It certainly is a good time to be a fan of Tsukasa Hojo’s City Hunter Manga Series. First, a brand new animated film, and now it will be getting a Live-Action Film Adaption, thanks to Netflix.
According to Comic Natalie and The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has stepped into the fray by producing a brand-new Japanese Live-Action film for global distribution on their streaming service with the assistance of two Japanese Production Houses, HoriPro and Office Shirouz.
The film is titled simply City Hunter and will feature actor Ryohei Suzuki in the iconic role of Ryo Saeba. There are Simple stylistic changes to the costume to reflect the film’s intent to hew closer to reality than in past anime and other live-action adaptions, which focused primarily on the slapstick comedy of the anime series.
The Staff for the film has also been announced. Yuichi Sato will serve as the film’s director, Tatsuro Mishima will be the scriptwriter, and musician Yoshihide Otomo will be the Film’s Composer. More information will be provided at a later date.
Tsukasa Hojo’s City Hunter manga ran from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine from 1985 to 1991 and was collected in 35 volumes. It has inspired four television anime series, an anime film, and television specials including a 2015 original anime DVD, and ADV Films released most of these anime projects in North America.
The original anime premiered in April 1987 and celebrated its 35th Anniversary in April 2022. The City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes anime film opened in Japan in February 2019. The City Hunter anime and the films are currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Comic Natalie
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