Rent Emperor and the White Snake (2011)

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Synopsis:
When a reckless young man falls for a mysterious beauty his life is thrown into chaos. Calling on his master Jet Li to defend him he unwittingly puts his love, himself and the whole world in peril. Only the most courageous warrior will be able to summon the strength to defend the empire against the legendary white snake...
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Gao Hai Bo, Yin You Can, Li Dan, Han Dong, Son Wian Jia, Hong Jie, Zheng Wen Jun, Wen Juan Kong, Wang Sheng Li, Bai Hai Long, , Li Man Man
Directors:
Producers:
Po Chu Chui
Voiced By:
Miriam Yeung Chin Wah, Suet Lam, Wu Jiang, Tat-Ming Cheung, Soi Cheang Pou-Soi
Writers:
Tan Cheung
Aka:
Bai She Chuan Shuo
Studio:
Metrodome
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Hong Kong, Action & Adventure, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/04/2012
Run Time:
90 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/04/2012
Run Time:
93 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
Mandarin
Subtitles:
English

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Emperor and the White Snake (aka Bai She Chuan Shuo) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

After falling in love with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen a quiet herbalist begins to find his energy and intelligence draining; unbeknownst to him the woman is in fact a giant, evil and ancient snake who is using his love to slowly steal his soul.

Enter Jet Li, a vigilante sorcerer, who much kill the snake to break the spell.

Based on an ancient Chinese folk tale there is something about Sorcerer and the White Snake that is a bit unusual for a European viewer; whilst at the same time not fully indulging in the traditions of Chinese folk lore. Where Jet Li is at first heralded as the hero the change in direction when we discover the Snake has fallen in love with her poor herbalist and is willing to give up her powers for him leaves things a bit muddled and strange to those of us accustomed to the black and white, good verses evil of Disney fairy tales.

In many ways the film resembles epic Eastern fantasies that many will be familiar with, and those who have seen the original Chinese Ghost Story series will recognise the same skilled directorial style of Siu-Tung Ching who visually brings the story to life with grace and beauty. Unfortunately somewhere in the translation from page to screen (never mind from spoken Chinese to subtitled English) the tone and emotion of the story gets a little lost and a little warped, leaving the final production somewhat of a disappointment.

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