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