; traditional Chinese :捉妖記; pinyin :Zhuō Yāo Jì) is a 2015 Chinese-Hong Kong 3D fantasy action comedy adventure film directed by Raman Hui and starring Bai Baihe and Jing Boran .The film was released in China on 16 July 2015 in 3Dand in countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. Upon release, it became a huge commercial success, breaking numerous box office records, including as the highest-grossing film in China ,beforeThe Mermaidtook the crown in 2016. It opened in North America on January 22, 2016 in 2D and 3D by FilmRise . A sequel, titledMonster Hunt 2, is scheduled for release in China in 2018.
The film takes place in the distant past, where the Human race existed alongside the Monster race. They once shared the world in peace and harmony until the Humans drove the Monsters out from their home, for they sought total dominion over their lands. Recently, a civil war took place in the Monster Realm which resulted in the usurpation of the Monster King's throne from a treacherous minister, who later sought the Monster Queen and her unborn baby, and the Monster Queen fled to the Human Realm. The story begins with Song Tianyin ( Jing Boran ), an unnerved young village mayor who becomes pregnant with the Monster Queen's baby, and he encounters an aspiring Monster-hunter named Hua Xiaolan ( Bai Baihe ), and they both embarks on an adventure to protect the baby from villains of the Human and Monster worlds alike.