MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 52,694 this week

City Hunter (1996)
"City Hunter: Secret Service" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Animation | Comedy  -  5 January 1996 (Japan)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 143 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 2 critic

Ryo Saeba, the famed "City Hunter," has been hired by James McGuire, the president-elect of a newly-freed South American country, to protect one of the members of the Japanese Secret ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(comic)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 208 titles
created 16 Apr 2011
 
a list of 761 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 966 titles
created 15 Jul 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
 
a list of 475 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "City Hunter" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: City Hunter (TV Movie 1996)

City Hunter (TV Movie 1996) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of City Hunter.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wicked City (1987)
Animation | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

There has been peace between the worlds of the mortals and the supernatural for centuries, but the balance is now being threatened. The Radical elements from the Supernatural world are ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Gregory Snegoff, Stuart Milligan
Animation | Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government, David, posed as a teenage student to the Yokota High School on the eve of ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Stars: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa
Animation | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A trilogy of three separate stories.

Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Hideko Yoshida, Masane Tsukayama, Yû Mizushima
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A mysterious vagabond sets out on a journey to confront his past. Little does he know he is up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader.

Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kevin Seymour
Stars: Stephen Apostolina, Dean Wein, Wendee Lee
Goku Midnight Eye (Video 1989)
Animation | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A private detective finds himself armed with a cybernetic eye implant that proves invaluable in his fight against an evil weapons dealer.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Juuji Matsuda, Jeff Harding, Steve Blum
Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Based on a graphic novel, this apocalyptic adventure centers on a man who must reverse the cataclysmic conditions of his world.

Director: Tony Randel
Stars: Gary Daniels, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor
City Hunter (1987–1991)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ryô Saeba is a private eye known as the "City Hunter" who likes to be hired by beautiful girls. One day, his associate, Hideyuki Makimura, is murdered. Ryô has to take care of Hideyuki's ... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Cihi, Akira Kamiya, Yôko Asagami
Cyber City Oedo 808 (Video 1990)
Animation | Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the city of Oedo 2808a.d., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Hiroya Ishimaru, Stuart Milligan, Tesshô Genda
Hokuto no Ken (1984–1987)
Action | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In the year 199X, human civilization has been all but destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. In an age where the strong rule over the weak, the survivors of the fallout struggle over the ... See full summary »

Stars: Akira Kamiya, Shigeru Chiba, Teiyû Ichiryûsai
Animation | Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In a futuristic Tokyo, a young cop is stalked by an android without his knowledge.

Directors: Takamasa Ikegami, Akira Nishimori
Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Adam Henderson, Brad Moranz
Venus Wars (1989)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia. Bubbly reporter Susan Sommers arrives in the capitol of Aphrodia just before ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Stars: Katsuhide Uekusa, Ben Fairman, Yûko Mizutani
X (1996)
Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the ... See full summary »

Director: Rintaro
Stars: Tôru Furusawa, Alan Marriott, Tomokazu Seki
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Akira Kamiya ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Amano ...
Anna Shinjo
...
Additional Voices (voice)
Yôko Asagami ...
Saeko Nogami
Martin Blacker ...
Joe (Ryo) Saeba
Kara Bliss ...
TV Anchorwoman (voice)
Jana Brockman ...
Sandra (Saeko) Nogami
Paul Cater Deaton ...
Hikage (voice)
Adam Dudley ...
Falcon / Umibozu
Carie Esquenazi ...
Dress Store Clerk (voice)
Tesshô Genda ...
Falcon / Umibozu
Kazue Ikura ...
Kaori Makumura
...
Gonzales (voice)
David R. Jarrott ...
Chief Nogami (voice)
Judson Jones ...
Secret Service Boss (voice) (as Judson L. Jones)
Edit

Storyline

Ryo Saeba, the famed "City Hunter," has been hired by James McGuire, the president-elect of a newly-freed South American country, to protect one of the members of the Japanese Secret Service assigned to his protection detail. The young woman happens to be McGuire's daughter and has been targeted for assassination over a fabulous cache of diamonds that McGuire had discovered while still a freedom-fighter. Saeba, while protecting his charge, also takes it upoin himself to try to get some "mokkori" action going with her... Written by Pat Payne

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

City Hunter is back on the case... Warm up your Hammers! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 January 1996 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

City Hunter  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows City Hunter: Bay City Wars (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Aside from some fun bits, it's not worth your while.
10 July 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Some time ago, I had an opportunity to get two of the ADV City Hunter specials on DVD, and seeing as the North American DVD run has become super rare these days, I jumped on it. Only I can tell you right now that the other one I got, ".357 Magnum", is far more entertaining than "Secret Service".

See, it falls akin to the same flaws as the 1990s Lupin III TV specials and some movies...the story is more about the regular characters running into new ones and having to work with them, so you go into it expecting to see much of your favourite character but it's more about the new cast (seeing as there's only a limited amount of time to endear them to you). This isn't anything new, since a big thing in City Hunter is the Girl Of The Week (usually a new girl for Ryo to drool over), but this special's GOTW is Anna Shinto and she's rather unlikable. She hates her father for the majority of the movie despite uniting with and working for him, she's tense and rude to Kaori and Ryo (although Ryo has it coming), and she's sexualized quite often despite looking like she's no older than 17. Ryo, Kaori and Umibozu take a back seat to her and her father.

The main plot is nothing special; someone has a dark past and they need protecting from a death squad, so City Hunter gets called in to protect them. It feels really drawn-out for a TV special, and would have worked more as a single episode. This is really not meant as a person's introduction to the City Hunter series. I can't even imagine how I'd feel if this were my first exposure...it's rather generic and dull at times, and to contrast that, they've made Ryo's mokkori moments (or "nookie moments", if you see the dub) sleazier than ever. I normally really like Ryo as a character and how he goes from a super hot, super slick assassin to a hyper dolt drooling over girls, but as one reviewer once said, "If Ryo did the things he does in this movie in the real world, he would go to jail." There's a moment in this special where Ryo finally stops trying to cop a feel on Anna and it's treated like a revelation.

Umibozu, dubbed as Falcon, shows up and is easily the most fun part of the movie. He's really only in the movie because one of the villains' guys killed some of his friends in the army, but if it's all that important, why are we only hearing it now? And in this special only? As well, I think they changed Kaori's backstory to make it seem like her brother and parents died at the same time. Anybody who's seen even the original manga knows that's not true (for the uninitiated: Makimura, or Makichan, used to work with Ryo and was killed by a syndicate in the start of the series). That should be the one thing this story shouldn't have messed with.

What bugs me about the DVD version, as compared to the special features' Japanese TV spots, is how they've upped the contrast to make the animation style look less "old" (as it was made in 1995 but licensed in 2002) but it doesn't work. It gives it a gross, candy-coloured look instead of the charming cell-painted original. I don't know how the Japanese DVDs look in comparison. The dub is great, however, and Ryo's voice actor Martin Blacker is on par with Akira Kamiya. Blacker plays Ryo in all the movie releases, and here he chews the scenery around such a dull plot, but I swear I heard him slowly lose his mind. The only downside is "mokkori" being changed for English audiences, resulting in him screaming "NOOKIIIIEEEEEE!" all over the place.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss City Hunter (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?