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"An overzealous application of CGI is the figurative boa constrictor squeezing the life out of The Sorcerer and the White Snake, a silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget," argues Justin Chang in Variety. "Overblown saga of shape-shifting demons, butt-kicking clerics and the perils of interspecies romance occasionally dazzles but finally frazzles with its relentless visual assault, embedding Jet Li and his capable castmates in one screensaver-ready fantasy backdrop after another."
"The story of a woman demon who falls in love with a mortal will ring bells for Westerners as a charming variant on Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid tale," suggests Deborah Young in the Hollywood Reporter, "though here the scaly mermaid is a huge, beautiful snake. With non-stop action to attract the lads, the tale is laced with enough overblown romanticism for ten chick flicks, yet chaste enough for children. »
The Sorcerer and the White Snake, previously known as, It’s Love and Madame White Snake is the upcoming film directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Jet Li. The film is based on the Chinese Legend of the White Snake and was shot in 3-D.
Director Ching began as an actor and martial arts instructor working in Hong Kong action cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. His father, Ching Gong, was a Shaw Brothers Studio director, and Ching Siu-tung had been trained in Peking opera as a child, and made his directorial debut in 1982 with the ground-breaking wuxia classic Duel to the Death. He’s widely regarded as one of the best choreographers in Hong Kong working on Tsui Hark 1987′s A Chinese Ghost Story, and other high-profile international successes like Shaolin Soccer, Hero, and House of Flying Daggers.
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