Netflix is set to produce a live-action film adaptation of the series City Hunter according to Famitsu. The news comes as the franchise has experienced a resurgence in popularity with a newfound appreciation by Japanese and international fans for retro anime and a new animated film in the works.
Now before you breakout the torches and pitchforks, the film appears to be done in Japanese, with Japanese actors and crew. This isn’t a hastily made western adaptation but possibly a more authentic experience we’ve otherwise rarely seen on the platform.
City Hunter began as a manga in 1985 by creator Tsukasa Hojo. Since then, multiple anime series and movies have been made based on the original manga, as well as a spinoff series called Angel Heart. Ryo runs an underground problem-solving business eponymously called City Hunter, with his business partner Hideyuki Makimura. After Hideyuki’s murder, Ryo takes it on himself to care for Kaori, the younger sister of his business partner.
The series experienced renewed interest after a new film was released in 2019, 20 years since the latest film in the franchise at that time. Many of the films have been brought to the United States thanks to releases by Discotek Media, and even Crunchyroll has brought some of the classic franchise to their streaming service.