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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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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
Kong Wen Juan ... Female Bat Demon
Zheng Wen Jun ... Fahai's Demon Hunter
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:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Green Snake (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
PromiseSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Asian Version and the International Version?
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29 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Sorcerer and the White Snake, 9 October 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

It's not just Hollywood that's looking at fabled legends to adapt from, or to remake/reboot films from the past. Cinema in the Chinese territories are doing so as well, revisiting material that will probably benefit in having CG effects to spruce up storytelling. Tony Ching Siu-Tung directs this update of a film that chronicles the romance of a White Snake spirit and a mortal man, which of course is forbidden by lore, and a monk who goes between them. Tony is no stranger to martial arts fantasy films with a few already under his belt, such as notable flicks like Swordsman III and the Chinese Ghost Story series, which coincidentally also got remade by Wilson Yip recently, so we're in good hands for what would be a broad based special effects extravaganza that unfortunately had its hokey moments.

Those familiar with the White Snake fable will find some broad elements that resemble that tale being told here, such as Madam White Snake Su Su (Eva Huang) who with her sister Qing Qing the Green Snake (Charlene Choi) chanced upon the poor though honest herb collector and aspiring healer/physician wannabe Xu Xian (Raymond Lam). In summary here, she rescues him, and they fall in love and got married after what would be a whirlwind romance, with the man none the wiser that his wife is a snake demon, though a benevolent one whose only objective is to be with the man of her dreams. And as proof, she sacrifices her centuries old inner strength to help him make medicine on the sly to save a plague stricken town.

Cue Jet Li who plays the demon buster Reverend Fa Hai, who together with his assistant Neng Ren (Wen Zhang) form a team to rid the earth of any wandering spirits and demons, banishing them to what would be the equivalent of a phantom zone through a mirror stored in a pagoda. The opening scene of the film sets the expectation of what this duo is capable of, with Fa Hai naturally being the more experienced and highly skilled catcher, versus his more bumbling protégé in here for tragic comedy, in a big bang special effects extravaganza as they go up against Vivian Hsu's cameo appearance as a demon decked in flowing red robes. Soon enough Neng Ren will form yet a smaller romantic subplot with Qing Qing, while Fa Hai could be looked on as the true nemesis in the film for his adamant stubbornness in wanting to break up Xu Xian and Su Su, and destroy the latter for yet another feather in the cap for a job well done.

Curiously, this version of the Madam White Snake story seemed to want to adapt the Disney formula, where you'd have smaller animal sidekicks that talk pop up now and then to try and lighten the mood, or play pivotal roles for the protagonists. Voiced by Miriam Yeung, Lam Suet and Chapman To, their characters do seem to have lines lost in translation, and may have been dubbed over in Mandarin, which if true is very much a pity, and a case against dubbing. And true to Disney's formula as well is the general lack of blood in its action, which reportedly had Jet Li do more kung fu poses than he would have imagined necessary, but the romantic core of the film definitely took a backseat when the filmmakers decided to focus on martial arts and special effects to wow an audience.

Which isn't a bad thing when you extrapolate its message to talk about how an older generation dead set and stubborn in their ways sometimes fail to allow what they're prejudiced about to continue with their knowledge. It isn't enough to not meddle in other's affairs, but it's necessary to eradicate something from even existing, which is exactly what Fa Hai did during his initial big fight with Su Su that ended with a warning that if he should see her again the gloves would be off, and the next thing you know he's assembled his disciples to go snake hunting in an ambush of her home.

On the effects front, it's time to sit up and take notice what the Asian effects company are finally able to pull off since the days of terrible rendering seen in True Legend. Entire landscapes get designed on computer, though at times still not as refined, but definitely a step up from years back. While certain shots were unfortunate rip-offs from films such as 2012 with its massive floodwaters overwhelming huge mountains, there were others that more than made up for its lack of originality, and the bamboo forest, which all self respecting martial arts film must feature, had an interesting spin thanks to effects bringing to life something I've yet to see involving fox spirits and bamboo shoot hideouts and seduction.

And if copying is a form of flattery, then whatever Zack Snyder did in 300 with its stylistic fights, have been done to death in other films and this one as well, with its slow motion, spin around being prominently over used, that I would have given up an arm for a straight fight between the exponents, which couldn't be possible since Jet Li's the only bona fide martial artist, with the rest being posers with heavy reliance on wire work. Even the climatic battle between Fa Hai and two snakes looked very much like D-War's and Endhiran's, with effects making the sparring session look very much epic.

I would have liked a stronger story that provided more focus between Madam White Snake and Xu Xian, but that is something to be found in predecessor films. This one clearly is focused on Fa Hai the monk himself (with the Chinese subtitle obviously meaning so), and is about his enlightenment on love, an emotion he's oblivious to given his career path. And not to forget as a calling card for the numerous effects companies.

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