The hit anime/manga is being adapted live for the first time in Japan.
Netflix showed impressive confidence in the concept of adapting the anime into live action. Even after its adoption Cowboy Bebop expired, the streaming giant is still working on adaptations One piece, gundamand Yu Yu Hakushoand even makes room on his plate for yet another live-action version of a popular anime series from yesteryear: City hunter.
It originated as a manga by creator Tsukasa Hojo that appeared Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991, City hunter there is history Ryo Saeb, a “sweeper” from Tokyo, a kind of combination of bodyguard and private detective. in 1987 City hunter was adapted into an anime television series that ran for over 100 episodes, and the animated franchise spawned multiple OVA parts and movies, with the most recent coming in 2019 and another green light earlier this year.
In other words, Ryo is one of the greatest anime characters of all time, especially since he was portrayed by the same voice actor, Akira Kamiya, in all his anime appearances. It’s an almost impossibly big role to fill, but Netflix believes it has found the man for the job Ryohei Suzuki.
▼ Ryohei Suzuki, dressed as Ryo Saeba
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Suzuki, 39, has several films on his resume from anime to live-action films, starring as the male lead in Hentai Stone series, My love storyand Tokyo tribeas well as performances in Higanjima and gatchaman. Suzuki called in to portray Ryo “a great responsibility” and pledged to give his best to bring character “cool, romantic, idiotic and mockkori” on-screen aspects (“mokkori” is the sound of the burst of energy Ryo feels when sexually aroused, and a key ingredient to his status as one of the most uninhibited horndogs in anime).
Long-time fans of the so-called City hunter anime can notice it Suzuki is not wearing Ryo’s customary pale blue sports coatbut even long-time fans of the series will notice, as does Netflix itself, that he is dressed in a long coat, which Ryo often wore in the manga, albeit only sparingly in the anime.
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While Netflix sometimes shifts the setting and production of its live-action anime adaptations outside of their original country of origin, City hunter will be filmed in Japan, with the company promising to shoot on location in Shinjukuthe part of Tokyo where Ryo practices his trade (although events often take him out of town before his adventures are over). However, this period is pushed to the present day, and “there will be minor character updates accordingly” Netflix says.
Suzuki is actually the third, fourth, or fifth actor to portray Ryo in live action, depending on how accurately you count. Jackie Chan starred in the 1993 Hong Kong-produced film City hunter film, a very loose adaptation of the source material. In 2011, a Korean came City hunter TV drama, sometimes called City Hunter in Seoul, an even looser adaptation with the main character changed from Ryo Saeba to Lee Yoon-sung. Next was angel heart 2015 Japanese TV drama based on Hojo’s City hunter spinoff with Ryo living in a parallel continuation from the original series. Finally in 2019 Nicky Larson and Cupidon perfume was released in France, a live-action adaptation of that country’s heavily localized version City hunter anime.
▼ Ryo was portrayed by Takaya Kamikawa in angel heart TV series.
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Still, the Netflix version will be the first ever Japanese-produced live-action City Hunter. “Our goal is to use the actual location of Shinjuku and the unique nuances of the Japanese language present in the original work to adapt it to live-action in a way that can only be done in Japan.” the company says, and reactions from Japanese users to the announcing tweet have been overwhelmingly positive regarding the lead man selection.
“Yes. He looks completely natural as Ryo.”
“Yes, I think he can do that.”
“Ryohei Suzuki is almost too perfect as Ryo Saeba! I also expect good choices for the rest of the cast.
“I’ve been thinking about who could play Ryo live since I was in elementary school, and I didn’t think anyone could do it … but I think Suzuki can.”
Netflix live action City hunter it is scheduled to be released worldwide in 2024.