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Inside China's 'Monster Hunt' Franchise Plans: Tentpoles, Theme Lands and Legal Licensing Deals

Inside China's 'Monster Hunt' Franchise Plans: Tentpoles, Theme Lands and Legal Licensing Deals
On the eve of the Chinese fantasy film Monster Hunt's release in 2015, the film's director, Raman Hui, was terrified. After more than 20 years in Hollywood — much of it spent working for DreamWorks Animation as a senior animator and director (he co-helmed Shrek the Third) — Hui had returned to his hometown of Hong Kong to make his live-action directorial debut for legendary local producer Bill Kong and his Edko Films.

“Bill took this big risk to make my first live-action film, and I was so scared he wouldn’t get his money back,” Hui says.

Those...
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Wamg Giveaway – Win Monster Hunt on DVD

Monster Hunt, one of China’s highest-grossing movies of all time is currently available on DVD in the Us via FilmRise and Mvd Entertainment Group.

Now you can own the Monster Hunt DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has Two copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Monster’ in the title? (mine is Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

Made for around $50 million, Monster Hunt has grossed over $390 million to set China’s all-time box office record. It beat out several foreign titles to get there, including Furious 7, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Avatar. Directed by
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Horror Highlights: Terror Films Teams Up with iflix, Monster Hunt DVD, The Passing, The Thing In The Woods, Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Fest

Terror Films and iflix recently forged a partnership to distribute films digitally in multiple global markets, including Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. Also: Monster Hunt DVD release details, The Passing clips, Matthew Quinn's The Thing in the Woods, and the winners recap for the 5th Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.

Terror Films and iflix's Global Distribution Digital Deal: Press Release: "Los Angeles, California (Friday, May 26th, 2017): Genre distributor Terror Films has teamed up with the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service, for emerging markets, iflix. This newly formed partnership will allow the distributor to expand their digital reach into multiple territories within iflix’s footprint including South East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with future territories to be announced.

The films set to launch under the deal will include a wide variety from the label. They will include: the post- apocalyptic film,
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Monster Hunt – China’s Highest-Grossing Movie of All Time, Comes to DVD June 13th

One of China’s highest-grossing movies of all time comes to DVD in the Us via FilmRise and Mvd Entertainment Group on June 13th Check out the Monster Hunt trailer:

Made for around $50 million, Monster Hunt has grossed over $390 million to set China’s all-time box office record. It beat out several foreign titles to get there, including Furious 7, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Avatar. Directed by Shrek the Third co-director Raman Hui, the live-action / CG fantasy epic centers on a war between monsters and humans. At the center of the story is Wuba, a baby monster born to a human man. Yes, a man.In a mythical ancient world, monsters rule their land while humans keep to their own kingdom. But when adorable baby monster Wuba is born to a human father and the monster queen, mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, and Wuba’s epic adventure begins.
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China’s Blockbuster-Fed Box Office Could Still Go Bust

China’s Blockbuster-Fed Box Office Could Still Go Bust
When “The Fate of the Furious” pushed its way to the top of China’s box office, becoming the highest-grossing Hollywood film in the country of all time and outperforming all other territories, it validated the idea that future action movies fueled by visual effects should target the world’s second-largest film market.

But will this last forever? As the Chinese market and its audiences mature, the news for Hollywood may not be so good.

Beijing-based producer Isabelle Glachant, who works with Chinese directors including Wang Xiaoshuai, Lou Ye and Lu Chuan, says China’s film market — and its audience — are still very young. Most were not exposed to Hollywood action blockbusters until a decade ago. If Hollywood let the young Chinese audience dictate the choice of genres, it could be distancing itself from the rest of the world, including its own domestic market.

“To the Chinese audience, going to
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Lionsgate On ‘Monster Hunt 2’; Uncork’d Rides With ‘Suburban Cowboy’ – Cannes

Lionsgate has acquired North American and UK theatrical distribution rights to Monster Hunt 2, the sequel to the 2015 blockbuster that, for a time, was the highest-grossing film ever in China. The agreement also gives Lionsgate rights to the Monster Hunt property for its location-based entertainment venues in select territories. Bill Kong's Hong Kong-based Edko Films is selling Monster Hunt 2 at the Cannes Film Festival. Monster Hunt 2 is directed by Raman Hui and stars…
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Cannes: Liongate Picks Up China’s ‘Monster Hunt 2’ for U.S. and U.K.

