Chinese actor buys rights to City Hunter
The rights to Tsukasa Hojo's most popular book series, City Hunter, has been acquired by Estar Media, a Chinese company founded by Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming.
Huang announced the deal in Shanghai.
The first project will be a movie adaptation, which will see Huang in the leading role of Ryo Saeba, and Stanley Tong as the director.
Tong is known for working with Jackie Chan in the 1990s, in such action movies as Rumble in the Bronx and the Police Story series.
Japanese manga artist Hojo published the City Hunter book series from 1985 to 1991, which became one of the best-selling works in Japan.
Following the story of the private detective Ryo Saeba, the books have been adapted into TV animations, video games and movies. Similar to the James Bond series, the stories revolve around crime and love affairs. (Photo 5)