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Zhuo yao ji (2015)

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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)
5 wins & 20 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
Yan Ni ... Luo Ying
Jianfeng Bao Jianfeng Bao ... Zheng Tao
Yuexin Wang ... Xiao Wu
Xiaodong Guo 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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Details

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Edko Films,Quidam Studios See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of September 11, 2015, the total box-office is 2,428,590,000 RMB. 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 Zhuo yao ji 2 (2018) See more »

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What a surprise of a movie...
15 October 2016 | by Paul Magne HaakonsenSee all my reviews

"Monster Hunt" (aka "Zhuo yao ji") was sort of a movie that was entertaining in a strange way, especially since it was a combination of animation and live action. Normally that mixture does work well enough, but it was the odd cute and cuddly appearance of the monsters in the movie that just made it weird.

The story in "Monster Hunt" was actually surprisingly good, as it is a story which is suitable for both children and adults alike. And the movie itself is also suitable for children to watch.

"Monster Hunt" is about ancient China where humans and monsters live simultaneously, although the monsters are banished. The queen of the monster world is pregnant, but is being chased relentlessly. With her dying breath she passes on her egg to a human named Song Tianyin (played by Boran Jing). He is traveling with monster hunter Huo Xiaolan (played by Baihe Bai) and they are being chased by monster hunters set out to capture the royal monster child.

With a captivating story, then "Monster Hunt" is already well on the way for being a good movie. But it is really helped along by some great acting performances by Huo Xiaolan, Boran Jing, Wu Jiang, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng and Eric Tsang. And it was a nice treat to have the talented Wei Tang make a short appearance in this movie.

The CGI were good, although the design of the monsters was at first somewhat of a difficult pill to swallow for me. They were simply just too cute in their design to be taken seriously. So I guess you will either outright fall in love with them right away (which my wife did), or you will have problems with taking them seriously (as I did).

"Monster Hunt" is a fast-paced movie that has both a good storyline, but also has enough action and martial arts to keep the average fan of the Asian cinema more than happy.

While it is somewhat of an offbeat movie, compared to the myriad of Hong Kong movies released every year, then "Monster Hunt" certainly is well-worth watching. It turned out to be a very nice surprise and a very entertaining movie, and I can warmly recommend this movie, both if you are a fan of the Asian cinema, but also if you are looking for a good movie for the entire family.

"Monster Hunt" scores a rock-solid seven out of ten stars rating from me.


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