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Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)

Kûkai (original title)
Taking place in the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang'an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join hands to investigate the... See full summary »

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Baku Yumemakura (based on the novel by), Kaige Chen | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Xuan Huang ... Bai Letian
Shôta Sometani ... Kûkai
Yuqi Zhang ... Chunqin
Hao Qin ... Chen yunqiao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiroshi Abe
Libby Brien ... Bai Ling / Mother / Woman 2 (voice)
Taishen Cheng Taishen Cheng
Brittany Falardeau ... Lady Yang (voice)
Brian Flaccus ... Lishiao (voice)
Matt Fowler ... Demon Cat (voice)
Philip Hersh ... Chen Yunqiao (voice)
Spencer Devlin Howard ... Bai Letian (voice)
Mason Lee
Haoran Liu ... Bai Long
Peiqi Liu
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Storyline

Taking place in the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang'an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join hands to investigate the death of the emperor's concubine, Lady Yang, by following the trail left by the cat.

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

China | Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Kûkai: Utsukushiki Ouhi no Nazo See more »

Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,051,623
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Footage was screened in 2017 at the 30th Anniversary Special Opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival. See more »

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Director's Cut
4 October 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

The spirit of a murdered woman takes the form of a black cat and wreaks havoc upon a Tang dynasty city, collecting debts along the way. The cat even enters dreams. She was abandoned by a heartless person whose greatest happiness was to control others. Historical figures including a famous poet, Bai Juyi, and a visiting Japanese monk, Kukai, attempt to appease the woman's restless, vengeful soul.

A real city from the past was built as the set. It took over five years and $200 million! Chen Kaige, present for this world premiere and director's cut seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, remarked that it takes eight hours to walk completely through this city. The film is worth watching for the set alone, plus the elaborate, colorful and beautiful costumes and people. I love one of the main themes of the film, which is standing up for human dignity. Legend of the Demon Cat is fast paced, which is both its weakness and its strength. Based on a bestselling novel by Baku Yumemakura.


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