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Green Snake (1993)

Ching se (original title)
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 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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Version of The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011) See more »

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Life Is Like This
Music by Mark Lui
Lyrics by James Wong
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any movie with Maggie Cheung and Joey Wang can't be all bad...
26 November 2003 | by curtpdxSee all my reviews

...and this one's very good. It's a retelling of the Chinese legend Madam White Snake, and while some of the effects aren't what a big-budget film would allow, Cheung and Wang convey a sexiness in their roles that make it highly entertaining.

Shaw Brothers made a version of the story titled Madam White Snake in the 60's or 70's. In 2001, there was a very lengthy Taiwan-produced TV series of the same name. So far as I know, neither of these are out on DVD.


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