The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
"Bai she chuan shuo" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  28 September 2011 (China)
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A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem.



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Credited cast:
White Snake (as Eva Huang)
Raymond Lam ...
Vivian Hsu ...
Miriam Chin Wah Yeung ...
Rabbit (voice)
Kar-Ying Law ...
Suet Lam ...
Chicken (voice)
Chapman To ...
Tortoise (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hailong Bai ...
Fahai's Demon Hunter
Pou-Soi Cheang ...
Tortoise (voice) (as Soi Cheang Pou-Soi)
Ran Chen ...
Fox Demon
Tat-Ming Cheung ...
Neng Ren (voice)


Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2011 (China)  »

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The Sorcerer and the White Snake  »

Box Office


HKD 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,530 (USA) (8 February 2013)


$18,445 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Actor Jet Li complained that this was his most tiring role to date because he had to hold back every punch against his opponents (mostly women with no martial art background) while they went all out on him. See more »


Xu Xian: Can meet with you, I don't what good luck had struck me. Just because of your single kiss I believe that the wheels of fate had turned. Just because of that moment, the moment was filled with sweet and happiness. From now on, every minute and every moment, I will protect you always and let you happy for life.
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Version of Green Snake (1993) See more »


Performed by Raymond Lam And Eva Huang
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Totally awesome CGI wrapped around an ancient fairytale of true love that knows no bounds...
14 February 2013 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

This is a touching story of the 'Romeo and Juliet' kind...albeit with a major fantasy twist and an ending that is bittersweet. Strongly recommended for anyone who loves love stories, plus a heady combination of martial arts, magical powers, fairies, vampires and beautiful cinematography.

Award-winning movie superstar Jet Li plays the role of a stern but compassionate master monk battling to save humans from being devoured by demons. The master monk tries to protect a naive TCM physician (played by Hong Kong's hunky star Raymond Lam) from a thousand-year-old White Snake (Eva Huang) who had transformed herself into a beautiful woman, and mayhem ensues.

Speaking of which, the CGI and other special effects utilized in the movie are simply gorgeous. The sense of realism derived from this ancient fairytale is enlivened by the use of modern cinematic tools. Too bad there isn't a 3D stereoscopic version...sniff! Apart from the super dooper Kungfu moves (of course), the massive scenes involving tsunami, storms and other super forces of nature conjured up during battles between the master monk and the various demons (including vampires) are show-stoppers in themselves already. And, we have not even included the stellar cast of actors and actresses, ranging from Eva Huang (Stephen Chow's Kungfu Hustle), Wen Zhang (Stephen Chow's record-breaking box office hit Journey to the West - Conquering the Demons), Charlene Choi (Hong Kong's highly popular pop duo Twins) to Vivian Hsu (Taiwan's well-known singer, model and actress).

For fans of The Forbidden Kingdom (Jackie Chan and Jet Li), Reign of Assassins (directed by John Woo, title song by BBC World Music award winner Sa Ding Ding, and starring Michelle Yeoh) and Storm Warriors (directed by Pang Brothers and starring Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng), you shall be delighted by this fantastic fantasy movie...pardon the pun.

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