Cannes: Liongate Picks Up China’s ‘Monster Hunt 2’ for U.S. and U.K.
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. and U.K. rights to “Monster Hunt 2,” the upcoming sequel to Chinese smash hit “Monster Hunt.”

The deal also gives Lionsgate partial rights to lcoation-based entertainment facilities based on “Monster Hunt.” Lionsgate is already one of several partners building an entertainment venue in Zhuhai, China, just across the border from Macau and one hour’s travel across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong.

The “Monster Hunt” films are produced by Bill Kong’s Edko Films. The films are live action-animation hybrids directed by Raman Hui, the Hong Kong-born director who spent 20 years in North America and is often described as the co-creator of “Shrek.” Many of the effects were provided by Beijing-based BaseFX.

The original 2015 film became the highest-grossing film of all time in China with a cumulative gross of more than $380 million. That total has since been overtaken by “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Mermaid,
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Lionsgate takes 'Monster Hunt 2' for Us & UK

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Exclusive: Edko Films scores deals on big budget Chinese sequel.

Lionsgate has acquired North American and UK theatrical rights to Edko Films’ Monster Hunt 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2015 Chinese blockbuster.

The agreement also gives Lionsgate rights to the Monster Hunt property for its location-based entertainment venues in select territories.

Directed by Raman Hui and produced by Edko FilmsBill Kong, Monster Hunt 2 stars Tony Chiu-Wai Leung along with Bai Baihe and Jing Boran, who both starred in the first installment. Currently in post-production, the film is scheduled to open in the Us and UK day-and-date with its release in China over Chinese New Year 2018.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Patrick Wachsberger, Wendy Reeds and the rest of the Lionsgate team,” said Kong. “Lionsgate is a powerful creative force and has demonstrated its marketing and distribution prowess across a broad range of blockbuster films.”

Wendy Reeds, Lionsgate executive vice president, international sales and
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Cannes: Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights to Sequel to Chinese Blockbuster 'Monster Hunt'

Lionsgate has acquired North American and U.K. distribution rights to Edko Films' forthcoming sequel to Chinese blockbuster Monster Hunt.

The deal also gives Lionsgate rights to the Monster Hunt IP for its location-based entertainment venues in some territories.

Directed by DreamWorks Animation veteran Raman Hui (Shrek the Third) and produced by Bill Kong, the first Monster Hunt (2016) earned an historic $382 million, which was then the biggest performance ever at the Chinese box office. The professional polish of the film's effects set a new standard for the Chinese industry.

Monster Hunt 2 again stars Baihe Bai and Boran Jing, along...
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Tony Leung joins fantasy adventure sequel “Monster Hunt 2”

Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung Chiu-wai joins the cast of the highly anticipated film “Monster Hunt 2”.

The film is the sequel to the second most successful Chinese film of all time, “Monster Hunt”.

“Monster Hunt” came out in 2015 and grossed a whopping $385 million worldwide. The fantasy comedy adventure won numerous awards including Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Raman Hui. Hui will reclaim the directorial reigns for the upcoming sequel. Bai Baihe (“Love is Not Blind”) and Jing Boran (“Time Raiders”) will reprise their roles as amateur monster-hunter Hua Xiaolan (Baihe) and as village mayor Song Tianyin (Boran).

