City Hunter is based on a Japanese Manga (comic) of the same name. The stories found within the original Manga focus on a private detective by the name of Ryu Saeba, this is the part Jackie Chan makes his own in Wong Jing’s (best know for the superb Chow Yun-Fat film, God of Gamblers) interpretation of the original Manga. The basic premise of the film consists of Jackie being hired to track down a rich businessman’s runaway daughter, this in turn leads Jackie on to a Cruise Liner that is also the target of a terrorist attack. Jackie discovers the terrorist’s plot and sees it as his duty to foil their evil plot as well as saving the girl. Before we see any of the storylines development we are treated to a few choice sequences that give us a little insight to the kind of character Ryu Saeba is, and this character is that of a confident womaniser who knows he is good at what he does and loves himself every bit as much as he does the ladies! It has to be said that Jackie Chan has absolutely nailed this part. I have never seen the original Manga but I have seen enough anime to know what to expect (he is always hungry – this is a common theme in comedic anime, and whenever a pretty lady steps onto the scene he is there like a bullet, again very much like anime) and this really is the closest I have seen a film come to capturing that comedic anime style. — Thedigitalfix.co.uk
Wong Jing (Chinese: 王晶; pinyin: Wáng Jīng) is a Hong Kong film director, producer, actor, presenter, and screenwriter. A prolific filmmaker possessed of strong instincts for crowd-pleasing and publicity, he is often cited as the most consistently successful filmmaker, in commercial terms, in the Hong Kong cinema of the last quarter-century, as well as one of its most critically reviled.
Wong was born in Hong Kong, the son of noted film director Wong Tin-Lam. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in Chinese literature which he describes as “useless” (Yang, 2003).
Like many Hong Kong film figures of his time, Wong began his career in television – in his case, scriptwriting for local juggernaut TVB beginning in 1975 (Teo, 1997). He moved on to writing for the Shaw Brothers studio. There, he made his directing debut with Challenge of the Gamesters in 1981. This start foreshadowed his later successes with movies about gambling, such as God of Gamblers… read more