Monster Hunter 2020 is a action monster film produced, written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, Tip “T. I.” Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta, Josh Helman, Jin Au-Yeung and Ron Perlman.
A film adaptation based on the series has been in conception since 2012 by director Paul W. S. Anderson. The film was formally announced by Capcom in October 2018, with production starting that month with Constantin Film. Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2018, and was completed on December 19, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Monster Hunter was released in China on December 4, 2020, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 18, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing through the Screen Gems label (excluding Germany, Japan, and China).
Monster Hunter 2020 Movie Premise
An elite military force, led by US Army Ranger Captain Artemis (Jovovich), fall through a portal into a world populated by giant monsters. They meet a hunter (Jaa) who helps them survive in the world and fight against the monsters as they seek a way home.
Monster Hunter 2020 Movie Cast & Crew:
|Directed by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Written by||Paul W. S. Anderson|
|Based on||Monster Hunter
|Music by||Paul Haslinger|
|Edited by||Doobie White|
|Box office||$4.8 million|
Monster Hunter 2020 Pre-production:
Furthering on Anderson’s appreciation of the game, he stated that all of the armor and weapons that the Hunters will wear will be based on the equipment from the game series, and will include at least one character that wears a mis-matched set of armor, which reflects on the player’s ability within the game to mix and match armor sets for beneficial results.
Anderson wanted to use various settings in the film to match the variety in a game, though recognized that one would not see as much variety in the film as one would see in playing a Monster Hunter game for several hours.
Jovovich, who stated she was also a fan of the video game series, was able to select what weapons she wanted her character to be shown with, and experimented in-game to narrow her choice to the dual blades, both as effective weapons in game and that “I thought they’d look really beautiful in an action sequence.”
The monsters in the film are further based on those in the game, including the series’ signature monster the Rathalos; the game series’ director Kaname Fujioka and producer Ryozo Tsujimoto provided input into the film’s depiction of the monsters.
The movie will also feature palicos, a sentient cat-like species that assist the hunters in the game series, and will include the Meowscular Chef, a palico introduced in Monster Hunter: World that once served as the Admiral’s own aide before becoming a chef.
Capcom helped to establish the movie’s setting, taking canonically after the events of Monster Hunter: World, in a new area of the Monster Hunter setting but incorporating facets from several of the games in the series.
Monster Hunter Movie Filming:
Constantin Film is producing the film, having planned to start production in late 2017 or early 2018, but later confirmed during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival that production would begin in September 2018 in and around Cape Town and South Africa, with an estimated US$60 million budget.
Special effects studio Mr. X VFX, which worked on the Resident Evil films, will also be involved in production. Constantin worked with several international distributors for release rights, while Constantin will finance the film’s production.
Principal photography on the film began on October 5, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa. Milla Jovovich announced on Instagram that principal photography was completed on December 19, 2018.
Marketing of Monster Hunter 2020:
A teaser for the film was first shown at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2019, along with the announcement that Toho and Tencent will oversee the film’s distribution in Japan and China, respectively.
Release date of Monster Hunter 2020:
Monster Hunter is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 18, 2020 The film was originally scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020, but was delayed to April 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before being moved up to December 30, then finally the Christmas date. Sony yet again altered the film’s release date in the United States in early December after the film’s troublesome release in China, moving its release to December 18, 2020.
Monster Hunter Movie Online Watch Official (2020):
Reception Hollywood Movie Monster Hunter 2020:
Just after the Chinese release on December 4, 2020, the film caused an uproar on Chinese social media because of a scene in which Jin’s character jokingly asks: “Look at my knees!”, and to the question “What kind of knees are these?”, he replies: “Chi-knees!”.
Through the language made by the film’s subtitles, Chinese viewers interpreted this as a reference to the racist playground chant “Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees”, and therefore as an insult to Chinese people.
The film was removed from circulation, and Chinese authorities censored references to it online. Tencent had reportedly prepared modified versions of the films omitting the line but even these showings were pulled.
The reaction to the film also caused Chinese users to review bomb Monster Hunter: World in reference to the insulting lines.
Constantin Film apologized for the dialog and stated they will remove the racially-insensitive dialog from the film before it is rereleased.
Jin said that for his character, the line was “to proudly proclaim he is a Chinese soldier, not just his knees, but his arms, his head, his heart”. Anderson stated that “It was never our intention to send a message of discrimination or disrespect to anyone.
To the contrary – at its heart our movie is about unity,” and that the line had been removed from all international versions of the film prior to their releases.