Legend of the Demon Cat

February 5, 2019

INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE: $97.5M USD

The International Box Office for for Legend of the Demon Cat exceeds that of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!
Legend of the Demon Cat ranked in the top 10 Box Office performances for 3 weeks in China and 4 weeks in Japan! Ranked #2 in both markets opening weekend.
What the critics are saying:
  • "This $170 million supernatural historical fantasy from Chinese auteur Chen Kaige is a visual feast." -Maggie Lee, Variety

  • "...Chen Kaige never lets go of the fantasy and dark elements of Baku Yumemakura's bestselling novel The Legend of the Demon Cat. The result is an entertaining and heartfelt fantasy mystery that feels part Sherlock Holmes, and part The Woman in Black." -Rafael Motamayor, BloodyDisgusting

  • Rotten Tomatoes members rave "Stunning blockbuster...", "...As luxuriant as an MGM picture of old" and "...Crammed so full with dazzling visuals..." and give it 86% 'Fresh' rating.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

TOTAL PRODUCTION COSTS: $255.5M USD

For the five-year production, critically-acclaimed filmmaker Chen Kaige arranged the construction of an entire city as the set, with lakes, rivers, palaces, caves, glamorous buildings and parks. The filming of this epic lasted 150 shooting days over 3 seasons, with thousands of extras, over 15,000 costumes and a crew of hundreds. Over 1,200 visual effects were designed in Japan to create the mysterious character of the film – The Demon Cat.

Awards

12th ASIAN FILM AWARDS (2018)

Winner - Best Supporting Actress

Winner - Best Costume Designer

Winner - Best Production Designer

Winner - Best Visual Effects

Nominee - Best Director

Nominee - Best Cinematographer

Audience Targets

Appealing to fans of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Hero

SYNOPSIS

A film about Love, Death and Revenge. LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT is set over a thousand years ago, during the Tang Dynasty. A Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and wreaked havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes some gruesome and unexpected twists, leading the monk and the poet to unravel the mystery behind the decade’s old death of the legendary, beautiful concubine Yang Guifei.

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Details

Languages

Mandarin with English Subtitles
Dubbed English

Director

Kaige Chen

Rating

NR

Writers

Baku Yumemakura (based on the novel by)
Kaige Chen
Hui-Ling Wang

Runtime

129 minutes

Cast

Xuan Huang
Shôta Sometani
Yuqi Zhang

Genre

drama
fantasy
mystery

Love. Death. Revenge.