By Francesco DeLuca
Record-setting Chinese film “Monster Hunt” will be released in North America later this month. The film broke China’s all-time box office record, grossing $390 million after its July release.
New York-based distribution company, FilmRise is set to team up with its distributor Asia Releasing in handling a 3D premiere on Jan. 22 in seveal major North American markets.
FilmRise obtained the rights in September from Hong Kong-based Edko Films. Edko acted as lead producer and international sales agent for the film.
The film will be released in the original Chinese version with English subtitles, as well as a new English dubbed version.
Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise is confident the film will be as well-received in North America as it was in China, and assured audiences that the company has, “carefully edited the English language version to be the equivalent of a PG rating.”
The live action/CGI hybrid was written and directed by Raman Hui, a key creator in the “Shrek” franchise. The film was made on a budget of about $50 million.
“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 founder and CEO of Asia Releasing, Milt Barlow.
Watch the trailer below