Acclaimed director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Monk Comes Down the Mountain) is putting finishing touches on Legend of the Demon Cat, a period actioner that releases domestically on December 22, 2017.
This big budget Japanese-Chinese co-production stars Huang Xuan (The Great Wall), Shota Sometani (Tokyo Tribe), Kitty Zhang (CJ7), Qin Hao (Rock Hero), Hiroshi Abe (Chocolate) and Keiko Matsuzaka (The Happiness of the Katakuris).
The team behind the film has decided to transform their $200 million sets into a theme park once they’ve finished shooting. After all, “an entire [Tang Dynasty] city with lakes, rivers, palaces, caves, glamorous buildings, and parks” were constructed (via TMS).
According to Variety, Legend of the Demon Cat sees a Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate the influence of a demonic cat, which has possessed a general’s wife, wreaked havoc on the royal court and killed legendary courtesan Yang Guifei. The film, originally presented under the title Kukai, is adapted from a bestselling four-volume novel about love, death and revenge by Yumemakura Baku.
We’ll keep you updated on this project as we hear more. For now, watch some behind-the-scenes features below.
Updates: Watch the film’s Teaser Trailer below (via AFS):