INTERNATIONAL BOX OFFICE: $97.5M USD
The International Box Office for for Legend of the Demon Cat exceeds that of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!
Legend of the Demon Cat ranked in the top 10 Box Office performances for 3 weeks in China and 4 weeks in Japan! Ranked #2 in both markets opening weekend.
What the critics are saying:
"This $170 million supernatural historical fantasy from Chinese auteur Chen Kaige is a visual feast." -Maggie Lee, Variety
"...Chen Kaige never lets go of the fantasy and dark elements of Baku Yumemakura's bestselling novel The Legend of the Demon Cat. The result is an entertaining and heartfelt fantasy mystery that feels part Sherlock Holmes, and part The Woman in Black." -Rafael Motamayor, BloodyDisgusting
Rotten Tomatoes members rave "Stunning blockbuster...", "...As luxuriant as an MGM picture of old" and "...Crammed so full with dazzling visuals..." and give it 86% 'Fresh' rating.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
TOTAL PRODUCTION COSTS: $255.5M USD
For the five-year production, critically-acclaimed filmmaker Chen Kaige arranged the construction of an entire city as the set, with lakes, rivers, palaces, caves, glamorous buildings and parks. The filming of this epic lasted 150 shooting days over 3 seasons, with thousands of extras, over 15,000 costumes and a crew of hundreds. Over 1,200 visual effects were designed in Japan to create the mysterious character of the film – The Demon Cat.
12th ASIAN FILM AWARDS (2018)
Winner - Best Supporting Actress
Winner - Best Costume Designer
Winner - Best Production Designer
Winner - Best Visual Effects
Nominee - Best Director
Nominee - Best Cinematographer
Appealing to fans of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, Hero
A film about Love, Death and Revenge. LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT is set over a thousand years ago, during the Tang Dynasty. A Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and wreaked havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes some gruesome and unexpected twists, leading the monk and the poet to unravel the mystery behind the decade’s old death of the legendary, beautiful concubine Yang Guifei.
China and Japan beat Marvel in cinema’s trade war, producing a fairy tale that’s spectacular and also adult.
As a love story, a mystery and a simply gorgeous film, LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT makes an eye-popping date-night movie for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day 2019.
If you can find this film in a theatre you’re in for an experience, to say the least. I recommend this be seen on the largest screen possible. Not only is this one that looks tremendous but the mystery all makes sense and will have you engrossed throughout.