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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.

Director:

Yan Han

Writers:

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)
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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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Simple concept turned into good story.
9 September 2019 | by rainfollower-95-646324See all my reviews

First of all, "gambling for life" is not anything new. We've seen the idea development in many movies and books already. There were all kinds of such games: walking day and knight, card games, labyrinths, TV shows, computer games... Even the extra-dimensional space sliced into cubic rooms (you know what I am hinting at!) So you can hardly be surprised or entertained by yet another kind of a game where stakes are so high.

And you can hardly say that you couldn't guess what would be the plot in general. Really, you can roughly outline it since the very beginning.

Yet, this movie is really good! And what makes it good is how story writers turned a very simple kind of game into a very deep and complex human interaction. How the gaming process melts into background to highlight all the complex things that happen between characters downstage. How the plot twists are really powered by human passions, not just gaming activities. And this is really cool! This is where really good movie making begins!

I won't say this is the best film of the year, but it is definitely good, and entertaining, and also quite beautiful (even with all the surrealistic ugly monsters that appear on-screen). Unexpectedly "western" kind of movie for China, too. See it! It's fun!


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Release Date:

29 June 2018 (China) See more »

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$74,922,830
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