Magazine article Variety

Chen Sneaks Peek at Epic 'Cat'

Magazine article Variety

Chen Sneaks Peek at Epic 'Cat'

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CHINESE DIRECTOR CHEN Kaige is doing double duty in Toronto. He heads the jury for the festival's cutting-edge Platform section. And today he presents a sneak peek of his new movie, "The Legend of the Demon Cat," and discusses his cinematic journey.

In a 30-year career, stretching from the pre-reform era to the more commercial modern era, Chen has directed some of China's most beloved arthouse movies ("Temptress Moon") to box office record breakers ("The Promise"). He won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1993 with "Farewell My Concubine." "Demon Cat" is his first film in six years and is constructed on a different scale.

Billed as an epic, a period romance and a detective story, the film is a plunge into the rich culture of the Tang Dynasty, which Chen says is one of favorite periods in Chinese history. It is also an attempt to shed new light on the Concubine Yang character who has populated numerous other Chinese movies. …

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