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The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)

Bai she chuan shuo (original title)
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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.

Director:

Siu-Tung Ching (as Tony Ching)

Writer:

Tan Cheung
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Cast

Credited cast:
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:
Hailong Bai Hailong Bai ... Fahai's Demon Hunter
Soi Cheang Soi Cheang ... Tortoise (voice) (as Soi Cheang Pou-Soi)
Ran Chen Ran Chen ... Fox Demon
Tat-Ming Cheung ... Neng Ren (voice)
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Storyline

Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. Written by Anonymous

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love | snake | monk | wuxia | naga serpent | See All (63) »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

28 September 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sorcerer and the White Snake See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,530, 10 February 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,445, 10 March 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Juli Entertainment Media See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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.
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Version of Panda and the Magic Serpent (1958) See more »

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Promise
Performed by Raymond Lam And Eva Huang
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Entertaining - Some Good Fights, Fun CGI, and Beautiful Women.
18 December 2011 | by JustGotToSayItSee all my reviews

I'm not usually a fan of this kind of of film; the cornucopia of special effects, outlandish storyline, and over melodramatic storytelling. But I was in the mood and gave it a try. Very pleasantly surprised and I enjoyed my time watching it.

You have to have a basic familiarity with Chinese folklore to maybe understand the cultural concepts, however, it is pretty simple. Animal spirits (some are malicious, others are passive) cross over from another realm and their interactions with the mortals of this realm usually end up badly for the humans. A thousand year old white snake spirit and a young simple herbalist falls in love. However, a sorcerer monk who devoted his life to banishing these animal spirits will not allow it, believing it will ultimately end in disaster for the mortal. So conflict ensues, destruction and chaos materialize, and hearts are broken.

All in all it was entertaining. It had some good fight scenes, fun CGI, and the women were absolutely gorgeous. (I could easily fall in love with the green snake spirit. LOL) So if you are ever in a mood for a lighthearted fantasy story, I recommend this movie.


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