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.


Siu-Tung Ching (as Tony Ching)


Tan Cheung
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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 ... Tortoise (voice) (as Soi Cheang Pou-Soi)
Ran Chen Ran Chen ... Fox Demon
Tat-Ming Cheung ... Neng Ren (voice)


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 (64) »

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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Actor Jet Li complained that this was his most tiring role to date because he had to hold back every punch against his opponents (mostly women with no martial art background) while they went all out on him. See more »


White Snake: Before I saw you I meditated for a thousand years, but those thousand years are worth less than a moment with you.
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Version of Madame White Snake (1956) See more »


Performed by Raymond Lam And Eva Huang
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HK Neo Reviews: The Sorcerer and the White Snake
22 November 2011 | by webmaster-3017See all my reviews

Since 2001, I have not missed a single Jet Li film in the cinemas. His latest is a spin-off/remake of the HK's 90s classic Green Snake. It is one of those films where you need to suspend your beliefs and just enjoy the cheesiness of the CGI created imaginary world. Although there will never be a better duo of snakes beauty in Joey Wong and Maggie Cheung, the replacement duo in Eva Huang and Charlene Choi does well. Sadly the biggest acting fraud in the 21st Century comes in the form of TVB's favourite Raymond Lam. The lad simply cannot act and his attempts at acting are quite frankly awful to say the least. Despite all the cheesiness and mo-lei-tau playback of the early 90s, the film somehow works out. Along with an assured performance from monk-like Jet Li and some creative directing from Ching Siu-tung. The Sorcerer and the White Snake isn't bad and could have been a lot worse…

Neo rates it 6.25/10.

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Release Date:

28 September 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sorcerer and the White Snake See more »


Box Office


HKD200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,530, 10 February 2013

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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