The plot of “Monster Hunt 2” will begin a week after the end of the first film. It will follow the exciting new adventures of the monster king Wuba and its family. According to Variety, Tony Leung will play a pivotal character who changes the course of the monster king’s journey.
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Watch First Monster Hunt 2 Teaser

Last week we heard that Tony Leung Chiu-wai had joined the cast of Monster Hunt 2 and now we have visual proof, via a new poster and the first teaser for the film. Running just 39 seconds, it features returning players, lovable creatures and Tony Leung speaking English and wearing modern-day clothing. We're not sure why ... yet. Raman Hui has returned as director of the live-action/CGI adventure, which is once again aimed at families. The original, which is available to watch on Netflix, is a sprightly adventure that is quite fun to watch, and has far more complex action sequences than I'd expected. Here's hoping for more of the same in the sequel. Watch the first teaser below....

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Tony Leung to star in 'Monster Hunt 2'

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Hong Kong star Tony Leung Chiu-wai has joined the cast of Edko Films’ Monster Hunt 2, which is currently shooting in Beijing.

Newly announced cast on the film also includes Chinese pop star Li Yuchun (Bodyguards And Assassins) and Taiwanese actor Yo Yang (Cold War 2), who join original cast including Bai Baihe and Jing Boran. Raman Hui is again directing the hybrid live action and CGI film.

Leung is known to international audiences for his roles in films such as the Infernal Affairs series, In The Mood For Love and Lust, Caution. He plays one of the lead characters in Monster Hunt 2, who changes the course of monster king Wuba’s journey

The first Monster Hunt became China’s highest-grossing film at the time of its release in summer 2015, taking $352m (RMB2.43m), only losing the record to Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid over Chinese New Year 2017. Monster Hunt also won awards for best new director, best costume
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China's 'Monster Hunt 2' Adds Hong Kong Star Tony Leung

China's 'Monster Hunt 2' Adds Hong Kong Star Tony Leung
Hong Kong leading man Tony Leung will co-star in Chinese fantasy-adventure sequel Monster Hunt 2, directed by DreamWorks Animation veteran Raman Hui.

Details on Leung's part are being kept under wraps. The actor came to international prominence after his performance in Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love (2000), for which he won the Cannes Film Festival's best actor award. He also starred in Ang Lee's Venice Golden Lion winner Lust, Caution.

Monster Hunt 2 is the sequel to Hui's 2015 breakout blockbuster, which earned a historic 2.43 billion yuan ($352 million at current exchange rates) at the Chinese box...
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Tony Leung Chiu-wai Joins Monster Hunt 2

The sequel to last year's Chinese blockbuster Monster Hunt is adding a major star. Tony Leung Chiu-wai (above in The Grandmaster) will portray one of the lead characters, according to Patrick Frater at Variety, and will help "change the course of monster king Wuba's journey." Li Yuchun (Bodyguards and Assassins) and Yo Yang (Cold War 2) are also joining the cast. The original comic fantasy was described as "a polished fantasy adventure that blends broad comedy with period hijinks alongside first rate CG character work," in the words of our own James Marsh. You can read his complete review at ScreenDaily. Raman Hui has returned as director, along with the principal original cast, including Bai Baihui and Jing Boran. Filming is now underway in Beijing....

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Tony Leung Joins Cast of ‘Monster Hunt 2’

Tony Leung Joins Cast of ‘Monster Hunt 2’
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, star of “in The Mood for Love” and “Infernal Affairs,” has joined the cast of “Monster Hunt 2.” The film is the sequel to “Monster Hunt,” the second most successful Chinese film of all time.

Leung will play one of the lead characters who changes the course of monster king Wuba’s journey. Others joining the cast include Chinese pop icon Li Yuchun (“Bodyguards and Assassins”) and Taiwanese actor Yo Yang (“Cold War 2”).

Principal shooting is currently underway in Beijing, with director Raman Hui and the original cast, including Bai Baihui and Jing Boran. The completed film is set for release in 2018.

Released in summer 2015, “Monster Hunt” grossed RMB2.43 billion ($352 million at current rates of exchange) at the Chinese box office. That was the highest of all time, but has since been overtaken by “The Mermaid.”

“Monster Hunt” went on to win best new director, best costume & make
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‘The Song of Life’ to Open Kolkata Festival

Abhijit Guha and Sudeshna Roy’s Bengali-language “The Song of Life” (“Beche thakar gaan”) will open the 22nd edition of the Kolkata international film festival.

