Legend of the Demon Cat
|Legend of the Demon Cat|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chen Kaige|
|Based on||Śramaṇa Kūkai|
by Baku Yumemakura
New Classics Pictures
Emperor Motion Pictures
|Distributed by||Emperor Motion Pictures|
|Box office||CN¥530 million|
Legend of the Demon Cat (Chinese: 妖猫传; pinyin: Yāo Māo Zhuàn) is a 2017 Xianxia fantasy mystery film directed by Chen Kaige, based on the novel Śramaṇa Kūkai (Japanese:沙門空海 唐の国にて鬼と宴す)written by Japanese writer Yoneyama Mineo, known under the pen-name Baku Yumemakura. It was released in China in December 2017.
The story is set in China during the Tang Dynasty (618–907). A demon cat appears and breaks the peace of the capital, Chang’an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join together to investigate the death of Concubine Yang by following the trail left by the cat, unveiling a buried fact.
- Huang Xuan as Bai Letian
- Shōta Sometani as Kūkai
- Kitty Zhang as Chunqin
- Qin Hao as Chen Yunqiao
- Hiroshi Abe as Abe no Nakamaro
- Keiko Matsuzaka as Bai Ling
- Liu Haoran as Bai Long
- Oho Ou as the young Dan Long
- Zhang Tianai as Yulian
- Zhang Luyi as Emperor Xuanzong of Tang
- Sandrine Pinna as Lady Yang
- Tian Yu as Gao Lishi
- Liu Peiqi as Huang He
- Xin Baiqing as Li Bai
- Cheng Taisheng as the Old Dan Long
- Mason Lee as the Chamberlain
- Qin Yi as Old Lady-in-waiting
- Shōhei Hino as Kūkai's Teacher
A set costing US$200 million and five years to create was constructed for the film. It was reported that the set will be turned into a theme park.
Awards and nominations
|25th Beijing College Student Film Festival||Best Director||Chen Kaige||Nominated|||
|Best Visual Effects||N/A||Won|||
|23rd Huading Awards||Best Director||Chen Kaige||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress||Sandrine Pinna||Won|||
|9th China Film Director's Guild Awards||Best Film||Legend of the Demon Cat||Nominated|||
|Best Director||Chen Kaige||Nominated|
|12th Asian Film Awards||Best Director||Chen Kaige||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress||Kitty Zhang||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Cao Yu||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Chen Tongxun||Won|
|Best Production Design||Tu Nan and Lu Wei||Won|
|Best Visual Effects||Ishi Norio||Won|
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