When you watch a Jackie Chan film, or at least a large majority of his films, it’s very clear that as well as being an amazing martial artist, he also has a unique style of comedy action. It could be the way he runs, uses interesting objects during the fights, or just how he reacts when he gets hit.
So when I saw City Hunter for the first time, I wasn’t surprised to see that it was based on a Japanese Manga comic. It even has a funny story of how it came about. As Chan was a big star all over Asia, and was one of only a few Hong Kong stars that was big in Japan, he put out to his Japanese fans to suggest a Manga comic for him to turn into a movie and they picked City Hunter.
If you ever want to see what a live action version of a Manga comic looks like, then go no further than City Hunter. Even though I haven’t read the comic, everything about this film feels like it’s taken the known surreal style of Japanese comics and put it on film.
I first saw this film many years ago and even then, as a kid, I thought it was a bit strange, but having seen it now as an adult, I see exactly what they were going for and I think they actually pulled it off. Even Chan’s over the top fighting style works, as that’s exactly what the comic is, and though the comedy is very broad and the acting very ‘bad’ at times, on purpose of course, I still think it works.
7.5 out of 10 from me.