Meows can kill in Chen Kaige’s ‘Legend of the Demon Cat’

"Legend of the Demon Cat" Theatrical Poster

“Legend of the Demon Cat” Theatrical Poster

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.

Updates: Watch the film’s full Trailer below:

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One Response to Meows can kill in Chen Kaige’s ‘Legend of the Demon Cat’

  1. Andrew Hernandez says:

    I hope Chen Kaige wanted to do this film. I saw a piece on 60 Minites where me mentioned that he’s often “forced” to do commercial films in order to get funding for the projects he really cares about.

    It would explain why his action outings have never been good.

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