In the distant past, monsters and humans coexisted peacefully. That is until humans desired to monopolize the world. A war ensued between both sides, ending with the humans being victorious. The monsters are cast out of the village and exiled to the mountains, wherein a boundary was situated in order to prevent monsters from reentering the village. The Monster Hunter Bureau was also established in order to dispel China of any monsters that have successfully broken the barrier. Eventually, a civil war arises, and the old Monster King is usurped. Hearing about how the Monster Queen's baby will be the intermediary between man and monster, the new Monster King seeks to destroy him.
Monster Hunt is a 2015 Chinese-Hong Kong action comedy film that premiered in China on July 16, 2015 to huge success. Breaking numerous records, the film debuted as the highest grossing film in China, until The Mermaid took its record in 2016. The film eventually opened in North America on January 22, 2016 to 2D and 3D. A sequel was also announced, and is slated to be released in 2018.
This film provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Ge Qianhu otherwise known as the Monster King
- Black Comedy: There are a few laughs to be had at the Heaven Restaurant, particularly with the head chef's attempts at preparing Wuba into a dish.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Monster King is defeated, but Tianyin has to say goodbye to Wuba.
- Evil Chef: The head chef.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: A monster's brain is destroyed when a fire beetle drills into its head.
- Fantastic Racism: Monsters are viewed in scorn. Ge intends on killing the Monster Queen's baby in order to reignite the Monster Hunter Bureau's importance which will involve committing wide scale genocide on the monsters. However, this leads to...
- Hypocrite: Ge is revealed to be this when he is revealed as the Monster King.
- HeelFace Turn: Xialon originally wanted to receive a promotion by capturing Wuba, but she grew to love him.
- Lou Gang also performs one out of gratitude for Zhugao and Pangying saving him.
- I Owe You My Life: Lou Gang; see HeelFace Turn above.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Ge runs a restaurant - known as the Heaven Restaurant - that serves sentient monsters to humans despite the fact that he himself is a monster. It should be noted that in-universe, a monster eating another monster is considered taboo given Zhugao's and Pangying's response to being offered some food.
- Knight of Cerebus: Ge darkens the mood of the film whenever he's onscreen.
- Laughably Evil: The head chef (though this leans towards Played for Laughs), and Lou Gang.
- Mr. Seahorse: Tianyin is made to carry the Monster Queen's unborn baby. Hilarity Ensues.
- The Reveal: Lord Ge is the Monster King.
- Sadistic Choice: Ge gives Tianyin the choice of either giving him the baby, or letting either of his loved ones die. He then raises that to which one did he love the most.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Wuba.
- Villainous Breakdown: Ge completely loses it once his cover is blown.
- Would Hurt a Child: Ge intends on eating Wuba alive.