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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes (2019, Sunrise)

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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes (2019, Sunrise)

劇場版シティーハンター: 新宿プライベート・アイズ
Gekijoban City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes

Worth A Watch

Ai Shindo is currently being trailed by unknown assailants. When she goes to the police for help she is turned away and decides to try the highly skilled, urban legend "City Hunter" for help by posting "XYZ" on a hidden bulletin board. She soon discovers City Hunter is real but not quite what she expected. Meanwhile, Kaori meets an old friend Shinji Mikuni who was now the CEO of a top IT company "Dominatech" and shows an interest in her upon reunion. As our City Hunter duel continues to be Ai's body guard they soon learn something much more sinister was about to happen in Shinjuku as the "Warfare Maker" arrives.

Ryo Saeba is back with Kaori with this 30th anniversary movie of the popular action comedy Anime back in the 1990s. I'm quite a fan of the series because it was stylish, had great music and of course pretty "mokkori" character designs. Not your usual harem show full of cliche characters.

I think this movie is a good modern day revamp of the show bringing in the internet and smartphone technology into the world setting. Right from the start fans of the series get a taste of notalgia hearing the classic theme songs although I think it would have been good if they composed more of the soundtracks in the same 1990s style. It was kind of funny to hear Lotus Juice (best known for his music in Atlus' Persona games) saying "mokkori" in the OP.

As far as the story is concerned I think it's too far fetched compared to the TV show turning Shinjuku into a warzone. Other than that, you've got your usual antics from Kaori trying to keep Ryo off the ladies so there's plenty of "mokkori" fan service has before; maybe too frequent sometimes. It's not all aimed at the guys of course. Fans of Ryo also end up with their share of fan service. The whole gang from the show is also back although it feels like it takes place between the end of the original series and the spin-off Angel Heart. Tsukasa Hojo's other popular work also makes a cameo appearance. It's nostalgia all the way and one of the few movies that'll make you sit through the credits.

The only reason I'm not putting this under recommended is the original TV show is better with better scenarios and fight scenes. There's no reason not to watch the original show when it's been remastered for modern day HD TVs. You can think of it as 007 but with a perverted agent doing silly things.

City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes

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