Monster Hunt, although an acquired taste, is an interestingly different tale told keeping various Chinese themes in mind, in addition to various sight gags, martial arts (but of course) and some humour too.
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: Set in a fantasy land that looks distinctly Chinese, humans and monsters live in two different zones. The monsters themselves are divided into two groups, with some of them managing to co-habit with humans. A baby monster named Huba becomes the target of some renegade monsters, as they believe his presence can disrupt the balance of power between monsters and humans. Will the baby monster escape capture by the evil monsters?
: Monster Hunt, although an acquired taste, is an interestingly different tale told keeping various Chinese themes in mind, in addition to various sight gags, martial arts (but of course) and some humour too. While the overwhelming majority of animation hits we've seen in the last few years have emerged from studios in the West, this kiddie-entertainer is certainly an ambitious outing for director Hui.
Although the movie is purportedly inspired by ancient Chinese fables and classics, Hui and his team give the film a distinctly modern touch, in terms of technique. There's enough magic and fantasy in here to remind one of the earliest Harry Potter movies. The appearance and shenanigans of baby Huba himself is likely to inspire many 'awww' moments. Visually, the variety of characters might cause you to lose track of things, but by and large, Hui keeps things simple, keeping in mind his primary audience here being little kids. Another point of merit is the interaction between live action and animation, which does not at all look clunky or artificial. The set pieces go all-out in terms of imagination and the stunts are fairly over-the-top, in a cartoonish way. The soundtrack though, could have been toned down a little.
One grouse is the use of the word 'monsters' in the title. There is nothing really monster-like about these well-rendered characters. They're not scary-looking; in fact, they resemble inflated toys. And in terms of emotional quotient, they express the same kind of feelings as the humans do. There is a moral angle here - that about learning how to coexist, acceptance and other good values. This one will keep the kids entertained.
In the film Monster Hunt, Kai Ko was originally cast as the male lead, however he was later replaced by Jing Boran.
The film is inspired from the old Chinese book titled 'Classic of Mountains and Seas'.
The film's team decided to make the monsters look more friendly and human like as they wanted the audience to develop a liking towards the monsters.
Tackily blending live-action and animation, the wholly Chinese Monster Hunt is a story-light, action-heavy romp through an ancient fantasy realm. The tepid yarn centres on an internecine conflict between shape-shifting monsters and a human couple (Boran-Baihe) striving to protect the offspring of the monster queen. The royal baby and his surrogate parents are pursued by rival bounty hunters and a master chef who specializes in serving monster delicacies at his speciality restaurant.