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Monster Hunt (2015)

Zhuo yao ji (original title)
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In an ancient world where monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom, a baby monster, Wuba, is born to a human father and monster queen. When mortals and creatures alike ... See full summary »

Director:

Raman Hui

Writers:

Alan Yuen (screenplay), Alan Yuen (story)
8 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baihe Bai ... Huo Xiaolan
Boran Jing ... Song Tianyin
Wu Jiang ... Luo Gang
Elaine Jin ... Grandmother
Wallace Chung ... Ge Qianhu
Eric Tsang ... Gao
Sandra Kwan Yue Ng ... Ying
Wei Tang ... Pawn Shop Owner
Chen Yao ... Female Head Chef
Ni Yan ... Luo Ying
Jianfeng Bao Jianfeng Bao ... Zheng Tao
Yuexin Wang ... Xiao Wu
Xiaodong Guo ... Tianyin's Father
Jingjing Li ... Mama Li
Cindy Tian Cindy Tian ... Monster girl (as Yucheng Tian)
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In an ancient world where monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom, a baby monster, Wuba, is born to a human father and monster queen. When mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, Wuba's adventure begins. The cute baby monster Huba is the child of a human man and a monster queen, threatened by both monster-hating humans and monsters attempting to capture the new-born in an ancient world based on medieval China. Written by OJT

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The monsters just got bigger


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TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster Hunt See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,074, 24 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,074, 24 January 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$385,284,817
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Monster Hunt is the highest grossing Chinese film of all time in China, as of July, 2015. The following it was eclipsed by Stephen Chow's The Mermaid (2016). See more »

Crazy Credits

When the movie fades to black - just before the end credits start rolling - the monsters does a wonderful musical treat. Its hilarious, so be sure not to miss it! See more »

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Followed by Monster Hunt 2 (2018) See more »

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Contrasting between mythical bizarreness and action comedy, Monster Hunt is a strangely delightful fantasy drama.
13 September 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

Chinese animation has been through a rough time, it missed the mark so many times when used to create epic legend. However, it seems that the eccentric animation just found its niche with the blend of humor, drama and action fantasy that is Monster Hunt. It shockingly deals with a few eerie themes yet presented in family friendly light humorous way, almost like MIB in ancient China.

In a world where monster and human live in inharmonious way, an ordinary man finds himself in a struggle between the monster kingdom and human hunters. It opens up with typical fantasy troupe, then escalates with good comedic tone as well as healthy dose of martial art stunts. The cast works fine, especially with famous names as supporting characters or cameos, some of them are added for comedy relief.

The tone might feel awkward, it's often playful but then it displays incredibly creepy prejudice against the monster, even down to eating and torturing them. Granted, some of them look like radish or salad, although the abrupt change of pace can be startling. There are definitely some odd twists here. Fortunately enough, the core drama is light humor, with endearing family value thrown into the mix. It mostly deals with platonic funny theme, and fans of Chinese cinema should find the humor familiar.

For a movie that uses animation and action choreography at the same time, Monster Hunt looks amazing, especially in the second half with gorgeous setting. It's one of the best animations Chinese has produced, it's much smoother than the rest and these silly designs are well integrated into the world. The feel of uncanny valley actually works in their favor since the monsters only partially resemble human yet they look harmless enough to be friendly.

Monster Hunt has all the elements of Chinese fantasy movie, the visual effect and also the soundtracks enhance the flamboyantly cheesy premise. It's a well-produced action comedy and definitely a crowd pleaser.


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