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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... See full summary »

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Kaige Chen

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Baku Yumemakura (based on the novel by), Kaige Chen | 1 more credit »
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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 Concubine Yang by following the trial left by the cat, unveiling a buried fact.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

China | Japan

Language:

Mandarin | Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Kûkai: Utsukushiki Ouhi no Nazo See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Not just having beautiful shots, this film tells a profound story
4 January 2018 | by wongrieSee all my reviews

Chen Kaige's best film since 21th century. As the biggest Chinese-Japanese co-production film ever, Yao Mao Zhuan is very different from the Hollywood cliches. I can feel the flow between each shot, just like traditional Chinese ink-wash painting. And the story structure is very interesting. It splits into two parts, these two parts are like mirrors, you can find same symbols, characters and plots in both sides. And all those things come together, make the magnificent Tang Dynasty comes alive. However, Chen Kaige is not satisfied in telling the greatness of Tang, but also the dark side, the politics and humanity.


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