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19 Ratings

Legend of the Demon Cat

妖猫传 / Yao Mao Zhuan | 空海 / Kukai

Directed by Chen Kaige
China, Japan, 2017
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery


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 Concubine Yang by following the trial left by the cat, unveiling a buried fact.

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Legend of the Demon Cat Directed by Chen Kaige

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2018 | Special Presentations

Asian Film Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

2018 | 4 wins including: Best Supporting Actress

Critics reviews

The film hardly seems more arty or political or sordid than another imaginable version, and coherency certainly is not something this cut hones, but it certainly is a gloriously visualized package of cinematic invention.
September 08, 2018
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