MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 556 this week

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

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy  |  28 September 2011 (China)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 6,129 users   Metascore: 41/100
Reviews: 31 user | 61 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 30 Jul 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 29 Nov 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 12 Dec 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 19 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sorcerer and the White Snake.
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Directors: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang
Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang, Qing Xu
The Warlords (2007)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip
Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung
Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam
Fearless (2006)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A serial adventure writer with problems in his personal life lives out the adventures of his literary hero, King of Adventurers.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story is set in both Hong Kong and the U.S. So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Xin Xin Xiong
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano
Black Mask (1996)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Yip
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis
The Enforcer (1995)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Anita Mui, Mo Tse
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan
Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
White Snake (as Eva Huang)
Raymond Lam ...
...
...
Vivian Hsu ...
Miriam Chin Wah Yeung ...
Rabbit (voice)
Kar-Ying Law ...
Suet Lam ...
Chicken (voice)
...
Toad
Wu Jiang ...
Tortoise (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gao Hai Bo ...
Herb Picker
Yin You Can ...
Fox Demon
Tat-Ming Cheung ...
Neng Ren (voice)
Li Dan ...
Fahai's Demon Hunter
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

28 September 2011 (China)  »

Also Known As:

The Sorcerer and the White Snake  »

Box Office

Budget:

HKD 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$18,445 (USA) (8 March 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview with the entire cast of the movie, Jet Li mentioned that he got tricked into accepting the role. The producer supposedly convinced him that he didn't have to fight a lot, but it turned out to be the opposite. See more »

Quotes

White Snake: Before I saw you I meditated for a thousand years, but those thousand years are worth less than a moment with you.
See more »

Connections

Version of Legend of the Snake Spirits (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Promise
Performed by Raymond Lam And Eva Huang
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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.

See the extended trailer (over 6 mins) on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKNxI0IqAfM


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Monks = Evil orici
OnScreen iliyan-itsov
Has This Been Released In The U.S.? bpowellca
Poster photo mjd_subs2
Discuss The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?