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The Sorcerer and the White Snake -- A sorcerer fights for the soul of a young physician who has fallen in love with a woman whose true identity is that of Madame White Snake, a thousand-year-old snake demon.

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28 September 2011 (China) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Richly entertaining brew of fantasy, romance and CGI reminiscent of the best supernatural action extravanganzas of the '80s and '90s See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jet Li ... Abott Fahai

Shengyi Huang ... White Snake (as Eva Huang)
Raymond Lam ... Xu Xian

Charlene Choi ... Green Snake

Zhang Wen ... Neng Ren
Vivian Hsu ... Ice Harpy
Miriam Chin Wah Yeung ... Rabbit (voice)
Kar-Ying Law ... Mysterious Herbalist
Suet Lam ... Chicken (voice)

Chapman To ... 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: Cantonese)
Li Dan ... Fahai's Demon Hunter
Han Dong ... Herb Picker
Son Wian Jia ... Fox Demon
Hong Jie ... Herb Picker
Zheng Wen Jun ... Fahai's Demon Hunter
Wen Juan Kong ... Female Bat Demon
Wang Sheng Li ... Fahai's Demon Hunter
Bai Hai Long ... Fahai's Demon Hunter
Wei Lu ... Fox Demon
Li Man Man ... Fox Demon
Wang Yi Nian ... Monkey
Xu Ning ... Herb Picker
Soi Cheang Pou-Soi ... Tortoise (voice: Cantonese)
Li Ei Qian ... Female Bat Demon
Hu Rai ... Fox Demon
Chen Ran ... Fox Demon
Ning Ge Cai Rong ... Herb Picker
Angela Ton ... Cat
Michelle Wai ... Female Bat Demon
Jiayin Wang ... Female Bat Demon
Zhao Si Wen ... Fox Demon
Zi Ye ... Fox Demon
Wang Jia Yin ... Female Bat Demon
Fang Zi Yuan ... Fox Demon

Alfred Hsing ... Monk (uncredited)
Sonija Kwok ... Bu Ming (uncredited)

Directed by
Siu-Tung Ching 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tan Cheung 

Produced by
Bo-Chu Chui .... producer
Chi Wan Tse .... line producer (as Tse Chi Wan)
 
Original Music by
Mark Lui 
 
Cinematography by
Kwok-Man Keung 
 
Film Editing by
Angie Lam 
 
Art Direction by
Tao Zhai  (as Zhai Tao)
 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
 
Production Management
Wei Ming Kang .... assistant production manager (as Kang Wei Ming)
Angie Lam .... post-production manager
Carme Lee .... assistant production manager
Yue Ma .... production manager (as Ma Yue)
Hsui Chen Tsai .... assistant production manager (as Tsai Hsui Chen)
Yibing Wang .... production manager (as Wang Yi Bing)
Bai Rui Zhang .... unit production manager (as Zhang Bai Rui)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicky Shih .... assistant director
 
Art Department
William Chang .... set designer
Yu Chen .... assistant art director (as Chen Yu Ye)
Hui Bin Gong .... set construction manager (as Gong Hui Bin)
Liang Huang .... assistant art director (as Huang Liang)
Peng Ji .... assistant art director (as Ji Peng)
Xue Jin .... on-set assistant art director (as Jia Xue)
He Song Ju .... art department assistant (as Ju He Song)
Yun Peng Peng .... art department assistant (as Peng Yun Peng)
Qi Chao Sun .... art department assistant (as Sun Qi Chao)
Fa Wang .... art department assistant (as Wang Fa)
Kai Xi Wang .... art department assistant (as Wang Kai Xi)
Guang Han Zhang .... assistant art director (as Zhang Guang Han)
Ji Yao Zhang .... on-set assistant art director (as Zhang Ji Yao)
Yi Zhang .... art department assistant (as Zhang Yi)
Chun Gang Zhao .... props master (as Zhao Chun Gang)
Yu Zheng .... assistant art director (as Zheng Yu)
 
