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Animal World (2018)

Dong wu shi jie (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | 29 June 2018 (China)
A man finds himself deep in debt and is coerced to board a ship that hosts a risky gambling party.


Yan Han


Nobuyuki Fukumoto (comic "Tobaku mokushiroku Kaiji"), Yan Han (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yifeng Li ... Zheng Kaisi (as Li Yifeng)
Yunhe Yi Yunhe Yi ... Game Room Foreman (as Yi Yunhe)
Bingkun Cao Bingkun Cao ... Li Jun (as Cao Bingkun)
Yijuan Li ... Kaisi's Mother (as Li Yijuan)
Dongyu Zhou ... Liu Qing (as Zhou Dongyu)
Xiao Pan Xiao Pan ... Indecent Patient (as Pan Xiao)
Qing Jia ... Nurse (as Jia Qingru)
Yedda Chen ... Head Nurse
Jia Chi ... Andou (as Chi Jia)
Yue He Yue He ... The Shop Owner (as He Yue)
Yanshu Wu ... Old Lady (as Wu Yanshu)
Huan Wang Huan Wang ... Intermediary Manager (as Wang Huan)
Michael Douglas ... Anderson
Fan Yang Fan Yang ... Long Haired Man (as Yang Fan)
Ben Liu Ben Liu ... Blonde Man (as Liu Ben)


Muddling along without any aim, the hero Zheng Kaisi accomplishes nothing and is in debt of several millions because of borrowing money from friends. In order to pay the debt, he boards a ship called "Destiny" to attend a mysterious gambling party at the instigation of someone. Once he wins, his debts can be canceled.The game rule seems very simple. Participants shall take pokers marked with "rock, paper, and scissors" as props for seizing the star sign of the opponent. However, in the face of a group of desperate gamblers, any little flaw can be utilized in the game.

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Animal World: Fantastic, but not for the reasons you'd think
25 March 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Animal World got some great publicity because of the train scene that went viral across social media, a martial arts clown battling monsters through train carriages! Memorable stuff. For this reason that's what I assumed Animal World would basically be, I was mistaken and in a good way.

It tells the story of a young man who finds himself in tremendous debt and forced to play an elaborate game of rock paper scissors hosted by Michael Douglas to save himself.

Okay fine the premise sounds a bit ropey but in fact it's the concept that makes this such a remarkable film. It looks like a AAA Hollywood film not the Chinese movie it is, it's well cast, very cleverly written and I was gripped more than I have been by a film in quite sometime.

So the clown? the cgi monsters? the incredible over the top fight scenes? Well they're the weakest part of the film! Not because they're bad, in fact quite the opposite they're incredible stuff. No the problem with them is that they're entirely unnecessary, they detract from the movie rather than contribute to it. Instead of seeing more (Because there isn't much) I'd rather they had not included that at all, maybe make a separate movie altogether for that stuff.

Such a clever well constructed film with entirely forgivable flaws.

The Good:

Some incredible visuals

Solid soundtrack

Michael Douglas

Fantastic concept

The Bad:

Side concept is unnecessary

Unfinished story with no assurance of a sequel

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Release Date:

29 June 2018 (China) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Beijing, China See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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