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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 »
17 wins & 28 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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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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Footage was screened in 2017 at the 30th Anniversary Special Opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival. See more »

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Disappointment

In fact I was reading recently a bit about Japanase buddhism and Kukai, the founder of Japanese Shingon Buddhism. So I felt excited when I learned there is a recent high budget film with him as the main protagonist as it seemed.

My expectations turned out to be utterly misplaced. Neither he is important, nor his buddhism. If not for his robes, I could have overlooked he's a monk. It doesn't even play any important role in the plot he's a Japanese in China. Perhaps I'm missing some important hints, but to me all the film seemed to be composed of such disjonted pieces.

And when stripped of them, the plot becomes just a decent historical ghost story overusing and overexposing the computer generated special effects at the expense of telling a coherent story and portraying a least a few somewhat believable characters. In the end even the "demon cat" itself failed to convince me with its overcomplicated and overexalted story, failing at the most crucial point of the whole movie in the simple task of telling a believable tragedy.


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Country:

China | Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

5 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

China

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,051,623
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Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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