THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE (2011 Hong Kong China)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.1|5.0 Stars ììì

The Sorcerer and The White Snake works itself quickly into a B-grade movie. The redeeming factors are: really good special effects and superb animation of some of the snake scenes.

Storyline

The story begins with Abbott Fahai (Jet Li) walking through thunder, lightning, and high wind with his pupil, Neng Ren (Wen Zhang), toward an old shrine’s double doors. The doors immediately swing open and Neng Ren wonders where the blizzard inside the shrine comes from. Abbott warns him not to believe what he appears to be seeing. Neng Ren complains that he is cold. Abbott states that his pupil is already under ‘her’ spell. A pink mist forms a lady in a beautiful red dress. The pupil believes she is the Ice Harpy and runs to fight her, but becomes frozen. Abbott engages in battle with the enchantress and captures her in a stone bowl. His pupil returns to normal and they return to their world. The story improves as Xu Xian (Raymond Lam), a physician, unwittingly marries a white demon snake (Huang Shengyi) disguised as a beautiful maiden. After Abbott Fahai informs Xu Xian that he has married a snake demon, the story progresses into an eternal love-lost/love-regained/love-lost story.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Ching Siu-Tung for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Bo-Chu Chui and Yang Zi for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Abott Fahai (Jet Li), White Snake (Shengyi Huang), Xu Xian (Raymond Lam), Green Snake (Charlene Choi), Neng Ren (Zhang Wen), Ice Harpy (Vivian Hsu), Rabbit (voice of Miriam Chin Wah Yeung), Mysterious Herbalist (Kar-Ying Law), and Chicken (voice of Suet Lam).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. Despite a thin storyline and less than professional acting, the movie gradually improves as it progresses. It’s a good film for cultural studies.

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