Monster Hunt Film Screening

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 7:00pm

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Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center See map

53 Wall St

New Haven, CT

Directed by Raman Hui, 118 mins

Dream Sky Entertainment et al., China

DCP, Subtitled in English

Despite its unorthodox visual effects, which blend live-action martial artists together with digitally rendered creatures from the “monster realm,” Monster Hunt swiftly became the highest-grossing film in China during the year of its release. Before relocating to China to direct this fantastical action-comedy, Hong Kong native Raman Hui served as supervising animator and co-director on a number of projects at DreamWorks, including the Shrek series. Nearly 70% of Monster Hunt had to be reshot after unforeseen circumstances demanded the recasting of the film’s main actor, which – when combined with the film’s elaborate special effects and post-production editing – resulted in the film taking near seven years to complete. Monster Hunt garnered numerous awards at film festivals in mainland China and Hong Kong, including at the CineAsia Awards, the Golden Rooster Awards, and the Hundred Flower Awards. As a result of the film’s commercial success, two sequels were announced, both helmed by Hui. (Written by Jason Douglass, Series Organizer)