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Richly cinematic and more tasteful than the average mainland Chinese period costumer,”The Palace” is as exquisitely wrought as a cloisonne vase, but beneath the surface craftsmanship lies a timeworn Cinderella story entrenched in conservative attitudes toward women. Reliably helmed by Pan Anzi and floridly plotted by hit-making TV producer-scribe Yu Zheng, the Qing dynasty-set romance between a palace maid and a prince oscillates between drippy puppy love and bodice-ripping amour fou. The pic has swiftly conquered its targeted adolescent market at home, but audiences outside Chinese-speaking territories may find the package too formulaic.
“The Palace” has collected more than $7.5 million in its first week of domestic release, having been marketed as the offshoot of Yu’s top-rated TV dramas “Palace: The Locked Heart Jade” (2011) and “Palace: The Locked Beaded Curtain” (2012). As the film’s producer, Yu has marshaled a first-rate Hong Kong crew that handles the technical aspects with flair, »
- Maggie Lee
Chicago – “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” is a title that suggests the sort of tall tale that would entrance a crowd of scouts around a camp fire. It’s chockfull of fantastical creatures and action-packed setpieces, but its shoddy special effects cause it to fall short of pure enchantment. As for the story itself, it’s pure silliness.
Jet Li receives top-billing solely because he happens to be Jet Li, but he could hardly be considered the main character. This is primarily a star-crossed romance between a good-hearted physician, Xu Xian (Raymond Lam), who unwittingly falls in love with a demonic snake that takes the form of a seductive woman (Eva Huang). Their love appears to be genuine, especially after the snake saves his life, but master monk Abott Fahai (played by a bored Li) won’t allow such an outlandish union to take place, inspiring gloriously silly dialogue like, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It didn’t wholly blow the wind up our (find out why, by reading our review here) skirts, but its still a must buy, for all Jet li fans. Director Ching Siu-Tung’s action fantasy The Sorcerer and the White Snake is up for release on U.S DVD, via Magnet Releasing. Street Date: April 9, 2013. Synopsis: Young physician Xu Xian (Raymond Lam) falls in love with a beautiful woman when she saves him from drowning, but unbeknownst to him she is in fact Madame White Snake, a thousand-year-old snake demon (Shengyi Huang) appearing in the guise of a woman. Sorceress Fa Hai (Jet Li), realising White Snake's true identity, vows to destroy her in a bid to protect Xu Xian and save his soul - but she has underestimated the power of White Snake's love for Xu Xian. Bonus Features: Behind the Scenes with Jet Li: Fighting, Stunts & Laughs. »
The Sorcerer and the White Snake
Directed by Ching Siu-tung
Written by Charcoal Tan, Tsang Kan-Cheung, Szeto Cheuk-Hon
Hong Kong/China, 2011
Adapted, one assumes loosely, from an ancient Chinese legend, The Sorcerer and the White Snake reveals the tale of how two worlds, the world of humans and the world of demons, collid together for love despite tradition dictating for years that they should not. Two snake demons, the white snake Susu (Eva Huang) and the green snake QingQing (Charlene Choi), each fall for two different human men, propelling their respective universes into tremendous conflict, particularly when the great monk Fahai (Jet Li), constantly on the prowl for such monsters as the snake woman, learns of their infatuation. Is it true that love conquers all, or shall old divides keep everyone apart?
We live in a day and age in which hundreds of films employ the assistance of computer generated technology to enhance movies. »
- Edgar Chaput
Following the first trailer that debuted last month, Magnolia Pictures has unleashed a new featurette for The Sorcerer and the White Snake. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who tries to save a man who has fallen in love. What the man doesn't know is this woman is actually a poisonous snake in disguise. Go behind-the-scenes and take a look at Jet Li rehearsing for his fight scenes, along with split-screen footage from the set and the final product to see how the these sequences were created. This action-drama is currently available on iTunes before hitting theaters February 8.
The Sorcerer And The White Snake - Featurette
The Sorcerer and the White Snake comes to theaters February 8th, 2013 and stars Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi, Zhang Wen, Vivian Hsu, Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, Kar-Ying Law. The film is directed by Siu-Tung Ching. »
5 items from 2013
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