films seen
4
average score
2.62*
nationality
Japan - 72 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The inoffensive

City Hunter: Bay City Wars

by Kenji Kodama
1990 / 45m - Japan
Animation, Action, Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
City Hunter: Bay City Wars poster

Another fun and action-packed City Hunter special. Simple plot that resembles the first Patlabor film a little, put is played for laughs and action. The animation is solid, the characters are likeable and the pacing is perfect. Not particularly great or unique, but if you're looking for some fun filler this will do the trick.

City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy

by Kenji Kodama
City Hunter: Hyakuman Doru no InbĂ´
1990 / 45m - Japan
Animation, Action, Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy poster

Goofy, fun and pleasantly short City Hunter special. All the familiar ingredients are present, but I'm certain people unfamiliar with the franchise will have little trouble catching on. A fine blend of action and comedy, decent animation and an explosive finale make for an easy and entertaining diversion.

Worthy but flawed

City Hunter: .357 Magnum

by Kenji Kodama
City Hunter: Ai to Shukumei no Magnum
1989 / 87m - Japan
Animation, Action, Comedy
2.5*/5.0*
City Hunter: .357 Magnum poster

A rather predictable and expected entry in the City Hunter franchise. It's fun and light entertainment, but I'm pretty certain that this material works better in a 45-minute format. There's a bit too much filler and it takes a little too long before the action takes over, but all in all it's not a bad film. Just not very memorable.

Dubious filler

City Hunter: Secret Service

by Kenji Kodama
1996 / 90m - Japan
Animation, Action, Comedy
2.0*/5.0*
City Hunter: Secret Service poster

A somewhat disappointing City Hunter entry. It's by and large a carbon copy of the other films, except that the action isn't as impressive or excessive. That's a problem, as that's the one thing that kept this franchise away from mediocrity. With more focus on plot and comedy, its shortcomings are that much harder to ignore.

For one, the cheap animation isn't doing this film any favors. Not that the City Hunter series ever excelled in that department, but at least the over-the-top action scenes used to look cool. Without them, it's just very static and lacking in detail. The rather cheesy soundtrack is equally disappointing.

The film itself presents another case for Ryo to handle, with a few predictable twists along the way. On the comedy side of things, Ryo is being his perverted self again (cue obligatory bathroom scene and plenty of bras and panties talk). It's all a bit underwhelming, especially considering the 90-minute runtime. One of the lesser City Hunter films I've seen so far.