Legend Of The Demon Cat (Kûkai) (2017)

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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 gruesome and unexpected twists, resulting in the monk and the poet unraveling the mystery behind the death decades earlier of legendary, beautiful concubine Yang Guifei.

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

This stunning blockbuster shows that a superior original source, vaunting artistic ambition and a $170 million budget can turn a potboiler supernatural whodunit into something of ravishing beauty.

Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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Prioritizes sprawling spectacle over involving storytelling and falls far short of the historical and social allegories with which [Kaige] made his name ...

Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…

At the core of it all stand a couple of goofballs that never stop entertaining, and a talking black cat that gives the film a much-welcomed fantasy element.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This pulpy silliness is told with a rare kind of cinematic excess, the money thrown into every inch of screen space as luxuriant as an MGM picture of old.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The supernatural murder mystery is crammed so full with dazzling visuals and convoluted exposition that viewers are advised to surrender to this fever dream - or give up entirely.

Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It starts on a promising note, with the first half being an intriguing murder mystery -- the emperor has just been killed and all signs point to his heir being the next target. But by the later half, everything spirals out of control.

Jan 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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