Visual Effects by
Bo-Hyun Chae .... visual effects post production producer: NextVisual Studio
Po Yan Chan .... compositing sequence supervisor
Yeong-Gil Gwon .... lead compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jung-Hee Hong .... compositing director: NextVisual Studio
Cheon-Woo Jeon .... compositing supervisor: NextVisual Studio
Su-In Jo .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jun-Hyun Joe .... visual effects creative director: NextVisual Studio
Yeon-Woong Jung .... visual effects technical supervisor: NextVisual Studio
Joo-Hee Kang .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Hyo-Kang Kim .... visual effects assistant supervisor: NextVisual Studio
Hyuk Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Hyun-woo Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio (as Hyun-Woo Kim)
In-Nae Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jae-Ho Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jin-Hwa Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jong-soo Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio (as Jong-Soo Kim)
Mi-Na Kim .... visual effects onset producer: NextVisual Studio
Min-Cheol Kim .... compositing director: NextVisual Studio
Min-Han Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Min-Sun Kim .... compositing director: NextVisual Studio
Myoung-Sun Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Se-Ri Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Seung-Ha Kim .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Soo-Han Kim .... compositing director: NextVisual Studio
Soo-Kyum Kim .... lead compositor: NextVisual Studio
Tae-hun Kim .... visual effects technical supervisor: NextVisual Studio (as Tae-Hun Kim)
Yong-Woo Kim .... compositing supervisor: NextVisual Studio
Young-Hwa Kim .... lead compositor: NextVisual Studio
Dong-Jun Kwak .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Ji-Ha Kwon .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Ken Law .... visual effects supervisor
Wai-ho Law .... visual effects
Hyun-Ku Lee .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
So-Ri Lee .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Chuang Niu .... visual effects artist
Kyu-Taek Oh .... visual effects concept designer: NextVisual Studio
Eui Dong Park .... visual effects onset supervisor: NextVisual Studio (as Eui-Dong Park)
Jang Jin Park .... visual effects producer: NextVisual Studio (as Jang-Jin Park)
Su Jin Park .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio (as Su-Jin Park)
Sung-Hyun Park .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Yun-Cho Park .... compositing director: NextVisual Studio
Hae-Rin Rho .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Hyun-Woo Rho .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Ah-Young Ryu .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Hee Jung Ryu .... visual effects executive producer
Ha-Sik Seo .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Sang-hoon Seo .... compositing supervisor: NextVisual Studio (as Sang-Hoon Seo)
Ki-Wook Shim .... visual effects onset supervisor: NextVisual Studio
Jin Shin .... lead compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jin-Young Son .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Seon-Young Son .... lead compositor: NextVisual Studio
Il-Kwon Wan .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Ok-Ki Wie .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Eddy Wong .... visual effects
Stanley Wong .... visual effects onset producer: NextVisual Studio
Kai Wen Wu .... visual effects producer: NextVisual Studio
Il-Seok Yang .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Jong-Hyuk Yoo .... digital compositor: NextVisual Studio
Choong-Yul Yoon .... lead compositor: NextVisual Studio
Yak Hong Yung .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Siu-Tung Ching .... action coordinator
Kyle Shapiro .... stunts (as Shapiro Kyle Lawrence)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Man Kit Chow .... assistant costume supervisor (as Chow Man Kit)
Jin-Hua Gu .... costume coordinator (as Gu Jin Hua)
Pik Kwan Lee .... costume supervisor (as Lee Pik Kwan)
Qui Juan Liang .... costume assistant (as Liang Qui Juan)
Bo Liu .... assistant costume supervisor (as Liu Bo)
Jin Shui Liu .... costume assistant (as Liu Jin Shui)
Ka Han Liu .... costume assistant (as Liu Ka Han)
Lian Yu Shi .... costume assistant (as Shi Lian Yu)
Yan Bing Sun .... costume assistant (as Sun Yan Bing)
Chun Xin Wang .... costume assistant (as Wang Chun Xin)
Jing Fang Ye .... costume assistant (as Ye Jing Fang)
Ya Jun Zhang .... costume assistant (as Zhang Ya Jun)
Xiao Lin Zhu .... costume assistant (as Zhu Xiao Lin)
 
Editorial Department
Al Hansen .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Transportation Department
Yong Hong Guo .... transport captain (as Guo Yong Hong)
Xan Hua Li .... transport captain (as Li Xan Hua)
Ji Guang Zhou .... transport captain (as Zhou Ji Guang)
 
Other crew
Jing Bai .... on-set manager (as Bai Jing Min)
Hai Du .... location manager (as Du Hai)
Lin Fu .... production assistant (as Fu Lin)
Ji Cheng Gao .... location manager (as Gao Ji Cheng)
Xue Song Gao .... production assistant (as Gao Xue Song)
Rinee Ge .... continuity
Alfred Hsing .... assistant: Jet Li
Yong Jie Ji .... production assistant (as Ji Yong Jie)
Ka Leng Lai .... assistant: Tony Ching (as Lai Ka Leng)
Bin Qi .... location manager (as Qi Bin)
Wan Bao Qui .... production assistant (as Qui Wan Bao)
Zheng Wei Shi .... production assistant (as Shi Zheng Wei)
Xu Feng Sun .... on-set manager (as Sun Xu Feng)
Bo Wang .... production assistant (as Wang Bo)
Dong Lin Wang .... production assistant (as Wang Dong Lin)
Jin Qi Wang .... production assistant (as Wang Jin Qi)
Rong Xa .... assistant continuity (as Xa Rong)
Huan Yu Xu .... production assistant (as Xu Huan Yu)
Zi Yang .... presenter
WenQian Yu .... production coordinator (as Kiki Yu)
Xiao Mei Yu .... assistant continuity (as Yu Xiao Mei)
Jun Jie Zhao .... location manager (as Zhao Jun Jie)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bai she chuan shuo" - China (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and sensuality
Runtime:
China:100 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Madame White Snake (1956)See more »
Soundtrack:
PromiseSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Asian Version and the International Version?
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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Richly entertaining brew of fantasy, romance and CGI reminiscent of the best supernatural action extravanganzas of the '80s and '90s, 27 September 2011
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

We're pretty sure many of you will agree that seeing Jet Li's name on the poster of this action fantasy epic is enough to convince you to catch this movie- after all, besides Donnie Yen, we can't think of a bigger martial arts actor in Asia today. What's more, ever since announcing that 'Fearless' would be his last 'wushu' movie back in 2006, Jet Li hasn't been as prolific as before- his previous leading role was in the tearjerker 'Ocean Heaven'- so this latest represents a return of sorts to the kind of movie that we love to see him in.

