Need I say more? Jet Li Movie: The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011) Trailer

The film is based on the Chinese Legend of the White Snake - sitgesfilmfestival .com/eng

The Sorcerer and the White Snake, previously known as, It’s Love and Madame White Snake is an upcoming film directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Jet Li.

Inspired by Chinese legend, the mythology at the heart of Jet Li’s latest cinematic fantasy is sure to cast a spell over fans of the genre – but despite conjuring up truly dazzling visuals, The Sorcerer and the White Snake bites off more than it can swallow, spiralling into a dizzying CGI mess.

The lonely White Snake (Eva Huang) is a shape-shifting serpent, residing in a mystical mountainside with her sister, Green Snake (Charlene Choi). When a young herbalist, Xu Xian (Raymond Lam) falls into a nearby river, White Snake comes to his rescue in the form of a young woman. Struck by the beauty of her human guise, Xu Xian falls head over heels in love – and afraid that he will reject her true reptilian self, White Snake conceals her secret and the two marry. Meanwhile, a powerful sorcerer (Jet Li) learns of White Snake’s deceit and threatens to expose her sham marriage, culminating in an epic clash between love and truth…

Whilst there has been a fairly limited attempt to contemporise this fairytale for modern audiences (the characters remain mere picture book cut-outs), the strength of the film lies in the folklore on which it is based. The story carries a surprising moral ambiguity, with the sorcerer and White Snake’s inner demons posing larger threats than any of the monolithic beasts or spells that they face in the fantasy world – and though the romance rates highly on the cornball factor (with a power ballad to boot), it is bizarrely engaging.

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