Hojo Tsukasa’s popular manga, City Hunter, is still one of the most long-running IPs of late. The demand is equally high as well in the realm of film, even moreso with Philippe Lacheau’s Nicky Larson coming in 2019.
UK distro outlet Eureka Entertainment has it in for Jackie Chan fans with a few ‘Classics’ re-releases pending this Fall. Chan’s zany 1993 lead rendition as a perverted and lazy, albeit highly-skilled crime fighter in Wong Jing’s adaptation of manga hit, City Hunter, is one of them as of announcements made earlier this month.
French actor and filmmaker Philippe Lacheau is applying his craft as of late with word that he’ll be adapting his own take on the popular Shueisha publication, City Hunter. He’ll be on both sides of the lens directing and starring, thus adding to recent credits such as Babysitting, Babysitting 2, and 2017 comedy, Alibi.com.
The news comes in the wake of reports out of Berlin via Variety where French telco operator Orange is taking its newly launched film shingle, Orange Studio, to the sales floor at EFM. Their package joins City Hunter with Amos Gitai’s Tramway In Jerusalem to Jean-Charles Hue’s Tijuana Bible with Ed Skrein starring among others.
Hojo Tsukasa’s original 1985 manga serves the basis telling of a womanizing detective who runs a jack-of-all-trades outlet running missions with a beautiful tomboy as his often jealous assistant. The manga ran several OVAs and two live-action films: a 1991 movie loosely based on the manga with Andy Lau starring, and a titular adaptation shepherded by Jackie Chan and Wong Jing in 1993.
Other attempts at adaptations came and went in limbo after while nowadays, while it ain’t Hollywood, this may still strike a chord in an era where concerns over whitewashing have gaint a foothold in the broad conversation regarding the prevalent lack of Asian talent presence on screen. I’m not particularly certain how France’s moviegoing demographic views this issue as much as I’m familar with how Americans feel toward it so if you live in the region and/or are in the know, you’re more than welcome to engage and voice yourselves. Parle librement!
Manga creator and author Hoji Tsukasa’s popular 1985 Weekly Shonen Jump publication, City Hunter, remained prominent in the years that followed, from print to anime, live-action TV and film. Perhaps most prolific iteration might be director Wong Jing’s 1993 full-scale spectacle fronted by action star Jackie Chan, one prone to many a viral video snippet of the star in a Chun Li outfit in the past decade in case you’re reading this and your memory starts jogging.
The property still lives on these days, and so now it appears that Hong Kong director Stanley Tong will lead the charge for a new live-action film. Huang Xioaming (The White-Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom, Hollywood Adventures) is the first to be added to the cast, nabbed for the starring role of Saeba Ryo, a skilled gunman with a penchant for the ladies and helps solve dangerous problems through his private detective agency.
Further casting details are pending with the film’s current development while Tong and co. are plotting a course for a December 2018 release date.