“City Hunter” Lee Min Ho Fights With …SPOONS?!
In tonight’s episode of “City Hunter,” Lee Min Ho will show off his action skills as he officially starts his quest to bring down the “group of five.” The first and second episodes introduced the viewers to a strong multi-talented Lee Yoon Sung, who’s skilled in both martial arts and gunnery. However, SSD stated that Lee Yoon Sung will fight with a different, unconventional tool in episode 3.
The filming took place on May 15th at a seafood restaurant in Seoul. Lee Min Ho sported an all-black look topped with a black hat to cover his face. Since his debut, Lee Min Ho has played various characters, ranging from the snobby yet naive Goo Jun Pyo to the clean freak, mistaken for gay, Jeon Jin Ho in “Boys Before Flowers” (2009) and “Personal Taste” (2010) respectively. Despite “City Hunter” being his first action drama, Lee Min Ho has been receiving praises for his vast improvement in acting and hard work.
For several months even before filming for “City Hunter” began, Lee Min Ho received martial arts training in Arnis and Kali, a class of Filipino martial arts that emphasize weapon-based, albeit spoon in this case, fighting.
In the scene for tonight’s episode, Lee Yoon Sung was weaponless; however, he was quick on his feet and grabbed a nearby spoon to attack his target. Actor Lee Min Ho also showed off his flexible and lean body as he flew over counters during the action sequence. Martial arts director Yang Gil Young stated, “Lee Min Ho’s at a disadvantage because of his height and long arms and legs. It’s harder to do various stunts, but he’s very light and quick on his feet. Additionally, his reactions fit the situation he’s shooting; and as a result, his action scenes do not take long to shoot.”
Lee Min Ho plays Lee Yoon Sung, a MIT PH. D. graduate who works in the Blue House National Communications Team to spy on the President and his advisors. His ultimate goal is to hunt down the “group of five” who were responsible for his biological father’s (Park Sang Min) unjust death.
“City Hunter” is a Wednesday-Thursday drama, and its third episode will be aired tonight, June 1st on SBS.