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Green Snake (1993)

Ching se (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 4 November 1993 (Hong Kong)
Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought.

Director:

Hark Tsui

Writers:

Pik Wah Lee (novel) (as Lillian Lee), Pik Wah Lee (screenplay) (as Lillian Lee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maggie Cheung ... Siu Ching (Xiao Qing), the Green Snake
Joey Wang ... Bak Sei Juen (Bai Suzhen), White Snake
Wenzhuo Zhao ... Monk Fatt Hoi (Fahai)
Hsing-Kuo Wu ... Hsui Xien (Xu Xian), the scholar
Ma Cheng-miu Ma Cheng-miu
Feng Tien ... Spider
Tung-Mui Chan Tung-Mui Chan
Kong Lau ... Blind Monk
Shun Lau ... Old Monk
Nagma ... Bharata Natyam Dancer (as Najma)
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Storyline

Two snakes reformed into two beauties. White Snake chose pedagogue Xian Xu as her husband and enjoyed human life, while Green Snake played around every day. Jealous to White Snake, Green Snake kept on flirting with Xian Xu. Xian Xu eventually found they were snakes ... After being tempted by Green Snake, monk Fahai decided to imprison the two "monsters". He kidnapped Xian Xu. A battle began ... Just then, White Snake borned her new baby. What should monk Fahai do? Adapted from an old Chinese folk story but quite different from the original. Written by Zheng Wang <zhwang@das.harvard.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

4 November 1993 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Green Snake See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Mahoraga
Music & Lyrics by James Wong
Performed by Winnie Hsin
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Bizarre, Colorful and Stunning. An underrated masterpiece!
12 August 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

Director Tsui Hark is most well known for "Black Mask", "Zu Warriors" and "Once upon a time in China", but not too many have seen "Green Snake". "Green Snake" is one of the most breathtaking Hong Kong films next to "Hero". It has many similar elements to Zu Warriors, since so many of the characters can fly. The story is based on an ancient Chinese folk tale. Two sisters are snakes, but they disguise themselves as humans, since snakes are looked down upon. A master monk is out to destroy the sisters fearing that they're a threat. White snake wants to be normal, she marries a clumsy monk who has no idea she's a snake. Green Snake is the wild sister, who enjoys morphing from snake to human form. Although the film's giant snake looks kind of fake, the film makes up for it with creativity. Bright colors, surreal dreamlike landscapes and martial arts magic are all part of "Tsui Hark's "Green Snake". It's also very trippy, like "Fellini Satyricon". "Green Snake" is an amazing film that needs to be seen!


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