China’s ‘Monster Hunt’ Set For January Release in North America (EXCLUSIVE)

China's 'Monster Hunt' Set For January
Courtesy of Edko Films

Monster Hunt,” the Chinese movie which last year claimed China’s all-time box office record, is set to get a North American release later this month.

The film grossed over $390 million after a release in July, marginally exceeding the unprecedented success of “Fast & Furious 7.”

New York-based FilmRise has teamed with Asian specialty distributor Asia Releasing to handle the outing of the 3D picture on Jan. 22 in all major North American markets.

FilmRise acquired the rights in September from Hong Kong-based Edko Films, which was lead producer and international sales agent.

FilmRise and Asia Releasing say they are targeting both the Asian-American and Western audiences in North America by releasing both the original Chinese version with English subtitles and also a new English dubbed version.

“We have carefully edited the English language version to be the equivalent of a PG rating, and we believe North American kids and their parents will embrace the film in the same way as Chinese audiences have,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise.

The film is a hybrid of live action and CGI, written and directed by Raman Hui, one of the key creators of the “Shrek” franchise and made on a budget of some $50 million.

Its human cast included Hong Kong and Chinese actors including Bai Baihe, Jiang Wu, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin, Tang Wei and Sandra Ng.

“Chinese audiences in North America will for the first time be able to see this film on the big screen in 3D in its original language,” said Milt Barlow founder and CEO of Asia Releasing.

FilmRise recently raised some $25 million to power up its acquisitions and licensing. It has over 6,000 titles, including the documentary “Back in Time,” “Hank and Asha,” “Years of Living Dangerously” and “Forensic Files.” Films are in release digitally on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix Instant Watch, Hulu, VUDU, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Crackle, Fandor, and on DVD and BluRay on Amazon and over 200 online retailers.

Los Angeles-based Asia Releasing acquires and sub-distributes Asian and Chinese titles in North America, Australia and New Zealand. In the past year it has released Chinese movies including “Pancake Man,” “The Left Ear,” and “Our Times.”

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  1. cadavra says:

    Thanks to these folks for giving us a choice. No true film lover wants to see a foreign film with the voices of SNL comedians coming out of the actors’ mouths.

    However: Edited to a PG? This was considered a family film in China. Hmmmmm…

  2. Rex says:

    Gotta give companies that release Chinese movies over here credit for giving theatrical releases to Chinese/Hong Kong/Asian movies that are already widely available — thanks to the scourge of piracy, most of it Chinese-sources — in ALL of the major cities in which they distribute their acquisitions. Why? It’s Chinatown, Jake. In my particular major North American market, every single Chinese show that screens here is, frustratingly, already available via bootlegs in every Chinese (and several non-Chinese) communities across the region (hell, sometimes the LEGITIMATE discs have already been parallel imported for sale here), to the degree that it’s not surprising these theatrical screenings are barely attended and rarely last more than a week (which I suppose at least gives their distributors an excuse to put “Huzzah! Fresh from a 2016 North American theatrical release” on their DVD/Blu-ray/Streaming marketing materials). Likewise in every case, the films are often available for free on sites as plainly obvious as YouTube — with their uploaders apparently facing nowhere near the same repercussions as those uploading rips of Hollywood films. The double-standard there and at similar sites is galling; apparently only the work of Hollywood artisans is worthy of policing for piracy.

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