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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
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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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Entertaining - Some Good Fights, Fun CGI, and Beautiful Women.
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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