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...
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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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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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