One Night Only! Special Event Screening: LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT

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.


04/30/2019 7:00 PM

Door Time: 6:30 PM

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Chen Kaige’s Legend of the Demon Cat Is Astonishing

By ARMOND WHITE, National Review

....Chen’s imagery moves fast, but it’s not the trivial video-game speed of Aquaman that camouflaged emptiness; such visual details as a theatrical troupe’s shadows dancing on a ceiling or fireworks reflected in nighttime pools work in opposite ways from those Marvel and Star Wars effects-driven scenes that lower the imagination. Chen revives Bertolucci’s editing rhythm, and the always kinetically surprising angles keep the imagery linked to realistic human perception. When the fantastic is used to evoke the psychology of the imagination, Chen’s mystery and revelation attain Fritz Langian proportions. Legend of the Demon Cat has what no Marvel or Star Wars film can claim: astonishment. These visions surpass a Marvel endgame because, as Bai tells Kukai, “the emotions are true.”

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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.