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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]

Plot

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]

Cast

Production

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

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 [citation needed]
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Film Legend of the Demon Cat Nominated [12]
Best Director Chen Kaige Nominated
12th Asian Film Awards Best Director Chen Kaige Nominated [13][14]
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

See also

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]

Cast