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Legend of the Demon Cat

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China, Japan|2017|129min |Korean Premiere |

Code Time Theater Rate GV Ticketing
358 7/15  14:00 Songnae Solan Art Hall 12
501 7/17  14:00 Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F) 12
901 7/21  11:30 Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F) 12
358 7/15  14:00Songnae Solan Art Hall
501 7/17  14:00Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F)
901 7/21  11:30Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater(2F)

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During the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and destroys the peace of the city through a series of strange events. Together, a poet and a monk investigate the death of Concubine Yang by following a trail left by the cat, unveiling hidden information.

Program Note

This is a collaborative masterpiece of China and Japan by Director Chen Kaige, who produced Farewell My Concubine (1993): it is one of the best Chinese movies to people in Hong Kong, and was awarded Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm. It contains the true character of an eternal star, Leslie Cheung. This is a fantasy mystery as well as a growth story where Bai Juyi, a poet known to have lived in Chinese Tang Dynasty, and a Japanese monk Kukai tries to dig into and solve the truth of mysterious events between Emperor Xuanzong of Tang and Yang Guifei’s love story and death. Whether to remain in illusion like the talking cat, or whether to realize that ‘there is also truth in illusion’ and wake up is also a valid choice for the audience also enjoying illusion, the movie. The original is a Japanese novel 「Samon Kukai」, which is based on historical research. Despite being a historical movie, the visual arts indigenous to Chen Kaige is expanded through modern CG, impersonation, special effects, super-high camera, speedy camera walking, and various editing techniques to make it modern. As if the Tang dynasty is reproduced as it is, the movie unfolds a grandeur scale, a lively flow, and gorgeous actions. Sometani Shota, known for
Parasyte in Korea, acts as Kukai and shows offbeat acting. It would be another joy to compare this film with the buddy detective movies which has become a trend in Korea. (HONG Eun-hwa)


첸 카이거 (陳凱歌)

CHEN Kaige

Born in 1952, in Beijing, Chen Kaige graduated from Beijing Film Academy. His first film, Yellow Earth (1984) won various prizes as well as an an international reputation. Farewell My Concubine (1993) won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globe Award Best Foreign Language Film and nomination for Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film.


Chen Hong

Wang Hui-Ling

Author of the Original Work
Yumemakura Baku

Cao Yu

Li Dianshi

Klaus Badelt

Production Design
Wei Lu, Nan Tu

Huang Xuan, Sometani Shota

Emperor Motion Pictures/Kadokawa

Star Rating full_starfull_starfull_starempty_starempty_star  6.29