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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)
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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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Storyline

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


Certificate:

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

Gross USA:

$32,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$385,284,817
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It's an original story written by Alan Yuen. 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 »

Connections

Followed by Monster Hunt 2 (2018) See more »

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Chinese-weird live action and animation movie. Fun, but childish.
15 June 2016 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

There is one scene that makes the whole movie worthwhile, when they say goodbye. It has such an Asian feel to it: it's all heartbreaking but inevitable.

Other than that, it goes from weird kung-fu action against cuddly 3D animated monsters to fart jokes, birth jokes, marriage jokes and family problems, then back again so fast that you don't really know what you're supposed to be watching. And occasionally they just randomly start singing, fortunately not too often.

The story follows a hapless young man and a young female "monster hunter" in the context of a monster hunt. On orders from a very powerful man, all hunters are on the lookout for the monster queen and then her infant offspring. These are all very powerful kung-fu masters, but somehow they get thwarted by the power of youth and love and after much adventure and a twist, a happy ending.

My conclusion is that this film combines a lot of classic Chinese concepts: the humor, the fighting style, the overlaying culture of it all. My guess is that it was aimed at young Asian children and, while it will probably be enjoyed by children everywhere, Western adults might find it crass and infantile.


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