sang-joong) and Park Moo Yul (Park Sang-min), two bodyguards at the Blue House (South Korean presidential palace), organize a 21-men troop to execute the plan. However, as the operation is taking place, five high-ranking officials change their minds and abort the plan in order to avoid an international crisis if the mission is discovered. Their major concern is that the United States will withdraw its nuclear protection if the mission is made public.
The operation is successful, but as the troops swim to the submarine which is supposed to take them back to South Korea, snipers from the submarine shoot and kill all of the troop members, except Lee Jin Pyo, while they are still in the water. An already injured Park Moo Yul uses his body to shield Jin Pyo, thus saving his life. Jin Pyo swims back to shore and returns to South Korea, where he finds out that there are a total of five officials responsible for aborting the operation.
Vowing to avenge his fallen comrades, including his closest and best friend Park Moo Yul, he kidnaps Moo Yul's infant son and flees to Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle, specifically the mountainous Burmese-Thai border. There, he raises the child as his own and trains the boy intensively in combat. Following an attack on the village, Jin Pyo confesses his long-term plan for revenge to the child, Lee Yoon Sung (Lee Min-ho).
Seven years later, after successfully finishing his college years and attaining a doctorate in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yoon-sung returns to South Korea to fulfill his step-father's plan for revenge. He enters the Blue House as an IT expert under the National Communication Network Team. He is warned by Jin-pyo not to trust anyone and never to fall in love, as doing so will put the people around him in danger.
In Blue House, he meets bodyguard Kim Na Na (Park Min-young). The story of love and revenge begins. Eventually Kim Na Na helps him to take revenge, as they discover that they have the same goal in mind. Both of them start working together, but problems occur during their revenge plot.
A twist occurs as the full truth is revealed. Lee Yoon Sung discovered that his biological father is the president, Choi Eung Chan, the last of the five council members who decided on killing the special ops team that was sent to Nampo waters in North Korea. Choi Eung Chan is also the last target of Lee Jin Pyo, and supposedly, the city hunter's last target as well.
What I Think:
When I started watching this series I had high hopes because I was drowning in all the mush in romantic comedies k-series, I am ready to start watching some good Korean action series!
It was a big factor that resident Korean hottie, Lee Min Ho was the lead actor yeah way big! Thing is almost all my friends are watching this series so just to join the bandwagon might as well watch this too hehe!
Lee Min Ho – is it true that he is dating his co-star, Park Min Young? Yes they are, yes they are people. So this proves that he not only looks adorably handsome, he can act well too. This is a tough project for Min Ho being a flower boy and all; this is a breakthrough for him. He has shed his boy toy cute image for this rugged no non-sense action series and for that he has earned my respect.
He also has a great chemistry with Park Min Young I have to say, it does help that they are dating when they did this movie, they look like they are genuinely dating for real. They look at ease when sharing scenes together.
Park Min Young – One look at the girl and you will know she does not look the part; she does not look like a tough cookie. But she shatters all preconceived notions I have of her. She shines and did her character justice, which is quite difficult to do in this kind of series as it is action-packed and predominantly male. She looks so pretty and regal, and we cannot deny that she has oozing chemistry with Min Ho.
One of the earliest scenes is when Moo Yul shielded Jin Pyo and saved him from being killed in the waters. I swear I was already crying and I am still in the first episode. I felt that it was a premonition of even better episodes to follow.
Another scene that moved me was seeing Lee Jin Pyo fighting for his life at the last few episodes of the series, by using only a metallic cane was it? It shows how good he is defending himself, and the actor who played the part, Kim Sang Joong was awesome. He moved me. He made me cry in that scene.
The romantic kissing scenes of Park Min Young and Lee Min Ho ---I so like simply because when he kisses and plants lots of wet kisses on her, she kisses him back and embraces the guy! For once she responds, my pet peeve when it comes to watching korean series and love scenes is when the guy starts kissing the girl and the damn girl just stands stiff there with big button eyes stares at the guy, and hands on the sides doing nothing! Because if it were in real life the girl would kiss the guy back and hugs him, embraces and caresses him not just stands there like it were a military practice or something. So yes I like there kissing scenes.
Overall, I like this series the background music and songs were awesome. Great acting from Lee Min Ho and especially Kim Sang Joo. They have good rapport and Mion Ho and Park Min Young have great chemistry.
If you need a break from all the mushy Korean stuff then this is the break that we have been waiting for. This action drama is a must-see!
Rating: 8 Korean Kimchi out of 10