Monster Hunt

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Monster Hunt (2015)

111 min - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction - 16 July 2015
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Young monster kids try to make peace between the world of humans and the world of the monsters. The film takes place in the distant past, where the Human race existed alongside the Monster race. They once shared the world in peace and harmony until the Humans drove the Monsters out from their home, for they sought total dominion over their lands. Recently, a civil war took place in the Monster Realm which resulted in the usurpation of the Monster King's throne from a treacherous minister, who later sought the Monster Queen and her unborn baby, and the Monster Queen fled to the Human Realm. The story begins with Song Tianyin, an unnerved young village mayor who becomes pregnant with the Monster Queen's baby, and he encounters an aspiring Monster-hunter named Huo Xiaolan, and they both embark on an adventure to protect the baby from villains of the Human and Monster worlds alike.

Director:  Raman Hui
Writers:  Alan Yuen

Storyline

Young monster kids try to make peace between the world of humans and the world of the monsters. The film takes place in the distant past, where the Human race existed alongside the Monster race. They once shared the world in peace and harmony until the Humans drove the Monsters out from their home, for they sought total dominion over their lands. Recently, a civil war took place in the Monster Realm which resulted in the usurpation of the Monster King's throne from a treacherous minister, who later sought the Monster Queen and her unborn baby, and the Monster Queen fled to the Human Realm. The story begins with Song Tianyin, an unnerved young village mayor who becomes pregnant with the Monster Queen's baby, and he encounters an aspiring Monster-hunter named Huo Xiaolan, and they both embark on an adventure to protect the baby from villains of the Human and Monster worlds alike.


Collections: Raman Hui

Details

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Country:   China Hong Kong
Language:  普通话, Cantonese
Release Date:  16 July 2015

Box Office

Budget:  $40,000,000
Revenue:  $380,000,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Edko Films

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 51 min

Young monster kids try to make peace between the world of humans and the world of the monsters.

The film takes place in the distant past, where the Human race existed alongside the Monster race. They once shared the world in peace and harmony until the Humans drove the Monsters out from their home, for they sought total dominion over their lands. Recently, a civil war took place in the Monster Realm which resulted in the usurpation of the Monster King’s throne from a treacherous minister, who later sought the Monster Queen and her unborn baby, and the Monster Queen fled to the Human Realm. The story begins with Song Tianyin, an unnerved young village mayor who becomes pregnant with the Monster Queen’s baby, and he encounters an aspiring Monster-hunter named Huo Xiaolan, and they both embark on an adventure to protect the baby from villains of the Human and Monster worlds alike.

Monster Hunt trailer

Monster Hunt by Raman Hui

Monster Hunt (simplified Chinese: 捉妖记; traditional Chinese: 捉妖記; pinyin: Zhuō Yāo Jì) is a 2015 Chinese-Hong Kong 3D fantasy action comedy adventure film directed by Raman Hui and starring Bai Baihe and Jing Boran. The film was released in China on 16 July 2015 in 3D and in countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. Upon release, it became a huge commercial success, breaking numerous box office records, including as the highest-grossing film in China, before The Mermaid took the crown in 2016. It opened in North America on January 22, 2016 in 2D and 3D by FilmRise. A sequel, titled Monster Hunt 2, is scheduled for release in China in 2018.

Plot

The film takes place in the distant past, where the Human race existed alongside the Monster race. They once shared the world in peace and harmony until the Humans drove the Monsters out from their home, for they sought total dominion over their lands. Recently, a civil war took place in the Monster Realm which resulted in the usurpation of the Monster King’s throne from a treacherous minister, who later sought the Monster Queen and her unborn baby, and the Monster Queen fled to the Human Realm. The story begins with Song Tianyin, an unnerved young village mayor who becomes pregnant with the Monster Queen’s baby, and he encounters an aspiring Monster-hunter named Huo Xiaolan, and they both embark on an adventure to protect the baby from villains of the Human and Monster worlds alike.

Themes

The main theme in Monster Hunt, according to Hui is acceptance (similar to the Shrek series which Hui was involved in). The message in the film is to understand and accept differences, to see the world through others’ perspective and to foster more understanding between people and groups.

Paraphernalia

In the scene where the two undercover Monsters, Zhu Gao (Eric Tsang) and Fei Ying (Sandra Ng), are at the Heavenly Restaurant, Fei Ying was greeted by a guest of said restaurant who had by her side a bodyguard holding a pug, the bodyguard being Monster-hunter Luo Gang (Jiang Wu), whom Zhu Gao and Fei Ying escaped capture from earlier. When Fei Ying and Zhu Gao hid away their faces in a nervous manner from Luo Gang, the lady guest was wondering, to the humor of the audience, why were they fearful of dogs if they’re Humans. This would serve to imply that in this universe, there exists other supernatural/mythical races and creatures alongside the Monsters of the Monster Kingdom made for the movie; the Monsters, as portrayed in the movie, don’t have any apparent aversions to particular animals, whereas varieties of demons and specters from classical Chinese myth are repelled by certain animal attributes, such as dog’s blood. [wikipedia]