Legend of the Demon Cat / 妖猫传 (Chen Kaige, 2017) – March 23-29th, 2019

Legend of the Demon Cat is Award-Winning director Chen Kaige’s most recent cinematic venture and we are extremely excited to be showing it here at the Downtown Independent!

Centered in Xianxia cinema, Demon Cat‘s mystery and fantasy aspect mesh themselves into a brilliant cinemascape of horror and excitement. The visual texture of the film cannot be matched!

As Gene Ching of Kung Fu Magazine notes, “Chen’s swirling cinematography catapults us into a world that feels solid and real, despite talking demon cats and ancient Chinese sorcery. This is a film to experience on a big screen. Chen’s eye for color schemes are lush and sumptuous and his vision of the excesses of the Tang Imperial palace are imaginatively captivating. Despite a few dalliances into special effects overload, the film is a treat, a healthy serving of celluloid eye-candy worthy of an Emperor.”

The story, an adaption of a text by Japanese author Yoneyama Mineo, has received many award-nominations and wins for the cast and crew. It was an extensive production journey but as director Chen Kaige is quoted as saying, “I have yet to feel at ease making an entire movie using just a green screen.”

The synopsis is below the ticket link and one of the lovely stills from the film, but let’s be honest- this is an breath-takingly gorgeous martial arts horror film made by the legendary Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Yellow Earth, Temptress Moon, etc) involving a demon kitty, a poet and a monk. Do you need any other reason to buy tickets immediately?

Taking place in the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang’an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join hands to investigate the death of Concubine Yang by following the trail left by the cat, unveiling a buried fact.

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