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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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 Panda and the Magic Serpent (1958) See more »

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Mahoraga
Music & Lyrics by James Wong
Performed by Winnie Hsin
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a dazzling and unique viewing experience
19 November 2006 | by widescreenguySee all my reviews

WOW.

Chinese film makers have definitely made great strides since the days of the shaw brothers cookie cutter chop socky genre.

this film is based on a legendary story but clearly takes the story line and presentation to a remarkable and very entertaining spot.

sexuality is explored and well as the gamut of emotions humans experience. these are explored in the context of the snake beings learning how to behave as humans.

I am dazzled by Maggie. I wish I had known she was in Hamilton doing 'Clean' maybe I could have gotten an autograph.

honestly, I've never seen a film with such a wondrous fantasy setting that still presented some moral lessons and thought provoking ideas about human interaction.


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