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City Hunter: The Private Eyes | Review

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Published on Sep 02, 2019

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The famous private detective, Ryo Saeba, born from the mind of Tsukasa Hojo (dad, among others, Cat's Eyes and Angel Heart, for the first time in Italy more than a year ago, the XXIII edition of Romics) back in great style on the big screen in the year of the 30th anniversary of the airing of the beloved series: City Hunter: the Private Eyes, the fourth animated feature film, arrives in Italian cinemas in the three exclusive days 2,3 and 4 September, thanks to Nexo Digital e Dynit, promising viewers a new journey, but still adventurous and full of sensuality, in Tokyo, the inspector attracted by beautiful women.

Produced by Aniplex and Sunrise, directed by Kenji Kodama, the fourth feature-length film City Hunter sees Ryo and the colleague Kaori struggling, this time, with the protection of a young model, To Shindo. The girl, with a charm which She could not of course resist, is threatened by mysterious criminals, who have in you the key to realize a conspiracy that promises to put to iron and fire of Tokyo. Between the distractions caused by beautiful women, gun fights and mysteries to solve Ryo, helped by the beloved Kaori (always careful to curb the hormones of a colleague) and several allies (the presence of which will definitely please the viewers) will have to protect the girl and save the city, to maintain the reputation that has earned it the nickname City Hunter.

Following the work entrusted to Ryo and Kaori, as well as developing patterns that lead to a much bigger threat that concerns not only Ai, but the whole of Tokyo, City Hunter: the Private Eyes provides viewers with the right mix of mystery (not fully engaging), action and fun: a funny gag between Ryo (incurable cascamorto, continually revved up at the sight of a beautiful girl, and busy, at night, in the spicy little show and bar) and Karoi, constantly careful to curb the libidinous instincts of the links (and loved) , followed by adrenaline-fuelled gunplay and intrigue that transformed Ryo in City Hunter, a serious man, thoughtful and lethal in combat. The young one holds together the two main planes of the feature film: the concrete events being the keystone for the plans of the criminal organization (with clever references to the carrying out of the final seeded throughout the film), and the relationship between Ryo and Kaori, which you will find, thanks to a meeting with an old school mate, shrouded by an aura of mystery, to understand deeply his feelings (definitely reciprocated, but not externally) for Ryo.

In tone from the spy-story is, therefore, inserts a subplot, romantic not trite, that acts as a counterpart to the “intimate” of the much-visible vein from the playboy of Ryo. The details are apparently “secondary”, as the love story between the two protagonists (certainly not the central point, on paper, this movie is) the best part of the film, packaged by a general story that entertains but not surprising and “surprise” the audience at the right point; on the other hand, also the same realization animated is attentive to details (even objects of the “scene” not central), resulting in fluid and smooth in the many action scenes, accompanied by dynamic camera angles and a rousing soundtrack.

If on the one hand, the City Hunter: the Private Eyes is not proposing anything “new” to the viewers, resulting in sometimes trite in the plot, we can find in the movie different elements that, added to an excellent technical achievement, the unexpected presence of some of the characters and the appeal of the product to protect the planet, make the vision comfortable, fun and, for fans of historical City Hunter, definitely satisfying.

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