Monster Hunter

Japan Release: 2021
Running Time:
104 minutes

Monster Hunter

Japanese Title

[Monsuta Hanta]

Distributor: Production:

Toho / Constantin Film / Impact Pictures / Tencent Pictures / Capcom

A United States military unit is dispatched to find a missing convoy in the desert. While searching, though, the group finds themselves warped through a portal. This transports them to a parallel world. Still searching, they find the burned remains of the missing convoy. Soon after they stumble upon the source: a giant monster called Black Diablos. After suffering heavy casualties, the survivors manage to escape amongst a rocky terrain. Safety is short lived, though, as they confront another monster: the spider-like Nerscyclla. More members are killed, leaving just their Captain, Artemis, as a survivor. She comes in contact with a native, a monster hunter. Although untrusting of each other, they realize they most work together for the hunter to find his companions and for Artemis to find a way home...

Live Action Science Fiction

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews


International Title

Monster Hunter

Initial US Title

Monster Hunter
US Distributor: Screen Gems (2020) / Time: 104 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Monster Hunter: The Hunt Begins
[Mexico Title]

Monster Hunter: Monster Empire
[Hungary Title]


Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Desert Patrol Vehicle
Desert Patrol Vehicle
V-22 Osprey
V-22 Osprey
Boeing E-3 Sentry
Boeing E-3 Sentry
M1 Abrams
M1 Abrams
Oshkosh M-ATV
Oshkosh M-ATV



Directed by Paul Anderson
Writing credits Paul Anderson, Kaname Fujioka
Produced by Paul Anderson, Dennis Berardi, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Martin Moszkowicz
Executive Producer Hiro Matsuoka, Howard Chen, Edward Cheng
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography by Glen MacPherson
Film Editing by Doobie White
Production Design by Edward Thomas
Assistant Director Peter Freeman, Joy Hoes
Director of Special Effects Trey Harrell, Jo Hughes
Artemis Milla Jovovich
The Hunter Tony Jaa
The Admiral Ron Perlman
Lincoln, Master Sergeant Tip Harris
Steven Marshall, Sergeant Diego Boneta
Dash, Sergeant Meagan Good
Steeler Josh Helman
Axe Jin Au-Yeung
The Handler Hirona Yamazaki
Aiden Jannik Schumann
Lea Nanda Costa
Roark, Captain Nic Rasenti
Meowscular Chef Aaron Beelner
JSO V22 Pilot Clyde Berning
JSO Soldier Paul Hampshire
Comms Officer E3 Sentry Schelaine Bennett
Commander West E3 Sentry Bart Fouche
E3 Sentry Pilot Pope Jerrod
Null Onur Besen
Hunter Adrian Munoz


Box Office

Release Date: March 26, 2021 (Japan)

Release Date: December 18th, 2020 (US)
Budget: $60,000,000 (US)
Opening Weekend: $2,201,269 (US, 1736 theaters)
Total: $14,961,025 (US)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Monster Hunter Sony (2021) Order
United States Blu-Ray Monster Hunter Sony (2021) Order
United States Blu-Ray Monster Hunter 4K Sony (2021) Order

Background and Trivia

  • Loosely based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom, which has seen releases on the Sony Playstation 2, Sony Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch and other consoles.
  • The movie references to two other monsters from the Monster Hunter series are seen, with the skeleton of Dah'ren Mohran and statues of Lagiacrus respectively.
  • Director Paul Anderson mentioned that the film takes place in the same continuity of the video games and chronologically occurs after Monster Hunter World. However, the events seen in the movie take place on a different continent in contrast the events seen in the games. Cited in an IGN article.
  • The film was originally to release on September 4th, 2020 in North America and in other parts of the world on a similar date. The movie was postponed however to an April 23rd, 2021 date. This was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had closed down much of the movie theater industry. Eventually the movie was moved up to December 30th, 2020, and then again to December 25th, 2020, and finally to December 18th, 2020. Due to this shift of dates, posters were released with the earlier release dates on them.
  • In China, theater system specific posters were released for the movie. These posters include ones for: CFGS (China Film Giant Screen), IMAX, Cinity and Dolby Cinemas.


Nicholas Driscoll Star Rating
April 24, 2021