The tale here is a familiar Chinese fable about the forbidden romance between a simple kind-hearted man and a snake demon who takes the form of a beautiful woman (previous screen incarnations include the Shaw Bros' 'Madam White Snake' and Tsui Hark's 'Green Snake'). And like action maestro and sometimes-director Tony Ching Siu-Tong's directorial debut 'A Chinese Ghost Story', it is set amidst a fantasy world where both humans and demons roam, with the latter taking on human form to deceive the former.

An action-packed opening sequence where Jet Li's sorcerer-monk Fahai- together with his protégé Neng Ren (Wen Zhang)- defeats the dangerously alluring Ice Witch (Vivian Hsu) establishes the malevolent nature of the demons, as well as Fahai's mission to vanquish those who threaten the lives of humans. It also serves as fair warning that this latest adaptation of the 'White Snake' legend is not simply an '80s-throwback (a la Wilson Yip's remake of 'A Chinese Ghost Story' earlier this year), but rather a 21st- century treatment using the latest advances in CGI to create some lavish backdrops for the multiple elaborate action sequences.

And warning indeed it is, for you'd best be advised to temper your expectations about the visual effects on display. Yes, while the booming China film industry can now easily rival its Hollywood counterpart on scale and spectacle, it still has a long way to go when it comes to CG imagery- and the amateurish special effects within the very first sequence will tell you as much. Thankfully, it gets better- and we mean much better- as the movie progresses, even managing to impress by the time it reaches the climactic showdown between Fahai and the White Snake.

Still, the strength in Tony Ching's film lies not in its showcase of modern-day CG techniques, but rather in its old-fashioned love story between 'White Snake' Bai Suzhen (Eva Huang) and young herbalist Xu Xian (Raymond Lam). This is the equivalent of 'Romeo and Juliet' for the Chinese audience, and Tony knows how to push the right buttons to engender a sweet affecting romance between the two leads. Much of the credit also goes to William Chang's vivid costume design and Zhai Tao's rich production design, which successfully create a fantastically beautiful landscape to evoke the passion behind the human-snake coupling.

There is also a surprisingly potent dose of humour in the screenplay by Zhang Tan, Tsan Kan-cheong and Szeto Cheuk-hon. Rather than let the film drown in its own seriousness, the trio inject some playfulness into their treatment of the fantasy. Neng Ren's transformation into a bat demon after being poisoned by one brings much levity to the proceedings, and Xu Xian's encounter with Suzhen's animal-turned-human 'parents' (Chapman To, Miriam Yeung and Lam Suet gleefully hamming it for broad laughs) is particularly campy but hilarious. Despite the slapstick, Tony maintains a firm grasp of the film's tone, and alternates between comedy, romance and drama with ease and confidence.

The same dexterity can also be said of his work as action director on the film, especially in his ability at integrating rather seamlessly the movements of his cast and the special effects added post-production. A battle between Fahai and Neng Ren against the bat-demon on Mid-Autumn night is an excellent case-in-point- ditto for the extended climax between Fahai and the White Snake set in the middle of the ocean. Admittedly however, none of the action sequences are particularly memorable- mostly because Jet Li only gets to spar against either a green screen or against 'green' martial arts actors like Eva Huang and Charlene Choi.

Still, Jet Li's stately presence shines through despite the CG distractions, and his undimmed screen charisma overcomes the shortcomings of the slightly underwritten role. The surprise here is however Eva's spirited (pardon the pun) performance, lively, vivacious and genuinely affecting in her demonstration of the White Snake's deep love for Xu Xian. Her Hong Kong counterparts Charlene and Raymond however pale far in comparison- their ho-hum performances of their essentially one-note characters easily forgettable.

But in spite of these shortcomings, this remains a richly entertaining brew of fantasy, romance and CGI- the supernatural world is vividly realised, the romance is surprisingly affecting and the CGI is also commendable by the standards of Chinese cinema. Much better than this year's 'Chinese Ghost Story' attempt at resurrecting the once- flourishing supernatural action genre, Tony Ching's latest is a sumptuous treat for the imagination. And of course, given the rarity of watching Jet Li in action on the big screen these days, 'The Sorcerer and the White Snake' deserves to be seen by his fans- even if it may not be his best work.

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