This 3D Fantasy adventure live animation film has become the highest grossing film across China. Monster Hunt carries a message to understand and accept differences between people, communities and to see the world through others’ perspective which would foster more understanding between the people across the globe.
In a fantasy ancient world based on medieval China, monsters ruled the land. Then came human’s all-out war in an attempt to seize the land. In its final days, they outwitted the monsters and succeeded in driving them into the dark mountains. Ever since, monsters were forbidden to step into the land again. If they were found, they would be captured and exterminated. For all these years, the two races have lived in their separate worlds, until the birth of a new monster king who would reshape the balance of power and bring in the new world order.
Somewhere in the human world lies a small peaceful place called Serenity Village. Average young guy Tianyin (Jing Boran) is a security chief who dreams of making it big but is hold back by his diffidence and his elder grandma. Meanwhile, the monster world writhes in chaos as the dark lord is plotting to overthrow the current reign. In order to end the royal bloodline, he orders the assassination of the pregnant monster queen.
This is exciting news to monster hunters! Getting wind of the monster queen’s whereabouts, monster hunters from all over the land, including the high-ranked Luo Gan (Jiang Wu) and female rookie Xiaonan (Bai Baihe), are all desperate to get a piece of the action to capture the newborn monster king.
The cute baby monster Huba is the child of a human man and a monster queen, threatened by both monster-hating humans and the ‘evil’ monsters attempting to capture the new-born.
Xiaonan had earlier offered to protect the “pregnant” Tianyin under the condition that they sell the newborn monster for a good profit.
Being hunted by both sides, Tianyin finally gives birth to the future king in the worst possible situation. They name him Wuba since he keeps hollering this word. Although they both love Wuba like their own son, Xiaonan tries to hold back her love in order to focus on her mission.
Unable to defy Xiaonan, Tianyin eventually lets her sell Wuba. However, after a change of heart, they determine to save him, only to discover that Wuba is sold to a 5-star restaurant owned by the cunning Ge Qianhu (Wallace Chung). The restaurant is renowned for making monsters into luxurious dishes.
Xiaonan is outnumbered and badly hurt during a battle showdown. Just when all hope seems lost, Tianyin discovers a shocking secret that he descends from a family of monster hunters.
All of a sudden his hidden power is unlocked, making him fight side-by-side with Xiaonan. Both the fate of Wuba and the future of the monster empire now lie in their hands. But little do they know, it’s only the beginning of their epic adventure!
It is a thriller right from the start except at some ridiculous instances, like the scenes leading to a male giving birth of the newborn Monster.
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Producer: Bill KONG
Director: Raman Hui
Producer/Costume Designer: YEE Chung Man
Producer/Writer: Alan YUEN
Production Designer: Yohei TANEDA
Director of Photography: Anthony PUN
Visual Effects Supervisor: Jason SNELL
Action Choreographer: KU Huen Chiu
Music: Leon Ko
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