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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 ... 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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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

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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Connections

Version of Madame White Snake (1962) See more »

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Performed by Raymond Lam And Eva Huang
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Nice Chinese fairytale. Nothing too fancy, though
16 July 2014 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

So many people reviewed this as bad and I will be damned if I understand why. The story is that of an old Chinese legend (well, a more modern interpretation), the actresses are very beautiful and the acting, for what it's worth, is not bad either. To bash a movie because the CGI is a little choppy and Jet Li fights magically instead of kicking behinds seems the height of triviality.

The Legend of the White Snake starts a long time ago, way before there was a written version. The original is quite different from the modern version as well, being a horror story about a demon tricking a human to fall in love with her and her jealous demon buddies are doing everything in their power to break them up. At least this is what I got from Wikipedia. The film, though, presents it as a total love story where the White Snake and her sister are benevolent demons who visit the human world and eventually fall for two guys. The natural order, represented by the Buddhist monk Fahai, a non compromising demon hunter, doesn't allow this type of union and eventually it all escalates into a bad CGI extravaganza.

I thought the morality of the story was a little bit confusing, but complex, worthy of a script. Nothing is completely black and white and in the end the message is tolerance, even if not everything turns out OK. This complexity has kept my eyes glued to the screen until the end. Yes, the CGI could have been better, but who really cares about that?

Bottom line: I liked it. Popularizes a Chinese legend that I knew nothing about, shows people that a film can have a complex story that is not just black and white, stars really cute Chinese ladies and in end was quite entertaining for me. No masterpiece, but really better than average.


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