Drifting aimlessly through life, Kaisi (Li Yi Feng: Hundred Flowers Winner Mr. Six, Guilty of Mind) has racked up debts of several million having borrowed money from his friends. Lured with the promise of writing it all off, Kaisi leaves his ailing mother and childhood sweetheart Qing (Zhou Dongyu: Golden Horse winner Soul Mate, Under the Hawthorn Tree, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia) to board the ship Destiny and attend a gambling party controlled by the mysterious Anderson (Michael Douglas: Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Wall Street). All players join the game with stars. For each game they lose, their opponent captures a star. Everyone is holding daggers behind their backs plotting dirty means by which to overcome their opponents. The game quickly deteriorates into a slaughter and Kaisi must battle save his own skin… Animal World is China’s The Hunger Games meets The Matrix. A suspenseful action-packed blockbuster, Animal World is the new film from director Han Yan, best known for Go Away, Mr. Tumor which represented China for the 88th Academy Awards, and producer Chen Zhixi, famed for her hit films Lost in Thailand and Detective Chinatown.

Screen Incentives

Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Grant

PDV supplier

Weta Digital - Weta Digital’s first Chinese film. Weta contributed to the title sequence and train scene where the hero morphs into a clown and battles his way through CG creatures oozing rainbow coloured blood. Parts of the train and city were also visual effects. 


Feature film

Production companies

Beijing Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment (as Ruyi Films), Shanghai Ruyi Entertainment Co., Enlight Pictures (as Guangxian Yingye), Tencent, Gravity Pictures, Er Dong Pictures, Jixiang Entertainment, Fire Dragon Guo Pictures


Chen Zhixi


Yan Han