Legend of the Demon Cat

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Legend of the Demon Cat
Legend of the Demon Cat - 妖貓傳.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChen Kaige
Based onŚramaṇa Kūkai
by Baku Yumemakura
StarringHuang Xuan
Shōta Sometani
New Classics Pictures
Emperor Motion Pictures[1]
Shengkai Film
Distributed byEmperor Motion Pictures
Moonstone Entertainment[2]
Release date
  • December 22, 2017 (2017-12-22)
Hong Kong
BudgetCN¥170 million[3]
Box officeCN¥530 million[4]

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.[5][3] It was released in China in December 2017.[6][7]


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.[1]



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.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
25th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Director Chen Kaige Nominated [9]
Best Visual Effects N/A Won [10]
23rd Huading Awards Best Director Chen Kaige Nominated [11]
Best Supporting Actress Sandrine Pinna Won [12]
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film Legend of the Demon Cat Nominated [13]
Best Director Chen Kaige Nominated
12th Asian Film Awards Best Director Chen Kaige Nominated [14][15]
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


  1. ^ a b "Legend of the Demon Cat". Emperor Motion Pictures.
  2. ^ "Chen Kaige's 'Demon Cat' Picked Up by Moonstone, Emperor". Variety.
  3. ^ a b "Stills from "The Legend of the Demon Cat" Released". Asian Movie Pulse.
  4. ^ http://www.cbooo.cn/m/643285
  5. ^ "The Legend of Cat Demon is being filmed". People's Daily. 4 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Chen Kaige completes shooting of new film "The Legend of the Cat Demon"". China Radio International. 31 December 2016.
  7. ^ https://variety.com/2017/film/asia/japan-china-coproduction-treaty-advanced-stage-1202599541/
  8. ^ "Legend of the Demon Cat: Chen Kaige adapts to China's changed cinematic landscape with lavish production". South China Morning Post.
  9. ^ "第二十五届北京大学生电影节闭幕式暨颁奖典礼圆满落幕". Tencent (in Chinese). May 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Student film festival draws down the curtain". China Daily. May 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "第23届华鼎奖提名:《战狼2》、《芳华》双雄逐鹿". Sina (in Chinese). March 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "第23届华鼎奖林心如封后温情致谢爱女". Huanqiu (in Chinese). April 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "电影导演协会2017年度入围名单揭晓 吴京入围最佳导演". ifeng (in Chinese). February 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Asian Film Awards 2018 nominations". South China Morning Post. January 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Asian Film Awards: 'Youth' Wins Top Prize From 'Demon Cat'". Variety. March 17, 2018.

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