City Hunter (城市獵人; Sing si lip yan) is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy Live-Action Adaptation
of the Japanese manga of the same name
. It was directed by Wong Jing, produced by Paragon Films and filmed by Golden Way Films Co. Ltd. The film starred an international cast that included Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan
as Ryo Saeba a.k.a. City Hunter.
To most audiences it's best known for the scene where Ryo gets knocked into an arcade machine and begins seeing himself as various Street Fighter II
characters, and his opponent as Ken.
This film adaptation includes examples of:
- Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: Ryo's arms go numb after blocking Col. Mac's attacks for a while.
- Bowdlerise: Most character names got Anglicized in the dub.
- Chekhov's Skill: Kiyoko is shown on a balance beam while her father is explaining that she's missing. These skills come in handy later on, as she avoids capture.
- Chew Toy: Both Saeko's friend and Kaori/Carrie's Hopeless Suitor.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Ryo himself, to an extent. He does his best to honor his best friend's last request and not seduce her, at least.
- Colonel Badass: More like Colonel Big Bad, but still.
- Creator Backlash: One of Jackie Chan's least favorite works.
- Dance Battler: Ryo twirls Saeko/Anna around like they're dancing, while firing the gun still holstered to her leg.
- Death Dealer: The Gambler throws cards and can cut, wound, or maim by kicking them.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Played straight with Kaori towards Ryo. Averted with many of the female characters, who get hit on a regular basis by the bad guys.
- Dual Tonfas: The final duel between Ryo and the Big Bad has them using dual nightsticks, which is effectively the same.
- Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: Not the movie itself, but the early scenes in the skatepark.
- Giant Mook: Ryo takes inspiration from Bruce Lee's fight against Kareem Abdul Jabbar from Game of Death, which happens to be playing in the theater where they're fighting.
- Hand Cannon: See Prop Recycling... the Big Bad's gun is the same giant pistol used by RoboCop.
- Hyperspace Mallet: Ryo gets hit with one at the end of the film by Kaori.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Ryo channels various Street Fighter II characters after he gets knocked into an arcade machine (this is presumably mostly in his head), but eventually wins by channeling Chun Li.
- Ignored Enamored Underling: Kaori/Carrie. In the backstory, Ryo's best friend made him promise not to touch his sister. This is the result.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Par for course, he's still the City Hunter.
- Kingpin in His Gym: We see The Dragon warming up for a bit long before he actually fights.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the fight scene in the theater, Game of Death is playing on the screen. Ryo uses Bruce's moves from the film to varying effect. At the end of the fight scene, Ryo compliments Bruce's performance, and Bruce responds in kind (obviously using recycled footage and a dub voice as this was made 20 years after Bruce's death...)
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: One of the ladies attempts to flirt with a henchman. He immediately responds by kicking her away. However, he does show interest in one of the guys...
- Pac Man Fever: An extremely minor example, but while Ryo gets knocked into the Street Fighter II arcade machine, the sound effects and music that follow are from the SNES version, which is noticeably different (though more familiar with those who grew up on the SNES version).
- Prop Recycling: Big Bad Col. MacDonald uses RoboCop's pistol.
- She's All Grown Up: Kaori/Carrie... the movie begins with backstory showing her as a young girl, and then before Ryo knows, she's grown into a lovely young woman, which makes his promise to her brother not to seduce her that much harder.
- Those Two Guys: Comediac musician duo Softhard show up as background characters throughout the movie.
- World of Ham: This movie relies heavily on this trope, such as during the Street Fighter II fight.