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China’s Box-Office Record-Holder Monster Hunt Is Strange, Manic, and at Times Delightful

22 January 2016 8:36 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last summer, Monster Hunt briefly made headlines around the world when it helped the Chinese box office break a bunch of records, eventually becoming the biggest moneymaker in that country’s history (even narrowly edging out the then-only-recently-crowned champ, Furious Seven). All that sounds impressive — and it is, on one level — but China, at least until recently, was building something like 15 new movie screens a day, so none of these records is bound to last long. It is fascinating, however, to finally see Monster Hunt, which makes its Stateside debut this week, and to discover just what kind of movie so apparently captured Chinese audiences’ imaginations. Because it’s a decidedly strange one. Directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek the Third, the film mixes heavy CG animation with live-action, though it feels at times like the whole thing should have been animated. It begins in a world populated »

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