Kolkata is home to India’s largest Chinese population and this year the country in focus is China. Films screening as part of the focus include Peter Chan’s “American Dreams in China,” Diao Yinan’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” Raman Hui’s “Monster Hunt,” Dante Lam’s “To the Fore,” Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Wolf Totem,”, Jianqi Huo’s “Xuan Zang” and Han Yan’s “Go Away Mr Tumour”.

The festival has an international competition for films directed by women, the jury for which is headed by Belgian director-producer Marion Hansel. The festival also has an international competition for Innovations in Moving Images. The jury is headed by Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman (“From Israel with Love”).

Films across Asia will compete for the Netpac award,
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Raman Hui, Jing Boran And Bai Baihe Reunite For Monster Hunt 2 Now Filming

On its face, Raman Hui's 18th century short story adaptation, Monster Hunt, may seem like a kids' movie not worth all the hype. That said, if that's the basis for your abstinence from seeing it either this year or last year, you couldn't be more wrong and its status as China's highest grossing film of all time notwithstanding, the film tells one of the most heartfelt, exciting and compelling stories you'll ever see on screen and with fun action sequences to boot as well from a script by Hui and co-scribe Alan Yuen. This, plus the CG fare and adorable creature lore, should bode well for anyone simply looking for something fun to watch be it a family affair or not, and it's definitely worth...

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Bai Baihe and Jing Boran on Board for ‘Monster Hunt 2’

Bai Baihe and Jing Boran on Board for ‘Monster Hunt 2’
Production has begun on “Monster Hunt 2,” a sequel to the hybrid live action and animation fantasy film that became the highest grossing film of all time in China in summer 2015.

The film is again being directed by Raman Hui, who made the “Monster Hunt” as his Chinese feature debut, after an extensive career in Hollywood, where he was one of the key creators of the “Shrek” franchise.

Also returning are young stars Bai Baihe and Jing Boran. Further cast is to be announced, including a major name star.

Being produced by Hong Kong’s Edko Films, the new movie is shooting in Beijing and will be released in 2018.

The first film grossed Rmb 2.43 billion — $361 million at current exchange rates — at the Chinese box office and sold widely for Edko. Production of the new film comes shortly before the start of the American Film Market in Los Angeles next month.
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The surprise box office hits of 2016

Simon Brew Sep 8, 2016

Lots of films struggled at the box office this summer - but 2016 has not been short of surprise box office hits. This lot, in fact...

Much of the box office analysis of 2016 – especially summer 2016 – has focused on the collection of films that have fallen short of expected revenues. Be they Star Trek Beyond, Ghostbusters, Independence Day: Resurgence, X-Men: Apocalypse or Ice Age: Collision Course, there’s been no shortage of stories of box office troubles.

But what about the films that have genuinely surprised, and that have found a larger audience than people had been expecting? Turns out that there have been quite a few…

Bad Moms

In a summer where the likes of Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates and Bad Neighbours 2 failed to really take off, Bad Moms has proven to be an R-rated comedy treat. Not helped at first by being sold as from the writers of The Hangover,
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A record number of Asians invited this year by the Academy

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. Forty-six percent of new invitees are female and 41 percent ethnic minorities, the Academy said, adding that the roster boasts 28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees. The youngest invitee is 24 and the oldest 91. Here is the list of the Asians included.

Actors

Kim Daniel-dae  S. Korea

Lee Byung-hun  S. Korea

Tatsuya Nakadai Japan

Cinematographers

Peter Pau China

Poon Hang-Sang China

Nelson Yu Lik-Wai China

Zhao Fei  China

Designers

Yoshihito Akatsuka Japan

Directors

Hou Hsiao-Hsien China

Naomi Kawase Japan

Kim So-yong  S. Jorea

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand

Park Chan-wook S. Korea

Documentary

Kazuo Hara JApan

Emiko Omori Japan

Trinh T. Minh-ha Vietnam

Jean Tsien Taiwan

Wang Bing China

Music

Shigeru Umebayashi Japan

Producers

Albert Lee China

Short
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